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 $23,814,997 3,635,877
2 Deep Sea 3-D 3/3/2006 Warner Bros. G $21,973,886 3,354,792
3 Dave Chappelle's Block Party 3/3/2006 Focus Features R $11,694,528 1,785,424
4 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $10,605,930 1,619,226
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 $5,488,881 837,997
7 Wordplay 6/16/2006 IFC Films PG $3,119,555 476,268
8 Why We Fight 1/20/2006 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $1,880,863 287,155
9 Who Killed the Electric Car? 6/28/2006 Sony Pictures Classics PG $1,678,874 256,317
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 $1,205,006 183,970
12 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $1,131,289 172,716
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 $1,029,457 157,169
17 Jesus Camp 9/15/2006 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $872,899 133,267
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 $360,435 55,028
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 46,847
23 The Boys of Baraka 12/2/2005 ThinkFilm R $273,819 41,804
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 38,808
26 49 Up 10/6/2006 First Run Features Not Rated $240,215 36,674
27 The Beauty Academy of Kabul 3/24/2006 Shadow Not Rated $225,448 34,420
28 Deliver Us From Evil 10/13/2006 Lionsgate Not Rated $201,275 30,729
29 Our Brand is Crisis 3/3/2006 Koch Lorber Films Not Rated $166,750 25,458
30 Gay Sex in the 70's 11/4/2005 Lovett Not Rated $156,979 23,966
31 Cocaine Cowboys 10/27/2006 Magnolia Pictures R $150,056 22,909
32 Once in a Lifetime: the Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos 7/7/2006 Miramax PG-13 $144,601 22,076
33 What the Bleep?: Down the Rabbit Hole 2/3/2006 IDP/Goldwyn/Roadside Not Rated $135,706 20,718
34 Stolen 4/21/2006 International Film Circuit Not Rated $132,596 20,244
35 Unknown White Male 2/24/2006 WellSpring PG-13 $124,414 18,995
36 Sir! No Sir! 4/7/2006 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $116,944 17,854
37 Darwin's Nightmare 8/5/2005 International Film Circuit Not Rated $106,032 16,188
38 Al Franken: God Spoke 9/13/2006 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $102,990 15,724
39 America: Freedom to Fascism 7/28/2006 Cinema Libre Not Rated $87,400 13,344
40 51 Birch Street 10/18/2006 Truly Indie Not Rated $84,689 12,930
41 After Innocence 10/21/2005 New Yorker Not Rated $78,076 11,920
42 Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul 6/9/2006 Strand Not Rated $70,685 10,792
43 Iraq in Fragments 11/8/2006 Typecast Releasing Not Rated $68,223 10,416
44 Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes van Zandt 12/2/2005 Palm Pictures Not Rated $66,827 10,203
45 Absolute Wilson 10/27/2006 New Yorker Not Rated $54,176 8,271
46 Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea 2/24/2006 Tilapia Film Not Rated $53,471 8,164
47 Shakespeare Behind Bars 3/10/2006 International Film Circuit Not Rated $48,594 7,419
48 Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy 3/31/2006 Thread Cross Films Not Rated $45,171 6,896
49 New York Doll 10/28/2005 First Independent Pictures PG-13 $43,405 6,627
50 Touch the Sound 9/9/2005 Shadow Not Rated $40,004 6,107
51 Rape of the Soul 3/17/2006 Slowhand Cinema R $39,975 6,103
52 Been Rich All My Life 7/21/2006 First Run Features Not Rated $36,406 5,558
53 Bubot Niyar 9/6/2006 Strand Not Rated $36,089 5,510
54 My Country My Country 8/4/2006 Zeitgeist Not Rated $33,620 5,133
55 Sisters in Law 4/12/2006 Women Make Movies Not Rated $33,312 5,086
56 The Untold story of Emmett Till 8/19/2005 ThinkFilm Not Rated $30,565 4,666
57 Excellent Cadavers 7/14/2006 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $30,296 4,625
