Amy breaks back into the top five; newcomer What Our Fathers Did connects
More and more people are meeting the Patels.
The comedic documentary Meet the Patels retained the top spot among non-fiction films at the weekend box office, earning another $68,778, according to audience measurement firm Rentrak.
The film directed by siblings Geeta and Ravi Patel has now crossed the $1.5 mil. mark in total box office returns. For most of its nine weeks of release the movie has been the number one documentary in theaters.
Coming in second to Patels -- by a razor-thin margin -- was Davis Guggenheim's He Named Me Malala, the Oscar-winning director's affectionate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai and her family. Malala earned $68,406 over the weekend, less than $400 below Meet the Patels.
Malala remains well ahead of Patels in total revenue: per Rentrak, He Named Me Malala's cume stands at $2,428,596.
Laurie Anderson's inventive documentary Heart of a Dog came in third at the weekend box office with $26,925. [For my interview with Laurie click here]
Asif Kapadia's film Amy -- fresh off its nomination for an International Documentary Association Award -- returned to the top five with a weekend take of $8,313. In 19 weeks of release the documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse has earned $8,380,168, according to Rentrak.
Rounding out the top five was the new film What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy from director David Evans. It made $8,132 in its opening weekend, on just a pair of screens.
The full top 10:
Title Weekend gross Cume
1. Meet the Patels $68,778 $1,552,924
2. He Named Me Malala $68,406 $2,428,596
3. Heart of a Dog $26,925 $70,991
4. Amy $8,313 $8,380,168
5. What Our Father's Did: A Nazi Legacy $8,132 $8,132
6. A Ballerina's Tale $7,113 $88,525
7. Meru $6,437 $2,324,945
8. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution $4,414 $482,396
9. Journey to the South Pacific $2,619 $7,062,153
10. Best of Enemies $2,230 $891,997
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.