Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2009

Summary for all Years
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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 1,915,120
5 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $13,024,828 1,736,644
6 Deep Sea 3-D 3/3/2006 Warner Bros. G $5,275,270 703,369
7 Food, Inc. 6/12/2009 Magnolia Pictures PG $4,417,674 589,023
8 Good Hair 10/9/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $4,146,170 552,823
9 The September Issue 8/28/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $3,817,183 508,958
10 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $3,314,255 441,901
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 $1,755,134 234,018
15 Every Little Step 4/17/2009 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $1,725,141 230,019
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 $1,133,662 151,155
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 89,055
24 Roving Mars 1/27/2006 Walt Disney G $545,961 72,795
25 Enlighten Up! 9/12/2008 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $213,423 28,456
26 Soul Power 7/10/2009 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $207,121 27,616
27 Harvard Beats Yale 11/19/2008 Kino/Emerging Not Rated $204,458 27,261
28 Fuel 11/14/2008 Blue Water Entertainment Not Rated $169,340 22,579
29 Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love 6/12/2009 Shadow Not Rated $164,234 21,898
30 Examined Life 2/25/2009 Zeitgeist Not Rated $120,712 16,095
31 Throw Down Your Heart 3/13/2009 Argot Pictures Not Rated $115,778 15,437
32 Ballerina 1/16/2009 First Run Features Not Rated $114,507 15,268
33 Lord, Save Us From Your Followers 6/13/2008 Thunderstruck Films PG-13 $61,941 8,259
34 The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 5/22/2009 PG $55,513 7,402
35 In a Dream 4/10/2009 International Film Circuit Not Rated $55,270 7,369
36 Dalai Lama Renaissance 5/21/2008 Self Distributed Not Rated $49,675 6,623
37 Oh My God 11/13/2009 Mitropoulos Films Not Rated $38,245 5,099
38 Pray the Devil Back to Hell 11/7/2008 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $38,180 5,091
39 Our City Dreams 2/4/2009 First Run Features Not Rated $34,972 4,663
40 Trouble the Water 8/22/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $33,569 4,476
41 Of Time and the City 1/23/2009 Strand Not Rated $32,677 4,357
42 The Betrayal 11/21/2008 Cinema Guild Not Rated $30,623 4,083
43 American Swing 3/27/2009 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $30,156 4,021
44 The Singing Revolution 12/7/2007 Abramorama Films Not Rated $28,025 3,737
45 Guest of Cindy Sherman 3/27/2009 Trela Not Rated $27,052 3,607
46 The Garden 4/24/2009 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $26,931 3,591
47 Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains 10/22/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $25,473 3,396
48 Not Quite Hollywood 7/31/2009 Magnet Pictures R $21,152 2,820
49 Walt and El Grupo 9/10/2009 Walt Disney PG $20,521 2,736
50 Man on Wire 7/25/2008 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $19,252 2,567
51 Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death and Hannah Senesh 1/28/2009 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $18,654 2,487
52 The Beautiful Truth 11/14/2008 Cinema Libre Not Rated $12,361 1,648
53 Chelsea on the Rocks 10/2/2009 Aliquot Films R $11,799 1,573
54 I.O.U.S.A. 8/22/2008 Roadside Attractions PG $10,850 1,447
55 Eleven Minutes 2/13/2009 Regent Releasing R $7,986 1,065
56 Louise Bourgeois 6/25/2008 Zeitgeist Not Rated $7,868 1,049
57 Scott Walker: 30 Century Man 2/27/2009 Not Rated $6,840 912
58 Call+Response 10/10/2008 Fair Trade Pictures PG-13 $5,364 715
59 Made in Jamaica 1/23/2009 ArtMattan Productions Not Rated $3,149 420
60 America Betrayed 3/27/2009 First Run Features Not Rated $2,450 327
61 Yiddish Theater: A Love Story 11/21/2007 New Love Films Not Rated $632 84
Total Gross of All Movies$192,551,527
Total Tickets Sold25,673,538

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.