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Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2011

Summary for all Years
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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2011 GrossTickets Sold
1 African Cats 4/22/2011 Walt Disney G $15,428,747 1,945,617
2 Born to be Wild 3D 4/8/2011 Warner Bros. G $15,147,629 1,910,167
3 Hubble 3D 3/19/2010 Warner Bros. G $10,312,700 1,300,466
4 Cave of Forgotten Dreams 4/29/2011 IFC Films G $5,304,920 668,968
5 Under the Sea 3D 2/13/2009 Warner Bros. G $5,030,172 634,321
6 Sea Rex 3D: Journey to a Prehistoric World 5/28/2010 3D Entertainment Not Rated $4,465,060 563,059
7 Buck 6/17/2011 IFC Films PG $4,036,175 508,975
8 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $2,167,258 273,298
9 Senna 8/12/2011 Universal PG $1,612,430 203,332
10 I Am 2/18/2011 Paladin Not Rated $1,591,034 200,634
11 Bill Cunningham New York 3/16/2011 Zeitgeist Not Rated $1,510,026 190,419
12 Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest 7/8/2011 Sony Pictures Classics R $1,200,046 151,329
13 Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness 7/8/2011 International Film Circuit Not Rated $1,131,261 142,655
14 Page One: Inside the New York Times 6/17/2011 Magnolia Pictures R $1,067,028 134,555
15 Inside Job 10/8/2010 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $859,817 108,425
16 Tabloid! 7/15/2011 IFC Films R $696,921 87,884
17 POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold 4/22/2011 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $638,476 80,513
18 The Last Lions 2/18/2011 National Geographic Entertainment PG $635,325 80,116
19 Deep Sea 3D 3/3/2006 Warner Bros. G $504,147 63,574
20 Pearl Jam Twenty 9/20/2011 Arts Alliance America Not Rated $471,334 59,436
21 Project Nim 7/8/2011 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $411,184 51,851
22 Turtle: The Incredible Journey 6/24/2011 Hannover House G $391,942 49,425
23 L'Amour Fou 5/13/2011 IFC Films Not Rated $312,494 39,407
24 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $311,275 39,252
25 The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 9/9/2011 IFC Films Not Rated $273,749 34,521
26 Conan O'Brien Can't Stop 6/24/2011 Abramorama Films R $267,965 33,791
27 Phil Ochs 1/5/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $263,723 33,256
28 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 10/5/2007 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $262,465 33,097
29 PASSIONE: A Musical Adventure 6/22/2011 Abramorama Films Not Rated $258,222 32,562
30 Life in a Day 7/24/2011 National Geographic Entertainment PG $252,788 31,877
31 My Perestroika 3/23/2011 International Film Circuit Not Rated $242,706 30,606
32 The Interrupters 7/29/2011 Cinema Guild Not Rated $236,957 29,881
33 Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey 10/21/2011 Submarine Deluxe PG $236,939 29,878
34 Pina 1/20/2012 IFC Films PG $228,992 28,876
35 Into the Abyss 11/11/2011 IFC Films PG-13 $223,340 28,164
36 Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny 10/29/2010 Moriah Films Not Rated $212,601 26,809
37 The Wildest Dream 4/30/2010 National Geographic Entertainment PG $203,839 25,704
38 El Bulli: Cooking in Progress 7/27/2011 Alive Mind Not Rated $196,127 24,732
39 JIG 6/17/2011 Screen Media Films PG $183,790 23,176
40 American: The Bill Hicks Story 4/8/2011 Variance Films Not Rated $174,796 22,042
41 The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby 9/23/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $170,888 21,549
42 Magic Trip 8/5/2011 Magnolia Pictures R $154,521 19,485
43 Revenge of the Electric Car 10/14/2011 Mongrel Media PG-13 $150,886 19,027
44 Thunder Soul 9/23/2011 Roadside Attractions PG $143,986 18,157
45 Nostalgia de la luz 3/18/2011 Icarus Films Not Rated $142,285 17,942
46 Eames: The Architect and the Painter 11/18/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $139,813 17,630
47 The Last Mountain 6/3/2011 Dada Films PG $122,959 15,505
48 Blank City 4/6/2011 Insurgent Media Not Rated $116,037 14,632
49 Rejoice and Shout 6/3/2011 Magnolia Pictures PG $100,237 12,640
50 The Undefeated 7/15/2011 Cinedigm PG-13 $100,085 12,621
51 Exporting Raymond 4/29/2011 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG $87,727 11,062
52 Vidal Sassoon: The Movie 2/11/2011 Phase 4 Films PG $85,974 10,841
53 Waste Land 10/29/2010 Arthouse Films Not Rated $85,262 10,751
54 Circo 4/1/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $77,466 9,768
55 Bhutto 12/3/2010 First Run Features Not Rated $65,239 8,226
56 The Whale 9/9/2011 Paladin G $61,120 7,707
57 How to Live Forever 5/13/2011 Variance Films Not Rated $60,630 7,645
58 Limelight 9/23/2011 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $60,335 7,608
59 Crime after Crime 7/1/2011 Life Sentence Films/m Tuckman Media Not Rated $60,291 7,602
60 Finding Joe 9/30/2011 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $55,518 7,001
61 Into Eternity 2/2/2011 International Film Circuit Not Rated $55,366 6,981
62 The Other F Word 11/2/2011 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $53,714 6,773
63 Farmageddon 6/17/2011 Kristin Marie Productions Not Rated $53,256 6,715
64 !Women, Art, Revolution 6/1/2011 Zeitgeist Not Rated $52,681 6,643
