Jennifer Lawrence-narrated A Beautiful Planet claims no. 1; Weiner continues hot streak
The latest film produced by IMAX is doing stellar business on the very big screen.
A Beautiful Planet finished as the top nonfiction film at the box office over the weekend, earning another 119,394, according to audience measurement firm Rentrak.
The film narrated by Jennifer Lawrence explores planet Earth and deep space from the vantage point of the International Space Station.
I love space. I love anything that has to do with space.
The documentary, which filmmakers say presents an "awe-inspiring glimpse of Earth and a hopeful look into the future of humanity," has made more than $2.7 million since its release at the end of April., per Rentrak.
Weiner, the documentary about disgraced politician Anthony Weiner, continued its strong box office performance, coming in second over the weekend with another $103,621. Its total now stands at $1,215,143.
Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg co-directed the film, which earned the grand jury prize for a U.S. nonfiction film at the Sundance Film Festival.
Morgan Neville's latest film, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, came in third over the weekend, with just under $100,000 in ticket sales.
The Music of Strangers focuses on the bold musical project launched by Ma, a collaboration with an international array of instrumentalists, vocalists, composers and artists. Released three weeks ago, the documentary has now earned $182,180.
Dark Horse, the story of long shot racehorse backed by a group of working class Welsh villagers, finished in the fourth spot at the box office. Louise Osmond directed the film, which has now made close to half a million dollars.
Finishing fifth was Tickled, a bizarre story of what happened to TV personality David Farrier of New Zealand after he tried to look into the seemingly odd but harmless activity of "competitive endurance tickling." He found himself the target of a campaign of vilification and intimidation by a shadowy individual behind tickling videos posted online.
Dylan Reeve co-directed the film, a superb piece of investigative journalism. Tickled expands this Friday to theaters in San Diego, Berkeley and Oakland, California, as well as Denver, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis and other locations. Listings here.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.