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Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2005

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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2005 GrossTickets Sold
1 La marche de l'empereur 7/22/2005 Warner Independent G $77,437,223 12,080,690
2 Sharks 3D 1/28/2005 3D Entertainment Not Rated $8,500,000 1,326,053
3 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $8,154,655 1,272,177
4 Mad Hot Ballroom 5/13/2005 Paramount Vantage PG $8,117,961 1,266,452
5 Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk 10/18/2002 Giant Screen Films Not Rated $8,024,745 1,251,910
6 Aliens of the Deep 1/28/2005 Walt Disney G $7,538,256 1,176,014
7 Wild Safari 3D 4/8/2005 nWave Pictures Not Rated $6,657,557 1,038,620
8 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $5,687,646 887,308
9 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 4/22/2005 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $4,071,700 635,210
10 Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids 12/8/2004 ThinkFilm R $3,375,072 526,532
11 Rize 6/24/2005 Lionsgate PG-13 $3,278,611 511,483
12 Grizzly Man 8/12/2005 Lionsgate R $3,178,403 495,850
13 The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill 2/11/2005 Shadow G $3,041,591 474,507
14 Bugs! 3/14/2003 SK Films Not Rated $2,757,946 430,256
15 Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey 10/11/2002 Giant Screen Films Not Rated $2,099,989 327,611
16 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience 3/12/2004 Warner Bros. PG $1,991,838 310,739
17 Murderball 7/8/2005 ThinkFilm PG-13 $1,531,154 238,869
18 Paperclips 11/24/2004 Slowhand Cinema G $1,079,433 168,398
19 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $945,269 147,467
20 What the #$'! Do We Know 2/6/2004 Captured Light Not Rated $849,898 132,589
21 First Descent 12/2/2005 Universal PG-13 $739,690 115,396
22 Inside Deep Throat 2/11/2005 Universal NC-17 $691,880 107,937
23 Dust to Glory 4/1/2005 IFC Films PG $639,990 99,842
24 Gunner Palace 3/4/2005 Palm Pictures PG $607,502 94,774
25 Ghosts of the Abyss 4/11/2003 Walt Disney G $487,507 76,054
26 Ballets Russes 10/28/2005 Zeitgeist Not Rated $451,123 70,378
27 In the Realms of the Unreal 12/24/2004 WellSpring Not Rated $343,243 53,548
28 Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela 10/22/2004 Mela Films Not Rated $312,141 48,695
29 Watermarks 1/21/2005 Kino International Not Rated $245,845 38,353
30 Naked Fame 2/18/2005 Regent Releasing Not Rated $213,621 33,326
31 Mondovino 3/23/2005 ThinkFilm PG-13 $209,618 32,701
32 My Date With Drew 8/5/2005 DEJ Productions PG $181,041 28,243
33 New York Doll 10/28/2005 First Independent Pictures PG-13 $176,547 27,542
34 The Untold story of Emmett Till 8/19/2005 ThinkFilm Not Rated $174,391 27,206
35 Protocols of Zion 10/21/2005 ThinkFilm Not Rated $161,317 25,166
36 Touch the Sound 9/9/2005 Shadow Not Rated $136,047 21,224
37 Deep Blue 6/3/2005 Miramax G $132,261 20,633
38 Music from the Inside Out 4/22/2005 Emerging Pictures Not Rated $124,693 19,452
39 Tarnation 10/6/2004 WellSpring Not Rated $113,902 17,769
40 Darwin's Nightmare 8/5/2005 International Film Circuit Not Rated $97,614 15,228
41 Gay Sex in the 70's 11/4/2005 Lovett Not Rated $92,586 14,443
42 The Future of Food 9/14/2005 Cinema Libre Not Rated $81,280 12,680
43 The Nomi Song 2/4/2005 Palm Pictures Not Rated $74,216 11,578
44 Searching for Wrong-Eyed Jesus 7/13/2005 Shadow Not Rated $73,009 11,389
45 Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire 5/13/2005 California Newsreel Not Rated $68,249 10,647
46 Lightning in a Bottle 10/22/2004 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $65,207 10,172
47 Rock School 6/3/2005 Picturehouse R $64,310 10,032
48 Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes van Zandt 12/2/2005 Palm Pictures Not Rated $62,109 9,689
49 The Boys of Baraka 12/2/2005 ThinkFilm R $47,542 7,416
50 William Eggleston in the Real World 9/2/2005 Palm Pictures Not Rated $44,435 6,932
51 A State of Mind 8/12/2005 Kino International Not Rated $41,468 6,469
