Canada'sembrace of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 offers more ammunition to USRepublicans who fear that their northern neighbour may one day join the US.

Thefilm has earned $8.6m (C$11.5m) in 17 days at the Canadian box office, a sumequivalent to 14% of the North American gross in that period according to JimSherry, president of Canadian theatrical distribution at Alliance Atlantis.Canadian BO receipts typically represent nine to 10 per cent.

Sherryestimates the film will have a final take of $16m, putting it in the top fivehighest grossing films in Canada this summer. He is at a loss to explain whymore Canadians are seeing the film than Americans (on a per capita basis)."Canadians seem to like [Moore's] films. Bowling For Columbine earned 22% ofthe North American box office [in Canada]." Alliance Atlantis, which holds allCanadian rights, plans to release the DVD day-and-date with the US release setfor October, prior to the US presidential election.