Kedi returns to theaters for one-day engagement in honor of International Cat Day
Brett Morgen's documentary on pioneering primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall took over the top spot at the doc box office over the weekend, displacing the previous week's number one, Ai WeiWei's Human Flow.
Last weekend the order was reversed, with Human Flow coming in first and Jane second.
Jane earned $146,662, according to audience measurement company comScore, bringing its two-week total to $226,690.
Human Flow came in with a weekend take of $58,879, comScore reported. After three weeks in release the film has made $269,943. Both Jane and Human Flow recently qualified for Oscar consideration.
Coming in third place over the weekend was Aida's Secrets, directed by Alon and Shaul Schwarz. The film about brothers separated as babies at the close of World War II made $24,448.
Kedi, the hit documentary directed by Ceyda Torun, returned to theaters on Sunday for a single day only, in honor of International Cat Day. Playing at 36 locations, it made $22,353 -- good enough for fourth place overall. During its main theatrical run over the summer the documentary about felines of Istanbul collected almost $2.8 million in North America alone.
Fifth place belonged to Dina, the Sundance-winning documentary by Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini about the relationship between a woman with Asperger's and other neurological differences and her fiancé, a man also on the autistic spectrum.
On a per screen basis, the top documentary of the weekend was Bill Nye: Science Guy, the film about Nye's campaign to defend scientific research and a fact-based perspective on reality. It made $7,005 on a single screen, coming in ninth place. By contrast, Jane earned $5,866 per screen at the 25 locations where it played.
The top five documentaries at the box office as reported by comScore:
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.