The nature film Born in China earns an impressive $4.7 mil. over opening weekend
For the first time in a month there's a new number one documentary at the box office. The cats of Kedi made way for the pandas, snow leopards and golden monkeys of Disney's Born in China.
The latest film under the Disneynature banner earned a whopping $4,790,367 in its opening weekend, according to audience measurement firm comScore. It played on more than 1,500 screens -- very wide for a documentary -- collecting $3,177 per screen.
Any nature lover can find enjoyment here, especially in the stunning cinematography.
Actor John Krasinski narrates the documentary directed by Chinese filmmaker Chuan Lu.
"Featuring stunning imagery, the film navigates the vast terrain -- from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest -- on the wings of a red-crowned crane," according to the film's website, "showcasing remarkably intimate family moments captured on film for the first time."
Disney has promised to donate 20-cents of every ticket purchased to see Born in China in the film's opening week (April 21-27) to the World Wildlife Fund, "with a minimum guaranteed donation of $100,000," per Born in China's official website.
The success of Born in China relegated another animal-themed documentary to second place.
Kedi, about the tens of thousands of ownerless cats who roam the streets of Istanbul, pulled in another $50,000 to up its total earnings to $2,460,692, comScore reported.
Elsewhere at the doc box office, I Am Not Your Negro crossed the $7 mil. mark in total grosses. The Oscar-nominated film by Raoul Peck is now in its 12th week of theatrical release.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.