Film from Otto Bell nears $2.5 million mark
The Eagle Huntress is beginning 2017 the same way it ended 2016: on top of the documentary box office.
The film by Otto Bell continues to charm audiences, collecting another $114,718 over the weekend to easily nest atop the charts. According to audience measurement firm comScore, the documentary's total box office take now stands at $2,460,976.
The visually stunning film, photographed in the Altai Mountains at the intersection of China, Mongolia, Russia and Kazakhstan, focuses on the exploits of 13-year-old Aisholpan who aims to became her country's first female eagle hunter -- a task that involves training an eaglet to hunt (the birds are released back to the wild as adults).
The documentary enjoys a 93-percent approval rating among critics, per RottenTomatoes.com.
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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.