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Box Office Performance for Factual Movies in 2009

Summary for all Years
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RankMovieRelease
Date
GenreMPAA
Rating
2009 GrossTickets Sold
1 Michael Jackson's This Is It 10/28/2009 Documentary PG $72,091,016 9,612,135
2 Earth 4/22/2009 Documentary G $32,011,576 4,268,210
3 Under the Sea 3D 2/13/2009 Documentary G $19,416,024 2,588,803
4 Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience 2/27/2009 Concert/Performance G $19,162,740 2,555,032
5 Capitalism: A Love Story 9/23/2009 Documentary R $14,363,397 1,915,119
6 Deep Sea 3D 3/3/2006 Documentary G $5,275,270 703,369
7 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 Documentary Not Rated $4,434,163 591,221
8 Food, Inc. 6/12/2009 Documentary PG $4,417,674 589,023
9 Good Hair 10/9/2009 Documentary PG-13 $4,146,170 552,822
10 The September Issue 8/28/2009 Documentary PG-13 $3,817,531 509,004
11 Space Station 4/19/2002 Documentary Not Rated $3,314,255 441,900
12 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 10/5/2007 Documentary Not Rated $2,299,538 306,605
13 Waltz with Bashir 12/25/2008 Documentary R $2,063,408 275,121
14 Dolphins and Whales Tribes of the Ocean 3D 2/15/2008 Documentary Not Rated $2,013,083 268,411
15 Valentino: The Last Emperor 3/18/2009 Documentary PG-13 $1,755,134 234,017
16 Che, Part 1: The Argentine 1/9/2009 Drama Not Rated $1,733,532 231,137
17 Every Little Step 4/17/2009 Documentary PG-13 $1,725,141 230,018
18 It Might Get Loud 8/14/2009 Documentary PG $1,610,163 214,688
19 X Games 3D: The Movie 8/21/2009 Documentary PG $1,391,434 185,525
20 Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg 7/10/2009 Documentary Not Rated $1,133,662 151,154
21 More Than a Game 10/2/2009 Documentary PG $950,675 126,757
22 Tyson 4/24/2009 Documentary R $887,918 118,389
23 The Cove 7/31/2009 Documentary PG-13 $861,796 114,906
24 The Cross: The Arthur Blessitt Story 3/27/2009 Documentary PG $741,557 98,874
25 Anvil! The Story of Anvil 4/10/2009 Documentary Not Rated $667,911 89,054
26 Roving Mars 1/27/2006 Documentary G $545,961 72,795
27 U2 3D 2/15/2008 Concert/Performance G $544,857 72,647
28 Enlighten Up! 9/12/2008 Documentary Not Rated $213,423 28,456
29 Soul Power 7/10/2009 Documentary PG-13 $207,121 27,616
30 Harvard Beats Yale 11/19/2008 Documentary Not Rated $204,458 27,261
31 Galapagos 10/29/1999 Documentary Not Rated $179,782 23,970
32 Fuel 11/14/2008 Documentary Not Rated $169,340 22,578
33 Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love 6/12/2009 Documentary Not Rated $164,929 21,990
34 Examined Life 2/25/2009 Documentary Not Rated $120,712 16,094
35 Throw Down Your Heart 3/13/2009 Documentary Not Rated $115,778 15,437
36 Ballerina 1/16/2009 Documentary Not Rated $114,507 15,267
37 Lord, Save Us From Your Followers 6/13/2008 Documentary PG-13 $61,941 8,258
38 The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 5/22/2009 Documentary PG $55,513 7,402
39 In a Dream 4/10/2009 Documentary Not Rated $55,270 7,369
40 Dalai Lama Renaissance 5/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $49,675 6,623
41 Pressure Cooker 5/27/2009 Documentary Not Rated $44,802 5,973
42 One Day You'll Understand 11/21/2008 Drama Not Rated $38,557 5,140
43 Oh My God 11/13/2009 Documentary Not Rated $38,245 5,099
44 Pray the Devil Back to Hell 11/7/2008 Documentary Not Rated $38,180 5,090
45 Our City Dreams 2/4/2009 Documentary Not Rated $34,972 4,662
46 Trouble the Water 8/22/2008 Documentary Not Rated $33,569 4,475
47 Of Time and the City 1/23/2009 Documentary Not Rated $32,677 4,356
48 The Betrayal 11/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $29,807 3,974
49 The Singing Revolution 12/7/2007 Documentary Not Rated $28,025 3,736
50 The Garden 4/24/2009 Documentary Not Rated $26,931 3,590
51 Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains 10/22/2008 Documentary Not Rated $25,473 3,396
52 Not Quite Hollywood 7/31/2009 Documentary R $21,152 2,820
53 Walt and El Grupo 9/10/2009 Documentary PG $20,521 2,736
54 Man on Wire 7/25/2008 Documentary PG-13 $19,252 2,566
55 Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death and Hannah Senesh 1/28/2009 Documentary Not Rated $18,654 2,487
56 The Beautiful Truth 11/14/2008 Documentary Not Rated $12,361 1,648
57 Chelsea on the Rocks 10/2/2009 Documentary R $11,799 1,573
58 I.O.U.S.A. 8/22/2008 Documentary PG $10,850 1,446
59 Eleven Minutes 2/13/2009 Documentary R $7,986 1,064
60 Louise Bourgeois 6/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $7,868 1,049
61 Scott Walker: 30 Century Man 2/27/2009 Documentary Not Rated $6,840 912
62 Call+Response 10/10/2008 Documentary PG-13 $4,183 557
63 Made in Jamaica 1/23/2009 Documentary Not Rated $3,149 419
64 Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet, The 1/2/2009 Documentary Not Rated $2,125 283
65 Yiddish Theater: A Love Story 11/21/2007 Documentary Not Rated $632 84
Total Gross of All Movies$205,606,645
Total Tickets Sold27,414,192

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2009. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2009. 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.