Box Office Performance for Factual Movies in 2008

Summary for all Years
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RankMovieRelease
Date
GenreMPAA
Rating
2008 GrossTickets Sold
1 Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour 2/1/2008 Concert/Performance G $65,281,781 9,092,170
2 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 10/5/2007 Documentary Not Rated $14,710,283 2,048,786
3 Religulous 10/3/2008 Documentary R $13,011,160 1,812,139
4 Space Station 4/19/2002 Documentary Not Rated $10,904,400 1,518,719
5 U2 3D 1/23/2008 Concert/Performance G $9,674,438 1,347,415
6 Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed 4/18/2008 Documentary PG $7,720,487 1,075,277
7 Shine a Light 4/4/2008 Documentary R $5,505,267 766,750
8 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 Documentary Not Rated $5,355,159 745,844
9 Dolphins and Whales Tribes of the Ocean 3D 2/15/2008 Documentary Not Rated $5,243,604 730,307
10 Young @ Heart 4/9/2008 Documentary PG $3,992,189 556,015
11 Deep Sea 3-D 3/3/2006 Documentary G $3,550,091 494,442
12 Man on Wire 7/25/2008 Documentary PG-13 $2,942,990 409,887
13 Roving Mars 1/27/2006 Documentary G $1,775,287 247,254
14 Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson 7/4/2008 Documentary R $1,252,100 174,387
15 Encounters at the End of the World 6/11/2008 Documentary G $944,933 131,606
16 American Teen 7/25/2008 Documentary PG-13 $942,441 131,259
17 I.O.U.S.A. 8/22/2008 Documentary PG $810,196 112,841
18 Up the Yangtze 4/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $783,969 109,188
19 Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland 2/8/2008 Documentary R $603,894 84,108
20 Trouble the Water 8/22/2008 Documentary Not Rated $486,582 67,769
21 Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? 4/18/2008 Documentary PG-13 $384,955 53,615
22 The Singing Revolution 12/7/2007 Documentary Not Rated $381,529 53,138
23 Bigger, Stronger, Faster* 5/30/2008 Documentary PG-13 $308,575 42,977
24 Morning Light 10/17/2008 Documentary PG $275,093 38,314
25 Taxi to the Dark Side 1/18/2008 Documentary R $274,661 38,254
26 Planet B-Boy 3/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $272,791 37,993
27 Surfwise 5/9/2008 Documentary R $269,994 37,604
28 Standard Operating Procedure 4/25/2008 Documentary R $228,830 31,870
29 Waltz with Bashir 12/25/2008 Documentary R $220,441 30,702
30 Chris and Don: A Love Story 6/13/2008 Documentary Not Rated $216,110 30,099
31 Call+Response 10/10/2008 Documentary PG-13 $207,625 28,917
32 Steep 12/21/2007 Documentary PG $204,069 28,422
33 La Traviata at La Scala 2/15/2008 Concert/Performance Not Rated $195,494 27,228
34 Wild Safari 3D 4/8/2005 Documentary Not Rated $188,131 26,202
35 Constantine's Sword 4/18/2008 Documentary Not Rated $179,507 25,001
36 Chicago 10 2/29/2008 Documentary R $176,545 24,588
37 Girls Rock! 3/7/2008 Documentary PG $159,294 22,186
38 My Winnipeg 6/13/2008 Documentary Not Rated $156,629 21,815
39 A Man Named Pearl 8/31/2007 Documentary G $156,090 21,740
40 FLOW: For Love of Water 9/12/2008 Documentary Not Rated $142,569 19,856
41 Nanking 12/12/2007 Documentary R $134,970 18,798
42 The First Saturday in May 4/18/2008 Documentary PG-13 $124,294 17,311
43 Bra Boys 4/11/2008 Documentary R $113,730 15,840
44 Trumbo 6/27/2008 Documentary PG-13 $108,280 15,081
45 Bustin' Down the Door 7/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $106,100 14,777
46 A Jihad for Love 5/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $105,651 14,715
