Follow up to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth opens with strong performance
More than a decade after the release of An Inconvenient Truth, the sequel to the groundbreaking global warming documentary is making an impact at the box office.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power earned the top spot among nonfiction films over the weekend, taking in $124,823 according to audience tracker comScore.
The film by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk played on only four screens, but earned an impressive $31,206 at each venue. A heavy promotional effort by former Vice President Al Gore, who again is the centerpiece of the sequel, helped lift its box office fortunes.
An Inconvenient Sequel "is a reboot that justifies its existence," New York Times critic Ben Kenigsberg wrote in his review. "If there is a thesis in this new documentary... it’s that a rise in extreme weather is making the impact of climate change harder to deny,"
The film expands to more locations this Friday. It premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, where the original -- directed by Davis Guggenheim -- also debuted.
Last weekend's number one film, City of Ghosts, dropped to third place. The Matthew Heineman documentary has earned $101,635 in four weeks of release, comScore reported.
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The number two documentary over the weekend has been around for over a year, the IMAX film A Beautiful Planet, narrated by Jennifer Lawrence. Playing at a single location, the film created in association with NASA pushed its total to $11,638,062.
The top five films as reported by comScore:
1. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk
2. A Beautiful Planet Toni Myers
3. City of Ghosts by Matthew Heineman
4. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana
5. The Last Dalai Lama? by Mickey Lemle
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.