First and second place films separated by only $7
Leaning Into the Wind held on to the top spot at the documentary box office over the weekend, but by the slimmest of margins.
Thomas Riedelsheimer's film about artist Andy Goldsworthy registered $42,873 in ticket sales, according to audience tracking firm comScore. The second place film, Alexandra Dean's Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, sold tickets totaling $42,866. Not trusting my own math skills, my calculator informs me this is a difference of $7, or approximately one moviegoer.
The per screen average for both films betrayed a wider margin, however. Leaning Into the Wind played on 24 screens, for a per screen average of $1,786. Bombshell, meanwhile, played on slightly more screens -- 28 -- for a per screen average of $1,531.
Bombshell, the story of the gorgeous film star Hedy Lamarr, who lived something of a double life as a brilliant inventor, has earned $566,979 in 18 weeks of release. Leaning Into the Wind has made $136,443 in three weeks of release.
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Ramen Heads, directed by Koki Shigeno, finished in third place over the weekend. It tells the story of Japan's preeminent soup and noodle master, chef Osamu Tomita.
The fourth spot went to Summer in the Forest in its debut weekend. Randall Wright directed the film which tells the story of the foundation of L'Arche, a home for the mentally disabled located in a wooded area outside Paris.
In fifth place was another film set in France -- the Oscar-nominated Faces Places, directed by Agnès Varda and photographer JR. The documentary has now made $940,997 in 25 weeks of release.
Related: 89-year-old Agnès Varda and 34-year-old JR on their unlikely cross-generational bond: 'We really forgot about the age difference'
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.