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 $15,239,833 1,921,794
3 Hubble 3D 3/19/2010 Warner Bros. G $10,193,454 1,285,429
4 Cave of Forgotten Dreams 4/29/2011 IFC Films G $5,247,347 661,708
5 Under the Sea 3D 2/13/2009 Warner Bros. G $5,038,259 635,341
6 Buck 6/17/2011 IFC Films PG $4,023,123 507,329
7 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $2,206,496 278,246
8 Senna 8/12/2011 Universal PG $1,612,430 203,332
9 I Am 2/18/2011 Paladin Not Rated $1,591,034 200,634
10 Bill Cunningham New York 3/16/2011 Zeitgeist Not Rated $1,510,026 190,419
11 Flying Monsters 3D 10/6/2011 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $1,249,730 157,595
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 $828,413 104,465
16 Tabloid! 7/15/2011 IFC Films R $682,559 86,073
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 3-D 3/3/2006 Warner Bros. G $504,147 63,574
20 Project Nim 7/8/2011 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $411,184 51,851
21 Turtle: The Incredible Journey 6/24/2011 Hannover House G $391,942 49,425
22 Pina 12/23/2011 IFC Films PG $301,041 37,962
23 Conan O'Brien Can't Stop 6/24/2011 Abramorama Films R $267,965 33,791
24 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 10/5/2007 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $259,355 32,705
25 Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey 10/21/2011 Submarine Deluxe PG $253,183 31,927
26 Life in a Day 7/24/2011 National Geographic Entertainment PG $252,788 31,877
27 Into the Abyss 11/11/2011 IFC Films PG-13 $223,880 28,232
28 The Wildest Dream 4/30/2010 National Geographic Entertainment PG $202,530 25,539
29 JIG 6/17/2011 Screen Media Films PG $183,790 23,176
30 Magic Trip 8/5/2011 Magnolia Pictures R $154,521 19,485
31 Revenge of the Electric Car 10/21/2011 Area 23a PG-13 $150,886 19,027
32 Thunder Soul 9/23/2011 Roadside Attractions PG $143,986 18,157
33 The Last Mountain 6/3/2011 Dada Films PG $122,959 15,505
34 Rejoice and Shout 6/3/2011 Magnolia Pictures PG $100,237 12,640
35 The Undefeated 7/15/2011 Cinedigm PG-13 $100,085 12,621
36 Exporting Raymond 4/29/2011 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG $87,727 11,062
37 Vidal Sassoon: The Movie 2/11/2011 Phase 4 Films PG $85,974 10,841
38 The Whale 9/9/2011 Paladin G $61,490 7,754
39 My Reincarnation 10/28/2011 Long Shot Factory R $58,248 7,345
40 Finding Joe 9/30/2011 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $55,518 7,001
41 Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 11/5/2010 Magnolia Pictures R $17,136 2,160
42 Dumbstruck 4/15/2011 Truly Indie PG $15,378 1,939
43 Benda Bilili! 9/30/2011 National Geographic Entertainment PG-13 $13,420 1,692
44 Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story 3/4/2011 Self Distributed G $13,080 1,649
45 Addiction Incorporated 12/14/2011 Variance Films PG $6,442 812
46 Elevate 10/21/2011 Variance Films PG $5,580 703
47 Sons of Perdition 2/18/2011 R $5,401 681
48 Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 12/16/2011 Anchor Bay Entertainment R $3,050 384
49 Forks Over Knives 5/6/2011 Monica Beach Media PG $2,700 340
50 Knuckle 12/9/2011 ARC Entertainment R $2,647 333
Total Gross of All Movies$73,981,857
Total Tickets Sold9,329,340

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.