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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 2,553,843
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 $1,379,500 174,841
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 South of the Border 6/25/2010 Cinema Libre Not Rated $198,600 25,171
30 Winnebago Man 7/9/2010 Kino International Not Rated $181,039 22,945
31 Casino Jack and the United States of Money 5/7/2010 Magnolia Pictures R $176,865 22,416
32 Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 11/5/2010 Magnolia Pictures R $170,829 21,651
33 Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould 9/10/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $162,122 20,547
34 Stonewall Uprising 6/16/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $128,203 16,248
35 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $113,853 14,430
36 Waste Land 10/29/2010 Arthouse Films Not Rated $102,454 12,985
37 Freakonomics 10/1/2010 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $101,270 12,835
38 8: The Mormon Proposition 6/18/2010 R $100,280 12,709
39 Waking Sleeping Beauty 3/26/2010 Walt Disney PG $80,741 10,233
40 Living in Emergency 6/4/2010 Bev Pictures Not Rated $69,047 8,751
41 Budrus 10/8/2010 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $68,353 8,663
42 2012: Time for Change 4/9/2010 Mangusta Productions Not Rated $68,339 8,661
43 Dancing Across Borders 3/26/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $66,166 8,386
44 Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage 6/4/2010 Not Rated $63,696 8,073
45 Marwencol 10/8/2010 Not Rated $63,292 8,021
46 Cool It 11/12/2010 Roadside Attractions PG $62,713 7,948
47 The Nature of Existence 6/18/2010 Walking Shadows Not Rated $54,645 6,925
48 Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields 10/27/2010 Variance Films Not Rated $54,152 6,863
49 Enemies of the People 7/30/2010 International Film Circuit Not Rated $46,463 5,888
50 Cropsey 6/4/2010 Not Rated $42,392 5,372
51 The Oath 5/7/2010 Zeitgeist Not Rated $42,273 5,357
52 Queen of the Sun 9/17/2010 Collective Eye Not Rated $41,895 5,309
53 The Legend of Pale Male 11/24/2010 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $38,083 4,826
54 Boxing Gym 10/22/2010 Zipporah Not Rated $36,812 4,665
55 Bhutto 12/3/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $34,963 4,431
56 Ahead of Time 9/10/2010 Vitagraph Films Not Rated $33,024 4,185
57 William S. Burroughs: A Man Within 11/17/2010 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $32,608 4,132
58 Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? 9/10/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $30,975 3,925
59 GasLand 9/15/2010 GasLand Productions Not Rated $30,846 3,909
60 Deux de la vague 5/19/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $28,808 3,651
61 The Human Experience 4/9/2010 PG-13 $27,170 3,443
62 Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno 7/16/2010 Not Rated $24,328 3,083
63 Behind the Burly Q 4/23/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $23,889 3,027
64 Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie 12/3/2010 Argot Pictures Not Rated $23,887 3,027
65 Smash His Camera 7/30/2010 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $23,671 3,000
66 The Other City 9/17/2010 Cabin Films Not Rated $22,539 2,856
67 And Everything is Going Fine 12/10/2010 IFC Films Not Rated $22,080 2,798
68 Raw Faith 5/28/2010 Alive Mind Not Rated $20,956 2,656
69 Double Take 6/2/2010 Kino International Not Rated $20,218 2,562
70 Neshoba: The Price of Freedom 8/13/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $19,245 2,439
71 Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo 5/12/2010 Argot Pictures Not Rated $15,930 2,019
72 The Kids Grow Up 10/29/2010 Not Rated $12,095 1,532
73 After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United 5/21/2010 Variance Films Not Rated $12,085 1,531
74 Picture Me: A Model's Diary 9/17/2010 Not Rated $12,008 1,521
75 Good Hair 10/9/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $11,053 1,400
76 The Two Escobars 8/27/2010 All Rise Films Not Rated $10,942 1,386
77 GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Ho's Please Stand Up? 10/8/2010 Samuel Goldwyn Films R $10,229 1,296
78 The Cove 7/31/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $7,934 1,005
79 Mugabe and the White African 7/23/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $7,924 1,004
80 It's a Bash! 4/30/2010 Not Rated $7,839 993
81 Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love 6/12/2009 Shadow Not Rated $7,296 924
82 Only When I Dance 7/2/2010 Film Movement Not Rated $7,150 906
83 The Cartel 4/16/2010 Not Rated $6,569 832
84 Nenette 12/22/2010 Kino International Not Rated $5,450 690
85 Whiz Kids 6/4/2010 Shadow Not Rated $5,427 687
86 American Grindhouse 6/18/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $3,598 456
87 Det rode kapel 12/29/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $3,539 448
88 The September Issue 8/28/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $3,169 401
89 Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo 9/17/2010 Cinema Purgatorio Not Rated $2,198 278
90 A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism 9/24/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $1,916 242
91 Carbon Nation 5/7/2010 Not Rated $1,470 186
92 Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg 7/10/2009 International Film Circuit Not Rated $961 121
Total Gross of All Movies$93,120,594
Total Tickets Sold11,802,309

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.