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Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2010

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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2010 GrossTickets Sold
1 Hubble 3D 3/19/2010 Warner Bros. G $20,149,829 2,553,844
2 Oceans 4/22/2010 Walt Disney G $19,422,319 2,461,637
3 Babies 5/7/2010 Focus Features PG $7,320,323 927,797
4 Waiting for Superman 9/24/2010 Paramount Vantage PG $6,417,135 813,325
5 Under the Sea 3D 2/13/2009 Warner Bros. G $5,857,442 742,388
6 The Wildest Dream 4/30/2010 National Geographic Entertainment PG $4,896,296 620,569
7 Inside Job 10/8/2010 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $3,452,017 437,517
8 Exit Through the Gift Shop 4/16/2010 Producers Distribution Agency R $3,291,250 417,141
9 Catfish 9/17/2010 Universal PG-13 $3,237,343 410,310
10 Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work 6/11/2010 IFC Films R $2,930,687 371,443
11 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $2,504,085 317,374
12 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $1,931,542 244,808
13 Deep Sea 3D 3/3/2006 Warner Bros. G $1,379,500 174,842
14 Restrepo 6/25/2010 National Geographic Entertainment R $1,330,894 168,681
15 The Tillman Story 8/20/2010 Weinstein Co. R $798,940 101,259
16 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 10/5/2007 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $781,527 99,052
17 Racing Dreams 5/21/2010 Hannover House PG $615,028 77,950
18 The Art of the Steal 2/26/2010 IFC Films PG $544,890 69,060
19 Dolphins and Whales Tribes of the Ocean 3D 2/15/2008 3D Entertainment Not Rated $458,309 58,087
20 The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers 1/29/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $453,650 57,496
21 I Want Your Money 10/15/2010 Freestyle Releasing PG $433,588 54,954
22 I'm Still Here 9/10/2010 Magnolia Pictures R $408,983 51,835
23 Last Train Home 9/3/2010 Zeitgeist Not Rated $288,328 36,543
24 Countdown to Zero 7/23/2010 Magnolia Pictures PG $272,040 34,479
25 Breath Made Visible 4/2/2010 Argot Pictures Not Rated $267,281 33,875
26 Kings of Pastry 9/15/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $264,482 33,521
27 Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child 7/21/2010 Arthouse Films Not Rated $256,242 32,476
28 When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors 4/9/2010 Abramorama Films R $246,078 31,188
29 Sweetgrass 1/6/2010 Cinema Guild Not Rated $207,473 26,295
30 South of the Border 6/25/2010 Cinema Libre Not Rated $198,600 25,171
31 Winnebago Man 7/9/2010 Kino International Not Rated $181,039 22,945
32 Casino Jack and the United States of Money 5/7/2010 Magnolia Pictures R $176,865 22,416
33 Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 11/5/2010 Magnolia Pictures R $170,829 21,651
34 Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould 9/10/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $162,122 20,547
35 La Danse 11/4/2009 Zipporah Not Rated $149,561 18,955
36 Stonewall Uprising 6/16/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $128,203 16,248
37 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $113,853 14,430
38 Waste Land 10/29/2010 Arthouse Films Not Rated $102,454 12,985
39 Freakonomics 10/1/2010 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $101,270 12,835
40 8: The Mormon Proposition 6/18/2010 R $100,280 12,709
41 Until the Light Takes Us 11/20/2009 Variance Films Not Rated $84,156 10,666
42 Waking Sleeping Beauty 3/26/2010 Walt Disney PG $80,741 10,233
43 Living in Emergency 6/4/2010 Bev Pictures Not Rated $69,047 8,751
44 Budrus 10/8/2010 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $68,353 8,663
45 2012: Time for Change 4/9/2010 Mangusta Productions Not Rated $68,339 8,661
46 Dancing Across Borders 3/26/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $66,166 8,386
47 Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage 6/4/2010 Not Rated $63,696 8,073
48 Marwencol 10/8/2010 Not Rated $63,292 8,021
49 Cool It 11/12/2010 Roadside Attractions PG $62,713 7,948
50 The Nature of Existence 6/18/2010 Walking Shadows Not Rated $54,645 6,925
51 Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields 10/27/2010 Variance Films Not Rated $54,152 6,863
52 Enemies of the People 7/30/2010 International Film Circuit Not Rated $46,463 5,888
53 Cropsey 6/4/2010 Not Rated $42,392 5,372
54 The Oath 5/7/2010 Zeitgeist Not Rated $42,273 5,357
55 Queen of the Sun 9/17/2010 Collective Eye Not Rated $41,895 5,309
