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Box Office Performance for Based on Real Life Events Movies in 2011

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RankMovieRelease
Date
GenreMPAA
Rating
2011 GrossTickets Sold
1 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 2/11/2011 Concert/Performance G $73,013,910 9,207,303
2 Dolphin Tale 9/23/2011 Drama PG $72,015,969 9,081,459
3 The Fighter 12/10/2010 Drama R $47,228,156 5,955,631
4 J. Edgar 11/9/2011 Drama R $36,650,831 4,621,795
5 50/50 9/30/2011 Black Comedy R $35,016,118 4,415,651
6 Sanctum 2/4/2011 Adventure R $23,209,310 2,926,773
7 African Cats 4/22/2011 Documentary G $15,428,747 1,945,617
8 Born to be Wild 3D 4/8/2011 Documentary G $15,183,665 1,914,712
9 The Conspirator 4/15/2011 Drama PG-13 $11,538,204 1,455,006
10 Hubble 3D 3/19/2010 Documentary G $9,936,258 1,252,996
11 My Week with Marilyn 11/23/2011 Drama R $8,935,721 1,126,824
12 127 Hours 11/5/2010 Drama R $7,900,795 996,317
13 Cave of Forgotten Dreams 4/29/2011 Documentary G $5,304,920 668,968
14 Under the Sea 3D 2/13/2009 Documentary G $4,948,586 624,034
15 Sea Rex 3D: Journey to a Prehistoric World 5/28/2010 Documentary Not Rated $4,465,060 563,059
16 Buck 6/17/2011 Documentary PG $4,036,175 508,975
17 Des Hommes et Des Dieux 2/25/2011 Drama R $3,954,651 498,694
18 The Social Network 10/1/2010 Drama PG-13 $3,740,668 471,710
19 Space Station 4/19/2002 Documentary Not Rated $2,167,258 273,298
20 Unstoppable 11/12/2010 Action PG-13 $2,094,456 264,118
21 The Mighty Macs 10/21/2011 Drama G $1,891,936 238,579
22 Gerry 6/15/2011 Drama Not Rated $1,844,754 232,629
23 Senna 8/12/2011 Documentary R $1,612,430 203,332
24 I Am 2/18/2011 Documentary Not Rated $1,591,034 200,634
25 Bill Cunningham New York 3/16/2011 Documentary Not Rated $1,510,026 190,419
26 The Devil's Double 7/29/2011 Drama R $1,361,512 171,691
27 Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest 7/8/2011 Documentary R $1,200,046 151,329
28 Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness 7/8/2011 Documentary Not Rated $1,131,261 142,655
29 The Whistleblower 8/5/2011 Drama R $1,120,914 141,351
30 There Be Dragons 5/6/2011 Drama PG-13 $1,069,334 134,846
31 Page One: Inside the New York Times 6/17/2011 Documentary R $1,067,028 134,555
32 I Love You, Phillip Morris 12/3/2010 Comedy R $911,157 114,900
33 Inside Job 10/8/2010 Documentary PG-13 $859,817 108,425
34 Casino Jack 12/17/2010 Thriller/Suspense R $808,865 102,000
35 Tabloid! 7/15/2011 Documentary R $696,921 87,884
36 Secretariat 10/8/2010 Drama PG $645,831 81,441
37 POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold 4/22/2011 Documentary PG-13 $638,476 80,513
38 The Last Lions 2/18/2011 Documentary PG $635,325 80,116
39 U2 3D 2/15/2008 Concert/Performance G $625,031 78,818
40 Made in Dagenham 11/19/2010 Drama R $602,990 76,039
41 Machine Gun Preacher 9/23/2011 Drama R $538,690 67,930
42 Deep Sea 3D 3/3/2006 Documentary G $524,144 66,096
43 Pearl Jam Twenty 9/20/2011 Documentary Not Rated $471,334 59,436
44 No One Killed Jessica 1/7/2011 Drama Not Rated $442,036 55,742
45 Fair*Game 11/5/2010 Drama PG-13 $421,935 53,207
46 Project Nim 7/8/2011 Documentary PG-13 $411,184 51,851
47 The 5th Quarter 3/25/2011 Drama PG $408,159 51,470
