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All Time Worldwide Box Office for Documentary Movies


See also: Top Documentary Domestic - Top Documentary International

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

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

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

Rank Released Movie Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
1 2009 Michael Jackson's This Is It $252,091,016 $72,091,016 $180,000,000
2 1984 Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets $239,000,000 $52,800,000 $186,200,000
3 2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 $221,148,959 $119,114,517 $102,034,442
4 2005 La marche de l'empereur $133,276,359 $77,437,223 $55,839,136
5 1998 Everest $127,990,128 $87,178,599 $40,811,529
6 2002 Space Station $126,513,186 $93,231,060 $33,282,126
7 1985 The Dream is Alive $125,900,000 $125,900,000 $0
8 2009 Earth $116,773,317 $32,011,576 $84,761,741
9 1998 Mysteries of Egypt $90,000,000 $40,593,286 $49,406,714
10 2006 Deep Sea 3D $88,011,580 $46,233,398 $41,778,182
11 2010 Oceans $86,787,530 $19,422,319 $67,365,211
12 2000 Dolphins $69,600,000 $54,000,000 $15,600,000
13 2010 Hubble 3D $67,863,731 $51,758,571 $16,105,160
14 1995 The Living Sea $64,800,000 $64,800,000 $0
15 2002 Bowling for Columbine $58,240,487 $21,576,018 $36,664,469
16 1989 To the Limit $53,000,000 $53,000,000 $0
17 2006 An Inconvenient Truth $52,769,915 $24,146,161 $28,623,754
18 2007 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure $50,728,163 $23,746,066 $26,982,097
19 2009 Under the Sea 3D $46,244,068 $35,119,250 $11,124,818
20 2005 Magnificent Desolation $39,846,896 $34,126,126 $5,720,770
21 2003 Winged Migration $39,134,983 $11,689,053 $27,445,930
22 2007 Sicko $36,535,837 $24,538,513 $11,997,324
23 2001 Born to be Wild 3D $35,832,186 $25,114,459 $10,717,727
24 2012 Chimpanzee $34,718,106 $28,965,459 $5,752,647
25 1970 Woodstock $34,505,110 $34,505,110 $0
26 2012 2016: Obama’s America $33,349,941 $33,349,941 $0
27 2005 Wild Safari 3D $32,446,750 $16,621,230 $15,825,520
28 2013 Justin Bieber’s Believe $32,226,781 $6,206,566 $26,020,215
29 1997 Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun $31,279,211 $18,798,682 $12,480,529
30 2003 Bugs! $29,196,944 $19,084,280 $10,112,664
31 2003 Ghosts of the Abyss $28,780,668 $17,093,668 $11,687,000
32 1999 Galapagos $27,091,030 $18,571,938 $8,519,092
33 2003 Ocean Wonderland $26,000,000 $0 $26,000,000
34 1999 Extreme $25,956,958 $12,456,958 $13,500,000
35 2017 Twenty-Two $25,717,480 $22,222 $25,695,258
36 2011 Pina $24,460,758 $3,520,458 $20,940,300
37 2002 Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk $23,970,431 $16,933,791 $7,036,640
38 2016 Born in China $23,937,131 $13,873,211 $10,063,920
39 1978 Beyond and Back $23,800,000 $23,800,000 $0
40 2015 Amy $23,783,458 $8,413,144 $15,370,314
41 2004 Super Size Me $22,233,808 $11,529,368 $10,704,440
42 2004 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience $22,215,235 $21,550,235 $665,000
43 2003 To Be and To Have $22,183,435 $7,610,471 $14,572,964
44 1999 Buena Vista Social Club $19,809,190 $6,997,620 $12,811,570
45 2001 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure $19,667,161 $15,553,324 $4,113,837
46 2005 Deep Blue $19,332,261 $132,261 $19,200,000
47 2009 Capitalism: A Love Story $19,121,531 $14,363,397 $4,758,134
