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 1,915,120
6 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 Documentary Not Rated $13,024,828 1,736,644
7 Deep Sea 3-D 3/3/2006 Documentary G $5,275,270 703,369
8 Food, Inc. 6/12/2009 Documentary PG $4,417,674 589,023
9 Good Hair 10/9/2009 Documentary PG-13 $4,146,170 552,823
10 The September Issue 8/28/2009 Documentary PG-13 $3,817,183 508,958
11 Space Station 4/19/2002 Documentary Not Rated $3,314,255 441,901
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 $1,755,134 234,018
16 Che, Part 1: The Argentine 1/9/2009 Drama Not Rated $1,733,532 231,138
17 Every Little Step 4/17/2009 Documentary PG-13 $1,725,141 230,019
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 $1,133,662 151,155
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 89,055
26 Roving Mars 1/27/2006 Documentary G $545,961 72,795
27 U2 3D 1/23/2008 Concert/Performance G $544,857 72,648
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 Fuel 11/14/2008 Documentary Not Rated $169,340 22,579
32 Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love 6/12/2009 Documentary Not Rated $164,234 21,898
33 Examined Life 2/25/2009 Documentary Not Rated $120,712 16,095
34 Throw Down Your Heart 3/13/2009 Documentary Not Rated $115,778 15,437
35 Ballerina 1/16/2009 Documentary Not Rated $114,507 15,268
36 Lord, Save Us From Your Followers 6/13/2008 Documentary PG-13 $61,941 8,259
37 The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 5/22/2009 Documentary PG $55,513 7,402
38 In a Dream 4/10/2009 Documentary Not Rated $55,270 7,369
39 Dalai Lama Renaissance 5/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $49,675 6,623
40 One Day You'll Understand 11/21/2008 Drama Not Rated $38,557 5,141
41 Oh My God 11/13/2009 Documentary Not Rated $38,245 5,099
42 Pray the Devil Back to Hell 11/7/2008 Documentary Not Rated $38,180 5,091
43 Our City Dreams 2/4/2009 Documentary Not Rated $34,972 4,663
44 Trouble the Water 8/22/2008 Documentary Not Rated $33,569 4,476
45 Of Time and the City 1/23/2009 Documentary Not Rated $32,677 4,357
46 The Betrayal 11/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $30,623 4,083
47 The Singing Revolution 12/7/2007 Documentary Not Rated $28,025 3,737
48 The Garden 4/24/2009 Documentary Not Rated $26,931 3,591
49 Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains 10/22/2008 Documentary Not Rated $25,473 3,396
50 Not Quite Hollywood 7/31/2009 Documentary R $21,152 2,820
51 Walt and El Grupo 9/10/2009 Documentary PG $20,521 2,736
52 Man on Wire 7/25/2008 Documentary PG-13 $19,252 2,567
53 Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death and Hannah Senesh 1/28/2009 Documentary Not Rated $18,654 2,487
54 The Beautiful Truth 11/14/2008 Documentary Not Rated $12,361 1,648
55 Chelsea on the Rocks 10/2/2009 Documentary R $11,799 1,573
56 I.O.U.S.A. 8/22/2008 Documentary PG $10,850 1,447
57 Eleven Minutes 2/13/2009 Documentary R $7,986 1,065
58 Louise Bourgeois 6/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $7,868 1,049
59 Scott Walker: 30 Century Man 2/27/2009 Documentary Not Rated $6,840 912
60 Call+Response 10/10/2008 Documentary PG-13 $5,364 715
61 Made in Jamaica 1/23/2009 Documentary Not Rated $3,149 420
62 Yiddish Theater: A Love Story 11/21/2007 Documentary Not Rated $632 84
Total Gross of All Movies$213,971,555
Total Tickets Sold28,529,542

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.