Monday, January 3, 2011

A Strong Crop of Documentaries, but Barely Seen -

A Strong Crop of Documentaries, but Barely Seen - "The best performer among conventional documentaries released in 2010 was Walt Disney’s “Oceans,” an English-language reconstruction of a French nature film by the directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud. Released in April, “Oceans” had domestic ticket sales of about $19 million.

To put things in perspective, a similarly revamped French nature film, “March of the Penguins,” took in more than $77 million for Warner Independent Pictures after its release in 2005.

Based on figures compiled by Box Office Mojo, feature documentaries had combined ticket sales of about $45 million last year. That roughly matches the box-office sales for “Saw 3D,” a modest horror hit for Lionsgate, and falls short of the opening weekend sales for “Megamind,” a middling performer from DreamWorks Animation."

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