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All Time Domestic Box Office for Documentary Movies


See also: Top Documentary International - Top Documentary Worldwide - Top Documentary Weekend Domestic

Other Domestic Genres records: Top Comedy Domestic - Top Adventure Domestic - Top Action Domestic - Top Drama Domestic - Top Thriller/Suspense Domestic - Top Horror Domestic - Top Romantic Comedy Domestic - Top Musical Domestic

This chart contains the top 100 Documentary movies based on the cumulative domestic box office.

See our Documentary Theatrical Market Charts for more overviews regarding the domestic theatrical box office performance of Documentary movies.

Rank Released Movie Domestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
1 1985 The Dream is Alive $125,900,000 $0 $125,900,000
2 2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 $119,114,517 $102,034,442 $221,148,959
3 2002 Space Station $93,231,060 $33,282,126 $126,513,186
4 1998 Everest $87,178,599 $40,811,529 $127,990,128
5 2005 La marche de l'empereur $77,437,223 $55,839,136 $133,276,359
6 2009 Michael Jackson's This Is It $72,091,016 $180,000,000 $252,091,016
7 1995 The Living Sea $64,800,000 $0 $64,800,000
8 2000 Dolphins $54,000,000 $15,600,000 $69,600,000
9 1989 To the Limit $53,000,000 $0 $53,000,000
10 1984 Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets $52,800,000 $186,200,000 $239,000,000
11 2010 Hubble 3D $51,758,571 $16,105,160 $67,863,731
12 2006 Deep Sea 3D $46,233,398 $41,778,182 $88,011,580
13 1998 Mysteries of Egypt $40,593,286 $49,406,714 $90,000,000
14 2009 Under the Sea 3D $35,119,250 $11,124,818 $46,244,068
15 1970 Woodstock $34,505,110 $0 $34,505,110
16 2005 Magnificent Desolation $34,126,126 $5,720,770 $39,846,896
17 2012 2016: Obama’s America $33,349,941 $0 $33,349,941
18 2009 Earth $32,011,576 $84,761,741 $116,773,317
19 2012 Chimpanzee $28,965,459 $5,752,647 $34,718,106
20 2011 Born to be Wild 3D $25,114,459 $10,717,727 $35,832,186
21 2007 Sicko $24,538,513 $11,997,324 $36,535,837
22 2006 An Inconvenient Truth $24,146,161 $28,623,754 $52,769,915
23 1978 Beyond and Back $23,800,000 $0 $23,800,000
24 2007 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure $23,746,066 $26,982,097 $50,728,163
25 2002 Bowling for Columbine $21,576,018 $36,664,469 $58,240,487
26 2004 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience $21,550,235 $665,000 $22,215,235
27 2010 Oceans $19,422,319 $67,365,211 $86,787,530
28 2003 Bugs! $19,084,280 $10,112,664 $29,196,944
29 1997 Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun $18,798,682 $12,480,529 $31,279,211
30 2000 Michael Jordan to the MAX $18,642,318 $0 $18,642,318
31 1999 Galapagos $18,571,938 $8,519,092 $27,091,030
32 2014 Bears $17,780,194 $371,552 $18,151,746
33 2003 Ghosts of the Abyss $17,093,668 $11,687,000 $28,780,668
34 2002 Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk $16,933,791 $7,036,640 $23,970,431
35 2005 Wild Safari 3D $16,621,230 $15,825,520 $32,446,750
36 2015 Monkey Kingdom $16,432,322 $315,588 $16,747,910
37 2001 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure $15,553,324 $4,113,837 $19,667,161
38 2011 African Cats $15,428,747 $2,455,000 $17,883,747
39 2012 To the Arctic 3D $14,448,132 $4,521,674 $18,969,806
40 2014 America: Imagine a World Without Her $14,444,502 $0 $14,444,502
41 2009 Capitalism: A Love Story $14,363,397 $4,758,134 $19,121,531
42 2017 Born in China $13,873,211 $10,063,920 $23,937,131
43 1998 Africa's Elephant Kingdom $13,485,455 $0 $13,485,455
44 2016 Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the … $13,099,931 $0 $13,099,931
