They Shall Not Grow Old and Free Solo add to big totals
Apollo 11 continues its impressive trajectory at the box office. The film directed by Todd Douglas Miller captured the top spot among documentaries over the weekend, earning $1.2 million, according to audience measurement firm comScore.
Apollo 11, which gives viewers a moment-by-moment experience of NASA's mission to land the first humans on the surface of the moon, has now made $5,477,092 total in just three weeks of release. It played on 588 screens, more than three times as many as the next widest nonfiction release, They Shall Not Grow Old.
TSNGO came in second place over the weekend, adding another $97,152 to its take, comScore reported. Peter Jackson's film that brings World War I footage to life in 3D has made a remarkable 17,536,573 to date.
Equally remarkable is the continued success of Free Solo, which came in third over the weekend, boosting its total earnings to $17,353,957 after an incredible 5-plus months in theaters. The documentary by E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature last in February.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.