56 The Legend of Pale Male 11/24/2010 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $38,083 4,826
57 Boxing Gym 10/22/2010 Zipporah Not Rated $36,812 4,665
58 Bhutto 12/3/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $34,963 4,431
59 The Yes Men Fix the World 10/7/2009 Shadow Not Rated $34,136 4,326
60 Ahead of Time 9/10/2010 Vitagraph Films Not Rated $33,024 4,185
61 William S. Burroughs: A Man Within 11/17/2010 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $32,608 4,132
62 Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? 9/10/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $30,975 3,925
63 GasLand 9/15/2010 GasLand Productions Not Rated $30,846 3,909
64 Deux de la vague 5/19/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $28,808 3,651
65 Visual Acoustics 10/9/2009 Arthouse Films Not Rated $27,565 3,493
66 The Human Experience 4/9/2010 PG-13 $27,170 3,443
67 October Country 2/12/2010 International Film Circuit Not Rated $26,185 3,318
68 Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno 7/16/2010 Not Rated $24,328 3,083
69 Behind the Burly Q 4/23/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $23,889 3,027
70 Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie 12/3/2010 Argot Pictures Not Rated $23,887 3,027
71 Smash His Camera 7/30/2010 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $23,671 3,000
72 The Other City 9/17/2010 Cabin Films Not Rated $22,539 2,856
73 And Everything is Going Fine 12/10/2010 IFC Films Not Rated $22,080 2,798
74 Raw Faith 5/28/2010 Alive Mind Not Rated $20,956 2,656
75 Double Take 6/2/2010 Kino International Not Rated $20,218 2,562
76 Neshoba: The Price of Freedom 8/13/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $19,245 2,439
77 Off and Running 1/29/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $18,262 2,314
78 Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo 5/12/2010 Argot Pictures Not Rated $15,930 2,019
79 The End of Poverty? 11/13/2009 Cinema Libre Not Rated $15,444 1,957
80 The Kids Grow Up 10/29/2010 Not Rated $12,095 1,532
81 After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United 5/21/2010 Variance Films Not Rated $12,085 1,531
82 Picture Me: A Model's Diary 9/17/2010 Not Rated $12,008 1,521
83 Good Hair 10/9/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $11,053 1,400
84 The Two Escobars 8/27/2010 All Rise Films Not Rated $10,942 1,386
85 GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Ho's Please Stand Up? 10/8/2010 Samuel Goldwyn Films R $10,229 1,296
86 The Cove 7/31/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $7,934 1,005
87 Mugabe and the White African 7/23/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $7,924 1,004
88 It's a Bash! 4/30/2010 Not Rated $7,839 993
89 The Thorn in the Heart 4/2/2010 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $7,376 934
90 Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love 6/12/2009 Shadow Not Rated $7,296 924
91 Only When I Dance 7/2/2010 Film Movement Not Rated $7,150 906
92 The Cartel 4/16/2010 Not Rated $6,569 832
93 Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers 1/8/2010 Cinema Purgatorio Not Rated $6,280 795
94 Phyllis and Harold 2/19/2010 Rainbow Releasing Not Rated $5,992 759
95 Nenette 12/22/2010 Kino International Not Rated $5,450 690
96 Whiz Kids 6/4/2010 Shadow Not Rated $5,427 687
97 American Grindhouse 6/18/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $3,598 456
98 Det rode kapel 12/29/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $3,539 448
99 The September Issue 8/28/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $3,169 401
100 Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo 9/17/2010 Cinema Purgatorio Not Rated $2,198 278
101 Fallen Idol: The Yuri Gagarin Conspiracy 10/2/2009 Indican Pictures Not Rated $2,126 269
102 Nobody's Perfect 4/16/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $2,122 268
103 A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism 9/24/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $1,916 242
104 45365 2/26/2010 Seventh Art Releasing Not Rated $1,909 241
105 Carbon Nation 5/7/2010 Not Rated $1,470 186
106 Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg 7/10/2009 International Film Circuit Not Rated $961 121
Total Gross of All Movies$93,709,181
Total Tickets Sold11,876,901

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2010. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2010. 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.