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Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2010

Summary for all Years
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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 I Want Your Money 10/15/2010 Freestyle Releasing PG $433,588 54,954
21 I'm Still Here 9/10/2010 Magnolia Pictures R $408,983 51,835
22 Last Train Home 9/3/2010 Zeitgeist Not Rated $288,328 36,543
23 Countdown to Zero 7/23/2010 Magnolia Pictures PG $272,040 34,479
24 Kings of Pastry 9/15/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $264,482 33,521
25 Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child 7/21/2010 Arthouse Films Not Rated $256,242 32,476
26 When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors 4/9/2010 Abramorama Films R $246,078 31,188
27 South of the Border 6/25/2010 Cinema Libre Not Rated $198,600 25,171
28 Winnebago Man 7/9/2010 Kino International Not Rated $181,039 22,945
29 Casino Jack and the United States of Money 5/7/2010 Magnolia Pictures R $176,865 22,416
30 Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 11/5/2010 Magnolia Pictures R $170,829 21,651
31 Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould 9/10/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $162,122 20,547
32 Stonewall Uprising 6/16/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $128,203 16,248
33 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $113,853 14,430
34 Waste Land 10/29/2010 Arthouse Films Not Rated $102,454 12,985
35 Freakonomics 10/1/2010 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $101,270 12,835
36 8: The Mormon Proposition 6/18/2010 R $100,280 12,709
37 Waking Sleeping Beauty 3/26/2010 Walt Disney PG $80,741 10,233
38 Living in Emergency 6/4/2010 Bev Pictures Not Rated $69,047 8,751
39 Budrus 10/8/2010 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $68,353 8,663
40 Marwencol 10/8/2010 Not Rated $63,292 8,021
41 Cool It 11/12/2010 Roadside Attractions PG $62,713 7,948
42 The Nature of Existence 6/18/2010 Walking Shadows Not Rated $54,645 6,925
43 Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields 10/27/2010 Variance Films Not Rated $54,152 6,863
44 Enemies of the People 7/30/2010 International Film Circuit Not Rated $46,463 5,888
45 Queen of the Sun 9/17/2010 Collective Eye Not Rated $41,895 5,309
46 The Legend of Pale Male 11/24/2010 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $38,083 4,826
47 Boxing Gym 10/22/2010 Zipporah Not Rated $36,812 4,665
48 Bhutto 12/3/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $34,963 4,431
49 Ahead of Time 9/10/2010 Vitagraph Films Not Rated $33,024 4,185
50 William S. Burroughs: A Man Within 11/17/2010 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $32,608 4,132
51 Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? 9/10/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $30,975 3,925
52 GasLand 9/15/2010 GasLand Productions Not Rated $30,846 3,909
53 The Human Experience 4/9/2010 PG-13 $27,170 3,443
54 Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno 7/16/2010 Not Rated $24,328 3,083
55 Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie 12/3/2010 Argot Pictures Not Rated $23,887 3,027
56 Smash His Camera 7/30/2010 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $23,671 3,000
57 The Other City 9/17/2010 Cabin Films Not Rated $22,539 2,856
58 And Everything is Going Fine 12/10/2010 IFC Films Not Rated $22,080 2,798
59 Neshoba: The Price of Freedom 8/13/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $19,245 2,439
60 The Kids Grow Up 10/29/2010 Not Rated $12,095 1,532
61 Picture Me: A Model's Diary 9/17/2010 Not Rated $12,008 1,521
62 Good Hair 10/9/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $11,053 1,400
63 The Two Escobars 8/27/2010 All Rise Films Not Rated $10,942 1,386
64 GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Ho's Please Stand Up? 10/8/2010 Samuel Goldwyn Films R $10,229 1,296
65 The Cove 7/31/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $7,934 1,005
66 Mugabe and the White African 7/23/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $7,924 1,004
67 Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love 6/12/2009 Shadow Not Rated $7,296 924
68 Only When I Dance 7/2/2010 Film Movement Not Rated $7,150 906
69 Nenette 12/22/2010 Kino International Not Rated $5,450 690
70 American Grindhouse 6/18/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $3,598 456
71 Det rode kapel 12/29/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $3,539 448
72 The September Issue 8/28/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $3,169 401
73 Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo 9/17/2010 Cinema Purgatorio Not Rated $2,198 278
74 A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism 9/24/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $1,916 242
75 Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg 7/10/2009 International Film Circuit Not Rated $961 121
Total Gross of All Movies$91,973,606
Total Tickets Sold11,656,945

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.