Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2005

Summary for all Years
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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 $77,413,017 12,076,914
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 $8,157,018 1,272,546
4 Mad Hot Ballroom 5/13/2005 Paramount Vantage PG $8,045,515 1,255,151
5 Aliens of the Deep 1/28/2005 Walt Disney G $7,541,784 1,176,565
6 Wild Safari 3D 4/8/2005 nWave Pictures Not Rated $6,657,557 1,038,620
7 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $6,034,219 941,376
8 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 4/22/2005 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $4,064,421 634,075
9 Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids 12/8/2004 ThinkFilm R $3,355,818 523,529
10 Rize 6/24/2005 Lionsgate PG-13 $3,278,611 511,484
11 Grizzly Man 8/12/2005 Lionsgate R $3,174,085 495,177
12 The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill 2/11/2005 Shadow G $3,041,591 474,507
13 Bugs! 3/14/2003 SK Films Not Rated $2,757,946 430,257
14 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience 3/12/2004 Warner Bros. PG $1,991,838 310,739
15 Murderball 7/8/2005 ThinkFilm PG-13 $1,523,883 237,735
16 Paperclips 11/24/2004 Slowhand Cinema G $1,079,433 168,398
17 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $946,520 147,663
18 What the #$'! Do We Know 2/6/2004 Captured Light Not Rated $849,898 132,589
19 First Descent 12/2/2005 Universal PG-13 $739,690 115,396
20 Inside Deep Throat 2/11/2005 Universal NC-17 $653,621 101,969
21 Dust to Glory 4/1/2005 IFC Films PG $639,990 99,842
22 Gunner Palace 3/4/2005 Palm Pictures PG $607,502 94,774
23 Ghosts of the Abyss 4/11/2003 Walt Disney G $487,507 76,054
24 Ballets Russes 10/28/2005 Zeitgeist Not Rated $455,413 71,047
25 In the Realms of the Unreal 12/24/2004 WellSpring Not Rated $343,243 53,548
26 Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela 10/22/2004 Mela Films Not Rated $312,141 48,696
27 Watermarks 1/21/2005 Kino International Not Rated $245,845 38,353
28 Mondovino 3/23/2005 ThinkFilm PG-13 $209,618 32,702
29 New York Doll 10/28/2005 First Independent Pictures PG-13 $176,056 27,466
30 The Untold story of Emmett Till 8/19/2005 ThinkFilm Not Rated $171,916 26,820
31 Protocols of Zion 10/21/2005 ThinkFilm Not Rated $161,558 25,204
32 Touch the Sound 9/9/2005 Shadow Not Rated $136,047 21,224
33 Deep Blue 6/3/2005 Miramax G $129,854 20,258
34 Music from the Inside Out 4/22/2005 Emerging Pictures Not Rated $124,693 19,453
35 My Date With Drew 8/5/2005 DEJ Productions PG $121,534 18,960
36 Tarnation 10/6/2004 WellSpring Not Rated $113,902 17,769
37 Darwin's Nightmare 8/5/2005 International Film Circuit Not Rated $97,614 15,228
38 Gay Sex in the 70's 11/4/2005 Lovett Not Rated $85,625 13,358
39 The Future of Food 9/14/2005 Cinema Libre Not Rated $81,280 12,680
40 The Nomi Song 2/4/2005 Palm Pictures Not Rated $74,216 11,578
41 Searching for Wrong-Eyed Jesus 7/13/2005 Shadow Not Rated $70,308 10,968
42 Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire 5/13/2005 California Newsreel R $67,100 10,468
43 Lightning in a Bottle 10/22/2004 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $65,207 10,173
44 Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes van Zandt 12/2/2005 Palm Pictures Not Rated $62,597 9,766
45 Rock School 6/3/2005 Picturehouse R $58,241 9,086
46 The Boys of Baraka 12/2/2005 ThinkFilm R $48,567 7,577
47 William Eggleston in the Real World 9/2/2005 Palm Pictures Not Rated $44,435 6,932
48 A State of Mind 8/12/2005 Kino International Not Rated $41,468 6,469
49 Das Goebbels-Experiment 8/12/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $40,811 6,367
50 Tell Them Who You Are 5/13/2005 ThinkFilm R $38,580 6,019
