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 $14,710,283 2,048,786
2 Religulous 10/3/2008 Lionsgate R $13,011,160 1,812,139
3 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $10,904,400 1,518,719
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 Pictures R $5,505,267 766,750
6 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $5,355,159 745,844
7 Dolphins and Whales Tribes of the Ocean 3D 2/15/2008 3D Entertainment Not Rated $5,243,604 730,307
8 Young @ Heart 4/9/2008 Fox Searchlight PG $3,992,189 556,015
9 Deep Sea 3-D 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 $1,775,287 247,254
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 $810,196 112,841
16 Up the Yangtze 4/25/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $783,969 109,188
17 Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland 2/8/2008 Weinstein Co. R $603,894 84,108
18 Trouble the Water 8/22/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $486,582 67,769
19 Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? 4/18/2008 Weinstein Co. PG-13 $384,955 53,615
20 The Singing Revolution 12/7/2007 Abramorama Films Not Rated $381,529 53,138
21 Bigger, Stronger, Faster* 5/30/2008 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $308,575 42,977
22 Morning Light 10/17/2008 Walt Disney PG $275,093 38,314
23 Taxi to the Dark Side 1/18/2008 ThinkFilm R $274,661 38,254
24 Planet B-Boy 3/21/2008 Elephant Eye Films Not Rated $272,791 37,993
25 Surfwise 5/9/2008 Magnolia Pictures R $269,994 37,604
26 Standard Operating Procedure 4/25/2008 Sony Pictures Classics R $228,830 31,870
27 Waltz with Bashir 12/25/2008 Sony Pictures Classics R $220,441 30,702
28 Chris and Don: A Love Story 6/13/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $216,110 30,099
29 Call+Response 10/10/2008 Fair Trade Pictures PG-13 $207,625 28,917
30 Steep 12/21/2007 Sony Pictures Classics PG $204,069 28,422
31 Wild Safari 3D 4/8/2005 nWave Pictures Not Rated $188,131 26,202
32 Constantine's Sword 4/18/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $179,507 25,001
33 Chicago 10 2/29/2008 Roadside Attractions R $176,545 24,588
34 Girls Rock! 3/7/2008 Shadow PG $159,294 22,186
35 My Winnipeg 6/13/2008 IFC First Take Not Rated $156,629 21,815
36 A Man Named Pearl 8/31/2007 Railroad Square G $156,090 21,740
37 FLOW: For Love of Water 9/12/2008 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $142,569 19,856
38 Nanking 12/12/2007 ThinkFilm R $134,970 18,798
39 The First Saturday in May 4/18/2008 Truly Indie PG-13 $124,294 17,311
40 Bra Boys 4/11/2008 BerKela Films R $113,730 15,840
41 Trumbo 6/27/2008 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG-13 $108,280 15,081
42 Bustin' Down the Door 7/25/2008 Screen Media Films Not Rated $106,100 14,777
43 A Jihad for Love 5/21/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $105,651 14,715
44 The Unforeseen 2/29/2008 Cinema Guild Not Rated $90,287 12,575
45 Blindsight 3/5/2008 Spark Entertainment PG $89,169 12,419
46 Louise Bourgeois 6/25/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $87,997 12,256
47 Dalai Lama Renaissance 5/21/2008 Self Distributed Not Rated $82,736 11,523
48 Praying with Lior 2/1/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $82,553 11,498
49 America the Beautiful 8/1/2008 First Independent Pictures PG-13 $76,173 10,609
50 Body of War 3/7/2008 Film Sales Company Not Rated $71,716 9,988
51 The Business of Being Born 1/9/2008 International Film Circuit Not Rated $69,348 9,658
52 Happy Valley 3/28/2008 Stone Five Studios PG-13 $67,665 9,424
53 Allah Made Me Funny 10/3/2008 Truly Indie Not Rated $66,903 9,318
54 CSNY: Déjà Vu 7/25/2008 Roadside Attractions R $65,025 9,056
55 Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains 10/22/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $64,000 8,914
56 Harvard Beats Yale 11/19/2008 Kino/Emerging Not Rated $63,973 8,910
57 Bloodline 5/9/2008 Cinema Libre R $62,248 8,670
58 Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story 9/26/2008 InterPositive Media Not Rated $60,332 8,403
59 The Order of Myths 7/25/2008 Cinema Guild Not Rated $59,400 8,273
60 Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired 7/11/2008 ThinkFilm Not Rated $59,192 8,244
61 War Dance 11/9/2007 ThinkFilm PG-13 $57,525 8,012
62 Beautiful Losers 8/8/2008 Sidetrack Films Not Rated $56,386 7,853
63 Dare Not Walk Alone 4/25/2008 Indican Pictures Not Rated $52,166 7,265
64 Pray the Devil Back to Hell 11/7/2008 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $51,886 7,226
65 Shoot Down 1/25/2008 Magic Lamp PG-13 $51,408 7,160
