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Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2013

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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2013 GrossTickets Sold
1 Justin Bieber’s Believe 12/25/2013 Open Road PG $5,962,982 733,454
2 Hubble 3D 3/19/2010 Warner Bros. G $5,361,957 659,527
3 20 Feet From Stardom 6/14/2013 RADiUS-TWC PG-13 $4,821,266 593,021
4 To the Arctic 3D 4/20/2012 Warner Bros. G $2,930,286 360,428
5 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $2,436,846 299,735
6 The Gatekeepers 2/1/2013 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $2,408,553 296,254
7 Blackfish 7/19/2013 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $2,073,582 255,053
8 Flying Monsters 3D 10/6/2011 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $1,574,271 193,637
9 Stories We Tell 10/12/2012 Mongrel Media PG-13 $1,358,516 167,099
10 Born to be Wild 3D 4/8/2011 Warner Bros. G $1,334,377 164,130
11 Inequality for All 9/27/2013 RADiUS-TWC PG $1,192,778 146,713
12 Under the Sea 3D 2/13/2009 Warner Bros. G $1,142,800 140,565
13 Searching for Sugar Man 7/27/2012 Mongrel Media PG-13 $906,423 111,491
14 Generation Iron 9/20/2013 Docurama PG-13 $849,521 104,492
15 Girl Rising 3/7/2013 Gathr Films PG-13 $849,484 104,487
16 Meerkats 5/26/2012 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $845,613 104,011
17 Burn 7/20/2012 Callbox, LLC Not Rated $693,125 85,255
18 56 Up 1/4/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $679,190 83,541
19 Muscle Shoals 9/27/2013 Magnolia Pictures PG $671,810 82,633
20 Deep Sea 3D 3/3/2006 Warner Bros. G $641,339 78,885
21 Salinger 9/6/2013 Weinstein Co. PG-13 $583,633 71,787
22 Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's 5/3/2013 Entertainment One PG-13 $516,719 63,557
23 The Act of Killing 7/19/2013 Drafthouse Films Not Rated $461,777 56,799
24 Sound City 1/31/2013 Variance Films Not Rated $422,853 52,011
25 Dirty Wars 6/7/2013 IFC Films Not Rated $371,245 45,663
26 Hava Nagila: The Movie 3/1/2013 International Film Circuit Not Rated $368,724 45,353
27 Watermark 9/27/2013 Mongrel Media PG $353,184 43,442
28 Koch 2/1/2013 Zeitgeist Not Rated $342,941 42,182
29 Happy People: A Year in the Taiga 12/9/2011 Mongrel Media Not Rated $329,464 40,524
30 West of Memphis 12/25/2012 Sony Pictures Classics R $270,705 33,297
31 Room 237 3/29/2013 IFC Films Not Rated $263,411 32,399
32 Linsanity 10/4/2013 PG $258,427 31,786
33 A Place at the Table 3/1/2013 Magnolia Pictures PG $231,378 28,459
34 The Summit 10/4/2013 IFC Films R $219,346 26,979
35 No Place on Earth 4/5/2013 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $200,238 24,629
36 The Armstrong Lie 11/8/2013 Sony Pictures Classics R $194,857 23,967
37 The Anonymous People 8/16/2013 Alive Mind Not Rated $187,459 23,057
38 We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks 5/24/2013 Focus Features R $166,243 20,448
39 Somm 6/21/2013 Samuel Goldwyn Films Not Rated $153,620 18,895
40 Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay 4/17/2013 Kino Lorber Not Rated $152,449 18,751
41 Narco Cultura 11/22/2013 Cinedigm R $145,088 17,846
42 Free the Mind 5/3/2013 International Film Circuit Not Rated $142,008 17,467
43 Good Ol' Freda 9/6/2013 Magnolia Pictures PG $138,811 17,073
44 American Promise 10/18/2013 Rada Film Group Not Rated $136,385 16,775
45 Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? 11/22/2013 IFC Films Not Rated $132,409 16,286
46 Free Angela & All Political Prisoners 4/5/2013 CODEBLACK Films/Lionsgate Not Rated $129,102 15,879
47 A Band Called Death 6/28/2013 Drafthouse Films Not Rated $127,257 15,652
48 Cutie and the Boxer 8/16/2013 Radius R $125,382 15,422
49 Spark: A Burning Man Story 8/16/2013 Paladin Not Rated $120,459 14,816
50 Storm Surfers 3D 4/26/2013 XLrator Media Not Rated $117,090 14,402
51 The Punk Singer 11/29/2013 IFC Films Not Rated $115,814 14,245
52 Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm 3/31/2013 Kino Lorber Not Rated $111,794 13,750
53 Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me 7/3/2013 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $105,998 13,037
54 One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das 5/8/2013 Zeitgeist Not Rated $100,401 12,349
55 Spinning Plates 10/25/2013 Film Arcade Not Rated $99,127 12,192
56 Bettie Page Reveals All 11/22/2013 Music Box Films R $81,776 10,058