47 Aida at La Scala 12/7/2007 Concert/Performance Not Rated $104,819 14,599
48 The Unforeseen 2/29/2008 Documentary Not Rated $90,287 12,575
49 Blindsight 3/5/2008 Documentary PG $89,169 12,419
50 Louise Bourgeois 6/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $87,997 12,256
51 Maria Stuarda at La Scala 3/14/2008 Concert/Performance Not Rated $83,214 11,590
52 Dalai Lama Renaissance 5/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $82,736 11,523
53 Praying with Lior 2/1/2008 Documentary Not Rated $82,553 11,498
54 Il Trittico at Fenice 5/2/2008 Concert/Performance Not Rated $79,842 11,120
55 One Day You'll Understand 11/21/2008 Drama Not Rated $77,368 10,775
56 America the Beautiful 8/1/2008 Documentary PG-13 $76,173 10,609
57 Body of War 3/7/2008 Documentary Not Rated $71,716 9,988
58 The Business of Being Born 1/9/2008 Documentary Not Rated $69,348 9,658
59 Happy Valley 3/28/2008 Documentary PG-13 $67,665 9,424
60 Allah Made Me Funny 10/3/2008 Documentary Not Rated $66,903 9,318
61 CSNY: Déjà Vu 7/25/2008 Documentary R $65,025 9,056
62 Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains 10/22/2008 Documentary Not Rated $64,000 8,914
63 Harvard Beats Yale 11/19/2008 Documentary Not Rated $63,973 8,910
64 Bloodline 5/9/2008 Documentary R $62,248 8,670
65 Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story 9/26/2008 Documentary Not Rated $60,332 8,403
66 The Order of Myths 7/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $59,400 8,273
67 Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired 7/11/2008 Documentary Not Rated $59,192 8,244
68 War Dance 11/9/2007 Documentary PG-13 $57,525 8,012
69 Beautiful Losers 8/8/2008 Documentary Not Rated $56,386 7,853
70 La Forza del Destino 4/3/2008 Concert/Performance Not Rated $52,577 7,323
71 Dare Not Walk Alone 4/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $52,166 7,265
72 Pray the Devil Back to Hell 11/7/2008 Documentary Not Rated $51,886 7,226
73 Shoot Down 1/25/2008 Documentary PG-13 $51,408 7,160
74 Gunnin' for that #1 Spot 6/27/2008 Documentary PG-13 $50,804 7,076
75 Tristan und Isolde at La Scala 1/18/2008 Concert/Performance Not Rated $50,172 6,988
76 Dhamma Brothers, The 4/11/2008 Documentary Not Rated $49,568 6,904
77 La Rondine 3/8/2008 Concert/Performance Not Rated $49,088 6,837
78 For the Bible Tells Me So 8/5/2007 Documentary Not Rated $43,505 6,059
79 Moving Midway 9/12/2008 Documentary Not Rated $40,864 5,691
80 Refusenik 4/11/2008 Documentary Not Rated $39,456 5,495
81 Enlighten Up! 9/12/2008 Documentary Not Rated $33,226 4,628
82 Hats Off 3/28/2008 Documentary Not Rated $31,272 4,355
83 Fighting for Life 3/7/2008 Documentary Not Rated $30,606 4,263
84 Lou Reed's Berlin 7/18/2008 Concert/Performance PG-13 $29,692 4,135
85 Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains 10/26/2007 Documentary PG $28,278 3,938
86 Don Carlo 12/5/2008 Concert/Performance Not Rated $27,834 3,877
87 Frontrunners 10/15/2008 Documentary Not Rated $26,976 3,757
88 Wie man sein leben kocht 10/26/2007 Documentary PG-13 $23,789 3,313
89 Yiddish Theater: A Love Story 11/21/2007 Documentary Not Rated $22,653 3,155
90 The Matador 10/31/2008 Documentary Not Rated $21,816 3,038
91 Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father 10/31/2008 Documentary Not Rated $20,834 2,902
92 Walking on Dead Fish 9/19/2008 Documentary PG-13 $20,705 2,884
93 The First Basket 10/29/2008 Documentary Not Rated $20,440 2,847
