Richie McCaw's Chasing Great highest grossing NZ doco of all time

Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw can now add box office gold to his record-breaking career as his movie biography today became New Zealand's highest grossing documentary of all time.

Chasing Great launched on September 1 and has officially cracked the local box office's top spot, grossing $1,818,638,

It has knocked the previous title holder from its seven year tenure, Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls.

Chasing Great directors Michelle Walshe and Justin Pemberton say they're "thrilled" with the documentary's result.

"The goal was to inspire people to be bold with their dreams and to share the secrets to Richie's succes," they said in a joint statement.

"That New Zealander's have loved this film is the real measure of its success." 

New Zealand Film Commission CEO Dave Gibson says the smashed record is exciting.

"This is the second long-standing box office record to be broken this year - with Hunt for the Wilderpeople -  and we're thrilled that both these films have contributed to New Zealand films having their biggest ever share of the total box office for 2016," Mr Gibson says.

The highest capped All Black from North Otago led the world's best team to 51 victories from the open-side flanker position, winning back-to-back Rugby World Cup titles in 2011 and 2015.

Last year he became the youngest New Zealander ever to be appointed to the Order of New Zealand Merit for his services to our country. 

McCaw's documentary about his journey to become one of the world's best rugby players continues to screen in cinemas across the country this week. 

ONE News reporter Chris Chang spoke with the All Blacks legend about the recently released film. Source: Breakfast


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