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Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2008

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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2008 GrossTickets Sold
1 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 10/5/2007 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $14,144,251 1,969,951
2 Religulous 10/3/2008 Lionsgate R $13,011,160 1,812,139
3 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $10,840,176 1,509,773
4 Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed 4/18/2008 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG $7,720,487 1,075,277
5 Shine a Light 4/4/2008 Paramount Vantage R $5,505,267 766,750
6 Dolphins and Whales Tribes of the Ocean 3D 2/15/2008 3D Entertainment Not Rated $5,243,604 730,306
7 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $5,083,770 708,045
8 Young @ Heart 4/9/2008 Fox Searchlight PG $3,992,189 556,015
9 Deep Sea 3D 3/3/2006 Warner Bros. G $3,550,091 494,442
10 Man on Wire 7/25/2008 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $2,942,990 409,887
11 Roving Mars 1/27/2006 Walt Disney G $1,717,565 239,215
12 Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson 7/4/2008 Magnolia Pictures R $1,252,100 174,387
13 Encounters at the End of the World 6/11/2008 ThinkFilm G $944,933 131,606
14 American Teen 7/25/2008 Paramount Vantage PG-13 $942,441 131,259
15 I.O.U.S.A. 8/22/2008 Roadside Attractions PG $810,196 112,840
16 Up the Yangtze 4/25/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $783,969 109,187
17 Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland 2/8/2008 Weinstein Co. R $603,894 84,107
18 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $513,163 71,471
19 Trouble the Water 8/22/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $486,582 67,769
20 Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? 4/18/2008 Weinstein Co. PG-13 $384,955 53,614
21 The Singing Revolution 12/7/2007 Abramorama Films Not Rated $380,043 52,930
22 Bigger, Stronger, Faster* 5/30/2008 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $308,575 42,977
23 Morning Light 10/17/2008 Walt Disney PG $275,093 38,313
24 Taxi to the Dark Side 1/18/2008 ThinkFilm R $274,661 38,253
25 Planet B-Boy 3/21/2008 Elephant Eye Films Not Rated $272,791 37,993
26 Surfwise 5/9/2008 Magnolia Pictures R $269,994 37,603
27 Standard Operating Procedure 4/25/2008 Sony Pictures Classics R $228,830 31,870
28 Waltz with Bashir 12/25/2008 Sony Pictures Classics R $220,441 30,702
29 Chris and Don: A Love Story 6/13/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $216,110 30,098
30 Call+Response 10/10/2008 Fair Trade Pictures PG-13 $208,806 29,081
31 Steep 12/21/2007 Sony Pictures Classics PG $180,962 25,203
32 Constantine's Sword 4/18/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $179,507 25,000
33 Chicago 10 2/29/2008 Roadside Attractions R $176,545 24,588
34 Girls Rock! 3/7/2008 Shadow PG $159,294 22,185
35 My Winnipeg 6/13/2008 IFC First Take Not Rated $156,629 21,814
36 A Man Named Pearl 8/31/2007 Railroad Square G $156,090 21,739
37 FLOW: For Love of Water 3/21/2008 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $142,569 19,856
38 Wild Safari 3D 4/8/2005 nWave Pictures Not Rated $135,640 18,891
39 Nanking 12/12/2007 ThinkFilm R $134,970 18,798
40 The First Saturday in May 4/18/2008 Truly Indie PG-13 $124,294 17,311
41 Bra Boys 4/11/2008 BerKela Films R $113,730 15,839
42 Trumbo 6/27/2008 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG-13 $108,280 15,080
43 Bustin' Down the Door 7/25/2008 Screen Media Films Not Rated $106,100 14,777
44 A Jihad for Love 5/21/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $105,651 14,714
45 The Unforeseen 2/29/2008 Cinema Guild Not Rated $90,287 12,574
46 Blindsight 3/5/2008 Spark Entertainment PG $89,169 12,419
47 Louise Bourgeois 6/25/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $87,997 12,255
48 Dalai Lama Renaissance 5/21/2008 Self Distributed Not Rated $82,736 11,523
49 Praying with Lior 2/1/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $82,553 11,497
50 America the Beautiful 5/9/2008 First Independent Pictures R $76,173 10,609
51 Body of War 3/7/2008 Film Sales Company Not Rated $71,716 9,988
52 The Business of Being Born 1/9/2008 International Film Circuit Not Rated $69,348 9,658
53 Happy Valley 3/28/2008 Stone Five Studios PG-13 $67,665 9,424
54 Allah Made Me Funny 10/3/2008 Truly Indie Not Rated $66,903 9,317
55 CSNY: Déjà Vu 7/25/2008 Roadside Attractions R $65,025 9,056
56 Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains 10/22/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $64,000 8,913
57 Harvard Beats Yale 11/19/2008 Kino/Emerging Not Rated $63,973 8,909
58 Bloodline 5/9/2008 Cinema Libre R $62,248 8,669
59 Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story 9/26/2008 InterPositive Media Not Rated $60,332 8,402
60 The Order of Myths 7/25/2008 Cinema Guild Not Rated $59,400 8,272
61 Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired 7/11/2008 ThinkFilm Not Rated $59,192 8,244
62 War Dance 11/9/2007 ThinkFilm PG-13 $57,525 8,011
63 Beautiful Losers 8/8/2008 Sidetrack Films Not Rated $56,386 7,853
