Doc box office: big weekend for 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?'; 'Three Identical Strangers' opens strong
Morgan Neville's film on Fred Rogers crosses $7.5 mil. mark
Friends and neighbors continue to turn out for Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Morgan Neville's film on the late Fred Rogers.
The documentary continued its strong box office push over the weekend, earning another $2.4 mil. according to audience measurement firm comScore. The film's cume stands at $7,619,057 after four weeks of release.
Won't You Be My Neighbor? expanded by more than 300 screens, upping its number of locations to 654, very wide for a documentary.
Coming in second at the box office was the major hit RBG about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (who may soon get a new colleague on the Court after the resignation of Anthony Kennedy). The film by Betsy West and Julie Cohen made another $415,979 to increase its total to $11,550,341, comScore reported.
The acclaimed new documentary Three Identical Strangers finished third in its debut weekend, playing on five screens in New York and Los Angeles. It opened with $171,503 -- for an impressive per screen average of $34,301.
The film directed by Tim Wardle tells the extraordinary story of triplets who were separated as infants and only discovered each other by chance as adults.
Related: Three Identical Strangers director on unlikely tale of triplets separated at birth, reunited as adults: 'I instantly realized this was the most extraordinary story I think I'd ever heard'
Fourth place at the box office went to the IMAX nature doc Pandas, narrated by Kristen Bell. The film distributed by Warner Bros. has made $2,597,918 in 13 weeks of release.
In fifth came Eugene Jarecki's The King, an examination of Elvis Presley and what his story says about the direction of American life since the 1950s. It has earned $41,914 in two weeks of release.
The top five at the box office as reported by comScore:
1. Won't You Be My Neighbor? [Focus Features], directed by Morgan Neville
2. RBG [Magnolia Pictures], directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen
3. Three Identical Strangers [Neon], directed by Tim Wardle
4. Pandas [Warner Bros.], directed by David Douglas and Drew Fellman
5. The King [Oscilloscope], directed by Eugene Jarecki
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.