48 2012 To the Arctic 3D $18,969,806 $14,448,132 $4,521,674
49 2000 Michael Jordan to the MAX $18,642,318 $18,642,318 $0
50 2014 Bears $18,151,746 $17,780,194 $371,552
51 2011 African Cats $17,883,747 $15,428,747 $2,455,000
52 2008 Dolphins and Whales Tribes of the Ocean 3D $17,252,287 $7,714,996 $9,537,291
53 2015 Monkey Kingdom $16,747,910 $16,432,322 $315,588
54 2010 Sea Rex 3D: Journey to a Prehistoric World $16,515,203 $6,096,582 $10,418,621
55 2008 Shine a Light $16,173,879 $5,505,267 $10,668,612
56 2004 Touching the Void $15,396,525 $4,593,598 $10,802,927
57 2002 Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey $15,384,390 $10,086,514 $5,297,876
58 2006 Deutschland: Ein Sommermarchen $14,700,000 $0 $14,700,000
59 2012 Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present $14,663,001 $86,637 $14,576,364
60 2014 America: Imagine a World Without Her $14,444,502 $14,444,502 $0
61 2016 Kang rinpoche $14,248,184 $28,184 $14,220,000
62 2005 Sharks 3D $14,000,000 $8,500,000 $5,500,000
63 2008 Waltz with Bashir $13,912,289 $2,283,849 $11,628,440
64 2008 Religulous $13,881,317 $13,011,160 $870,157
65 2011 Plastic Planet $13,568,699 $3,164 $13,565,535
66 1998 Africa's Elephant Kingdom $13,485,455 $13,485,455 $0
67 2016 Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the … $13,099,931 $13,099,931 $0
68 2012 Searching for Sugar Man $12,913,491 $3,965,090 $8,948,401
69 2005 Aliens of the Deep $12,765,684 $8,968,684 $3,797,000
70 2017 Nomoohyeonibnida $12,759,102 $0 $12,759,102
71 2010 Babies $12,146,819 $7,320,323 $4,826,496
72 2006 Dave Chappelle's Block Party $12,051,924 $11,718,595 $333,329
73 1994 Hoop Dreams $11,768,371 $7,768,371 $4,000,000
74 2006 Roving Mars $11,248,978 $10,407,978 $841,000
75 2015 Taxi $11,235,528 $321,642 $10,913,886
76 2014 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar $10,959,909 $10,686,628 $273,281
77 2004 What the #$'! Do We Know $10,941,801 $10,941,801 $0
78 2011 Senna $10,924,647 $1,612,430 $9,312,217
79 2011 Flying Monsters 3D $10,894,223 $5,751,141 $5,143,082
80 1999 Island of the Sharks $10,658,756 $10,658,756 $0
81 2016 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week $10,538,795 $2,934,445 $7,604,350
82 2013 Jerusalem $9,681,975 $8,020,721 $1,661,254
83 2005 Mad Hot Ballroom $9,387,581 $8,117,961 $1,269,620
84 2011 Cave of Forgotten Dreams $9,369,629 $5,304,920 $4,064,709
85 1979 Dirt $9,200,000 $9,200,000 $0
86 2004 Yves St. Laurent $8,360,096 $97,092 $8,263,004
87 2016 A Beautiful Planet $8,305,705 $7,895,708 $409,997
88 2012 More Than Honey $8,244,071 $78,324 $8,165,747
89 2003 Tupac Resurrection $7,808,524 $7,718,961 $89,563
90 2010 Inside Job $7,799,257 $4,311,834 $3,487,423
91 2008 Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed $7,720,487 $7,720,487 $0
92 2008 Young @ Heart $7,649,255 $3,992,189 $3,657,066
93 2017 I Am Not Your Negro $7,640,333 $7,123,919 $516,414
94 2003 Spellbound $7,457,710 $5,728,581 $1,729,129
95 2013 Journey to the South Pacific $7,144,210 $7,144,210 $0
96 2010 Exit Through the Gift Shop $7,132,689 $3,291,250 $3,841,439
97 2009 The September Issue $7,081,682 $3,820,700 $3,260,982
98 1996 Microcosmos $6,973,842 $1,573,842 $5,400,000
99 1989 Roger & Me $6,706,368 $6,706,368 $0
100 2017 Sachin $6,630,190 $0 $6,630,190

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

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.