‘Whitney’ Documentary Pulls In $1.2 Million At Theatres

In its opening weekend, the latest documentary to chronicle the life, struggles, and ultimately untimely and shocking demise of one of the entertainment industry’s biggest stars ever, Whitney Houston, pulled in $1.2 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 2 hour doc, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, earned an A CinemaScore, and was heavily promoted as offering candid interviews and never-before-seen footage.

Whitney also offered some shocking tea as well: for instance, the film revealed that Houston was allegedly sexually molested by her cousin, gospel singer Dee Dee Warwick, sister of Dionne.

The doc also revealed that Whitney reportedly created behind-the-scenes jobs and positions for her then-hubby, singer Bobby Brown, so he wouldn’t feel jealous of her career. By the time the two married in 1993, Whitney was at the top of her game; she a had a #1 album and a critically acclaimed starring role in The Bodyguard, and would soon star in Waiting To Exhale.

Meanwhile, Brown’s once-successful career had at that point tanked.

In an ego boast to her hubby, Houston referred to him as “The original King of R&B” at the Grammy’s in 2000, and then again at the BET Awards in 2001. The comment drew widespread ridicule: by then, Brown’s struggles with addiction were well known, and he hadn’t been on the charts in years.

Whitney is playing at 454 theatres around the country.

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