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 $119,078,393 19,175,265
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 $11,529,368 1,856,581
4 What the #$'! 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 To Be and To Have 9/17/2003 New Yorker Not Rated $7,065,318 1,137,732
8 Touching the Void 1/23/2004 IFC Films R $4,581,222 737,717
9 The Fog of War 12/19/2003 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $3,917,516 630,840
10 Control Room 5/21/2004 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $2,586,511 416,507
11 My Architect 11/14/2003 New Yorker Not Rated $2,382,942 383,727
12 Riding Giants 7/9/2004 Sony Pictures PG-13 $2,276,368 366,565
13 The Corporation 6/4/2004 Zeitgeist Not Rated $1,879,301 302,625
14 The Story of the Weeping Camel 6/4/2004 ThinkFilm PG $1,742,832 280,649
15 Ghosts of the Abyss 4/11/2003 Walt Disney G $1,322,679 212,992
16 Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 7/9/2004 IFC Films Not Rated $1,222,708 196,893
17 Fade to Black 11/5/2004 Paramount Vantage R $728,802 117,359
18 Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry 10/1/2004 ThinkFilm PG-13 $613,252 98,752
19 Tarnation 10/6/2004 WellSpring Not Rated $478,112 76,991
20 Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism 8/6/2004 Cinema Libre Not Rated $405,900 65,362
21 Still, We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie 5/7/2004 ThinkFilm Not Rated $395,362 63,665
22 End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones 8/20/2004 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $391,950 63,116
23 The Hunting of the President 6/11/2004 Regent Releasing Not Rated $376,552 60,636
24 Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There 6/11/2004 First Independent/Dada Films Not Rated $341,493 54,991
25 America's Heart and Soul 7/2/2004 Walt Disney Not Rated $314,000 50,564
26 Bukowski: Born Into This 5/28/2004 Magnolia Pictures R $311,431 50,150
27 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $305,814 49,245
28 Mayor of Sunset Strip 3/26/2004 First Look Not Rated $257,315 41,436
29 This Old Cub 3/26/2004 Emerging Pictures Not Rated $253,531 40,826
30 The Agronomist 4/23/2004 ThinkFilm PG-13 $226,189 36,423
31 Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion 9/19/2003 Artistic License Not Rated $202,592 32,624
32 Imelda 6/11/2004 Unico Entertainment Not Rated $200,752 32,327
33 Yes Men 9/24/2004 MGM R $198,975 32,041
34 Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War 8/13/2004 Cinema Libre Not Rated $190,424 30,664
35 Lost Boys of Sudan 2/20/2004 Shadow Not Rated $182,839 29,443
36 Bush's Brain 8/20/2004 Vitagraph Films PG-13 $176,610 28,440
37 The Five Obstructions 5/28/2004 Koch Lorber Films Not Rated $150,966 24,310
38 Lightning in a Bottle 10/22/2004 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $136,367 21,959
39 Dig 10/1/2004 Palm/Manga Not Rated $127,067 20,462
40 Howard Zinn 6/18/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $116,230 18,717
41 In the Face of Evil 10/1/2004 Non Fiction Films PG-13 $110,577 17,806
42 Yves St. Laurent 1/7/2004 Empire Pictures Not Rated $97,092 15,635
43 Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer 3/5/2004 Indican Pictures Not Rated $94,848 15,273
44 Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer 1/9/2004 Lantern Lane Entertainment R $85,992 13,847
45 Word Wars 5/28/2004 Seventh Art Releasing Not Rated $76,481 12,316
46 Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst 11/26/2004 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $72,933 11,744
47 In the Realms of the Unreal 12/24/2004 WellSpring Not Rated $70,465 11,347
48 Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela 10/22/2004 Mela Films Not Rated $69,084 11,125
49 Weather Underground 6/6/2003 Shadow Not Rated $63,755 10,267
50 Bright Leaves 8/27/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $62,473 10,060
51 Proteus 8/5/2005 Strand R $61,858 9,961
52 Voices From Iraq 10/29/2004 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $57,102 9,195
53 Divan 3/19/2004 Zeitgeist Not Rated $56,214 9,052
54 Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids 12/8/2004 ThinkFilm R $55,045 8,864
55 Hiding and Seeking 2/6/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $51,091 8,227
56 Ônibus 174 10/8/2003 ThinkFilm R $48,818 7,861
57 This So-Called Disaster 4/21/2004 IFC Films Not Rated $45,195 7,278
58 Paperclips 11/24/2004 Slowhand Cinema G $42,311 6,813
59 Tom Dowd and the Language of Music 8/13/2004 Palm/Manga Not Rated $40,238 6,480
60 Power Trip 3/12/2004 Artistic License Not Rated $38,593 6,215
61 Tying the Knot 10/1/2004 IDP Distribution Not Rated $37,464 6,033
62 Incident at Loch Ness 9/17/2004 Eden Rock/Abramorama PG-13 $36,830 5,931
63 Beyond the Gates of Splendor 11/5/2004 Every Tribe Entertainment PG-13 $36,412 5,863
64 Maestro 3/12/2004 Not Rated $25,315 4,076
65 Bonhoeffer 6/20/2003 First Run Features Not Rated $24,944 4,017
66 WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception 12/3/2004 Cinema Libre Not Rated $21,841 3,517
67 S-21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine 5/19/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $21,678 3,491
68 Orwell Rolls in His Grave 7/23/2004 Sky Harbor Basement Not Rated $19,257 3,101
69 Faster 4/23/2004 Slamdance on the Road PG-13 $16,265 2,619
70 People Say I'm Crazy 4/30/2004 Palo Alto Pictures Not Rated $15,679 2,525
71 American Storytellers 11/7/2003 Indican Pictures Not Rated $15,642 2,519
72 A Letter to True 9/8/2004 Zeitgeist Not Rated $13,835 2,228
73 Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme 7/16/2004 Palm/Manga Not Rated $11,255 1,812
74 Let's Get Frank 7/14/2004 Random Productions Not Rated $9,385 1,511
75 Girlhood 10/31/2003 Not Rated $9,060 1,459
76 Cuba: Island of Music 1/16/2004 Cinema Four Not Rated $8,806 1,418
77 I'll Sing for You 3/26/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $8,798 1,417
78 With All Deliberate Speed 5/14/2004 CameraPlanet/Discovery Not Rated $4,920 792
79 Brothers in Arms 8/27/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $3,270 527
80 Venus Boyz 8/22/2003 First Run Features Not Rated $3,230 520
81 The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg 8/20/2004 New Yorker Not Rated $2,668 430
82 Moog 9/24/2004 Plexifilm Not Rated $2,227 359
83 Still, the Children are Here 11/5/2004 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $2,210 356
84 Saints and Sinners 6/18/2004 Avatar Not Rated $2,167 349
85 Jesus, You Know 12/3/2004 Leisure Time Features Not Rated $604 97
Total Gross of All Movies$217,098,868
Total Tickets Sold34,959,559

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.