The Davis Guggenheim-directed film enjoys one of the widest documentary releases of the year
He Named Me Malala, the documentary about Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai, easily took the top spot among documentaries at the weekend box office. The film from Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim earned $687,169, according to audience measurement firm Rentrak Corp..
The film played on 446 screens, very wide for a documentary, with a per-screen average of $1,541. The two-week total for He Named Me Malala now stands at $770,617. Trailer here.
The success of Malala pushed Meet the Patels from the top of the documentary box office, a spot it had occupied for the last three weeks. Patels finished in second place with a weekend take of $169,537, increasing its total returns to $961,642. It should cross the $1 million mark by next weekend. [Trailer here]
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution from director Stanley Nelson broke into the top five, earning $47,113 -- enough for third place. Its six-week total now stands at $370,651.[Trailer here]
Rounding out the top five were Meru, the hit mountain-climbing documentary from Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi. which came in fourth place, followed by Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon in fifth, Rentrak reported.
The full top 10 for the weekend of October 9-11:
1. He Named Me Malala $687,169
2. Meet the Patels $169,537
3. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution $47,113
4. Meru $25,309
5. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon $16,890
6. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine $8,407
7. Journey to the South Pacific $1,854
8. Best of Enemies $828
9. The Wolfpack $441
10.She's Beautiful When She's Angry $325
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.