Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2012

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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2012 GrossTickets Sold
1 2016: Obama’s America 7/13/2012 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG $33,349,941 4,189,691
2 Chimpanzee 4/20/2012 Walt Disney G $28,965,459 3,638,876
3 To the Arctic 3D 4/20/2012 Warner Bros. G $10,585,125 1,329,789
4 Born to be Wild 3D 4/8/2011 Warner Bros. G $6,420,519 806,597
5 Hubble 3D 3/19/2010 Warner Bros. G $5,020,006 630,654
6 Bully 3/30/2012 Weinstein Co. PG-13 $3,483,795 437,662
7 Nitro Circus The Movie 3D 8/8/2012 ARC Entertainment PG-13 $3,377,000 424,246
8 Pina 12/23/2011 IFC Films PG $3,219,417 404,449
9 Searching for Sugar Man 7/27/2012 Mongrel Media PG-13 $3,031,944 380,897
10 Flying Monsters 3D 10/6/2011 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $2,927,140 367,731
11 Samsara 8/24/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures PG-13 $2,627,326 330,066
12 Jiro Dreams of Sushi 3/9/2012 Magnolia Pictures PG $2,552,478 320,663
13 The Queen of Versailles 7/20/2012 Magnolia Pictures PG $2,401,999 301,758
14 Gerhard Richter Painting 3/14/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $2,374,911 298,355
15 Under the Sea 3D 2/13/2009 Warner Bros. G $2,141,337 269,012
16 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $2,045,739 257,002
17 Marley 4/20/2012 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $1,413,480 177,572
18 Air Racers 3D 4/5/2012 3D Entertainment Not Rated $1,309,987 164,571
19 Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel 9/21/2012 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG-13 $945,959 118,839
20 Gwanghae, Wangyidoen namja 9/21/2012 CJ Entertainment Not Rated $904,240 113,597
21 The Imposter 7/13/2012 Indomina Releasing R $901,954 113,310
22 Deep Sea 3-D 3/3/2006 Warner Bros. G $726,222 91,233
23 Chasing Ice 11/16/2012 National Geographic Entertainment PG-13 $612,089 76,895
24 Undefeated 2/17/2012 Weinstein Co. PG-13 $561,054 70,484
25 Shut Up and Play the Hits 7/18/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $510,334 64,112
26 Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry 7/27/2012 IFC Films R $489,074 61,441
27 The Flat 10/19/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $460,507 57,852
28 Bill W. 8/2/2012 Page 124 Productions Not Rated $456,276 57,321
29 Detropia 9/7/2012 Loki Films Not Rated $377,219 47,389
30 Whores' Glory 4/27/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $306,151 38,461
31 Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap 6/15/2012 Indomina Releasing R $288,738 36,273
32 The Central Park Five 11/23/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $257,312 32,325
33 Stories We Tell 10/12/2012 Mongrel Media PG-13 $241,031 30,280
34 Brooklyn Castle 10/19/2012 Producers Distribution Agency PG $197,423 24,801
35 The House I Live In 10/5/2012 Abramorama Films Not Rated $181,782 22,836
36 Somewhere Between 8/24/2012 Long Shot Factory Not Rated $181,004 22,739
37 The Waiting Room 9/21/2012 International Film Circuit Not Rated $175,987 22,108
38 Hecho en México 11/30/2012 Pantelion Films R $151,133 18,986
39 The Other Dream Team 9/28/2012 Film Arcade Not Rated $134,109 16,847
40 Kumaré 6/20/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $131,909 16,571
41 How to Survive a Plague 9/21/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $123,814 15,554
42 Burn 11/9/2012 Area 23a Not Rated $109,656 13,775
43 Wild Horse, Wild Ride 8/24/2012 Screen Media Films PG $94,621 11,887
44 Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare 10/5/2012 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $84,898 10,665
45 Hating Breitbart 10/19/2012 Freestyle Releasing R $81,432 10,230
