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Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2004

Summary for all Years
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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2004 GrossTickets Sold
1 Fahrenheit 9/11 6/23/2004 Lionsgate R $119,114,517 19,181,081
2 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience 3/12/2004 Warner Bros. PG $19,558,397 3,149,500
3 Super Size Me 5/7/2004 IDP Distribution PG-13 $11,529,368 1,856,580
4 What the #$'! Do We Know 2/6/2004 Captured Light Not Rated $10,091,903 1,625,105
5 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $9,598,551 1,545,660
6 Bugs! 3/14/2003 SK Films Not Rated $9,528,407 1,534,365
7 Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk 10/18/2002 Giant Screen Films Not Rated $8,909,046 1,434,628
8 Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey 10/11/2002 Giant Screen Films Not Rated $7,760,025 1,249,601
9 To Be and To Have 9/17/2003 New Yorker Not Rated $7,065,318 1,137,732
10 Touching the Void 1/23/2004 IFC Films R $4,593,598 739,709
11 The Fog of War 12/19/2003 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $3,922,139 631,584
12 The Corporation 1/17/2004 Zeitgeist Not Rated $3,493,516 562,562
13 Control Room 5/21/2004 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $2,589,616 417,007
14 My Architect 11/14/2003 New Yorker Not Rated $2,382,942 383,726
15 Riding Giants 7/9/2004 Sony Pictures PG-13 $2,276,368 366,564
16 The Story of the Weeping Camel 6/4/2004 ThinkFilm PG $1,751,698 282,076
17 Ghosts of the Abyss 4/11/2003 Walt Disney G $1,322,679 212,991
18 Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 7/9/2004 IFC Films Not Rated $1,222,708 196,893
19 Fade to Black 11/5/2004 Paramount Vantage R $728,802 117,359
20 Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry 10/1/2004 ThinkFilm PG-13 $613,252 98,752
21 Tarnation 10/6/2004 WellSpring Not Rated $478,112 76,990
22 Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism 8/6/2004 Cinema Libre Not Rated $405,900 65,362
23 Still, We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie 5/7/2004 ThinkFilm Not Rated $396,803 63,897
24 End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones 8/20/2004 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $391,950 63,115
25 The Hunting of the President 6/11/2004 Regent Releasing Not Rated $376,552 60,636
26 Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There 6/11/2004 First Independent/Dada Films Not Rated $341,493 54,990
27 America's Heart and Soul 7/2/2004 Walt Disney Not Rated $314,000 50,563
28 Bukowski: Born Into This 5/28/2004 Magnolia Pictures R $311,431 50,149
29 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $305,814 49,245
30 Mayor of Sunset Strip 3/26/2004 First Look Not Rated $257,315 41,435
31 This Old Cub 3/26/2004 Emerging Pictures Not Rated $253,531 40,826
32 The Agronomist 4/23/2004 ThinkFilm PG-13 $226,189 36,423
33 Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion 9/19/2003 Artistic License Not Rated $202,592 32,623
34 Imelda 6/11/2004 Unico Entertainment Not Rated $200,992 32,365
35 Yes Men 9/24/2004 MGM R $198,975 32,041
36 Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War 8/13/2004 Cinema Libre Not Rated $190,424 30,664
37 Lost Boys of Sudan 2/20/2004 Shadow Not Rated $182,839 29,442
38 Bush's Brain 8/20/2004 Vitagraph Films PG-13 $176,610 28,439
39 De fem benspaend 5/28/2004 Koch Lorber Films Not Rated $150,966 24,310
40 Lightning in a Bottle 10/22/2004 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $136,367 21,959
41 Dig 10/1/2004 Palm/Manga Not Rated $127,067 20,461
42 Howard Zinn 6/18/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $116,230 18,716
43 In the Face of Evil 10/1/2004 Non Fiction Films PG-13 $110,577 17,806