65 My Reincarnation 10/28/2011 Long Shot Factory R $51,742 6,524
66 Orgasm Inc. 2/11/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $49,001 6,179
67 Marwencol 10/8/2010 Not Rated $48,744 6,146
68 Pianomania 5/27/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $47,328 5,968
69 Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology 9/16/2011 Paladin PG $46,782 5,899
70 The Woodmans 1/19/2011 Lorber Films Not Rated $46,623 5,879
71 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $44,582 5,621
72 Crazy Wisdom 11/25/2011 Alive Mind Not Rated $43,742 5,516
73 Love Etc. 7/1/2011 Not Rated $43,593 5,497
74 Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow 8/10/2011 Alive Mind Not Rated $43,214 5,449
75 Public Speaking 2/23/2011 Rialto Pictures Not Rated $43,184 5,445
76 People v. The State of Illusion 9/9/2011 Self Distributed Not Rated $42,202 5,321
77 Louder Than A Bomb 5/18/2011 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $40,362 5,089
78 Where Soldiers Come From 9/9/2011 International Film Circuit Not Rated $38,151 4,810
79 Granito: How to Nail a Dictator 9/14/2011 Skylight Pictures Not Rated $36,738 4,632
80 Hell and Back Again 10/5/2011 Docurama Not Rated $34,637 4,367
81 Making the Boys 3/11/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $33,833 4,266
82 American Teacher 9/30/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $33,144 4,179
83 HEY, BOO: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird 5/13/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $31,135 3,926
84 Topp Twins Untouchable Girls 5/13/2011 Argot Pictures Not Rated $29,200 3,682
85 Chasing Madoff 8/26/2011 Cohen Media Group Not Rated $28,850 3,638
86 Khodorkovsky 11/30/2011 Kino Lorber Not Rated $27,718 3,495
87 Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu 9/9/2011 The Film Desk Not Rated $27,556 3,474
88 Forks Over Knives 5/6/2011 Monica Beach Media PG $27,000 3,404
89 Paul Goodman Changed My Life 10/19/2011 Zeitgeist Not Rated $25,020 3,155
90 Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure 8/26/2011 TriBeca Films Not Rated $23,901 3,013
91 Jane's Journey 9/16/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $23,746 2,994
92 Garbo: El espía 11/18/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $22,233 2,803
93 Incendiary: The Willingham Case 9/23/2011 Truly Indie Not Rated $21,882 2,759
94 The Arbor 4/27/2011 Strand Not Rated $21,610 2,725
95 Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff 5/13/2011 Strand Not Rated $20,840 2,627
96 Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles 9/2/2011 Argot Pictures Not Rated $20,726 2,613
97 Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 11/5/2010 Magnolia Pictures R $18,587 2,343
98 Battle for Brooklyn 6/9/2011 Rooftop Films Not Rated $17,981 2,267
99 Dumbstruck 4/15/2011 Truly Indie PG $15,378 1,939
100 Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields 10/27/2010 Variance Films Not Rated $14,567 1,836
101 Armadillo 4/15/2011 Lorber Films Not Rated $14,566 1,836
102 William S. Burroughs: A Man Within 11/17/2010 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $13,772 1,736
103 Benda Bilili! 9/30/2011 National Geographic Entertainment PG-13 $13,420 1,692
104 Beautiful Darling 4/22/2011 Corinth Films Not Rated $13,400 1,689
105 Charlotte Rampling: The Look 11/4/2011 Kino Lorber Not Rated $13,171 1,660
106 Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story 3/4/2011 Self Distributed G $13,080 1,649
107 Nenette 12/22/2010 Kino International Not Rated $12,559 1,583
108 America the Beautiful II: The Thin Commandments 10/12/2011 Not Rated $12,366 1,559
109 Rebirth 8/31/2011 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $12,358 1,558
110 Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace 9/16/2011 Fisher-Klingenstein Films Not Rated $12,139 1,530
111 Sarah Palin: You Betcha! 9/30/2011 Freestyle Releasing Not Rated $10,935 1,378
112 Die Frau mit den 5 Elefanten 7/20/2011 Cinema Guild Not Rated $9,256 1,167
113 Boxing Gym 10/22/2010 Zipporah Not Rated $6,898 869
114 Addiction Incorporated 12/14/2011 Variance Films PG $6,442 812
115 Florent: Queen of the Meat Market 5/20/2011 Self Distributed Not Rated $6,282 792
116 Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie 12/3/2010 Argot Pictures Not Rated $6,006 757
117 Elevate 10/21/2011 Variance Films PG $5,580 703
118 Sons of Perdition 2/18/2011 R $5,401 681
119 Building Hope 6/3/2011 The Nobility Project Not Rated $4,000 504
120 The Harvest/La Cosecha 7/29/2011 Cinema Libre Not Rated $3,709 467
121 The Sons of Tennessee Williams 10/7/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $3,242 408
122 Plastic Planet 1/14/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $3,164 398
123 The Weird World of Blowfly 9/16/2011 Variance Films Not Rated $3,062 386
124 Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 12/16/2011 Anchor Bay Entertainment R $3,050 384
125 Protektor 8/5/2011 Film Movement Not Rated $2,968 374
126 Det rode kapel 12/29/2010 Lorber Films Not Rated $2,657 335
127 Knuckle 12/9/2011 ARC Entertainment R $2,647 333
Total Gross of All Movies$82,614,338
Total Tickets Sold10,417,881

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2011. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2011. 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.