National Geographic Sets Date For Emmy Contenders Showcase: A One-Of-A-Kind Outdoor Experience & Concert

From 5:30-8 PM, attendees will be able to speak with the artists behind Life Below Zero, while getting a glacial facial and grabbing a frozen treat. They also can get a henna tattoo and create their own religious charms with the producers of The Story of God, play nostalgic '90s arcade games inspired by Valley of the Boom, and enter The Hot Zone by getting into costume in a space inspired by the network's anticipated miniseries.
As Emmy season heats up and For Your Consideration campaigning kicks into high gear, National Geographic has taken the wraps off a a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience June 2 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to celebrate the talent behind its 2019 contenders.
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Among the experiences: The subject of Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai-Vasarhelyi’s Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo, Alex Honnold, will be on hand for a book signing, and attendees can experience his El Capitan ascent firsthand through a unique picture and sound editing demo and Hostile Planet, a look at the world's harshest landscapes and the animals living within them, will be represented via an animal exhibit and VR experience.
Different from the usual screening-then-panel FYC format, attendees will be treated to a series of experiences involving the 30 artists behind the network’s programming scheduled to appear, along with a live concert hosted by Morgan Freeman. The event, sponsored by media partners Deadline and Rolling Stone, kicks off at 5:30 PM with a Contenders Showcase and family picnic, which will feature talent from six of National Geographic’s series and documentaries.
At 8 PM, a live orchestra takes the stage with visuals showcasing Free Solo’s harrowing final moments; scenes from The Flood, a documentary on animals living in the heart of Africa’s Okavango Delta, with narration by Angela Bassett; and an epic, sweeping look at life on the Hostile Planet.

‘Free Solo’ Ascends To 2018’s Best Per-Theater Average; Redford’s ‘Old Man & The Gun’ Solid – Specialty Box Office

