Moon landing film by Todd Douglas Miller scores another big weekend
Apollo 11 continues on full throttle at the documentary box office.
The film by Todd Douglas Miller, which takes viewers along for NASA's historic 1969 moon landing mission, earned another $791,649 at theaters over the weekend, according to audience tracker comScore. It has made an impressive $6,857,086 in just four weeks of release for distributor NEON.
Apollo 11 played at 586 locations, down two screens from the previous week. NEON's next documentary box office contender, the Aretha Franklin gospel-themed Amazing Grace, opens April 5.
It was a tight race again for second place among nonfiction films over the weekend. They Shall Not Grow Old, Peter Jackson's World War I documentary, edged Free Solo by a little over $1,000. Overall, TSNGO has earned $17,652,459. Free Solo, the Oscar-winning documentary by E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, has tallied $17,443,554 so far, over a remarkable run of 26 weeks in theaters.
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.