Box Office: ‘Muscle Shoals’ Proves To Be a Steady Sleeper By Slowly Scooping Half a Million Dollars

Box Office: ‘Muscle Shoals’ Proves To Be a Steady Sleeper By Slowly Scooping Half a Million Dollars

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There’s not too much excitement with this week’s documentary box office report. The only new release to report numbers is Dear Mr. Watterson, which is doing decent business for a film that was also released on iTunes/VOD the same day it hit theaters. The only really notable film of the continuing releases is Muscle Shoals, which is also on iTunes and yet continues a steady rise on the weekend and yearly chart. The doc actually circled into the half-million mark last weekend, but for some reason I didn’t notice. What it means, though, is that it’s popped into the Top 25 of 2013 (or Top 10 if you’re Indiewire), and The Act of Killing has been bumped out. Not surprising. Celebrating old music is always more popular than human rights issues.

Here is the reported weekend box office for 11/15/13–11/17/13, including new and continuing releases:

1. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa — $7,421,536

2. Muscle Shoals— $44,324

3. The Armstrong Lie— $41,156

4. Generation Iron— $14,600

5. American Promise— $13,000

6. Spinning Plates— $11,606

7. Inequality for All— $11,438

8. The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology— $8,775

9. Dear Mr. Watterson— $6,800

10. 20 Feet From Stardom— $6,574

11. God Loves Uganda— $5,594

12. The Ghosts In Our Machine— $5,228

13. Running From Crazy— $4,024

14. Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story— $2,802

15. The Act of Killing— $2,313

16. When Comedy Went to School— $2,032

17. Let the Fire Burn— $1,733

18. Fire in the Blood— $1,512

19. Good Ol’ Freda— $1,377

20. Sweet Dreams— $1,217

21. Terms and Conditions May Apply— $892

22. Rising From Ashes— $862

23. Design Is One— $552

And here is the current top 25 doc box office for 2013 (note the changeover from millions to thousands):

  1. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa— $90m ($119m worldwide)
  2. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain — $32.2m
  3. One Direction: This Is Us — $28.9m ($66.6m worldwide)
  4. Hubble 3D (IMAX) — $4.9m
  5. 20 Feet From Stardom — $4.8m
  6. Metallica Through the Never— $3.4m
  7. Unstoppable— $3.2m
  8. To the Arctic (IMAX) — $2.9m
  9. The Gatekeepers — $2.4m
  10. Blackfish — $2.1m
  11. Space Station 3D (IMAX) — $1.9m
  12. Stories We Tell — $1.6m
  13. Born to Be Wild (IMAX) — $1.56m
  14. Girl Rising — $1.53m
  15. Flying Monsters— $1.51m
  16. Under the Sea 3D— $1.1m
  17. Inequality for All— $1.1m
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  18. Generation Iron— $800k
  19. 56 Up — $700k
  20. Searching For Sugar Man — $686k
  21. Deep Sea 3D (IMAX) — $668k
  22. Salinger— $576k
  23. Muscle Shoals— $569k
  24. Chasing Ice — $530k
  25. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorfs — $510k

Data pulled from Box Office Mojo and IMDb and Deadline and The Numbers.

(Editor in Chief)

Christopher Campbell is the founding editor of Nonfics.