‘Apollo 11’ Soars in IMAX, ‘Climax’ and ‘Transit’ Sustain Foreign-Language Trend
As a handful of Oscar-winners rode a post-Oscar burst, a surge of new movies added vitality to the specialty market, filling the box-office void as award players ebb away.Best among these was “Apollo 11” (Neon), CNN’s Sundance documentary premiere that brings back the 1969 moon landing with innovative reformatting of 50-year-old Nasa archive footage and spectacular presentation.
Its IMAX break delivered solid results ahead of its further expansion.“Climax” (A24) and “Transit” (Music Box), two subtitled films from established European directors, both showed strong initial limited results.
This combined with the enhanced interest in documentaries marks a major rebound for the struggling specialized world.OpeningApollo 11 (Neon) – Metacritic: 92; Festivals include: Sundance 2019$1,650,000 in 120 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $13,750Underscoring the golden age of documentary quality and box office appeal, another
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