Meet the Patels surpasses $1 mil. mark
He Named Me Malala, the documentary about Nobel Peace Prize-winning girls' education advocate Malala Yousafzai, is once again the top documentary at the box office.
Davis Guggenheim's film earned $326,217 over the weekend to claim the number one spot for the second week in a row, according to audience measurement firm Rentrak. Its three-week total now stands at $1,513,551.
Coming in second was Meet the Patels, the comedic documentary from siblings Geeta and Ravi Patel. The film continued its strong performance at the box office, collecting another $126,861 over the weekend -- enough to push it well past the $1 mil. mark in total earnings, according to Rentrak.
In third and fourth position respectively were The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by director Stanley Nelson, and Meru, the mountain climbing documentary co-directed by Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi.
A Ballerina's Tale, the new documentary about dancer Misty Copeland by director Nelson George, came in fifth position in its opening weekend, playing on just two screens in New York. It expands to Los Angeles, Denver, New Haven, Conn., Scottsdale, Ariz., Pasadena, Calif. and other cities this Friday.
The full top 10:
Title Weekend gross Cume
1. He Named Me Malala $326,217 $1,513,551
2.Meet the Patels $126,861 $1,145,062
3. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution $21,530 $418,408
4. Meru $11,129 $2,277,361
5. A Ballerina's Tale $9,388 $21,812
6. Amy $8,701 $8,348,107
7. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine $5,402 $488,469
8. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the
National Lampoon $4,382 $50,580
9. Journey to the South Pacific $2,419 $7,047,265
10. Space Station 3D $959 $93,130,582
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.