48 Turtle: The Incredible Journey 6/24/2011 Documentary G $391,942 49,425
49 The First Grader 5/13/2011 Drama PG-13 $332,306 41,904
50 L'Amour Fou 5/13/2011 Documentary Not Rated $312,494 39,407
51 Galapagos 10/29/1999 Documentary Not Rated $311,275 39,252
52 The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 9/9/2011 Documentary Not Rated $273,749 34,521
53 Conan O'Brien Can't Stop 6/24/2011 Documentary R $267,965 33,791
54 Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune 1/5/2011 Documentary Not Rated $263,723 33,256
55 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 10/5/2007 Documentary Not Rated $262,465 33,097
56 PASSIONE: A Musical Adventure 6/22/2011 Documentary Not Rated $258,222 32,562
57 Life in a Day 7/24/2011 Documentary PG $252,788 31,877
58 My Perestroika 3/23/2011 Documentary Not Rated $242,706 30,606
59 The Interrupters 7/29/2011 Documentary Not Rated $236,957 29,881
60 Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey 10/21/2011 Documentary PG $236,939 29,878
61 Serge Gainsbourg vie heroique 8/31/2011 Drama Not Rated $230,767 29,100
62 Into the Abyss 11/11/2011 Documentary PG-13 $223,340 28,164
63 Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny 10/29/2010 Documentary Not Rated $212,601 26,809
64 Ip Man: Legend of the Grand Master 1/28/2011 Action R $205,675 25,936
65 The Wildest Dream 4/30/2010 Documentary PG $203,839 25,704
66 Queen of the Sun 9/17/2010 Documentary Not Rated $203,100 25,611
67 El Bulli: Cooking in Progress 7/27/2011 Documentary Not Rated $196,127 24,732
68 JIG 6/17/2011 Documentary PG $183,790 23,176
69 Amigo 8/19/2011 Drama R $180,582 22,772
70 American: The Bill Hicks Story 4/8/2011 Documentary Not Rated $174,796 22,042
71 The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby 9/23/2011 Documentary Not Rated $170,888 21,549
72 The Irishman 12/31/2011 Drama Not Rated $159,960 20,171
73 Magic Trip 8/5/2011 Documentary R $154,521 19,485
74 Jiàn Dǎng Wěi Yè 6/24/2011 Drama Not Rated $151,305 19,080
75 Revenge of the Electric Car 10/14/2011 Documentary PG-13 $150,886 19,027
76 Thunder Soul 9/23/2011 Documentary PG $143,986 18,157
77 Nostalgia de la luz 3/18/2011 Documentary Not Rated $142,285 17,942
78 Eames: The Architect and the Painter 11/18/2011 Documentary Not Rated $139,813 17,630
79 Xinhai geming 10/7/2011 Drama R $135,739 17,117
80 The Last Mountain 6/3/2011 Documentary PG $122,959 15,505
81 Nanjing! Nanjing! 5/11/2011 Drama R $122,558 15,454
82 The Big Uneasy 8/30/2010 Documentary Not Rated $116,698 14,716
83 Blank City 4/6/2011 Documentary Not Rated $116,037 14,632
84 Vision 10/13/2010 Drama Not Rated $115,591 14,576
85 Rejoice and Shout 6/3/2011 Documentary PG $100,237 12,640
86 The Undefeated 7/15/2011 Documentary PG-13 $100,085 12,621
87 Exporting Raymond 4/29/2011 Documentary PG $87,727 11,062
88 Vidal Sassoon: The Movie 2/11/2011 Documentary PG $85,974 10,841
89 Waste Land 10/29/2010 Documentary Not Rated $85,262 10,751
90 Su Qi Er 5/13/2011 Action R $80,096 10,100
91 Circo 4/1/2011 Documentary Not Rated $77,466 9,768
92 Kings of Pastry 9/15/2010 Documentary Not Rated $71,904 9,067
93 Bhutto 12/3/2010 Documentary Not Rated $65,239 8,226
94 If A Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front 6/22/2011 Drama Not Rated $61,794 7,792
95 The Whale 9/9/2011 Documentary G $61,120 7,707
