[Ed. – And no, this is not a joke. In the genre — moderate-profile, non-Michael Moore documentaries — it’s doing exceptionally well.]
The surprise star of Sundance isn’t quite putting up Black Panther numbers. But Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the subject of Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s doc, RBG, is now a box-office force.
The film, which plays like a superhero origin story that traces Ginsburg’s arc from young mother and Harvard Law standout all the way to the Supreme Court, has nabbed $9.2 million since opening May 4. That makes RBG, bought for less than $1 million by Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media, the highest-grossing acquisition of the festival. …
Michael Moore’s $119 million blockbuster Fahrenheit 9/11 notwithstanding, documentaries rarely cross the $10 million mark at the box office. Only 25 have done so — mostly concert or nature films.