Documentary Box Office: Linda Ronstadt Documentary a Chart Topper Again; Strong Debut for 'Where's My Roy Cohn?'
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice crosses $1.5 million mark in total earnings
A woman who ruled the Billboard charts is doing the same at the documentary box office.
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, maintained its grip on number one for the third week in a row, earning another $427.069 over the weekend. Its cume stands at $1,641,009, according to audience measurement firm comScore.
The film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, documents Ronstadt's rise in the late 1960s to superstardom in the 1970s, propelled by a succession of hits like "Love Is a Rose," "Heat Wave," "Just One Look," and "Blue Bayou." CNN Films produced the documentary; it will make its broadcast debut on CNN, with a tentative date of January 1, 2020.
Where's My Roy Cohn?, Matt Tyrnauer's documentary on the notorious New York lawyer, aide to Sen. Joseph McCarthy and mentor to Donald Trump, debuted in second place over the weekend. It made $41,202 at just four locations, for a strong per-screen average of $10,300, comScore reported.
"The film... will likely be of wide interest because of how Cohn helps explain Trump," New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg noted in a piece published on Friday. "From [Cohn], Trump learned how, when he was in trouble, to change the subject by acting outrageously, to never apologize and always stay on the offense."
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.