Sunday, May 26, 2024

Box Office: “Fahrenheit 11-9” Best Opening for a Documentary in 2018, On Track to Be Biggest in Strong Year


Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11-9” made $3.1 million on its opening weekend in just 1,719 theaters. That’s the best opening for a doc in 2018. At that rate, “F11-9” should be the top doc at the 2018 box office.

By comparison, especially with political films, DiNesh D’Souza’s “Death of a Nation” made just $5.8 million its entire run. Death could not come fast enough to that misguided diatribe.

Among quality films, Moore reached the $3 million twice as fast as popular docs about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Mister Rogers.

The Moore film also made $1 mil more than Dan Fogelman’s “Life Itself,” which had an all star cast and the backing of Amazon.

The number 1 movie of the weekend was “The House with a Clock in Its Walls,” which made $26 million.

Hey– we are a country with the clock ticking, so get out and see “F 11-9” now.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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