Los Angeles Times

'RBG' dukes it out with superhero blockbusters for box office relevance

In a summer box office season dominated by superhero blockbusters, a small documentary about a diminutive crime fighter is doing big numbers in limited release. "RBG," a documentary chronicling Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's fascinating life and career, has made more than $6 million in four weeks despite not yet going wider than 415 theaters.

"Maybe Gloria Steinem was right when she told us that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the closest thing she knows to a superhero," said Betsy West, co-director of the documentary. "She certainly has been that at the box office." The film, co-directed by West and Julie Cohen, spans the personal and the political by touching on subjects including the 5-foot-1-inch justice's fight for equal rights for women in the 1970s to her life-shaping romance with her late husband, Marty Ginsburg.

"RBG" premiered to

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times2 min readPolitics
Feeling Bipartisan Heat, Trump Backs Off Foreign Aid Cuts
WASHINGTON - Succumbing to bipartisan pressure, the White House abandoned plans Thursday to cut billions of dollars from the State Department budget for foreign aid, several officials said. A proposal to freeze as much as $4 billion in aid approved b
Los Angeles Times6 min readPolitics
Nazi Salute Video Stirs Reminders Of Dark History In Increasingly Diverse Orange County
LOS ANGELES - In March, social media blew up with photos of a group of partying students from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa giving the Sieg Heil salute to a bunch of red plastic cups arranged into a swastika. School officials immediately condemned the
Los Angeles Times4 min readPolitics
Commentary: Trump Wants Guatemalans Like Me To Stay Home. Here's Why So Many Don't
I recently went to a parents' meeting at my children's elementary school in the rural town of Aguacatan, Guatemala, a few hours from the Mexico border. As usual, I was one of the only men there. This disparity has nothing to do with machismo or Latin