57 Harvest of Empire 9/28/2012 Onyx Films Not Rated $79,627 9,794
58 Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve 9/6/2013 Liberty Street Films Not Rated $77,619 9,547
59 Leviathan 3/1/2013 Cinema Guild Not Rated $76,202 9,372
60 More Than Honey 6/12/2013 Kino Lorber Not Rated $71,977 8,853
61 The Waiting Room 9/21/2012 International Film Circuit Not Rated $67,815 8,341
62 After Tiller 9/20/2013 Oscilloscope Pictures PG-13 $67,414 8,292
63 Pandora's Promise 6/12/2013 Abramorama Films Not Rated $66,680 8,201
64 Beware of Mr. Baker 11/30/2012 SnagFilms Not Rated $63,105 7,761
65 Traviata et nous 5/15/2013 Distrib Films Not Rated $62,652 7,706
66 Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey 3/8/2013 Cinedigm R $61,018 7,505
67 The Trials of Muhammad Ali 8/23/2013 Kino Lorber Not Rated $57,641 7,089
68 Terms and Conditions May Apply 7/12/2013 Variance Films Not Rated $55,824 6,866
69 The Square 10/25/2013 Noujaim Films Not Rated $52,954 6,513
70 The Central Park Five 11/23/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $51,906 6,384
71 Venus and Serena 5/10/2013 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $51,271 6,306
72 God Loves Uganda 10/11/2013 Variance Films Not Rated $51,229 6,301
73 Let the Fire Burn 10/2/2013 Zeitgeist Not Rated $49,128 6,042
74 The Pervert's Guide to Ideology 11/1/2013 Zeitgeist Not Rated $49,072 6,035
75 Flores Raras 11/8/2013 Wolfe Releasing Not Rated $45,502 5,596
76 American Made Movie 8/30/2013 Variance Films G $45,175 5,556
77 Greedy Lying Bastards 3/8/2013 Lambert Releasing PG-13 $45,000 5,535
78 Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel 9/21/2012 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG-13 $41,683 5,127
79 The Human Scale 9/20/2013 Mongrel Media Not Rated $41,098 5,055
80 Bill W. 5/18/2012 Page 124 Productions Not Rated $41,072 5,051
81 GMO OMG 9/13/2013 Submarine Deluxe Not Rated $39,901 4,907
82 Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare 10/5/2012 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $39,428 4,849
83 How to Make Money Selling Drugs 6/26/2013 TriBeca Films Not Rated $39,192 4,820
84 Herb & Dorothy 50X50 9/13/2013 Fine Line Not Rated $38,933 4,788
85 The Short Game 9/20/2013 Phase 4 Films Sameul Goldwyn Films PG $38,856 4,779
86 Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary 2/1/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $37,731 4,640
87 Rising From Ashes 7/26/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $37,673 4,633
88 Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story 6/14/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $35,431 4,358
89 Les Salauds 10/11/2013 Mongrel Media Not Rated $35,018 4,307
90 5 Broken Cameras 5/30/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $34,376 4,228
91 Bert Stern: Original Mad Man 4/5/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $34,005 4,182
92 Running from Crazy 11/1/2013 Vitagraph Films Not Rated $33,300 4,095
93 Dislecksia: The Movie 10/4/2013 Area 23a Not Rated $33,066 4,067
94 Samsara 8/24/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures PG-13 $32,797 4,034
95 Somewhere Between 8/24/2012 Long Shot Factory Not Rated $30,515 3,753
96 Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story 10/25/2013 Cinipix PG-13 $29,863 3,673
97 A Fierce Green Fire 3/1/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $29,817 3,667
98 The House I Live In 10/5/2012 Abramorama Films Not Rated $28,970 3,563
99 Broadway Idiot 10/11/2013 FilmBuff Not Rated $27,595 3,394
100 At Berkeley 11/8/2013 Zipporah Not Rated $26,482 3,257
101 Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters 11/2/2012 Zeitgeist Not Rated $26,162 3,217
102 Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation 1/18/2013 Kino Lorber Not Rated $23,701 2,915
103 Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 6/7/2013 Magnolia Pictures R $21,652 2,663
104 Brooklyn Castle 10/19/2012 Producers Distribution Agency PG $20,743 2,551
105 The Ghosts in Our Machine 11/8/2013 Ghosts Media, Inc. Not Rated $20,709 2,547
106 Our Nixon 8/30/2013 Cinedigm Not Rated $20,486 2,519
107 Meine Familie, die Nazis und Ich 11/16/2012 Film Movement Not Rated $19,160 2,356
108 Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers 7/31/2013 Doppelganger Releasing Not Rated $18,938 2,329
109 Nostalghia 5/31/2013 Kino Lorber Not Rated $18,846 2,318