46 The Island President 3/28/2012 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG $75,233 9,451
47 Side by Side 8/17/2012 TriBeca Films Not Rated $58,825 7,390
48 Beware of Mr. Baker 11/30/2012 SnagFilms Not Rated $53,087 6,669
49 Occupy Unmasked 9/21/2012 Magnet Pictures Not Rated $52,768 6,629
50 An Inconsistent Truth 1/27/2012 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG $52,756 6,627
51 Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey 10/21/2011 Submarine Deluxe PG $50,608 6,357
52 Ballplayer: Pelotero 7/13/2012 Strand Not Rated $44,689 5,614
53 Last Call at the Oasis 5/4/2012 Participant Media PG-13 $40,846 5,131
54 Paul Williams Still Alive 6/1/2012 Abramorama Films PG-13 $38,691 4,860
55 Death by China 8/17/2012 Area 23a Not Rated $38,492 4,835
56 In Film Nist 3/2/2012 Palisades Not Rated $37,706 4,736
57 Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope 4/6/2012 Wrekin Hill Entertainment PG-13 $34,665 4,354
58 My Reincarnation 10/28/2011 Long Shot Factory R $34,574 4,343
59 Addiction Incorporated 12/14/2011 Variance Films PG $33,664 4,229
60 West of Memphis 12/25/2012 Sony Pictures Classics R $31,476 3,954
61 Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters 11/2/2012 Zeitgeist Not Rated $30,717 3,858
62 Ouwehoeren 8/8/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $29,357 3,688
63 Wagner & Me 12/7/2012 First Run Features Not Rated $29,187 3,666
64 You've Been Trumped 8/3/2012 International Film Circuit Not Rated $28,450 3,574
65 Orchestra of Exiles 10/26/2012 First Run Features Not Rated $24,710 3,104
66 Hellbound? 9/21/2012 Area 23a Not Rated $22,887 2,875
67 Girl Model 9/5/2012 Not Rated $21,154 2,657
68 Carol Channing: Larger Than Life 1/20/2012 Entertainment One PG $20,370 2,559
69 The Whale 9/9/2011 Paladin G $19,722 2,477
70 Radio Unnameable 9/19/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $19,676 2,471
71 Waiting for Lightning 12/7/2012 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG-13 $19,537 2,454
72 The Revisionaries 10/5/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $18,509 2,325
73 Mansome 5/18/2012 Paladin PG-13 $18,395 2,310
74 Avant que mon coeur bascule 11/16/2012 Mongrel Media Not Rated $15,753 1,979
75 Head Games 9/21/2012 Variance Films PG-13 $14,056 1,765
76 The End of Time 11/29/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $12,835 1,612
77 Happy People: A Year in the Taiga 12/9/2011 Mongrel Media Not Rated $9,523 1,196
78 Decoding Deepak 10/5/2012 SnagFilms Not Rated $9,050 1,136
79 Drei Sterne - Die Koche und die Sterne 9/21/2012 First Run Features Not Rated $8,942 1,123
80 Photographic Memory 10/12/2012 First Run Features Not Rated $7,711 968
81 Bel Borba Aqui 10/3/2012 Abramorama Films Not Rated $7,426 932
82 Meine Familie, die Nazis und Ich 11/16/2012 Film Movement Not Rated $6,923 869
83 Dreams of a Life 8/10/2012 Strand Not Rated $6,559 823
84 Tchoupitoulas 12/7/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $6,011 755
85 Sushi: The Global Catch 8/3/2012 Alive Mind Not Rated $4,583 575
86 Only the Young 12/7/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $4,038 507
87 Let Fury Have the Hour 12/14/2012 CAVU Releasing Not Rated $3,386 425
88 Planet of Snail 7/25/2012 Cinema Guild Not Rated $2,011 252
89 Bestiaire 10/19/2012 Zeitgeist Not Rated $1,428 179
90 Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet 12/14/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $1,094 137
91 Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child 11/23/2012 First Run Features Not Rated $601 75
92 Into the Abyss 11/11/2011 IFC Films PG-13 $540 68
Total Gross of All Movies$128,036,752
Total Tickets Sold16,084,975

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2012. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2012. 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.