EMI claims Iron Maiden's tour film "Flight 666" has become the biggest worldwide release of a documentary, after launching simultaneously in 38 countries.

The major says the feature-length documentary achieved the highest per-screen average of any film in the U.K. on its April 21 launch -- with 12,000 admissions from a single evening show across 80 screens -- and was the No. 1 film in over 84% of participating U.K. sites.

Brazil's late night screenings (which showed the movie at 11.58pm in tribute to the Iron Maiden song "2 Minutes to Midnight") sold 8,000 admissions, while Finland's 686-seater Finnkino Helsinki screen sold out and Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood sold out five back-to-back shows. Of the 100,000-plus total admissions, 70% were from special event screenings on April 21.

"Flight 666" appeared on 500 screens across the U.S., all of Western Europe and most of Eastern Europe, South and Central America, Australasia, Japan, Russia, Canada, South Africa and India. It was distributed in digital print only by Arts Alliance Media (AAM) -- in collaboration with EMI Records and Iron Maiden -- and sub-distributed by D&E Entertainment in the U.S.

All territories launched on April 21, with the exception of Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and India which launched at a later date.

AAM chief executive office Howard Kiedaisch said in a statement: "We are incredibly happy with this result and consider it to be a massive achievement for everyone involved. It's a cinema first, proving the opportunities digital brings, as this release would never have happened with 35mm prints."

Stefan Demetriou, EMI VP, visual content strategy and acquisition, added: "This film shows once again that Iron Maiden are at the forefront of audiovisual innovation, providing a memorable, big screen experience for their loyal fan base and new Maiden converts worldwide."

"Flight 666" was filmed on the first leg of Iron Maiden's "Somewhere Back In Time" world tour in February and March 2008.

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