‘Chimpanzee’ Earns High Praise, Record Sales

22nd Apr 2012 Press Releases

Chimpanzee, the DisneyNature documentary that follows an orphaned ape through the forests of West Africa, opened last week to glowing reviews and the third-highest documentary box office in history.

Chimpanzee earned $10.2 million in ticket sales in its first three days, and was hailed by critics as “astounding” (the Boston Globe) and “astonishingly vivid and intimate” (the Chicago Sun-times). The Washington Post declared the “movie’s heart is absolutely in the right place.”

A portion of ticket proceeds from Chimpanzee during the first week of release will be donated to the Jane Goodall Institute to support conservation efforts in Africa.

Chimpanzee was shot in cooperation with the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation in Côte d’Ivoire, and tracks the true-life travails of an infant male chimpanzee whose mother is killed by a leopard. The infant is adopted by others in his social group, and learns to survive in a beautiful but harsh environment. Filmmakers spent over four years filming Oscar and the other chimpanzee in the Taï National park in Côte d’Ivoire, and were plagued by heavy rains and the chimpanzees’ natural shyness. The documentary is narrated by veteran Disney actor Tim Allen.

The three-day opening for Chimpanzee was the best-ever for a DisneyNature film, and averaged $6,529 at 1,563 theaters. Other DisneyNature films include “African Cats,” “Earth” and “Oceans.”

To view the Chimpanzee trailer, visit Disney.com.