Ron Howard film crosses $2.5 mil. mark; Tower debuts in top five
The Beatles are back in a familiar spot -- the top of the charts. In this case it's the documentary box office rankings as the film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years returned to number one.
Ron Howard's film made another $104,288 over the weekend to push its five-week total to $2,578,449, according to audience measurement firm Rentrak.
The Beatles film played on just over a hundred screens, earning a per screen average of $1,022. It is simultaneously available for streaming on Hulu.
Coming in second for the second straight weekend was the equine documentary Harry & Snowman, directed by Ron Davis -- the story of a plow horse who seemed destined for nothing more glorious than the glue factory. A Dutch immigrant and horseman bought him and together, against all odds, they won show jumping's triple crown.
Harry & Snowman pushed its two week total above $100,000, Rentrak reported. Watch the trailer here.
In third place came Cameraperson, the highly-regarded directorial debut of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Doc NYC recently put the film on its short list of the top 15 documentaries of the year. Watch the trailer here.
Tower, which won the top documentary prize at SXSW in March, debuted in the fourth spot. Keith Maitland's film about the notorious sniper attack on the University of Texas campus in 1966 opened at a single location. Watch the trailer here.
Theo Who Lived finished in fifth place over the weekend in just its second week of release. David Schisgall directed the film which tells the story of a naive and unorthodox American journalist, Theo Padmos, who was kidnapped while attempting to report from Syria in 2012. He managed to survive 22 months of captivity that included torture and interrogations.
The film opens in LA this Friday. Watch the trailer here.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.