Moonage Daydream has been named the biggest-grossing documentary film of 2022 in any class, producing over $12.2 million this yr globally on the field workplace.
In keeping with worldwide figures produced by BoxOfficeMojo, Moonage Daydream , which was launched in September, has taken greater than eight instances the sum of money on the field workplace because the No.2 documentary film of this yr, 2000 Mules ($1.465m).
That result’s an particularly candy one for music firm BMG, which co-produced Moonage Daydream alongside Dwell Nation Productions.
5 years in the past, BMG made a strategic enlargement into music-themed filmmaking, opting to develop properties internally (and with companions) fairly than buying a film manufacturing firm.
Since then, BMG has made and launched music docs together with DIO: Dreamers By no means Die, David Crosby: Keep in mind My Identify, the Joan Jett documentary, Unhealthy Popularity; Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Information; and Echo In The Canyon.
However Moonage Daydream, directed by Brett Morgen, is BMG’s greatest monetary success within the movie world thus far.
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch, who served as Government Producer of the film, responded to the movie topping 2022’s international documentary field workplace chart, saying: “That is unbelievable information. To emerge with the largest-grossing documentary in any class, not simply music, is a big endorsement of our resolution to construct a movies unit in-house fairly than to amass.
“It reveals the BMG method can ship not simply in music publishing and information however in movie too. There’s much more to come back.”
“This reveals the BMG method can ship not simply in music publishing and information however in movie too. There’s much more to come back.”
Hartwig Masuch, BMG
BMG and Dwell Nation Productions – the chief producers and financiers of the movie – licensed US distribution rights for Moonage Daydream to Neon with Common Leisure Worldwide dealing with the film exterior the US. North America cable and streaming rights have been licensed to HBO Max.
Moonage Daydream attracts extensively on Bowie’s 1970 to 1977 tune catalog during which BMG has a 25% stake – together with the likes of Modifications, Starman, Ziggy Stardust, The Jean Genie, All The Younger Dudes, Life on Mars, Insurgent Insurgent, Fame, Younger People, and Golden Years.
The film was written, directed, edited, and produced by Brett Morgen. Government Producers are Hartwig Masuch, Kathy Rivkin Daum, and Justus Haerder for BMG; Michael Rapino, Heather Parry, and Ryan Kroft for Dwell Nation Productions; Invoice Zysblat, Tom Cyrana, Aisha Cohen, and Eileen D’Arcy for RZO; Billy Gerber, and Debra Eisenstadt. The characteristic is a Public Highway Productions movie.
Bowie’s long-time collaborator and good friend Tony Visconti served because the movie’s music producer.
EVP World Repertoire Fred Casimir stated, “Moonage Daydream elevates the artwork of the music documentary to a brand new stage. Brett Morgen doesn’t merely depict Bowie and his music, he embodies it visually to create a brand new immersive expertise. It’s nice to see that such a artistic achievement can be a business success.”
Different BMG-made movies launched this yr included Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex which made its world premiere on the famend Tribeca Movie Competition in New York in Could.
In 2021, BMG revealed it had partnered with Pulse and Quickfire Movies and multi-Platinum, two-time BRIT Award-winning, Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi for his upcoming debut feature-length documentary movie.Music Enterprise Worldwide