Restrepo, which follows Afghanistan platoon for a year, has best per-theater opening

Although it only aired on two screens in New York and L.A., the new documentary Restrepo had the best per-theater opening of new movies this past weekend, including the Tom Cruise movie Knight and Day. The documentary, which follows a platoon in a dangerous Afghanistan region over one year and has earned “univesal acclaim” from critics on Metacritic, opens nationwide starting July 2.

The film’s web site describes it as “war, full stop” as it “chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley” and its “remote 15-man outpost” that “was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military.”

It “grossed an impressive $30,453 on 2 screens, averaging $15,227″ which was “the highest per-theater-average for any opening film (including Hollywood’s ‘The Grown-Ups’ and ‘Knight and Day’), and the second highest per-theater-average of any film in North America,” indieWIRE reports.

Directed by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, the film’s footage is from the year they spent with the platoon, and which Junger wrote about in Vanity Fair and most recently, in his new book “War”. Watch the trailer now:

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