96 How to Live Forever 5/13/2011 Documentary Not Rated $60,630 7,645
97 Limelight 9/23/2011 Documentary Not Rated $60,335 7,608
98 Crime after Crime 7/1/2011 Documentary Not Rated $60,291 7,602
99 Finding Joe 9/30/2011 Documentary Not Rated $55,518 7,001
100 Into Eternity 2/2/2011 Documentary Not Rated $55,366 6,981
101 The Other F Word 11/2/2011 Documentary Not Rated $53,714 6,773
102 Farmageddon 6/17/2011 Documentary Not Rated $53,256 6,715
103 !Women, Art, Revolution 6/1/2011 Documentary Not Rated $52,681 6,643
104 My Reincarnation 10/28/2011 Documentary R $51,742 6,524
105 Orgasm Inc. 2/11/2011 Documentary Not Rated $49,001 6,179
106 Marwencol 10/8/2010 Documentary Not Rated $48,744 6,146
107 Pianomania 5/27/2011 Documentary Not Rated $47,328 5,968
108 Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology 9/16/2011 Documentary PG $46,782 5,899
109 The Woodmans 1/19/2011 Documentary Not Rated $46,623 5,879
110 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 Documentary Not Rated $44,582 5,621
111 Crazy Wisdom 11/25/2011 Documentary Not Rated $43,742 5,516
112 Love Etc. 7/1/2011 Documentary Not Rated $43,593 5,497
113 Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow 8/10/2011 Documentary Not Rated $43,214 5,449
114 Public Speaking 2/23/2011 Documentary Not Rated $43,184 5,445
115 People v. The State of Illusion 9/9/2011 Documentary Not Rated $42,202 5,321
116 La conquête 11/11/2011 Drama Not Rated $41,130 5,186
117 Louder Than A Bomb 5/18/2011 Documentary Not Rated $40,362 5,089
118 Road to Nowhere 6/10/2011 Thriller/Suspense R $40,294 5,081
119 Where Soldiers Come From 9/9/2011 Documentary Not Rated $38,151 4,810
120 Granito: How to Nail a Dictator 9/14/2011 Documentary Not Rated $36,738 4,632
121 Hell and Back Again 10/5/2011 Documentary Not Rated $34,637 4,367
122 Making the Boys 3/11/2011 Documentary Not Rated $33,833 4,266
123 The Time That Remains 1/7/2011 Drama Not Rated $32,869 4,145
124 HEY, BOO: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird 5/13/2011 Documentary Not Rated $31,135 3,926
125 Topp Twins Untouchable Girls 5/13/2011 Documentary Not Rated $29,200 3,682
126 Khodorkovsky 11/30/2011 Documentary Not Rated $27,718 3,495
127 Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu 9/9/2011 Documentary Not Rated $27,556 3,474
128 Forks Over Knives 5/6/2011 Documentary PG $27,000 3,404
129 Enemies of the People 7/30/2010 Documentary Not Rated $26,708 3,367
130 Howl 9/24/2010 Drama R $25,522 3,218
131 Paul Goodman Changed My Life 10/19/2011 Documentary Not Rated $25,020 3,155
132 Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure 8/26/2011 Documentary Not Rated $23,901 3,013
133 Jane's Journey 9/16/2011 Documentary Not Rated $23,746 2,994
134 Garbo: El espía 11/18/2011 Documentary Not Rated $22,233 2,803
135 Incendiary: The Willingham Case 9/23/2011 Documentary Not Rated $21,882 2,759
136 The Arbor 4/27/2011 Documentary Not Rated $21,610 2,725
137 Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff 5/13/2011 Documentary Not Rated $20,840 2,627
138 Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles 9/2/2011 Documentary Not Rated $20,726 2,613
139 Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 11/5/2010 Documentary R $18,587 2,343
140 L'instinct de mort 8/27/2010 Drama R $18,218 2,297
