On the Basis of Sex: Feature Vs. Docu about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Indie movies, which appealed to liberal moviegoers, played a major role at the specialty box office over the year-end holidays.

Mimi Leder’s On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Adam McKay’s Vice, chronicle of former U.S. VP Dick Cheney that stars Christian Bale as the GOP operative, both launched on Christmas Day.

On the Basis of Sex, which rolled out in 33 theaters, was shut out of the awards contest. But Focus Features release posted the top location average of the Dec. 28-30 weekend, or $20,909 from 33 cinemas, for a six-day launch of $1.5 million.

Ginsburg, 85, attended the Washington DC premiere, as well as the New York premiere, where the U.S. Supreme Court Justice posed on the red carpet with the cast, Hillary Clinton and Gloria Steinem.

The feature follows the blockbuster success of the docu RBG.

On the Basis of Sex follows a young Ginsburg — who currently leads the liberal wing of the Supreme Court — and her husband (Armie Hammer) as they work to bring a gender discrimination case before the U.S. Court of Appeals. Ginsburg’s nephew, Daniel Stiepleman, penned the script.

“As a woman heading up a studio’s distribution team, a part of our industry that has traditionally been filled by men for decades, I can’t help but watch this film and know that Ruth’s work helped make that possible,” says Focus distribution chief Lisa Bunnell.

On the Basis of Sex was the top film of the weekend in such theaters as The Landmark in Los Angeles, the AMC Village in New York City, the Palo Alto Square in Silicon Valley, the Angelika Mosaic in D.C., the Chez Artiste in Denver and the Camelview in Phoenix, according to Focus.

Annapurna’s Golden Globe-nominated Vice was one of the top films in many of the New York and Los Angeles cinemas where it opened.