Follow us on

Box Office Performance for Factual Movies in 2008

Summary for all Years
← Previous YearNext Year →
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 $14,144,251 1,969,951
3 Religulous 10/3/2008 Documentary R $13,011,160 1,812,139
4 Space Station 4/19/2002 Documentary Not Rated $10,840,176 1,509,773
5 U2 3D 2/15/2008 Concert/Performance G $9,674,438 1,347,414
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 Dolphins and Whales Tribes of the Ocean 3D 2/15/2008 Documentary Not Rated $5,243,604 730,306
9 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 Documentary Not Rated $5,083,770 708,045
10 Young @ Heart 4/9/2008 Documentary PG $3,992,189 556,015
11 Deep Sea 3D 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 $1,717,565 239,215
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 $810,196 112,840
18 Up the Yangtze 4/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $783,969 109,187
19 Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland 2/8/2008 Documentary R $603,894 84,107
20 Galapagos 10/29/1999 Documentary Not Rated $513,163 71,471
21 Trouble the Water 8/22/2008 Documentary Not Rated $486,582 67,769
22 Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? 4/18/2008 Documentary PG-13 $384,955 53,614
23 The Singing Revolution 12/7/2007 Documentary Not Rated $380,043 52,930
24 Bigger, Stronger, Faster* 5/30/2008 Documentary PG-13 $308,575 42,977
25 Morning Light 10/17/2008 Documentary PG $275,093 38,313
26 Taxi to the Dark Side 1/18/2008 Documentary R $274,661 38,253
27 Planet B-Boy 3/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $272,791 37,993
28 Surfwise 5/9/2008 Documentary R $269,994 37,603
29 Standard Operating Procedure 4/25/2008 Documentary R $228,830 31,870
30 Waltz with Bashir 12/25/2008 Documentary R $220,441 30,702
31 Chris and Don: A Love Story 6/13/2008 Documentary Not Rated $216,110 30,098
32 Call+Response 10/10/2008 Documentary PG-13 $208,806 29,081
33 La Traviata at La Scala 2/15/2008 Concert/Performance Not Rated $195,494 27,227
34 Steep 12/21/2007 Documentary PG $180,962 25,203
35 Constantine's Sword 4/18/2008 Documentary Not Rated $179,507 25,000
36 Chicago 10 2/29/2008 Documentary R $176,545 24,588
37 Girls Rock! 3/7/2008 Documentary PG $159,294 22,185
38 My Winnipeg 6/13/2008 Documentary Not Rated $156,629 21,814
39 A Man Named Pearl 8/31/2007 Documentary G $156,090 21,739
40 FLOW: For Love of Water 3/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $142,569 19,856
41 Wild Safari 3D 4/8/2005 Documentary Not Rated $135,640 18,891
42 Nanking 12/12/2007 Documentary R $134,970 18,798
43 The First Saturday in May 4/18/2008 Documentary PG-13 $124,294 17,311
44 Bra Boys 4/11/2008 Documentary R $113,730 15,839
45 Trumbo 6/27/2008 Documentary PG-13 $108,280 15,080
46 Bustin' Down the Door 7/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $106,100 14,777
47 A Jihad for Love 5/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $105,651 14,714
48 Aida at La Scala 12/7/2007 Concert/Performance Not Rated $104,819 14,598
49 The Unforeseen 2/29/2008 Documentary Not Rated $90,287 12,574
50 Blindsight 3/5/2008 Documentary PG $89,169 12,419
51 Louise Bourgeois 6/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $87,997 12,255
52 Maria Stuarda at La Scala 3/14/2008 Concert/Performance Not Rated $83,214 11,589
53 Dalai Lama Renaissance 5/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $82,736 11,523
54 Praying with Lior 2/1/2008 Documentary Not Rated $82,553 11,497
55 Il Trittico at Fenice 5/2/2008 Concert/Performance Not Rated $79,842 11,120
56 One Day You'll Understand 11/21/2008 Drama Not Rated $77,368 10,775
57 America the Beautiful 5/9/2008 Documentary R $76,173 10,609
58 Body of War 3/7/2008 Documentary Not Rated $71,716 9,988
59 The Business of Being Born 1/9/2008 Documentary Not Rated $69,348 9,658
60 Happy Valley 3/28/2008 Documentary PG-13 $67,665 9,424
61 Allah Made Me Funny 10/3/2008 Documentary Not Rated $66,903 9,317
62 CSNY: Déjà Vu 7/25/2008 Documentary R $65,025 9,056
63 Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains 10/22/2008 Documentary Not Rated $64,000 8,913
64 Harvard Beats Yale 11/19/2008 Documentary Not Rated $63,973 8,909
65 Bloodline 5/9/2008 Documentary R $62,248 8,669
66 Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story 9/26/2008 Documentary Not Rated $60,332 8,402
67 The Order of Myths 7/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $59,400 8,272
68 Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired 7/11/2008 Documentary Not Rated $59,192 8,244
69 War Dance 11/9/2007 Documentary PG-13 $57,525 8,011
70 Beautiful Losers 8/8/2008 Documentary Not Rated $56,386 7,853
