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I, Daniel Blake lands Ken Loach his biggest ever UK box office opening

I, Daniel Blake

Story by Jack Foley

I, Daniel Blake has landed veteran British filmmaker Ken Loach his biggest UK opening to date.

The film, which lifts the lid on the real-life struggles of those attempting to navigate the painful bureaucracy of Britain’s benefit system, took $540,000 from 93 screens across the country.

Loach’s previous best was his other Palme d’Or winner, The Wind That Shakes the Barley:, which took $475,000 in 2006.

The film, which won the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, has also been backed by trade unions and endorsed by the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, who described it as “one of the most moving films” he’d ever seen.

As a result of the film’s success, and the way in which it is resonating with audiences, distributor eOne has said it intends to widen its release next week, to 150 screens.

“We’re thrilled to have had such a terrific response from the audience,” said I, Daniel Blake and Loach’s long-term collaborator Rebecca O’Brien. “People strongly identify with this story and the truths it tells. We’re delighted with eOne’s efforts to push it out to an audience who wouldn’t normally go to see this sort of film.”

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