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Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2006

Summary for all Years
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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2006 GrossTickets Sold
1 An Inconvenient Truth 5/24/2006 Paramount Vantage PG $24,146,161 3,686,436
2 Deep Sea 3D 3/3/2006 Warner Bros. G $21,892,869 3,342,422
3 Dave Chappelle's Block Party 3/3/2006 Focus Features R $11,718,595 1,789,098
4 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $10,952,503 1,672,137
5 Wild Safari 3D 4/8/2005 nWave Pictures Not Rated $5,790,595 884,060
6 Roving Mars 1/27/2006 Walt Disney G $5,482,822 837,072
7 Wordplay 6/16/2006 IFC Films PG $3,121,270 476,529
8 Why We Fight 1/20/2006 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $1,880,863 287,154
9 Who Killed the Electric Car? 6/28/2006 Sony Pictures Classics PG $1,678,874 256,316
10 Bugs! 3/14/2003 SK Films Not Rated $1,619,294 247,220
11 Aliens of the Deep 1/28/2005 Walt Disney G $1,206,247 184,159
12 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $1,132,540 172,906
13 Shut Up and Sing 10/27/2006 Weinstein Co. R $1,120,005 170,993
14 The U.S. vs John Lennon 9/15/2006 Lionsgate PG-13 $1,109,146 169,335
15 Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man 6/21/2006 Lionsgate PG-13 $1,044,254 159,428
16 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $1,031,820 157,529
17 Jesus Camp 9/15/2006 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $872,124 133,148
18 The Heart of the Game 6/9/2006 Miramax PG-13 $444,687 67,891
19 Sketches of Frank Gehry 5/12/2006 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $439,309 67,070
20 Ballets Russes 10/28/2005 Zeitgeist Not Rated $364,725 55,683
21 The Devil and Daniel Johnston 3/31/2006 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $334,450 51,061
22 This Film is Not Yet Rated 9/1/2006 IFC Films Not Rated $306,845 46,846
23 The Boys of Baraka 12/2/2005 ThinkFilm R $276,318 42,185
24 American Hardcore 9/22/2006 Sony Pictures Classics R $265,992 40,609
25 The War Tapes 6/2/2006 Senart/Scranton-Lacy Not Rated $254,190 38,807
26 49 Up 10/6/2006 First Run Features Not Rated $240,215 36,674
27 Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey 10/11/2002 Giant Screen Films Not Rated $226,500 34,580
28 The Beauty Academy of Kabul 3/24/2006 Shadow Not Rated $225,448 34,419
29 Deliver Us From Evil 10/13/2006 Lionsgate Not Rated $201,275 30,729
30 Our Brand is Crisis 3/3/2006 Koch Lorber Films Not Rated $166,750 25,458
31 Cocaine Cowboys 10/27/2006 Magnolia Pictures R $163,000 24,885
32 Gay Sex in the 70's 11/4/2005 Lovett Not Rated $156,979 23,966
33 Once in a Lifetime: the Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos 7/7/2006 Miramax PG-13 $144,601 22,076
34 What the Bleep?: Down the Rabbit Hole 2/3/2006 IDP/Goldwyn/Roadside Not Rated $135,706 20,718
35 Stolen 4/21/2006 International Film Circuit Not Rated $132,596 20,243
36 Unknown White Male 2/24/2006 WellSpring PG-13 $126,836 19,364
37 Sir! No Sir! 4/7/2006 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $116,944 17,854
38 Darwin's Nightmare 8/5/2005 International Film Circuit Not Rated $106,132 16,203
39 Al Franken: God Spoke 9/13/2006 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $102,990 15,723
40 America: Freedom to Fascism 7/28/2006 Cinema Libre Not Rated $87,400 13,343
41 51 Birch Street 10/18/2006 Truly Indie Not Rated $84,689 12,929
42 After Innocence 10/21/2005 New Yorker Not Rated $78,076 11,920
43 Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul 6/9/2006 Strand Not Rated $70,685 10,791
44 Iraq in Fragments 11/8/2006 Typecast Releasing Not Rated $68,223 10,415
45 Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes van Zandt 12/2/2005 Palm Pictures Not Rated $67,315 10,277
46 Absolute Wilson 10/27/2006 New Yorker Not Rated $54,176 8,271
47 Shakespeare Behind Bars 3/10/2006 International Film Circuit Not Rated $48,594 7,418
48 Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy 3/31/2006 Thread Cross Films Not Rated $47,243 7,212
49 New York Doll 10/28/2005 First Independent Pictures PG-13 $43,125 6,583
50 Commune 5/5/2006 Five Points Media Not Rated $41,714 6,368
51 Touch the Sound 9/9/2005 Shadow Not Rated $40,004 6,107
52 Rape of the Soul 3/17/2006 Slowhand Cinema R $39,975 6,103
