Three Identical Strangers Crosses 10 Million Dollars
Tim Wardle’s Three Identical Strangers has crossed the $10 million mark at the US Box Office. Considering the summer box-office documentary boom, this has been an unusual achievement for Three Identical Strangers. It has a non-fiction title and is neither a concert film nor based on political content. And that’s what makes the accomplishment very rare. But the film finished on Sunday with a total of $10.6 million in domestic ticket sales.
Three Identical Strangers is a documentary that reveals the story of triplets from 1960. Robert Shafran, Edward Galland and David Kellman were separated at birth. The three grew up in different families as part of the ‘nature vs nurture’ experiment.
Three Identical Strangers comes from Raw and CNN Films. It made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2018. During the festival, distributor Neon grabbed the theatrical rights for the documentary. This made Three Identical Strangers the third festival acquisition of Neon. Previously, it attained Assassination Nation and Monsters and Men.
For this summer, Three Identical Strangers is third in line with reference to success. It follows Fred Roger’s documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? which topped the list with a total earning of $21.9 million. The second spot was bagged by RBG from CNN Films which was able to make $13.8 million. RBG came out in early May while Won’t You Be My Neighbor opened in early June. And Three Identical Strangers followed towards the end of the same month.
But to evaluate fairly, Three Identical Strangers had to face a few challenges which were unknown to the other two. The subjects of this documentary were not famous or well-known adding the risk that people might not be interested in watching.
If we look at other documentaries that are not based on public figures, Searching for Sugarman emerged at the top by making $3.7 million in 2012. In 2013, 20 Feet From Stardom made a total of $4.9 million. But both the films won Oscars for the best documentary feature.
Three Identical Strangers is making good progress at the Box Office. And it’s story of how researchers forgot the humanity of their subjects. It’s definitely worth a watch.