Meet the Patels from brother-sister filmmakers displaces Malala from top of box office
There is no denying the appeal of Meet the Patels.
The humorous documentary from co-directors and siblings Geeta and Ravi Patel is once again the top non-fiction film at the box office. It swapped positions with He Named Me Malala, Davis Guggenheim's documentary, which had been number one the last three weeks.
Patels earned another $82,150 over the weekend, pushing its cume to $1,442,619, according to audience measurement firm Rentrak.
Malala dropped to second, bringing in another $61,820 over the weekend. In five weeks of release it has made just under $2.2 mil., Rentrak reported.
Rounding out the top five were A Ballerina's Tale -- the story of prima ballerina Misty Copeland; Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson's stirring and imaginative documentary about love, loss and her dog Lolabelle, and Meru, the dramatic tale of three climbers' attempt to scale a forbidding peak in the Himalayas.
The full top 10:
Title Weekend gross Cume
1. Meet the Patels $82,150 $1,442,619
2. He Named Me Malala $61,820 $2,199,391
3. A Ballerina's Tale $13,252 $72,684
4. Heart of a Dog $10,316 $36,444
5. Meru $8,172 $2,312,351
6. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution $6,852 $468,524
7. Amy $3,212 $8,368,745
8. Best of Enemies $2,956 $889,332
9. Journey to the South Pacific $1,348 $7,057,903
10. Making Rounds $1,056 $1,056
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.