52 Das Goebbels-Experiment 8/12/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $41,137 6,417
53 Tell Them Who You Are 5/13/2005 ThinkFilm R $39,075 6,095
54 After Innocence 10/21/2005 New Yorker Not Rated $36,188 5,645
55 The Year of Yao 4/15/2005 Fine Line PG $34,699 5,413
56 Reel Paradise 8/19/2005 WellSpring R $29,720 4,636
57 Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst 11/26/2004 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $28,506 4,447
58 Lipstick & Dynamite 3/25/2005 Koch Lorber Films Not Rated $26,073 4,067
59 39 Pounds of Love 11/23/2005 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $25,467 3,973
60 Emmanuel's Gift 10/21/2005 First Look G $23,578 3,678
61 Three of Hearts 10/21/2005 ThinkFilm R $21,429 3,343
62 Voices in Wartime 4/15/2005 Cinema Libre Not Rated $20,702 3,229
63 The Last Dispatch 7/29/2005 Fabrication Films Not Rated $20,684 3,227
64 Zizek! 11/18/2005 Zeitgeist Not Rated $20,117 3,138
65 A League of Ordinary Gentlemen 5/27/2005 Magnolia Pictures R $18,326 2,858
66 Genesis 5/27/2005 ThinkFilm G $16,413 2,560
67 The 3 Rooms of Melancholia 7/27/2005 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $16,080 2,508
68 The Last Mogul: Life and Times of Lew Wasserman 6/24/2005 ThinkFilm PG-13 $15,655 2,442
69 One Bright Shining Moment 9/16/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $15,504 2,418
70 Bright Leaves 8/27/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $15,414 2,404
71 Up For Grabs 5/6/2005 Laemmle/Zeller Film Not Rated $13,931 2,173
72 Wall 8/26/2005 Lifesize Entertainment Not Rated $13,913 2,170
73 Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There 6/11/2004 First Independent/Dada Films Not Rated $12,087 1,885
74 Sunset Story 2/25/2005 Vitagraph Films Not Rated $8,802 1,373
75 Twist of Faith 7/1/2005 Artistic License Not Rated $8,129 1,268
76 Writer of O 5/6/2005 Zeitgeist Not Rated $8,127 1,267
77 Occupation: Dreamland 9/23/2005 Rumur Not Rated $8,018 1,250
78 A Decent Factory 6/29/2005 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $6,395 997
79 Aristide and the Endless Revolution 11/24/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $6,226 971
80 The Grace Lee Project 12/16/2005 Women Make Movies Not Rated $5,965 930
81 WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception 12/3/2004 Cinema Libre Not Rated $5,458 851
82 Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land 1/28/2005 Arab Film Distribution Not Rated $4,930 769
83 Sacred Stage 10/7/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $4,410 687
84 McLibel 6/10/2005 Cinema Libre Not Rated $4,337 676
85 Howard Zinn 6/18/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $4,020 627
86 Two by Scorsese 1/21/2005 Kino International Not Rated $3,845 599
87 The Aggressives 10/7/2005 Seventh Art Releasing Not Rated $3,769 587
88 This Divided State 7/22/2005 Minority Films Not Rated $3,724 580
89 Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death 10/21/2005 ArtMattan Productions Not Rated $3,238 505
90 Stolen Childhoods 5/20/2005 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $2,996 467
91 The Optimists 10/21/2005 Castle Hill Productions Not Rated $2,377 370
92 With God on Our Side 1/19/2005 Lumiere Productions Not Rated $1,806 281
93 Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer 3/5/2004 Indican Pictures Not Rated $1,790 279
94 Making Grace 7/22/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $1,496 233
95 Monumental: David Broners Fight for Wild America 7/22/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $1,430 223
96 Return to the Land of Wonders 7/13/2005 Arab Film Distribution Not Rated $1,338 208
97 The Letter: An American Town and the 'Somali Invasion' 2/9/2005 Arab Film Distribution Not Rated $1,058 165
98 Proteus 8/5/2005 Strand R $642 100
Total Gross of All Movies$165,882,355
Total Tickets Sold25,878,638

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2005. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2005. 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.