Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old zooms past $16 million mark
On the weekend it was crowned with Oscar gold, Free Solo collected more coin at the documentary box office.
The film by E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin earned another $145,681 in theaters, pushing its cume to almost $16.5 million, according to audience tracker comScore. The documentary about climber Alex Honnold and his perilous attempt to climb Yosetmite's El Capitan without ropes came in second place for the weekend. But it was number one where it really counted -- with Oscar voters, who named it Best Feature Documentary at the Academy Awards Sunday night.
They Shall Not Grow Old, Peter Jackson's 3D film packed with World War I footage, took the top spot among nonfiction films in cinemas, making $540,805 according to comScore. Its total after 10 weeks of release stands at $16,400,179, just below Free Solo's tally. In all likelihood it will surpass Free Solo next weekend, and climb into second place among the top documentaries released in 2018.
These are the top five documentaries in theatrical release, as reported by comScore:
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.