45 2008 Religulous $13,011,160 $870,157 $13,881,317
46 1999 Extreme $12,456,958 $13,500,000 $25,956,958
47 2006 Dave Chappelle's Block Party $11,718,595 $333,329 $12,051,924
48 2003 Winged Migration $11,689,053 $27,445,930 $39,134,983
49 2004 Super Size Me $11,529,368 $10,704,440 $22,233,808
50 2004 What the #$'! Do We Know $10,941,801 $0 $10,941,801
51 2014 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar $10,686,628 $273,281 $10,959,909
52 1999 Island of the Sharks $10,658,756 $0 $10,658,756
53 2006 Roving Mars $10,407,978 $841,000 $11,248,978
54 2002 Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey $10,086,514 $5,297,876 $15,384,390
55 1979 Dirt $9,200,000 $0 $9,200,000
56 2005 Aliens of the Deep $8,968,684 $3,797,000 $12,765,684
57 2005 Sharks 3D $8,500,000 $5,500,000 $14,000,000
58 2015 Amy $8,413,144 $15,370,314 $23,783,458
59 2005 Mad Hot Ballroom $8,117,961 $1,269,620 $9,387,581
60 2013 Jerusalem $8,020,721 $1,661,254 $9,681,975
61 2016 A Beautiful Planet $7,895,708 $408,927 $8,304,635
62 1994 Hoop Dreams $7,768,371 $4,000,000 $11,768,371
63 2008 Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed $7,720,487 $0 $7,720,487
64 2003 Tupac Resurrection $7,718,961 $89,563 $7,808,524
65 2008 Dolphins and Whales Tribes of the Ocean 3D $7,714,996 $9,537,291 $17,252,287
66 2003 To Be and To Have $7,610,471 $14,572,964 $22,183,435
67 2010 Babies $7,320,323 $4,826,496 $12,146,819
68 2013 Journey to the South Pacific $7,144,210 $0 $7,144,210
69 2017 I Am Not Your Negro $7,123,919 $520,907 $7,644,826
70 1999 Buena Vista Social Club $6,997,620 $12,811,570 $19,809,190
71 1989 Roger & Me $6,706,368 $0 $6,706,368
72 2010 Waiting for Superman $6,417,135 $28,931 $6,446,066
73 2013 Justin Bieber’s Believe $6,206,566 $26,020,215 $32,226,781
74 2010 Sea Rex 3D: Journey to a Prehistoric World $6,096,582 $10,418,621 $16,515,203
75 2014 Meet the Mormons $6,047,363 $1,808 $6,049,171
76 2011 Flying Monsters 3D $5,751,141 $5,143,082 $10,894,223
77 2003 Spellbound $5,728,581 $1,729,129 $7,457,710
78 2008 Shine a Light $5,505,267 $10,668,612 $16,173,879
79 1999 Wolves $5,361,306 $0 $5,361,306
80 2011 Cave of Forgotten Dreams $5,304,920 $4,064,709 $9,369,629
81 1999 Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible $5,231,283 $0 $5,231,283
82 2010 The Wildest Dream $5,100,135 $0 $5,100,135
83 2013 20 Feet From Stardom $4,946,250 $946,216 $5,892,466
84 2004 Touching the Void $4,593,598 $10,802,927 $15,396,525
85 2009 Food, Inc. $4,417,674 $314,270 $4,731,944
86 2010 Inside Job $4,311,834 $3,487,423 $7,799,257
87 2003 The Fog of War $4,198,566 $1,035,349 $5,233,915
88 2002 ESPN's Ultimate X - The Movie $4,197,175 $0 $4,197,175
89 2009 Good Hair $4,157,223 $0 $4,157,223
90 2005 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room $4,071,700 $836,079 $4,907,779
91 2011 Buck $4,036,175 $487,797 $4,523,972
92 2008 Young @ Heart $3,992,189 $3,657,066 $7,649,255
93 2012 Searching for Sugar Man $3,965,090 $8,948,401 $12,913,491
94 2016 Where to Invade Next $3,827,261 $631,637 $4,458,898
95 2009 The September Issue $3,820,700 $3,260,982 $7,081,682
96 2003 The Real Cancun $3,816,594 $0 $3,816,594
97 1988 Imagine: John Lennon $3,753,977 $0 $3,753,977
98 2003 Step Into Liquid $3,681,803 $293,739 $3,975,542
99 1999 Genghis Blues $3,599,174 $0 $3,599,174
100 2012 Pina $3,520,458 $20,940,300 $24,460,758

The Domestic Market is defined as the North American movie territory (consisting of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam).

This table is updated daily to reflect the latest studio reports.

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.