Awesome: ‘Waiting for Superman’ scores big at the box office

Victor Joecks

For anyone not familiar with this movie, Patrick featured the trailer for “Waiting for Superman” in a post last week. “Superman” is a documentary about America’s education system that *gasp* shows the failings of the current system and its impact on children, and shows how reformers can and are making a difference.

The movie opened in a limited release, and audiences have begun to eat it up.

“Waiting for ‘Superman,'” a new documentary about America’s education system, took flight in limited release over the weekend, grossing $141,000 in four theaters for one of the best per-screen averages ($35,250) of the year.

Directed by David Guggenheim, who won an Oscar for Al Gore’s 2006 climate change call-to-action documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Waiting for ‘Superman'” takes a critical look at failures in the public school system and their effects on American schoolchildren. The movie, produced by Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media and Philip Anschutz’s Walden Media, has gained considerable traction in the mass media, with Oprah Winfrey dedicating an entire show to the film.

Paramount, the distributor, is expanding the film’s release to 10 cities this week, and the movie should be available nationwide in a few weeks.

It’s currently scheduled to be released in the Las Vegas area on Oct. 22.

I, personally, can’t wait to see it, and I hope you’ll do the same. I’m looking forward to the movie putting a face on the education reforms we’ve written so much about.

Also worth reading: The Heritage Foundation’s thoughts on “Waiting for Superman” and Obama’s hypocrisy on education reform.