We The Animals (The Orchard) Week 7 [26 Theaters] Weekend $9,335, Average $359, Cume $387,960
“It’s a relaxed film that we felt would get broader. [Redford’s] films usually come out all at once like A Walk In the Woods or go out slowly.” “I have to be honest, I thought I’d be happy with a $22,500 or $25K average,” said Searchlight SVP Frank Rodriguez Sunday.
Based on a New Yorker article by David Grann, the film was originally developed and brought to Fox Searchlight by Condé Nast Entertainment. The Fox Searchlight release grossed $150K, averaging $30K. Fellow Telluride debut The Old Man & The Gun, from writer-director David Lowery and starring Redford in what he says is likely his last acting role, opened five locations Friday.
Pick Of The Litter (Sundance Selects) Week 5 [63 Theaters] Weekend $74,628, Average $1,185, Cume $366,531
Lizzie (Roadside Attractions/Saban Films) Week 3 [206 Theaters] Weekend $89,900, Average $436, Cume $546,124
The filmmakers and their subject Honnold took part in Q&As all weekend at the Arclight Hollywood, selling out the dome, as well as the Angelika Theater as well as Denver and Boulder, two centers with climbing enthusiasts. The title also won the People’s Choice Audience Award at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.
RETURNING/SECOND WEEKEND
The Old Man & The Gun (Fox Searchlight) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $150,000, Average $30,000
But their latest climb, Free Solo, has scaled a new threshold for a nonfiction debut with its $300,804 gross in four theaters in New York, L.A., Denver and Boulder, CO. In 2015, filmmakers Vasarhelyi and Chin took doc audiences on death-defying mountain climbs with Meru, taking in over $2.3M in the box office via Music Box Films. Greenwich Entertainment said Free Solo’s audiences were “predominantly 20 and 30-somethings, driven by social media.”
God Bless The Broken Road (Freestyle Releasing) Week 4 [111 Theaters] Weekend $35,399, Average $319, Cume $2,783,113
Colette (Bleecker Street) Week 2 [38 Theaters] Weekend $418,501, Average $11,013, Cume $638,932
And Sony Classics’ The Wife with Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce stands at $6.1M in its seventh frame. The film took in $777,386 in the three-day, averaging $1,779
Added Rodriguez: “It was No. It also did well at Landmark 57 West in Manhattan.” Rodriguez gave kudos to Searchlight’s sister company Nat Geo for Free Solo’s success, noting The Old Man & The Gun was second at the Arclight Hollywood, where the former played the largest auditorium. 1 yesterday at Regal Union Square [in New York] and will probably be so [Sunday].
Juliet, Naked (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 7 [71 Theaters] Weekend $64,775, Average $912, Cume $3,360,568
The Bookshop (Greenwich Entertainment) Week 6 [74 Theaters] Weekend $70,834, Average $957, Cume $1,473,473
“National Geographic is beyond proud to have shepherded this project from the beginning.” “In a year where audiences are recognizing the power of seeing docs on the big screen, it’s so gratifying to see Free Solo embraced as the thrilling theatrical experience that it is,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks.
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. (Abramorama) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $51,373, Average $25,687
Assassination Nation (Neon) Week 2 [1,035 Theaters] Weekend $202,817, Average $196, Cume $1,728,565
The Sisters Brothers (Annapurna) Week 2 [27 Theaters] Weekend $244,091, Average $9,040, Cume $404,814
All About Nina (The Orchard) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $30,164, Average $7,541
[The project] was very intricate with a heavy production shoot, and it was secret. As Vasarhelyi told me this week. It’s a big deal for any financier to accept those risks. “[National Geographic was] the perfect partner for us. They were a great home for us, and they understood what we were doing.”
The Dawn Hall (The Orchard) Week 3 [4 Theaters] Weekend $5,932, Average $1,483, Cume $783,507
Black ’47 (IFC Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $9,006
Said Abramorama on Sunday: “We’re thrilled, as are the producers at Cinereach, with the overwhelming response to the film. grossed $51,373 in two theaters, averaging a robust $25,687. Although overshadowed by Free Solo, another doc opener had a robust start in two locations. It will roll out across the country over the next few weeks so everyone will have the opportunity to experience the M.I.A. phenomenon.” Not bad for the Sundance debut that took a bit of time before finding a distribution home. Abramorama's Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
Leave No Trace (Bleecker Street) Week 14 [34 Theaters] Weekend $9,502, Average $279, Cume $6,099,951″ />
The Jacques Audiard-directed feature grossed an estimated $244,091in the three-day, averaging $9,040. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal jumped to 27 theaters from its opening four locations. The Sisters Brothers took in over $122K in its debut, averaging $30,507. Annapurna’s The Sisters Brothers with John C.
likely would have grabbed bigger headlines had it not opened opposite Free Solo. Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. Abramorama’s Sundance doc Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. In the three-day, the Telluride debut took in $150K for a solid $30,000 per-theater average. had a robust opening in two theaters over the weekend, grossing $51,373, averaging $25,687. about Sri Lankan/British singer M.I.A. Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight’s The Old Man & The Gun starring Robert Redford, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek, rolled out in five locations Friday. Among other openers, Neon took Monsters And Men to 18 locations, grossing $130,979 ($7,277 average), while IFC Films’ Black ’47 played an exclusive run for $9,006. And, The Orchard opened All About Nina with four runs, grossing $30,164 ($7,541 average).
Ya Veremos (Pantelion/Lionsgate) Week 5 [58 Theaters] Weekend $51,000, Average $879, Cume $4,113,563
Free Solo (National Geographic Documentary Film/Greenwich Entertainment) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $300,804, Average $75,201
Tea With The Dames (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [19 Theater] Weekend $45,872, Average $2,415, Cume $69,011
Free Solo’s opening all but assures it’ll join the year’s big three docs, RBG  Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, the National Geographic Film/Greenwich Entertainment release grossed a massive $300,804 in just four theaters, averaging $75,201, the best opening-weekend PTA of 2018, climbing over previous title holder, Eighth Grade. and Three Identical Strangers as 2018’s nonfiction behemoths. Telluride/Toronto documentary Free Solo ascended to some of the best opening box office stats of the year and even scaled new peaks in the nonfiction realm. The bow for the film about Alex Honnold’s attempt to scale Yosemite’s 3,200-foot El Capitan without a rope also is the best opening-weekend PTA for a documentary ever, overtaking 2006 Oscar winner An Inconvenient Truth, which averaged $70,333 in its opening frame in four locations.
Blaze (Sundance Selects) Week 7 [89 Theaters] Weekend $96,748, Average $1,087, Cume $578,707
Puzzle (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 9 [101 Theaters] Weekend $36,785, Average $364, Cume $1,976,290
Monsters And Men (Neon) NEW [18 Theaters] Weekend $130,979, Average $7,277
Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable (Greenwich Entertainment) Week 2 [1 Theater] Weekend $8,382, Cume $28,241
We think we can open in cities like Little Rock and Birmingham, AL.” that will bring its total to 35-40 locations. Added Rodriguez: “We have over 600 theaters locked already. The film then will go out nationally October 19. Next weekend, The Old Man & The Gun will add eight more markets — Austin, Dallas, Boston, Washington, D.C., Toronto, San Francisco, Phoenix and Chicago — in addition to expansions in New York and L.A.
The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7 [437 Theaters] Weekend $777,386, Average $1,779, Cume $6,104,060
Fahrenheit 11/9 (Briarcliff Entertainment) Week 2 [1,719 Theaters] Weekend $1,120,872, Average $652, Cume $5,190,165
Bisbee 17 (4th Row Films) Week 4 [10 Theaters] Weekend $10,457, Average $1,045, Cume $74,907
1 specialty debut, Colette from Bleecker Street, played 34 additional runs in its second frame, grossing $418,501 in a total of 38 theaters, averaging $11,013. The biopic starring Keira Knightley averaged over $39K in its opening three-day frame. Last weekend’s No.
306 Hollywood (El Tigre Productions) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $8,150
The film grossed $45,872 in 19 theaters Friday to Sunday, averaging $2,415 bringing its cume to $69,011. Sundance Selects doc Tea With the Dames played 19 theaters in its second weekend following its exclusive bow last weekend.
NEW RELEASES
Nat Geo doc Science Fair played an additional 22 runs versus the prior weekend. The Sundance debut grossed $62,160, averaging $2,302.
Science Fair (National Geographic Documentary Film) Week 3 [27 Theater] Weekend $62,160, Average $2,302, Cume $110,844