‘Free Solo’ Sets Documentary Record at Indie Box Office

While “Fahrenheit 11/9” wasn’t was box office analysts expected, this weekend saw The Year of the Documentary strike again with the arrival of National Geographic’s “Free Solo” in the indie box office, and with it, a new per screen average record for docs.Telling the story of climber Alex Hannold’s quest to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan without any equipment, the thrilling, critically-acclaimed doc earned $300,804 from its four screen release, earning a per screen average of $75,201.

That breaks the 12-year PSA record for documentaries held by “An Inconvenient Truth,” which had a starting average of $70,333.

It’s also the best PSA of 2018, beating the $63,000 average of A24’s “Eighth Grade.”On the feature side, Fox Searchlight, which released Best Picture winner “The Shape of Water” last winter, made a return to the indie charts with “The Old Man & The Gun,” which features the final acting performance of the legendary Robert Redford.

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