94 Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts 4/18/2008 Documentary Not Rated $20,018 2,788
95 Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon 5/30/2008 Documentary Not Rated $19,712 2,745
96 Saving Marriage 10/17/2008 Documentary PG-13 $18,720 2,607
97 Am Limit 6/13/2008 Documentary Not Rated $18,254 2,542
98 Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten 11/2/2007 Documentary Not Rated $18,190 2,533
99 My Kid Could Paint That 10/5/2007 Documentary PG-13 $18,133 2,525
100 Billy the Kid 12/5/2007 Documentary Not Rated $17,809 2,480
101 Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust 12/25/2007 Documentary Not Rated $17,537 2,442
102 Kicking It 6/13/2008 Documentary Not Rated $13,266 1,848
103 Full Battle Rattle 7/11/2008 Documentary Not Rated $12,306 1,714
104 Operation Filmmaker 6/4/2008 Documentary Not Rated $11,391 1,586
105 What Would Jesus Buy? 11/16/2007 Documentary PG $11,232 1,564
106 Sputnik Mania 3/14/2008 Documentary Not Rated $10,650 1,483
107 The Betrayal 11/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $10,648 1,483
108 Whaledreamers 9/26/2008 Documentary Not Rated $10,584 1,474
109 Lord, Save Us From Your Followers 6/13/2008 Documentary PG-13 $10,510 1,464
110 Lagerfeld Confidential 10/24/2007 Documentary Not Rated $10,420 1,451
111 Without the King 4/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $8,663 1,207
112 Battle for Haditha 5/7/2008 Documentary R $8,443 1,176
113 Kurt Cobain: About a Son 10/3/2007 Documentary Not Rated $7,995 1,114
114 Patti Smith: Dream of Life 8/15/2008 Documentary Not Rated $6,703 934
115 A Lawyer Walks into a Bar 2/29/2008 Documentary Not Rated $5,202 725
116 El Inmigrante 7/13/2007 Documentary Not Rated $5,196 724
117 God and Gays: Bridging the Gap 10/24/2008 Documentary Not Rated $5,095 710
118 Fuel 11/14/2008 Documentary Not Rated $4,915 685
119 Stealing America: Vote by Vote 8/1/2008 Documentary Not Rated $4,740 660
120 Twisted: A Balloonamentary 5/23/2008 Documentary Not Rated $4,345 605
121 Poisoned by Polonium: Litvinenko File 3/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $4,293 598
122 Heavy Metal in Baghdad 5/23/2008 Documentary R $4,070 567
123 King Corn 10/12/2007 Documentary Not Rated $3,676 512
124 Fraude 10/10/2008 Documentary Not Rated $3,373 470
125 Who Does She Think She Is? 10/17/2008 Documentary Not Rated $3,081 429
126 The Beautiful Truth 11/14/2008 Documentary Not Rated $3,026 421
127 Run For Your Life 10/31/2008 Documentary Not Rated $2,992 417
128 Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Rock Club 3/14/2008 Documentary Not Rated $2,970 414
129 Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet, The 1/2/2009 Documentary Not Rated $2,125 296
130 Running with Arnold 1/11/2008 Documentary Not Rated $2,119 295
131 Staub 12/5/2008 Documentary Not Rated $2,072 289
132 Maria Bethania: Music is Perfume 7/18/2008 Documentary Not Rated $1,858 259
133 On the Rumba River 6/6/2008 Documentary Not Rated $1,698 236
134 Beyond Belief 2/29/2008 Documentary Not Rated $667 93
135 The Life of Reilly 11/9/2007 Concert/Performance Not Rated $654 91
136 Salvadore Allende 9/8/2006 Documentary Not Rated $634 88
137 I for India 1/11/2008 Documentary Not Rated $386 54
138 Show Business 5/11/2007 Documentary PG $84 12
Total Gross of All Movies$163,681,149
Total Tickets Sold22,796,819

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2008. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2008. 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.