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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 $15,713,110 2,605,822
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 $11,689,053 1,938,483
4 Tupac Resurrection 11/14/2003 Paramount Pictures R $7,718,961 1,280,093
5 Spellbound 4/30/2003 ThinkFilm G $5,728,581 950,013
6 Bowling for Columbine 10/11/2002 MGM R $5,545,141 919,592
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 $3,681,803 610,580
10 Capturing the Friedmans 5/30/2003 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $3,117,985 517,078
11 DysFunkTional Family 4/4/2003 Miramax R $2,255,000 373,963
12 Rivers and Tides 6/28/2002 Roxie Releasing Not Rated $2,198,237 364,550
13 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 2/9/2001 WGBH Giant-Screen Films Not Rated $1,874,005 310,780
14 Lost in La Mancha 1/31/2003 IFC Films R $734,514 121,809
15 Shanghai Ghetto 9/27/2002 Menemsha Entertainment Not Rated $683,331 113,321
16 Mark Twain's America 3D 7/3/1998 Sony Pictures Classics G $620,689 102,933
17 To Be and To Have 9/17/2003 New Yorker Not Rated $545,153 90,406
18 Weather Underground 6/6/2003 Shadow Not Rated $500,877 83,064
19 Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun 7/11/1997 Sony Pictures Classics G $482,900 80,082
20 My Architect 11/14/2003 New Yorker Not Rated $439,580 72,898
21 Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony 2/21/2003 Artisan PG-13 $405,331 67,219
22 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $391,051 64,850
23 Im Toten Winkel - Hitlers Sekretärin 1/24/2003 Sony Pictures Classics PG $376,886 62,501
24 Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion 9/19/2003 Artistic License Not Rated $375,249 62,230
25 Standing in the Shadows of Motown 11/15/2002 Artisan PG $284,720 47,217
26 The Fog of War 12/19/2003 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $276,427 45,841
27 Bonhoeffer 6/20/2003 First Run Features Not Rated $271,237 44,981
28 The Girl Next Door 4/14/2000 Indican Pictures R $256,477 42,533
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 26,636
31 Billabong Odyssey 11/7/2003 PG $155,500 25,787
32 The Trials of Henry Kissinger 9/25/2002 First Run Features Not Rated $126,788 21,026
33 Extreme 3/23/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $121,923 20,219
34 Fellini: Sono un Gran Bugiardo 4/2/2003 Not Rated $106,080 17,592
35 Stevie 3/28/2003 R $97,044 16,093
36 Only the Strong Survive 5/9/2003 Miramax PG-13 $57,322 9,506
37 A Decade Under the Influence 4/25/2003 R $34,514 5,723
38 Girlhood 10/31/2003 Not Rated $28,892 4,791
39 Beyond Vanilla 5/9/2003 Strand Not Rated $27,396 4,543
40 7th Street 1/17/2003 Not Rated $15,629 2,591
41 Venus Boyz 8/22/2003 First Run Features Not Rated $15,171 2,515
42 Hybrid 5/10/2002 Indican Pictures Not Rated $11,943 1,980
43 Cinemania 5/16/2003 WellSpring Not Rated $11,305 1,874
44 American Storytellers 11/7/2003 Indican Pictures Not Rated $8,440 1,399
45 Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs, The Iraqi Connection 12/5/2003 Arab Film Distribution Not Rated $3,741 620
46 The Backyard 8/29/2003 Not Rated $3,200 530
47 The Ballad of Bering Strait 2/19/2003 Emerging Pictures Not Rated $1,440 238
Total Gross of All Movies$90,795,051
Total Tickets Sold15,057,198

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.