53 Been Rich All My Life 7/21/2006 First Run Features Not Rated $36,406 5,558
54 Bubot Niyar 9/6/2006 Strand Not Rated $36,089 5,509
55 My Country My Country 8/4/2006 Zeitgeist Not Rated $33,620 5,132
56 Sisters in Law 4/12/2006 Women Make Movies Not Rated $33,312 5,085
57 The Untold story of Emmett Till 8/19/2005 ThinkFilm Not Rated $30,565 4,666
58 Excellent Cadavers 7/14/2006 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $30,296 4,625
59 Who Gets to Call It Art? 2/3/2006 Palm Pictures Not Rated $27,344 4,174
60 Trudell 2/3/2006 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $26,756 4,084
61 Henri Cartier-Bresson - Biographie eines Blicks 1/13/2006 Palm Pictures Not Rated $25,347 3,869
62 Wrestling with Angels 10/4/2006 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $24,729 3,775
63 Islam: What the West Needs to Know 7/7/2006 Quixotic Media Not Rated $22,938 3,501
64 F*ck 11/10/2006 ThinkFilm Not Rated $22,359 3,413
65 Giuliani Time 5/12/2006 Cinema Libre Not Rated $21,967 3,353
66 The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends 9/15/2006 Focus Features R $20,013 3,055
67 Suicide Killers 8/25/2006 City Lights Pictures Not Rated $18,239 2,784
68 Protocols of Zion 10/21/2005 ThinkFilm Not Rated $17,558 2,680
69 The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill 2/11/2005 Shadow G $16,936 2,585
70 So Much So Fast 10/11/2006 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $16,411 2,505
71 Through the Fire 2/10/2006 Cinema Libre Not Rated $14,769 2,254
72 Devil's Miner 3/17/2006 First Run Features Not Rated $14,289 2,181
73 Who the #$^% is Jackson Pollock? 11/15/2006 Picturehouse Not Rated $13,710 2,093
74 I Trust You To Kill Me 9/8/2006 First Independent Pictures R $12,854 1,962
75 Words of My Perfect Teacher 12/22/2006 IFC Films Not Rated $12,653 1,931
76 Music from the Inside Out 4/22/2005 Emerging Pictures Not Rated $11,901 1,816
77 Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story 11/24/2006 Safari Media, LLC Not Rated $11,836 1,807
78 Favela Rising 6/2/2006 Mochary Films Not Rated $10,565 1,612
79 So Goes the Nation 10/4/2006 IFC Films Not Rated $10,337 1,578
80 Romántico 11/1/2006 Kino International Not Rated $9,598 1,465
81 Salvadore Allende 9/8/2006 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $7,820 1,193
82 Kill Your Idols 7/7/2006 Palm Pictures Not Rated $7,753 1,183
83 The Cult of the Suicide Bomber 6/2/2006 The Disinformation Co. Not Rated $7,451 1,137
84 Saint of 9/11 9/6/2006 IFC Films Not Rated $7,137 1,089
85 The Case of the Grinning Cat 7/21/2006 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $7,033 1,073
86 Searching for Wrong-Eyed Jesus 7/13/2005 Shadow Not Rated $6,907 1,054
87 Das Goebbels-Experiment 8/12/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $6,074 927
88 King Leopold's Ghost 8/18/2006 Aloha Releasing PG-13 $5,194 792
89 Matthew Barney: No Restraint 12/20/2006 IFC First Take Not Rated $5,057 772
90 Street Fight 2/22/2006 Frontier Not Rated $4,779 729
91 The Fall of Fujimori 5/5/2006 Cinema Libre Not Rated $4,630 706
92 Cowboy Del Amor 2/10/2006 Emerging Pictures Not Rated $4,438 677
93 Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said 10/13/2006 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $3,897 594
94 95 Miles to Go 4/7/2006 ThinkFilm R $3,195 487
95 39 Pounds of Love 11/23/2005 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $2,658 405
96 Mardi Gras: Made in China 3/24/2006 Carnivalesque Films Not Rated $2,500 381
97 Herbie Hancock: Possibilities 4/14/2006 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $2,493 380
98 Blossoms of Fire 2/3/2006 New Yorker Not Rated $2,390 364
99 The Big Question 3/17/2006 ThinkFilm PG-13 $2,248 343
100 Workingman's Death 2/24/2006 Seventh Art Releasing Not Rated $2,214 338
101 Reel Paradise 8/19/2005 WellSpring R $1,515 231
102 The Ister 2/10/2006 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $1,124 171
103 The Empire in Africa 12/8/2006 Cinema Libre Not Rated $1,088 166
104 Aristide and the Endless Revolution 11/24/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $772 117
Total Gross of All Movies$102,187,453
Total Tickets Sold15,601,084

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2006. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2006. 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.