Morgan Neville's Won't You Be My Neighbor? dashes to $1.7 mil. total
A documentary about a woman who serves on the highest bench in the land has achieved an important benchmark. RBG, the hit film chronicling Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, moved past the $10 mil. mark in total earnings over the weekend, one of the rare documentaries to accomplish that feat.
RBG made $498,234 from Friday through Sunday (June 15-17), pushing its cume after seven weeks to $10,116,762, according to audience measurement firm comScore. The film directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen played on 288 screens, down 87 from the week before. That works out to a per screen average of $1,730.
RBG came in second to the surging Mr. Rogers film Won't You Be My Neighbor? The documentary by Oscar winner Morgan Neville made $1,002,709 in its second week of release, comScore reported, upping its total to $1.7 mil. The film played on 96 screens, earning an impressive $10,445 per location.
Focus Features, distributor of Won't You Be My Neighbor?, plans to expand the documentary to several hundred screens in the coming weeks, which augurs well for its box office prospects going forward.
These are the top five documentaries in North American theaters, per 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. Pandas [Warner Bros.], directed by David Douglas and Drew Fellman
4. Eating Animals [IFC Films], directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn
5. The Gospel According to André [Magnolia Pictures], directed by Kate Novack
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.