Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2011

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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 Conan O'Brien Can't Stop 6/24/2011 Abramorama Films R $267,965 33,791
23 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 10/5/2007 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $262,465 33,097
24 Life in a Day 7/24/2011 National Geographic Entertainment PG $252,788 31,877
25 Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey 10/21/2011 Submarine Deluxe PG $236,939 29,878
26 Pina 1/20/2012 IFC Films PG $228,992 28,876
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 $203,839 25,704
29 JIG 6/17/2011 Screen Media Films PG $183,790 23,176
30 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
31 Magic Trip 8/5/2011 Magnolia Pictures R $154,521 19,485
32 Revenge of the Electric Car 10/14/2011 Mongrel Media PG-13 $150,886 19,027
33 Thunder Soul 9/23/2011 Roadside Attractions PG $143,986 18,157
34 Eames: The Architect and the Painter 11/18/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $139,813 17,630
35 The Last Mountain 6/3/2011 Dada Films PG $122,959 15,505
36 Rejoice and Shout 6/3/2011 Magnolia Pictures PG $100,237 12,640
37 The Undefeated 7/15/2011 Cinedigm PG-13 $100,085 12,621
38 Exporting Raymond 4/29/2011 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG $87,727 11,062
39 Vidal Sassoon: The Movie 2/11/2011 Phase 4 Films PG $85,974 10,841
40 The Whale 9/9/2011 Paladin G $61,120 7,707
41 Limelight 9/23/2011 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $60,335 7,608
42 Finding Joe 9/30/2011 Balcony Releasing Not Rated $55,518 7,001
43 The Other F Word 11/2/2011 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $53,714 6,773
44 My Reincarnation 10/28/2011 Long Shot Factory R $51,742 6,524
45 Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology 9/16/2011 Paladin PG $46,782 5,899
46 Crazy Wisdom 11/25/2011 Alive Mind Not Rated $43,742 5,516
47 Granito: How to Nail a Dictator 9/14/2011 Skylight Pictures Not Rated $36,738 4,632
48 Hell and Back Again 10/5/2011 Docurama Not Rated $34,637 4,367
49 American Teacher 9/30/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $33,144 4,179
50 Khodorkovsky 11/30/2011 Kino Lorber Not Rated $27,718 3,495
51 Paul Goodman Changed My Life 10/19/2011 Zeitgeist Not Rated $25,020 3,155
52 Jane's Journey 9/16/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $23,746 2,994
53 Garbo: El espía 11/18/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $22,233 2,803
54 Incendiary: The Willingham Case 9/23/2011 Truly Indie Not Rated $21,882 2,759
55 Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 11/5/2010 Magnolia Pictures R $18,587 2,343
56 Dumbstruck 4/15/2011 Truly Indie PG $15,378 1,939
57 Benda Bilili! 9/30/2011 National Geographic Entertainment PG-13 $13,420 1,692
58 Charlotte Rampling: The Look 11/4/2011 Kino Lorber Not Rated $13,171 1,660
59 Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story 3/4/2011 Self Distributed G $13,080 1,649
60 America the Beautiful II: The Thin Commandments 10/12/2011 Not Rated $12,366 1,559
61 Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace 9/16/2011 Fisher-Klingenstein Films Not Rated $12,139 1,530
62 Sarah Palin: You Betcha! 9/30/2011 Freestyle Releasing Not Rated $10,935 1,378
63 Addiction Incorporated 12/14/2011 Variance Films PG $6,442 812
64 Elevate 10/21/2011 Variance Films PG $5,580 703
65 Sons of Perdition 2/18/2011 R $5,401 681
66 The Sons of Tennessee Williams 10/7/2011 First Run Features Not Rated $3,242 408
67 The Weird World of Blowfly 9/16/2011 Variance Films Not Rated $3,062 386
68 Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 12/16/2011 Anchor Bay Entertainment R $3,050 384
69 Forks Over Knives 5/6/2011 Monica Beach Media PG $2,700 340
70 Knuckle 12/9/2011 ARC Entertainment R $2,647 333
Total Gross of All Movies$73,920,590
Total Tickets Sold9,321,600

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.