141 Battle for Brooklyn 6/9/2011 Documentary Not Rated $17,981 2,267
142 5 Days of War 8/19/2011 Drama R $17,479 2,204
143 The Last Ride 10/21/2011 Drama PG-13 $16,270 2,051
144 Dumbstruck 4/15/2011 Documentary PG $15,378 1,939
145 Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields 10/27/2010 Documentary Not Rated $14,567 1,836
146 Armadillo 4/15/2011 Documentary Not Rated $14,566 1,836
147 William S. Burroughs: A Man Within 11/17/2010 Documentary Not Rated $13,772 1,736
148 Benda Bilili! 9/30/2011 Documentary PG-13 $13,420 1,692
149 Beautiful Darling 4/22/2011 Documentary Not Rated $13,400 1,689
150 Charlotte Rampling: The Look 11/4/2011 Documentary Not Rated $13,171 1,660
151 L'ennemi public n°1 9/3/2010 Drama R $13,134 1,656
152 Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story 3/4/2011 Documentary G $13,080 1,649
153 Nenette 12/22/2010 Documentary Not Rated $12,559 1,583
154 America the Beautiful II: The Thin Commandments 10/12/2011 Documentary Not Rated $12,366 1,559
155 Rebirth 8/31/2011 Documentary Not Rated $12,358 1,558
156 Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace 9/16/2011 Documentary Not Rated $12,139 1,530
157 Sarah Palin: You Betcha! 9/30/2011 Documentary Not Rated $10,935 1,378
158 Carlos 10/15/2010 Drama Not Rated $10,000 1,261
159 Die Frau mit den 5 Elefanten 7/20/2011 Documentary Not Rated $9,256 1,167
160 Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante 9/2/2011 Drama Not Rated $8,705 1,097
161 Boxing Gym 10/22/2010 Documentary Not Rated $6,898 869
162 Addiction Incorporated 12/14/2011 Documentary PG-13 $6,442 812
163 Florent: Queen of the Meat Market 5/20/2011 Documentary Not Rated $6,282 792
164 Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie 12/3/2010 Documentary Not Rated $6,006 757
165 Elevate 10/21/2011 Documentary PG $5,580 703
166 Sons of Perdition 2/18/2011 Documentary R $5,401 681
167 Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould 9/10/2010 Documentary Not Rated $5,386 679
168 Burke & Hare 9/9/2011 Black Comedy R $4,833 609
169 Building Hope 6/3/2011 Documentary Not Rated $4,000 504
170 The Harvest/La Cosecha 7/29/2011 Documentary Not Rated $3,709 467
171 The Sons of Tennessee Williams 10/7/2011 Documentary Not Rated $3,242 408
172 Plastic Planet 1/14/2011 Documentary Not Rated $3,164 398
173 The Weird World of Blowfly 9/16/2011 Documentary Not Rated $3,062 386
174 Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 12/16/2011 Documentary R $3,050 384
175 Protektor 8/5/2011 Documentary Not Rated $2,968 374
176 Raw Faith 5/28/2010 Documentary Not Rated $2,711 341
177 Det rode kapel 12/29/2010 Documentary Not Rated $2,657 335
178 Knuckle 12/9/2011 Documentary R $2,647 333
179 Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers 1/8/2010 Documentary Not Rated $2,647 333
180 American Grindhouse 6/18/2010 Documentary Not Rated $1,931 243
181 Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno 7/16/2010 Documentary Not Rated $1,161 146
Total Gross of All Movies$422,350,363
Total Tickets Sold53,259,732

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.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based ticket sale estimates, and may not be precise due to rounding errors.

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