The Biggest Little Farm and Apollo 11 continue strong performance
"The King of the High C's" is earning quite a few C-notes at the documentary box office.
Ron Howard's biographical film Pavarotti, about the legendary operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti, took the top spot among nonfiction titles over the weekend with $431,140, according to audience tracker comScore. In its third week of release Pavarotti crossed the $1 million mark in overall earnings.
Another music-related documentary also crossed the $1 million mark. Echo in the Canyon, about the rock n' roll music scene that flourished in the Hollywood Hills in the mid-1960s, made $225,356 over the weekend, pushing its total to $1,142,580 after five weeks of release. Andrew Slater directed the film and Jakob Dylan (Bob Dylan's son) plays a prominent role in it, interviewing many of the recording artists who defined the Laurel Canyon sound, from David Crosby to Michelle Phillips and Roger McGuinn.
The Biggest Little Farm continued its impressive run at the box office, finishing in third place. The film by John Chester, about life on a farm that he and his wife bought in Moorpark, California, made another $164,279, upping its overall take to $3,279,618.
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am debuted in fourth place, collecting $48,050. The film by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders tells the story of the 88-year-old Nobel Prize-winning author of Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye and other novels and plays.
Coming in fifth place over the weekend was Apollo 11, which increased its box office total to $8,859. 138. Todd Douglas Miller's film documents the Apollo 11 mission of 1969 which landed the first men on the moon.
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.