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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 $5,247,347 661,708
5 Under the Sea 3D 2/13/2009 Warner Bros. G $5,030,172 634,321
6 Buck 6/17/2011 IFC Films PG $4,023,123 507,329
7 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $2,167,258 273,298
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 Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest 7/8/2011 Sony Pictures Classics R $1,200,046 151,329
12 Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness 7/8/2011 International Film Circuit Not Rated $1,131,261 142,655
13 Page One: Inside the New York Times 6/17/2011 Magnolia Pictures R $1,067,028 134,555
14 Inside Job 10/8/2010 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $859,817 108,425
15 Tabloid! 7/15/2011 IFC Films R $682,559 86,073
16 POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold 4/22/2011 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $638,476 80,513
17 The Last Lions 2/18/2011 National Geographic Entertainment PG $635,325 80,116
18 Deep Sea 3D 3/3/2006 Warner Bros. G $504,147 63,574
19 Pearl Jam Twenty 9/20/2011 Arts Alliance America Not Rated $471,334 59,436
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 The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 9/9/2011 IFC Films Not Rated $268,813 33,898
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 $262,465 33,097
25 Life in a Day 7/24/2011 National Geographic Entertainment PG $252,788 31,877
26 The Interrupters 7/29/2011 Cinema Guild Not Rated $236,957 29,881
27 Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey 10/21/2011 Submarine Deluxe PG $236,939 29,878
28 Pina 1/20/2012 IFC Films PG $228,992 28,876
29 Into the Abyss 11/11/2011 IFC Films PG-13 $223,880 28,232
30 The Wildest Dream 4/30/2010 National Geographic Entertainment PG $203,839 25,704
31 El Bulli: Cooking in Progress 7/27/2011 Alive Mind Not Rated $196,127 24,732
32 JIG 6/17/2011 Screen Media Films PG $183,790 23,176
33 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
34 Magic Trip 8/5/2011 Magnolia Pictures R $154,521 19,485
35 Revenge of the Electric Car 10/14/2011 Mongrel Media PG-13 $150,886 19,027
36 Thunder Soul 9/23/2011 Roadside Attractions PG $143,986 18,157
37 Eames: The Architect and the Painter 11/18/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $139,813 17,630
38 The Last Mountain 6/3/2011 Dada Films PG $122,959 15,505
39 Rejoice and Shout 6/3/2011 Magnolia Pictures PG $100,237 12,640
40 The Undefeated 7/15/2011 Cinedigm PG-13 $100,085 12,621
41 Exporting Raymond 4/29/2011 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG $87,727 11,062
42 Vidal Sassoon: The Movie 2/11/2011 Phase 4 Films PG $85,974 10,841
43 The Whale 9/9/2011 Paladin G $61,120 7,707
44 Limelight 9/23/2011 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $60,335 7,608
45 Finding Joe 9/30/2011 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $55,518 7,001
46 The Other F Word 11/2/2011 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $53,714 6,773
47 My Reincarnation 10/28/2011 Long Shot Factory R $51,742 6,524
48 Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology 9/16/2011 Paladin PG $46,782 5,899
49 Crazy Wisdom 11/25/2011 Alive Mind Not Rated $43,742 5,516
50 Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow 8/10/2011 Alive Mind Not Rated $43,214 5,449
51 People v. The State of Illusion 9/9/2011 Self Distributed Not Rated $42,202 5,321
52 Where Soldiers Come From 9/9/2011 International Film Circuit Not Rated $38,151 4,810
53 Granito: How to Nail a Dictator 9/14/2011 Skylight Pictures Not Rated $36,738 4,632
54 Hell and Back Again 10/5/2011 Docurama Not Rated $34,637 4,367
55 American Teacher 9/30/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $33,144 4,179
56 Chasing Madoff 8/26/2011 Cohen Media Group Not Rated $28,850 3,638
57 Khodorkovsky 11/30/2011 Kino Lorber Not Rated $27,718 3,495
58 Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu 9/9/2011 The Film Desk Not Rated $27,556 3,474
59 Paul Goodman Changed My Life 10/19/2011 Zeitgeist Not Rated $25,020 3,155
60 Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure 8/26/2011 TriBeca Films Not Rated $23,901 3,013
61 Jane's Journey 9/16/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $23,746 2,994
62 Garbo: El espía 11/18/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $22,233 2,803
63 Incendiary: The Willingham Case 9/23/2011 Truly Indie Not Rated $21,882 2,759
64 Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles 9/2/2011 Argot Pictures Not Rated $20,726 2,613
65 Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 11/5/2010 Magnolia Pictures R $18,587 2,343
66 Dumbstruck 4/15/2011 Truly Indie PG $15,378 1,939
67 Benda Bilili! 9/30/2011 National Geographic Entertainment PG-13 $13,420 1,692
68 Charlotte Rampling: The Look 11/4/2011 Kino Lorber Not Rated $13,171 1,660
69 Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story 3/4/2011 Self Distributed G $13,080 1,649
70 America the Beautiful II: The Thin Commandments 10/12/2011 Not Rated $12,366 1,559
71 Rebirth 8/31/2011 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $12,358 1,558
72 Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace 9/16/2011 Fisher-Klingenstein Films Not Rated $12,139 1,530
73 Sarah Palin: You Betcha! 9/30/2011 Freestyle Releasing Not Rated $10,935 1,378
74 Addiction Incorporated 12/14/2011 Variance Films PG $6,442 812
75 Elevate 10/21/2011 Variance Films PG $5,580 703
76 Sons of Perdition 2/18/2011 R $5,401 681
77 The Sons of Tennessee Williams 10/7/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $3,242 408
78 The Weird World of Blowfly 9/16/2011 Variance Films Not Rated $3,062 386
79 Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 12/16/2011 Anchor Bay Entertainment R $3,050 384
80 Protektor 8/5/2011 Film Movement Not Rated $2,968 374
81 Forks Over Knives 5/6/2011 Monica Beach Media PG $2,700 340
82 Knuckle 12/9/2011 ARC Entertainment R $2,647 333
Total Gross of All Movies$74,862,413
Total Tickets Sold9,440,361

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.