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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 11/11/2011 Drama R $36,650,831 4,621,795
5 50/50 9/30/2011 Black Comedy R $35,014,192 4,415,408
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 $10,312,700 1,300,466
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 $5,030,172 634,321
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 PG-13 $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 PG $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 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 Pina 1/20/2012 Documentary PG $228,992 28,876
63 Into the Abyss 11/11/2011 Documentary PG-13 $223,340 28,164
64 The Iron Lady 1/13/2012 Drama PG-13 $220,409 27,794
65 Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny 10/29/2010 Documentary Not Rated $212,601 26,809
66 Ip Man: Legend of the Grand Master 1/28/2011 Action R $205,675 25,936
67 The Wildest Dream 4/30/2010 Documentary PG $203,839 25,704
68 Queen of the Sun 9/17/2010 Documentary Not Rated $203,100 25,611
69 El Bulli: Cooking in Progress 7/27/2011 Documentary Not Rated $196,127 24,732
70 JIG 6/17/2011 Documentary PG $183,790 23,176
71 Amigo 8/19/2011 Drama R $180,582 22,772
72 American: The Bill Hicks Story 4/8/2011 Documentary Not Rated $174,796 22,042
73 The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby 9/23/2011 Documentary Not Rated $170,888 21,549
74 Magic Trip 8/5/2011 Documentary R $154,521 19,485
75 Jiàn D?ng W?i Yè 6/24/2011 Drama Not Rated $151,305 19,080
76 Revenge of the Electric Car 10/14/2011 Documentary PG-13 $150,886 19,027
77 Thunder Soul 9/23/2011 Documentary PG $143,986 18,157
78 Nostalgia de la luz 3/18/2011 Documentary Not Rated $142,285 17,942
79 Eames: The Architect and the Painter 11/18/2011 Documentary Not Rated $139,813 17,630
80 Xinhai geming 10/7/2011 Drama R $135,739 17,117
81 The Last Mountain 6/3/2011 Documentary PG $122,959 15,505
82 Nanjing! Nanjing! 5/11/2011 Drama R $122,558 15,454
83 The Big Uneasy 8/30/2010 Documentary Not Rated $116,698 14,716
84 Blank City 4/6/2011 Documentary Not Rated $116,037 14,632
85 Vision 10/13/2010 Drama Not Rated $115,591 14,576
86 Rejoice and Shout 6/3/2011 Documentary PG $100,237 12,640
87 The Undefeated 7/15/2011 Documentary PG-13 $100,085 12,621
88 Exporting Raymond 4/29/2011 Documentary PG $87,727 11,062
89 Vidal Sassoon: The Movie 2/11/2011 Documentary PG $85,974 10,841
90 Waste Land 10/29/2010 Documentary Not Rated $85,262 10,751
91 Su Qi Er 5/13/2011 Action R $80,096 10,100
92 Circo 4/1/2011 Documentary Not Rated $77,466 9,768
93 Kings of Pastry 9/15/2010 Documentary Not Rated $71,904 9,067
94 Bhutto 12/3/2010 Documentary Not Rated $65,239 8,226
95 If A Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front 6/22/2011 Drama Not Rated $61,794 7,792
96 The Whale 9/9/2011 Documentary G $61,120 7,707
97 How to Live Forever 5/13/2011 Documentary Not Rated $60,630 7,645
98 Limelight 9/23/2011 Documentary Not Rated $60,335 7,608
99 Crime after Crime 7/1/2011 Documentary Not Rated $60,291 7,602
100 Finding Joe 9/30/2011 Documentary Not Rated $55,518 7,001
101 Into Eternity 2/2/2011 Documentary Not Rated $55,366 6,981
102 The Other F Word 11/2/2011 Documentary Not Rated $53,714 6,773
103 Farmageddon 6/17/2011 Documentary Not Rated $53,256 6,715
104 !Women, Art, Revolution 6/1/2011 Documentary Not Rated $52,681 6,643
105 My Reincarnation 10/28/2011 Documentary R $51,742 6,524
106 Orgasm Inc. 2/11/2011 Documentary Not Rated $49,001 6,179
107 Marwencol 10/8/2010 Documentary Not Rated $48,744 6,146
108 Pianomania 5/27/2011 Documentary Not Rated $47,328 5,968
109 Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology 9/16/2011 Documentary PG $46,782 5,899
110 The Woodmans 1/19/2011 Documentary Not Rated $46,623 5,879
111 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 Documentary Not Rated $44,582 5,621
112 Crazy Wisdom 11/25/2011 Documentary Not Rated $43,742 5,516
113 Love Etc. 7/1/2011 Documentary Not Rated $43,593 5,497
114 Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow 8/10/2011 Documentary Not Rated $43,214 5,449
115 Public Speaking 2/23/2011 Documentary Not Rated $43,184 5,445
116 People v. The State of Illusion 9/9/2011 Documentary Not Rated $42,202 5,321
117 La conquête 11/11/2011 Drama Not Rated $41,130 5,186
118 Louder Than A Bomb 5/18/2011 Documentary Not Rated $40,362 5,089
119 Road to Nowhere 6/10/2011 Thriller/Suspense R $40,294 5,081
120 Where Soldiers Come From 9/9/2011 Documentary Not Rated $38,151 4,810