44 Yves St. Laurent 1/7/2004 Empire Pictures Not Rated $97,092 15,634
45 Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer 3/5/2004 Indican Pictures Not Rated $94,848 15,273
46 Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer 1/9/2004 Lantern Lane Entertainment R $85,992 13,847
47 Word Wars 5/28/2004 Seventh Art Releasing Not Rated $76,481 12,315
48 Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst 11/26/2004 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $72,933 11,744
49 In the Realms of the Unreal 12/24/2004 WellSpring Not Rated $70,465 11,347
50 Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela 10/22/2004 Mela Films Not Rated $69,084 11,124
51 Weather Underground 6/6/2003 Shadow Not Rated $63,755 10,266
52 Bright Leaves 8/27/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $62,474 10,060
53 Proteus 8/5/2005 Strand R $62,031 9,988
54 Voices From Iraq 10/29/2004 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $57,102 9,195
55 Divan 3/19/2004 Zeitgeist Not Rated $56,214 9,052
56 Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids 12/8/2004 ThinkFilm R $55,045 8,863
57 Hiding and Seeking 2/6/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $51,091 8,227
58 Ônibus 174 10/8/2003 ThinkFilm R $48,818 7,861
59 This So-Called Disaster 4/21/2004 IFC Films Not Rated $45,195 7,277
60 Paperclips 11/24/2004 Slowhand Cinema G $42,311 6,813
61 Tom Dowd and the Language of Music 8/13/2004 Palm/Manga Not Rated $40,238 6,479
62 Power Trip 3/12/2004 Artistic License Not Rated $38,593 6,214
63 Tying the Knot 10/1/2004 IDP Distribution Not Rated $37,464 6,032
64 Incident at Loch Ness 9/17/2004 Eden Rock/Abramorama PG-13 $36,830 5,930
65 Beyond the Gates of Splendor 11/5/2004 Every Tribe Entertainment PG-13 $36,412 5,863
66 Hearts and Minds 1/1/1974 Rialto Pictures R $28,287 4,555
67 Maestro 3/12/2004 Not Rated $25,315 4,076
68 Bonhoeffer 6/20/2003 First Run Features Not Rated $24,944 4,016
69 WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception 12/3/2004 Cinema Libre Not Rated $21,843 3,517
70 S-21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine 5/19/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $21,678 3,490
71 Orwell Rolls in His Grave 7/23/2004 Sky Harbor Basement Not Rated $19,257 3,100
72 Faster 4/23/2004 Slamdance on the Road PG-13 $16,265 2,619
73 People Say I'm Crazy 4/30/2004 Palo Alto Pictures Not Rated $15,679 2,524
74 American Storytellers 11/7/2003 Indican Pictures Not Rated $15,642 2,518
75 A Letter to True 9/8/2004 Zeitgeist Not Rated $13,835 2,227
76 Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme 7/16/2004 Palm/Manga Not Rated $11,255 1,812
77 Let's Get Frank 7/14/2004 Random Media Not Rated $9,386 1,511
78 Girlhood 10/31/2003 Not Rated $8,935 1,438
79 Cuba: Island of Music 1/16/2004 Cinema Four Not Rated $8,806 1,418
80 I'll Sing for You 3/26/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $8,798 1,416
81 With All Deliberate Speed 5/14/2004 CameraPlanet/Discovery Not Rated $4,920 792
82 Saints and Sinners 6/18/2004 Avatar Not Rated $3,826 616
83 Brothers in Arms 8/27/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $3,270 526
84 Venus Boyz 8/22/2003 First Run Features Not Rated $3,230 520
85 The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg 8/20/2004 New Yorker Not Rated $2,668 429
86 Moog 9/24/2004 Plexifilm Not Rated $2,227 358
87 Still, the Children are Here 11/5/2004 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $2,210 355
88 Rivers and Tides 6/28/2002 Roxie Releasing Not Rated $2,039 328
89 Jesus, You Know 12/3/2004 Leisure Time Features Not Rated $604 97
Total Gross of All Movies$235,480,966
Total Tickets Sold37,919,594

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2004. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2004. 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.