Laura Gabbert film is number one for second straight week; Janis crosses $400k mark
Moviegoers are showing a strong appetite for the new documentary about restaurant critic Jonathan Gold.
City of Gold directed by Laura Gabbert finished number one among nonfiction films at the box office over the weekend, earning another $75,811 according to audience measurement firm Rentrak. That pushed its total take to $387,813.
"CITY OF GOLD chronicles Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold’s deep and complex relationship with the food and culture of his city, Los Angeles," according to the film's website.
For the second week in a row Michael Moore's Where To Invade Next finished second to City of Gold.
Where To Invade Next's box office tally overall stands at an impressive $3.7 million, per Rentrak, making it the most successful nonfiction film of 2016 to date.
Coming in third at the box office was the controversial anti-vaccination documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, directed by Dr. Andrew Wakefield. [See companion piece here].
Fourth place went to Janis: Little Girl Blue, the documentary on the late Janis Joplin directed by Amy Berg. The film, which draws on new interviews with Joplin's younger siblings as well as letters the singer wrote home from the road, has now crossed the $400,000 mark in total earnings, Rentrak reported.
Janis has spent 19 weeks in theaters, including a lengthy period as the number one nonfiction film.
Rounding out the top five -- the film Journey to the South Pacific, which has now made $7,116,257 in more than two years of release in Imax theaters. Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett narrates the film [although not, it must the said, the trailer].
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.