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Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2009

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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2009 GrossTickets Sold
1 Michael Jackson's This Is It 10/28/2009 Sony Pictures PG $72,091,016 9,612,135
2 Earth 4/22/2009 Walt Disney G $32,011,576 4,268,210
3 Under the Sea 3D 2/13/2009 Warner Bros. G $19,416,024 2,588,803
4 Capitalism: A Love Story 9/23/2009 Overture Films R $14,363,397 1,915,119
5 Deep Sea 3D 3/3/2006 Warner Bros. G $5,275,270 703,369
6 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $4,434,163 591,221
7 Food, Inc. 6/12/2009 Magnolia Pictures PG $4,417,674 589,023
8 Good Hair 10/9/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $4,146,170 552,822
9 The September Issue 8/28/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $3,817,531 509,004
10 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $3,314,255 441,900
11 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 10/5/2007 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $2,299,538 306,605
12 Waltz with Bashir 12/25/2008 Sony Pictures Classics R $2,063,408 275,121
13 Dolphins and Whales Tribes of the Ocean 3D 2/15/2008 3D Entertainment Not Rated $2,013,083 268,411
14 Valentino: The Last Emperor 3/18/2009 Truly Indie PG-13 $1,755,134 234,017
15 Every Little Step 4/17/2009 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $1,725,141 230,018
16 It Might Get Loud 8/14/2009 Sony Pictures Classics PG $1,610,163 214,688
17 X Games 3D: The Movie 8/21/2009 Walt Disney PG $1,391,434 185,525
18 Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg 7/10/2009 International Film Circuit Not Rated $1,133,662 151,154
19 More Than a Game 10/2/2009 Lionsgate PG $950,675 126,757
20 Tyson 4/24/2009 Sony Pictures Classics R $887,918 118,389
21 The Cove 7/31/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $861,796 114,906
22 The Cross: The Arthur Blessitt Story 3/27/2009 Gener8xion Entertainment PG $741,557 98,874
23 Anvil! The Story of Anvil 4/10/2009 Abramorama Films Not Rated $667,911 89,054
24 Roving Mars 1/27/2006 Walt Disney G $545,961 72,795
25 La Danse 11/4/2009 Zipporah Not Rated $417,932 55,724
26 Enlighten Up! 9/12/2008 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $213,423 28,456
27 Soul Power 7/10/2009 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $207,121 27,616
28 Harvard Beats Yale 11/19/2008 Kino/Emerging Not Rated $204,458 27,261
29 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $179,782 23,970
30 Fuel 11/14/2008 Blue Water Entertainment Not Rated $169,340 22,578
31 Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love 6/12/2009 Shadow Not Rated $164,929 21,990
32 The Yes Men Fix the World 10/7/2009 Shadow Not Rated $160,901 21,453
33 Examined Life 2/25/2009 Zeitgeist Not Rated $120,712 16,094
34 Throw Down Your Heart 3/13/2009 Argot Pictures Not Rated $115,778 15,437
35 Ballerina 1/16/2009 First Run Features Not Rated $114,507 15,267
36 Visual Acoustics 10/9/2009 Arthouse Films Not Rated $74,898 9,986
37 Lord, Save Us From Your Followers 6/13/2008 Thunderstruck Films PG-13 $61,941 8,258
38 William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe 11/13/2009 Arthouse Films Not Rated $57,769 7,702
39 Collapse 11/6/2009 Vitagraph Films Not Rated $56,436 7,524
40 The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 5/22/2009 PG $55,513 7,402
41 In a Dream 4/10/2009 International Film Circuit Not Rated $55,270 7,369
42 Dalai Lama Renaissance 5/21/2008 Self Distributed Not Rated $49,675 6,623
43 Until the Light Takes Us 11/20/2009 Variance Films Not Rated $46,285 6,171
44 Pressure Cooker 5/27/2009 Bev Pictures Not Rated $44,802 5,973
45 The End of Poverty? 11/13/2009 Cinema Libre Not Rated $41,880 5,584
46 Oh My God 11/13/2009 Mitropoulos Films Not Rated $38,245 5,099
47 Pray the Devil Back to Hell 11/7/2008 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $38,180 5,090
48 Our City Dreams 2/4/2009 First Run Features Not Rated $34,972 4,662
49 Trouble the Water 8/22/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $33,569 4,475
50 Of Time and the City 1/23/2009 Strand Not Rated $32,677 4,356
51 American Swing 3/27/2009 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $30,156 4,020
52 The Betrayal 11/21/2008 Cinema Guild Not Rated $29,807 3,974
53 The Singing Revolution 12/7/2007 Abramorama Films Not Rated $28,025 3,736
54 Guest of Cindy Sherman 3/27/2009 Trela Not Rated $27,052 3,606
55 The Garden 4/24/2009 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $26,931 3,590
56 Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains 10/22/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $25,473 3,396
57 Not Quite Hollywood 7/31/2009 Magnet Pictures R $21,152 2,820
58 Walt and El Grupo 9/10/2009 Walt Disney PG $20,521 2,736
59 Man on Wire 7/25/2008 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $19,252 2,566
60 Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death and Hannah Senesh 1/28/2009 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $18,654 2,487
61 The Beautiful Truth 11/14/2008 Cinema Libre Not Rated $12,361 1,648
62 Fallen Idol: The Yuri Gagarin Conspiracy 10/2/2009 Indican Pictures Not Rated $12,345 1,646
63 Chelsea on the Rocks 10/2/2009 Aliquot Films R $11,799 1,573
64 One Peace at a Time 12/4/2009 Monterey Media Not Rated $11,698 1,559
65 I.O.U.S.A. 8/22/2008 Roadside Attractions PG $10,850 1,446
66 Eleven Minutes 2/13/2009 Regent Releasing R $7,986 1,064
67 Louise Bourgeois 6/25/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $7,868 1,049
68 Scott Walker: 30 Century Man 2/27/2009 Not Rated $6,840 912
69 The Good Soldier 11/11/2009 Artistic License Not Rated $6,000 800
70 Call+Response 10/10/2008 Fair Trade Pictures PG-13 $4,183 557
71 Made in Jamaica 1/23/2009 ArtMattan Productions Not Rated $3,149 419
72 America Betrayed 3/27/2009 First Run Features Not Rated $2,450 326
73 Food Beware 10/16/2009 First Run Features Not Rated $1,181 157
74 Yiddish Theater: A Love Story 11/21/2007 New Love Films Not Rated $632 84
Total Gross of All Movies$185,071,817
Total Tickets Sold24,676,211

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.