64 Dare Not Walk Alone 4/25/2008 Indican Pictures Not Rated $52,166 7,265
65 Pray the Devil Back to Hell 11/7/2008 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $51,886 7,226
66 Shoot Down 1/25/2008 Magic Lamp PG-13 $51,408 7,159
67 Gunnin' for that #1 Spot 6/27/2008 Oscilloscope Pictures PG-13 $50,804 7,075
68 The Dhamma Brothers 4/11/2008 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $49,568 6,903
69 For the Bible Tells Me So 8/5/2007 First Run Features Not Rated $41,605 5,794
70 Moving Midway 9/12/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $40,864 5,691
71 Refusenik 4/11/2008 Abramorama Films Not Rated $39,456 5,495
72 Enlighten Up! 9/12/2008 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $33,226 4,627
73 Hats Off 3/28/2008 Abramorama Films Not Rated $31,272 4,355
74 Fighting for Life 3/7/2008 Truly Indie Not Rated $30,606 4,262
75 Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains 10/26/2007 Sony Pictures Classics PG $28,016 3,901
76 Frontrunners 10/15/2008 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $26,976 3,757
77 Forever 9/12/2007 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $25,222 3,512
78 The Matador 10/31/2008 City Lights Pictures Not Rated $21,816 3,038
79 Wie man sein leben kocht 10/26/2007 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $21,771 3,032
80 Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father 10/31/2008 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $20,834 2,901
81 Walking on Dead Fish 9/19/2008 Variance Films PG-13 $20,705 2,883
82 The First Basket 10/29/2008 Laemmle/Zeller Film Not Rated $20,440 2,846
83 Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts 4/18/2008 Koch Lorber Films Not Rated $20,018 2,788
84 Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon 5/30/2008 Reel Source Not Rated $19,712 2,745
85 Yiddish Theater: A Love Story 11/21/2007 New Love Films Not Rated $19,541 2,721
86 Saving Marriage 10/17/2008 Regent Releasing PG-13 $18,720 2,607
87 Am Limit 6/13/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $18,254 2,542
88 Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust 12/25/2007 Shadow Not Rated $16,328 2,274
89 Billy the Kid 12/5/2007 Elephant Eye Films Not Rated $15,436 2,149
90 My Kid Could Paint That 10/5/2007 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $14,790 2,059
91 Kicking It 6/13/2008 Not Rated $13,266 1,847
92 Full Battle Rattle 7/11/2008 Mile End Films Not Rated $12,306 1,713
93 Operation Filmmaker 6/4/2008 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $11,573 1,611
94 The Betrayal 11/21/2008 Cinema Guild Not Rated $11,464 1,596
95 Sputnik Mania 3/14/2008 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $10,650 1,483
96 Whaledreamers 9/26/2008 Monterey Media Not Rated $10,584 1,474
97 Lord, Save Us From Your Followers 6/13/2008 Thunderstruck Films PG-13 $10,510 1,463
98 Without the King 4/25/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $8,663 1,206
99 Battle for Haditha 5/7/2008 Lafayette Films R $8,443 1,175
100 Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten 11/2/2007 Sony Pictures Not Rated $7,700 1,072
101 Patti Smith: Dream of Life 8/15/2008 Palm Pictures Not Rated $6,703 933
102 Kurt Cobain: About a Son 10/3/2007 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $5,941 827
103 A Lawyer Walks into a Bar 2/29/2008 Indican Pictures Not Rated $5,202 724
104 God and Gays: Bridging the Gap 10/24/2008 Indican Pictures Not Rated $5,095 709
105 Fuel 11/14/2008 Blue Water Entertainment Not Rated $4,915 684
106 El Inmigrante 7/13/2007 Indican Pictures Not Rated $4,753 661
107 Stealing America: Vote by Vote 8/1/2008 Direct Cinema Ltd Not Rated $4,740 660
108 Twisted: A Balloonamentary 5/23/2008 Eliot Lives Productions, LLC Not Rated $4,345 605
109 Poisoned by Polonium: Litvinenko File 3/21/2008 Kino International Not Rated $4,293 597
110 Heavy Metal in Baghdad 5/23/2008 Arts Alliance America R $4,070 566
111 King Corn 10/12/2007 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $3,676 511
112 Lagerfeld Confidential 10/24/2007 Koch Lorber Films Not Rated $3,435 478
113 Fraude 10/10/2008 Maya Releasing Not Rated $3,373 469
114 Who Does She Think She Is? 10/17/2008 Artistic License Not Rated $3,081 429
115 The Beautiful Truth 11/14/2008 Cinema Libre Not Rated $3,026 421
116 Run For Your Life 10/31/2008 Screen Media Films Not Rated $2,992 416
117 Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Rock Club 3/14/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $2,970 413
118 Running with Arnold 1/11/2008 Lantern Lane Entertainment Not Rated $2,119 295
119 Staub 12/5/2008 Icarus Films Not Rated $2,072 288
120 Maria Bethania: Music is Perfume 7/18/2008 ArtMattan Productions Not Rated $1,858 258
121 On the Rumba River 6/6/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $1,698 236
122 Beyond Belief 2/29/2008 Film Sales Company Not Rated $667 92
123 Salvadore Allende 9/8/2006 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $634 88
124 I for India 1/11/2008 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $386 53
125 Show Business 5/11/2007 Regent Releasing PG $84 11
Total Gross of All Movies$87,430,743
Total Tickets Sold12,176,919

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.