66 Gunnin' for that #1 Spot 6/27/2008 Oscilloscope Pictures PG-13 $50,804 7,076
67 Dhamma Brothers, The 4/11/2008 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $49,568 6,904
68 For the Bible Tells Me So 8/5/2007 First Run Features Not Rated $43,505 6,059
69 Moving Midway 9/12/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $40,864 5,691
70 Refusenik 4/11/2008 Abramorama Films Not Rated $39,456 5,495
71 Enlighten Up! 9/12/2008 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $33,226 4,628
72 Hats Off 3/28/2008 Abramorama Films Not Rated $31,272 4,355
73 Fighting for Life 3/7/2008 Truly Indie Not Rated $30,606 4,263
74 Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains 10/26/2007 Sony Pictures Classics PG $28,278 3,938
75 Frontrunners 10/15/2008 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $26,976 3,757
76 Wie man sein leben kocht 10/26/2007 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $23,789 3,313
77 Yiddish Theater: A Love Story 11/21/2007 New Love Films Not Rated $22,653 3,155
78 The Matador 10/31/2008 City Lights Pictures Not Rated $21,816 3,038
79 Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father 10/31/2008 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $20,834 2,902
80 Walking on Dead Fish 9/19/2008 Variance Films PG-13 $20,705 2,884
81 The First Basket 10/29/2008 Laemmle/Zeller Film Not Rated $20,440 2,847
82 Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts 4/18/2008 Koch Lorber Films Not Rated $20,018 2,788
83 Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon 5/30/2008 Reel Source Not Rated $19,712 2,745
84 Saving Marriage 10/17/2008 Regent Releasing PG-13 $18,720 2,607
85 Am Limit 6/13/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $18,254 2,542
86 Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten 11/2/2007 Sony Pictures Not Rated $18,190 2,533
87 My Kid Could Paint That 10/5/2007 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $18,133 2,525
88 Billy the Kid 12/5/2007 Elephant Eye Films Not Rated $17,809 2,480
89 Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust 12/25/2007 Shadow Not Rated $17,537 2,442
90 Kicking It 6/13/2008 Not Rated $13,266 1,848
91 Full Battle Rattle 7/11/2008 Mile End Films Not Rated $12,306 1,714
92 Operation Filmmaker 6/4/2008 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $11,391 1,586
93 What Would Jesus Buy? 11/16/2007 Warrior Poets PG $11,232 1,564
94 Sputnik Mania 3/14/2008 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $10,650 1,483
95 The Betrayal 11/21/2008 Cinema Guild Not Rated $10,648 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 1,464
98 Lagerfeld Confidential 10/24/2007 Koch Lorber Films Not Rated $10,420 1,451
99 Without the King 4/25/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $8,663 1,207
100 Battle for Haditha 5/7/2008 Lafayette Films R $8,443 1,176
101 Kurt Cobain: About a Son 10/3/2007 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $7,995 1,114
102 Patti Smith: Dream of Life 8/15/2008 Palm Pictures Not Rated $6,703 934
103 A Lawyer Walks into a Bar 2/29/2008 Indican Pictures Not Rated $5,202 725
104 El Inmigrante 7/13/2007 Indican Pictures Not Rated $5,196 724
105 God and Gays: Bridging the Gap 10/24/2008 Indican Pictures Not Rated $5,095 710
106 Fuel 11/14/2008 Blue Water Entertainment Not Rated $4,915 685
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 $4,293 598
110 Heavy Metal in Baghdad 5/23/2008 Arts Alliance America R $4,070 567
111 King Corn 10/12/2007 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $3,676 512
112 Fraude 10/10/2008 Maya Releasing Not Rated $3,373 470
113 Who Does She Think She Is? 10/17/2008 Artistic License Not Rated $3,081 429
114 The Beautiful Truth 11/14/2008 Cinema Libre Not Rated $3,026 421
115 Run For Your Life 10/31/2008 Screen Media Films Not Rated $2,992 417
116 Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Rock Club 3/14/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $2,970 414
117 Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet, The 1/2/2009 First Run/Icarus Not Rated $2,125 296
118 Running with Arnold 1/11/2008 Lantern Lane Entertainment Not Rated $2,119 295
119 Staub 12/5/2008 Icarus Films Not Rated $2,072 289
120 Maria Bethania: Music is Perfume 7/18/2008 ArtMattan Productions Not Rated $1,858 259
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 93
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 54
125 Show Business 5/11/2007 Regent Releasing PG $84 12
Total Gross of All Movies$87,974,176
Total Tickets Sold12,252,671

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.