51 After Innocence 10/21/2005 New Yorker Not Rated $36,004 5,617
52 The Year of Yao 4/15/2005 Fine Line PG $34,699 5,413
53 Reel Paradise 8/19/2005 WellSpring R $29,720 4,637
54 Naked Fame 2/18/2005 Regent Releasing Not Rated $29,128 4,544
55 Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst 11/26/2004 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $28,506 4,447
56 Lipstick & Dynamite 3/25/2005 Koch Lorber Films Not Rated $26,073 4,068
57 39 Pounds of Love 11/23/2005 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $25,467 3,973
58 Emmanuel's Gift 10/21/2005 First Look G $23,578 3,678
59 Voices in Wartime 4/15/2005 Cinema Libre Not Rated $20,702 3,230
60 The Last Dispatch 7/29/2005 Fabrication Films Not Rated $20,684 3,227
61 Three of Hearts 10/21/2005 ThinkFilm R $19,738 3,079
62 Zizek! 11/18/2005 Zeitgeist Not Rated $19,561 3,052
63 A League of Ordinary Gentlemen 5/27/2005 Magnolia Pictures R $18,326 2,859
64 The 3 Rooms of Melancholia 7/27/2005 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $16,080 2,509
65 The Last Mogul: Life and Times of Lew Wasserman 6/24/2005 ThinkFilm PG-13 $15,655 2,442
66 Genesis 5/27/2005 ThinkFilm G $15,586 2,432
67 One Bright Shining Moment 9/16/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $15,504 2,419
68 Bright Leaves 8/27/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $15,415 2,405
69 Wall 8/26/2005 Lifesize Entertainment Not Rated $13,913 2,171
70 Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There 6/11/2004 First Independent/Dada Films Not Rated $11,917 1,859
71 Up For Grabs 5/6/2005 Laemmle/Zeller Film Not Rated $10,907 1,702
72 Sunset Story 2/25/2005 Vitagraph Films Not Rated $8,802 1,373
73 Twist of Faith 7/1/2005 Artistic License Not Rated $8,129 1,268
74 Writer of O 5/6/2005 Zeitgeist Not Rated $8,127 1,268
75 Occupation: Dreamland 9/23/2005 Rumur Not Rated $8,018 1,251
76 A Decent Factory 6/29/2005 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $6,395 998
77 Aristide and the Endless Revolution 11/24/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $6,226 971
78 The Grace Lee Project 12/16/2005 Women Make Movies Not Rated $5,965 931
79 WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception 12/3/2004 Cinema Libre Not Rated $5,460 852
80 Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land 1/28/2005 Arab Film Distribution Not Rated $4,930 769
81 McLibel 6/10/2005 Cinema Libre Not Rated $4,337 677
82 Howard Zinn 6/18/2004 First Run Features Not Rated $4,020 627
83 Sacred Stage 10/7/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $3,927 613
84 Two by Scorsese 1/21/2005 Kino International Not Rated $3,845 600
85 The Aggressives 10/7/2005 Seventh Art Releasing Not Rated $3,769 588
86 This Divided State 7/22/2005 Minority Films Not Rated $3,724 581
87 Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death 10/21/2005 ArtMattan Productions Not Rated $3,238 505
88 Stolen Childhoods 5/20/2005 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $2,996 467
89 The Optimists 10/21/2005 Castle Hill Productions Not Rated $2,377 371
90 With God on Our Side 1/19/2005 Lumiere Productions Not Rated $1,806 282
91 Making Grace 7/22/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $1,496 233
92 Return to the Land of Wonders 7/13/2005 Arab Film Distribution Not Rated $1,338 209
93 Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer 3/5/2004 Indican Pictures Not Rated $1,312 205
94 The Letter: An American Town and the 'Somali Invasion' 2/9/2005 Arab Film Distribution Not Rated $1,058 165
95 Monumental: David Broners Fight for Wild America 7/22/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $842 131
96 Proteus 8/5/2005 Strand R $815 127
Total Gross of All Movies$155,669,448
Total Tickets Sold24,285,407

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.