Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2003

Summary for all Years
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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2003 GrossTickets Sold
1 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $16,352,556 2,711,867
2 Ghosts of the Abyss 4/11/2003 Walt Disney G $15,283,482 2,534,574
3 Winged Migration 4/18/2003 Sony Pictures Classics G $10,762,178 1,784,772
4 Tupac Resurrection 11/14/2003 Paramount Pictures R $7,707,563 1,278,203
5 Bowling for Columbine 10/11/2002 MGM R $6,372,215 1,056,752
6 Spellbound 4/30/2003 ThinkFilm G $5,728,431 949,989
7 Bugs! 3/14/2003 SK Films Not Rated $4,374,388 725,437
8 The Real Cancun 4/25/2003 New Line R $3,816,594 632,934
9 Step Into Liquid 8/8/2003 Artisan PG $3,672,451 609,030
10 Capturing the Friedmans 5/30/2003 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $3,117,985 517,079
11 DysFunkTional Family 4/4/2003 Miramax R $2,255,000 373,964
12 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 2/9/2001 WGBH Giant-Screen Films Not Rated $1,874,005 310,780
13 Lost in La Mancha 1/31/2003 IFC Films R $727,733 120,685
14 Shanghai Ghetto 9/27/2002 Menemsha Entertainment Not Rated $682,483 113,181
15 Mark Twain's America 3D 7/3/1998 Sony Pictures Classics G $620,689 102,933
16 To Be and To Have 9/17/2003 New Yorker Not Rated $545,153 90,407
17 Weather Underground 6/6/2003 Shadow Not Rated $500,877 83,064
18 Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun 7/11/1997 Sony Pictures Classics G $482,900 80,083
19 Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony 2/21/2003 Artisan PG-13 $398,981 66,166
20 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $391,051 64,851
21 Standing in the Shadows of Motown 11/15/2002 Artisan PG $381,486 63,265
22 Im Toten Winkel - Hitlers Sekretärin 1/24/2003 Sony Pictures Classics PG $376,886 62,502
23 Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion 9/19/2003 Artistic License Not Rated $375,249 62,230
24 My Architect 11/14/2003 New Yorker Not Rated $366,039 60,703
25 The Fog of War 12/19/2003 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $276,427 45,842
26 Bonhoeffer 6/20/2003 First Run Features Not Rated $271,237 44,981
27 The Girl Next Door 4/14/2000 Indican Pictures R $256,477 42,533
28 The Trials of Henry Kissinger 9/25/2002 First Run Features Not Rated $175,600 29,121
29 Ônibus 174 10/8/2003 ThinkFilm R $167,340 27,751
30 Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns 5/23/2003 Not Rated $160,621 26,637
31 Billabong Odyssey 11/7/2003 PG $155,500 25,788
32 Extreme 3/23/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $121,923 20,219
33 Fellini: Sono un Gran Bugiardo 4/2/2003 Not Rated $106,080 17,592
34 Stevie 3/28/2003 R $97,044 16,094
35 Only the Strong Survive 5/9/2003 Miramax PG-13 $57,322 9,506
36 A Decade Under the Influence 4/25/2003 R $34,514 5,724
37 Girlhood 10/31/2003 Not Rated $28,767 4,771
38 Beyond Vanilla 5/9/2003 Strand Not Rated $27,396 4,543
39 7th Street 1/17/2003 Not Rated $15,629 2,592
40 Venus Boyz 8/22/2003 First Run Features Not Rated $15,171 2,516
41 Hybrid 5/10/2002 Indican Pictures Not Rated $12,035 1,996
42 Cinemania 5/16/2003 WellSpring Not Rated $11,305 1,875
43 American Storytellers 11/7/2003 Indican Pictures Not Rated $7,736 1,283
44 The Backyard 8/29/2003 Not Rated $3,200 531
45 The Ballad of Bering Strait 2/19/2003 Emerging Pictures Not Rated $1,440 239
Total Gross of All Movies$89,169,139
Total Tickets Sold14,787,585

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2003. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2003. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 2010 will most likely earn money in 2010 and 2011. Click on the individual movie to see its total gross over all the years in which it played.

Each box office year ends on the first Sunday of the following year. The next year starts the following day (Monday). For example, the "2004 box office year" ended on Sunday, January 2, 2005.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based ticket sale estimates, and may not be precise due to rounding errors.