Sicko, the weekend's other major new release, which wasn't really new since it played at one theater last weekend, and wasn't really afforded a "major" release since it only played 441 theaters, did better than the healthcare system the Michael Moore documentary examined. Of course, that's a fairly low standard.
Compared to Moore's previous docs, Sicko's estimated $4.5 million take (ninth place) was merely okay. While no one, least of all its director, expected another Fahrenheit 9/11 blockbuster, its per-screen average ($10,204—second best of the weekend, behind Ratatouille) was the weakest-ever for a Moore film, save 1995's little-seen The Big One, about corporate downsizing.
That said, Sicko took in more in one weekend than acclaimed documentaries such as Capturing the Friedmans, Crumb and When We Were Kings grossed during their entire runs.
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