110 Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer 8/2/2013 Artists Public Domain/Cinema Conservancy Not Rated $17,378 2,137
111 Love, Marilyn 4/5/2013 Mongrel Media Not Rated $16,164 1,988
112 Out of the Clear Blue Sky 9/6/2013 Area 23a Not Rated $16,050 1,974
113 Hating Breitbart 10/19/2012 Freestyle Releasing R $15,296 1,881
114 Design is One 10/11/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $14,078 1,731
115 These Birds Walk 11/1/2013 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $14,000 1,722
116 The Invisible War 6/22/2012 Cinedigm Not Rated $13,476 1,657
117 Detropia 9/7/2012 Loki Films Not Rated $12,805 1,575
118 Liv & Ingmar 12/13/2013 Janus Films Not Rated $10,347 1,272
119 Shepard & Dark 9/25/2013 Music Box Films Not Rated $10,278 1,264
120 Informant 9/13/2013 Music Box Films Not Rated $10,068 1,238
121 Red Obsession 9/6/2013 Area23a/FilmBuff Not Rated $9,939 1,222
122 Orchestra of Exiles 10/26/2012 First Run Features Not Rated $9,867 1,213
123 Birth of the Living Dead 10/18/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $9,802 1,205
124 Caucus 10/25/2013 Bonfire Films of America Not Rated $9,796 1,204
125 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $9,057 1,114
126 Tchoupitoulas 12/7/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $8,944 1,100
127 Call Me Kuchu 6/14/2013 Cinedigm Not Rated $8,941 1,099
128 Wagner & Me 12/7/2012 First Run Features Not Rated $8,558 1,052
129 Downloaded 6/21/2013 Abramorama Films Not Rated $8,377 1,030
130 Only the Young 12/7/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $8,174 1,005
131 La maison de la radio 9/4/2013 Kino Lorber Not Rated $8,060 991
132 Maidentrip 12/20/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $7,258 892
133 Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire 6/20/2013 High Top Releasing PG-13 $7,054 867
134 In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey 8/16/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $6,132 754
135 In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter 1/3/2014 Self Distributed Not Rated $6,100 750
136 Bidder 70 5/17/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $5,074 624
137 Nuclear Nation 12/11/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $4,960 610
138 Herman's House 4/19/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $4,956 609
139 The Flat 10/19/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $4,820 592
140 Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder 2/8/2012 First Run Features Not Rated $4,816 592
141 People of a Feather 11/8/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $4,483 551
142 When the Iron Bird Flies 10/19/2012 Alive Mind Not Rated $4,423 544
143 Radio Unnameable 9/19/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $4,414 542
144 The Revisionaries 10/5/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $4,155 511
145 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $3,929 483
146 Tricked 12/13/2013 Kino Lorber Not Rated $3,533 434
147 Drew: The Man Behind the Poster 8/16/2013 Kino Lorber Not Rated $3,078 378
148 A Girl and a Gun 7/4/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $3,018 371
149 Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington 6/21/2013 Mongrel Media Not Rated $2,945 362
150 What Richard Did 5/10/2013 TriBeca Films Not Rated $2,749 338
151 Men at Lunch 9/20/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $2,483 305
152 Blood Brother 12/13/2013 Mongrel Media Not Rated $2,254 277
153 You Don't Need Feet to Dance 3/22/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $1,719 211
154 Ouwehoeren 8/8/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $1,453 178
155 Sushi: The Global Catch 8/3/2012 Alive Mind Not Rated $1,174 144
156 Jerusalem 9/13/2013 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $962 118
157 Putin's Kiss 2/17/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $938 115
158 Triumph of the Wall 5/31/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $476 58
159 The End of Time 11/29/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $221 27
160 Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film 8/3/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $115 14
Total Gross of All Movies$49,307,450
Total Tickets Sold6,064,807

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2013. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2013. 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.