'I, Tonya' Makes Stunning Debut in NY and Los Angeles

Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan in the days before the infamous beatdown. A new movie tackles the

Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan in the days before the infamous beatdown. A new movie tackles the

The film, which screened at four theaters on its opening weekend-two in Hollywood in Los Angeles and two in Manhattan in New York City-debuted with $245,602 in box office sales, according to Variety.

Considering Harding, whose skating career ended in 1994 after her associates infamously attacked rival Olympian Nancy Kerrigan, rose to prominence from lower-class OR in the early '90s, the film's stylists mined a very specific source to groom Robbie for the role. Harding, played in the film by Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, The Wolf of Wall Street), was banned for life from the sport.

"I, Tonya" is the Tonya Harding film you never knew you wanted.

Based on unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is the darkly comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history.

Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan at the fateful 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. GETTY IMAGES
Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan at the fateful 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. GETTY IMAGES

The dark comedy centres on Harding's involvement in the attack on rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.

I, Tonya is directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Steven Rogers.

The approach sometimes spoils the fun of "I, Tonya" but Tatiana S. Riegel's editing is kinetic and the performances keep the film hurtling forward, especially that of Allison Janney. Paul Walter Hauser, Julianne Nicholson, Bojana Novakovic, and Bobby Cannavale also appear in the movie.

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