71 La Forza del Destino 4/3/2008 Concert/Performance Not Rated $52,577 7,322
72 Dare Not Walk Alone 4/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $52,166 7,265
73 Pray the Devil Back to Hell 11/7/2008 Documentary Not Rated $51,886 7,226
74 Shoot Down 1/25/2008 Documentary PG-13 $51,408 7,159
75 Gunnin' for that #1 Spot 6/27/2008 Documentary PG-13 $50,804 7,075
76 Tristan und Isolde at La Scala 1/18/2008 Concert/Performance Not Rated $50,172 6,987
77 The Dhamma Brothers 4/11/2008 Documentary Not Rated $49,568 6,903
78 La Rondine 3/8/2008 Concert/Performance Not Rated $49,088 6,836
79 For the Bible Tells Me So 8/5/2007 Documentary Not Rated $41,605 5,794
80 Moving Midway 9/12/2008 Documentary Not Rated $40,864 5,691
81 Refusenik 4/11/2008 Documentary Not Rated $39,456 5,495
82 Enlighten Up! 9/12/2008 Documentary Not Rated $33,226 4,627
83 Hats Off 3/28/2008 Documentary Not Rated $31,272 4,355
84 Fighting for Life 3/7/2008 Documentary Not Rated $30,606 4,262
85 Lou Reed's Berlin 7/18/2008 Concert/Performance PG-13 $29,692 4,135
86 Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains 10/26/2007 Documentary PG $28,016 3,901
87 Don Carlo 12/5/2008 Concert/Performance Not Rated $27,834 3,876
88 Frontrunners 10/15/2008 Documentary Not Rated $26,976 3,757
89 Forever 9/12/2007 Documentary Not Rated $25,222 3,512
90 The Matador 10/31/2008 Documentary Not Rated $21,816 3,038
91 Wie man sein leben kocht 10/26/2007 Documentary PG-13 $21,771 3,032
92 Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father 10/31/2008 Documentary Not Rated $20,834 2,901
93 Walking on Dead Fish 9/19/2008 Documentary PG-13 $20,705 2,883
94 The First Basket 10/29/2008 Documentary Not Rated $20,440 2,846
95 Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts 4/18/2008 Documentary Not Rated $20,018 2,788
96 Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon 5/30/2008 Documentary Not Rated $19,712 2,745
97 Yiddish Theater: A Love Story 11/21/2007 Documentary Not Rated $19,541 2,721
98 Saving Marriage 10/17/2008 Documentary PG-13 $18,720 2,607
99 Am Limit 6/13/2008 Documentary Not Rated $18,254 2,542
100 Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust 12/25/2007 Documentary Not Rated $16,328 2,274
101 Billy the Kid 12/5/2007 Documentary Not Rated $15,436 2,149
102 My Kid Could Paint That 10/5/2007 Documentary PG-13 $14,790 2,059
103 Kicking It 6/13/2008 Documentary Not Rated $13,266 1,847
104 Full Battle Rattle 7/11/2008 Documentary Not Rated $12,306 1,713
105 Operation Filmmaker 6/4/2008 Documentary Not Rated $11,573 1,611
106 The Betrayal 11/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $11,464 1,596
107 Sputnik Mania 3/14/2008 Documentary Not Rated $10,650 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 1,463
110 Without the King 4/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $8,663 1,206
111 Battle for Haditha 5/7/2008 Documentary R $8,443 1,175
112 Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten 11/2/2007 Documentary Not Rated $7,700 1,072
113 Patti Smith: Dream of Life 8/15/2008 Documentary Not Rated $6,703 933
114 Kurt Cobain: About a Son 10/3/2007 Documentary Not Rated $5,941 827
115 A Lawyer Walks into a Bar 2/29/2008 Documentary Not Rated $5,202 724
116 God and Gays: Bridging the Gap 10/24/2008 Documentary Not Rated $5,095 709
117 Fuel 11/14/2008 Documentary Not Rated $4,915 684
118 El Inmigrante 7/13/2007 Documentary Not Rated $4,753 661
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 $4,293 597
122 Heavy Metal in Baghdad 5/23/2008 Documentary R $4,070 566
123 King Corn 10/12/2007 Documentary Not Rated $3,676 511
124 Lagerfeld Confidential 10/24/2007 Documentary Not Rated $3,435 478
125 Fraude 10/10/2008 Documentary Not Rated $3,373 469
126 Who Does She Think She Is? 10/17/2008 Documentary Not Rated $3,081 429
127 The Beautiful Truth 11/14/2008 Documentary Not Rated $3,026 421
128 Run For Your Life 10/31/2008 Documentary Not Rated $2,992 416
129 Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Rock Club 3/14/2008 Documentary Not Rated $2,970 413
130 Running with Arnold 1/11/2008 Documentary Not Rated $2,119 295
131 Staub 12/5/2008 Documentary Not Rated $2,072 288
132 Maria Bethania: Music is Perfume 7/18/2008 Documentary Not Rated $1,858 258
133 On the Rumba River 6/6/2008 Documentary Not Rated $1,698 236
134 Beyond Belief 2/29/2008 Documentary Not Rated $667 92
135 Salvadore Allende 9/8/2006 Documentary Not Rated $634 88
136 I for India 1/11/2008 Documentary Not Rated $386 53
137 Show Business 5/11/2007 Documentary PG $84 11
Total Gross of All Movies$163,137,062
Total Tickets Sold22,720,968

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.