121 Granito: How to Nail a Dictator 9/14/2011 Documentary Not Rated $36,738 4,632
122 Hell and Back Again 10/5/2011 Documentary Not Rated $34,637 4,367
123 Making the Boys 3/11/2011 Documentary Not Rated $33,833 4,266
124 The Time That Remains 1/7/2011 Drama Not Rated $32,869 4,145
125 HEY, BOO: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird 5/13/2011 Documentary Not Rated $31,135 3,926
126 Topp Twins Untouchable Girls 5/13/2011 Documentary Not Rated $29,200 3,682
127 Khodorkovsky 11/30/2011 Documentary Not Rated $27,718 3,495
128 Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu 9/9/2011 Documentary Not Rated $27,556 3,474
129 Forks Over Knives 5/6/2011 Documentary PG $27,000 3,404
130 Enemies of the People 7/30/2010 Documentary Not Rated $26,708 3,367
131 Howl 9/24/2010 Drama R $25,522 3,218
132 Paul Goodman Changed My Life 10/19/2011 Documentary Not Rated $25,020 3,155
133 Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure 8/26/2011 Documentary Not Rated $23,901 3,013
134 Jane's Journey 9/16/2011 Documentary Not Rated $23,746 2,994
135 Garbo: El espía 11/18/2011 Documentary Not Rated $22,233 2,803
136 Incendiary: The Willingham Case 9/23/2011 Documentary Not Rated $21,882 2,759
137 The Arbor 4/27/2011 Documentary Not Rated $21,610 2,725
138 Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff 5/13/2011 Documentary Not Rated $20,840 2,627
139 Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles 9/2/2011 Documentary Not Rated $20,726 2,613
140 Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 11/5/2010 Documentary R $18,587 2,343
141 L'instinct de mort 8/27/2010 Drama R $18,218 2,297
142 Battle for Brooklyn 6/9/2011 Documentary Not Rated $17,981 2,267
143 5 Days of War 8/19/2011 Drama R $17,479 2,204
144 The Last Ride 10/21/2011 Drama PG-13 $16,270 2,051
145 Dumbstruck 4/15/2011 Documentary PG $15,378 1,939
146 Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields 10/27/2010 Documentary Not Rated $14,567 1,836
147 Armadillo 4/15/2011 Documentary Not Rated $14,566 1,836
148 William S. Burroughs: A Man Within 11/17/2010 Documentary Not Rated $13,772 1,736
149 Benda Bilili! 9/30/2011 Documentary PG-13 $13,420 1,692
150 Beautiful Darling 4/22/2011 Documentary Not Rated $13,400 1,689
151 Charlotte Rampling: The Look 11/4/2011 Documentary Not Rated $13,171 1,660
152 L'ennemi public n°1 9/3/2010 Drama R $13,134 1,656
153 Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story 3/4/2011 Documentary G $13,080 1,649
154 Nenette 12/22/2010 Documentary Not Rated $12,559 1,583
155 America the Beautiful II: The Thin Commandments 10/12/2011 Documentary Not Rated $12,366 1,559
156 Rebirth 8/31/2011 Documentary Not Rated $12,358 1,558
157 Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace 9/16/2011 Documentary Not Rated $12,139 1,530
158 Sarah Palin: You Betcha! 9/30/2011 Documentary Not Rated $10,935 1,378
159 Carlos 10/15/2010 Drama Not Rated $10,000 1,261
160 Die Frau mit den 5 Elefanten 7/20/2011 Documentary Not Rated $9,256 1,167
161 Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante 9/2/2011 Drama Not Rated $8,705 1,097
162 Boxing Gym 10/22/2010 Documentary Not Rated $6,898 869
163 Addiction Incorporated 12/14/2011 Documentary PG $6,442 812
164 Florent: Queen of the Meat Market 5/20/2011 Documentary Not Rated $6,282 792
165 Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie 12/3/2010 Documentary Not Rated $6,006 757
166 Elevate 10/21/2011 Documentary PG $5,580 703
167 Sons of Perdition 2/18/2011 Documentary R $5,401 681
168 Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould 9/10/2010 Documentary Not Rated $5,386 679
169 Burke & Hare 9/9/2011 Black Comedy R $4,833 609
170 Building Hope 6/3/2011 Documentary Not Rated $4,000 504
171 The Harvest/La Cosecha 7/29/2011 Documentary Not Rated $3,709 467
172 The Sons of Tennessee Williams 10/7/2011 Documentary Not Rated $3,242 408
173 Plastic Planet 1/14/2011 Documentary Not Rated $3,164 398
174 The Weird World of Blowfly 9/16/2011 Documentary Not Rated $3,062 386
175 Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 12/16/2011 Documentary R $3,050 384
176 Protektor 8/5/2011 Documentary Not Rated $2,968 374
177 Det rode kapel 12/29/2010 Documentary Not Rated $2,657 335
178 Knuckle 12/9/2011 Documentary R $2,647 333
179 Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno 7/16/2010 Documentary Not Rated $1,161 146
Total Gross of All Movies$423,088,617
Total Tickets Sold53,352,828

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.