“Free Solo,” National Geographic’s adventure documentary about the first free solo rock climb of Yosemite’s El Capitan, notched the best screen average of the year to date.
The film picked up $300,804 when it debuted this weekend on four screens, translating to $75,201 per location.
If weekend estimates hold, “Free Solo” will also rank as the best theater average ever for a documentary, besting “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Al Gore’s global warming doc pocketed $70,333 per screen when it launched in four locations in 2006. It went on to earn $49 million worldwide.
Filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and photographer Jimmy Chin directed “Free Solo,” which follows free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to scale the 3,000 foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope.
“Free Solo” currently holds a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Read the story at Variety.
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