58 Who Gets to Call It Art? 2/3/2006 Palm Pictures Not Rated $27,344 4,175
59 Trudell 2/3/2006 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $25,645 3,915
60 Henri Cartier-Bresson - Biographie eines Blicks 1/13/2006 Palm Pictures Not Rated $25,347 3,870
61 Wrestling with Angels 10/4/2006 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $24,729 3,775
62 Islam: What the West Needs to Know 7/7/2006 Quixotic Media Not Rated $22,938 3,502
63 F*ck 11/10/2006 ThinkFilm Not Rated $22,359 3,414
64 Giuliani Time 5/12/2006 Cinema Libre Not Rated $21,967 3,354
65 The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends 9/15/2006 Focus Features R $20,013 3,055
66 Suicide Killers 8/25/2006 City Lights Pictures Not Rated $18,239 2,785
67 The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill 2/11/2005 Shadow G $16,638 2,540
68 So Much So Fast 10/11/2006 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $16,411 2,505
69 Protocols of Zion 10/21/2005 ThinkFilm Not Rated $16,303 2,489
70 Through the Fire 2/10/2006 Cinema Libre Not Rated $14,769 2,255
71 Who the #$^% is Jackson Pollock? 11/15/2006 Picturehouse Not Rated $13,710 2,093
72 Devil's Miner 3/17/2006 First Run Features Not Rated $13,677 2,088
73 I Trust You To Kill Me 9/8/2006 First Independent Pictures R $12,854 1,962
74 Words of My Perfect Teacher 12/22/2006 IFC Films Not Rated $12,653 1,932
75 Music from the Inside Out 4/22/2005 Emerging Pictures Not Rated $11,901 1,817
76 Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story 11/24/2006 Safari Media, LLC Not Rated $11,836 1,807
77 So Goes the Nation 10/4/2006 IFC Films Not Rated $10,337 1,578
78 Romántico 11/1/2006 Kino International Not Rated $9,598 1,465
79 Salvadore Allende 9/8/2006 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $7,820 1,194
80 Favela Rising 6/2/2006 Mochary Films Not Rated $7,768 1,186
81 Kill Your Idols 7/7/2006 Palm Pictures Not Rated $7,753 1,184
82 Saint of 9/11 9/6/2006 IFC Films Not Rated $7,137 1,090
83 The Case of the Grinning Cat 7/21/2006 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $7,033 1,074
84 Searching for Wrong-Eyed Jesus 7/13/2005 Shadow Not Rated $6,907 1,055
85 Das Goebbels-Experiment 8/12/2005 First Run Features Not Rated $6,400 977
86 King Leopold's Ghost 8/18/2006 Aloha Releasing PG-13 $5,194 793
87 Matthew Barney: No Restraint 12/20/2006 IFC First Take Not Rated $5,057 772
88 Street Fight 2/22/2006 Frontier Not Rated $4,779 730
89 The Fall of Fujimori 5/5/2006 Cinema Libre Not Rated $4,630 707
90 Cowboy Del Amor 2/10/2006 Emerging Pictures Not Rated $4,438 678
91 Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said 10/13/2006 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $3,897 595
92 The Cult of the Suicide Bomber 6/2/2006 The Disinformation Co. Not Rated $3,609 551
93 39 Pounds of Love 11/23/2005 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $2,658 406
94 Mardi Gras: Made in China 3/24/2006 Carnivalesque Films Not Rated $2,500 382
95 Blossoms of Fire 2/3/2006 New Yorker Not Rated $2,390 365
96 Workingman's Death 2/24/2006 Seventh Art Releasing Not Rated $2,214 338
97 95 Miles to Go 4/7/2006 ThinkFilm R $2,203 336
98 Commune 5/5/2006 Five Points Media Not Rated $2,055 314
99 Herbie Hancock: Possibilities 4/14/2006 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $1,772 271
100 The Big Question 3/17/2006 ThinkFilm PG-13 $1,609 246
101 Reel Paradise 8/19/2005 WellSpring R $1,515 231
102 The Ister 2/10/2006 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $1,124 172
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 $772 118
Total Gross of All Movies$101,317,766
Total Tickets Sold15,468,364

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.