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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Rules Indie Box Office With Solid Opening for Doc ‘RBG’

Also performing well, ”Disobedience“ starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams

“Avengers: Infinity War” has conquered the box office for the past two weeks, but some limited release films have been able to carve out a niche for themselves. Among them is Magnolia Pictures/Participant Media’s documentary “RBG,” which looks at the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, the film opened in 34 theaters this weekend and earned $560,000, good for a strong per screen average of $16,471, the second-highest PSA of this weekend behind “Avengers” with $25,139.

“RBG” has earned critical acclaim from critics for exploring Ginsburg’s lifelong struggle against gender discrimination, earning a 93 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Magnolia will expand the film to 150 screens for Mother’s Day next weekend, and expand again to 300 screens the weekend after.

Also performing well in its second weekend is Bleecker Street’s “Disobedience” with a $237,393 launch and a $47,479 per screen average. Expanding to 31 screens this weekend, the drama from newly minted Oscar-winner Sebastian Lelio added $310,272 for a per screen average of just over $10,000. Starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, the film now has a 10-day total of $638,645.

Sony Pictures Releasing International released the Indian dramedy “102 Not Out” on an appropriate 102 screens this weekend, earning a modest start of $480,000 for a per screen average of just over $4,700. The film follows a 102-year-old man who desires to break the record for the oldest man ever, but believes he needs to stay away from negative people like his morose son to live that long. To this end, he works to change his son’s outlook on life with a new lifestyle regimen, threatening to send his son to a retirement home if he doesn’t comply.

Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight’s “Isle of Dogs” added $790,000 in its seventh weekend, bringing its total to $28.4 million. Searchlight’s wider release, “Super Troopers 2,” added $1.8 million from 2,118 screens to bring its total to $25.4 million after three weekends. The sequel is getting closer to passing the inflation-adjusted domestic run of its 2002 predecessor, which made $29.1 million in today’s money.

Amazon Studios’ “You Were Never Really Here” passed the $2 million mark in its fifth weekend with $168,905 from 185 screens, bringing its total to $2.15 million. Finally, Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Leisure Seeker” passed the $3 million mark after 21 weekends in theaters, making $50,000 this weekend from 76 screens.