RBG: "It’s Almost Unheard of to See a Documentary Perform This Well in Summer Blockbuster Season" 

The Avengers have nothing on the RBG—aka U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, subject of one of the most popular and entertaining big-screen documentaries in recent memory. In an already crowded summer box office, the 85-year-old Ginsberg is muscling out many of the big boys, with RBG raking in more than $3.8 million at the domestic box office.

“It’s almost unheard of to see a documentary perform this well in summer blockbuster season,” Jeff Bock, an analyst at Exhibitor Relations, told Variety. “For a documentary to hit $1 million, it’s like a regular film hitting $100 million.”

And it’s just getting started. RBG is expanding nationwide, and will open at The Flicks in Boise on Friday, May 25. The film is already generating enough serious buzz to make the Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary.

The film opens with snippets from Ginsberg’s far-right critics, slamming her as a “witch,” “evil-doer” and “zombie.” One is President Donald Trump, who calls her “an absolute disgrace.” But RBG is still going strong—just witness her pumping free weights as the documentary catches her in a daily workout.
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“She’s like a cyborg,” her fitness trainer Bryant Johnson says in the film.

After all, Ginsberg has taken on plenty of big critics in her decades as a champion of the U.S. Constitution. She won five cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including landmark victories pushing back against gender inequity. Today’s generation may think the days when women were seen as unequal citizens are ancient history, but RBG reminds us how those protections under the law are repeatedly threatened.

RBG is also a love story, embracing the 63-year love affair between Ruth and her late husband Martin Ginsburg from the time they met as undergraduates at Cornell University. Get a glimpse of the young Ruth and you’ll see why some of Hollywood’s top actresses competed to portray her in On the Basis of Sex, a big-budget film opening this November. Felicity Jones landed the much-coveted role, but in the meantime, RBG gives viewers the real deal.

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Rated PG · 97 minutes · 2018
Official Site: www.rbgmovie.com
Director: Betsy West and Julie Cohen
Producer: Betsy West, Julie Cohen, Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton
Cast: Ruth Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem and Nina Totenberg

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