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Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2017

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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2017 GrossTickets Sold
1 Born in China 4/21/2017 Walt Disney G $13,873,211 1,603,839
2 I Am Not Your Negro 2/3/2017 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $7,123,919 823,574
3 An Inconvenient Sequel 7/28/2017 Paramount Vantage PG $3,496,795 404,253
4 KEDi 2/10/2017 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $2,810,235 315,756
5 Is Genesis History? 2/23/2017 Fathom Events Not Rated $2,570,355 297,150
6 Step 8/4/2017 Fox Searchlight PG $1,146,292 128,796
7 The Eagle Huntress 11/2/2016 Sony Pictures Classics G $1,079,051 124,745
8 May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers 9/12/2017 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $720,235 80,925
9 Dolores 9/1/2017 PBS Films Not Rated $507,844 57,061
10 Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary 4/14/2017 Abramorama Films PG $406,284 46,969
11 Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead 5/26/2017 Abramorama Films R $351,957 40,688
12 Letters from Baghdad 4/21/2017 Not Rated $336,223 38,869
13 Citizen Jane: Battle for the City 4/21/2017 IFC Films Not Rated $313,411 36,232
14 Obit 4/26/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $312,777 35,143
15 Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent 4/21/2017 The Orchard R $228,153 26,376
16 Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World 7/26/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $211,036 23,711
17 California Typewriter 8/18/2017 Gravitas Ventures Not Rated $200,379 22,514
18 Risk 5/5/2017 Neon Not Rated $200,219 23,146
19 Whose Streets? 8/11/2017 Magnolia Pictures R $182,799 20,539
20 Mr. Gaga 7/1/2016 Not Rated $173,994 20,114
21 David Lynch: The Art Life 3/31/2017 Janus Films Not Rated $171,419 19,817
22 Human Flow 10/13/2017 Amazon Studios PG-13 $154,791 17,392
23 Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan 5/23/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $147,780 17,084
24 The Last Dalai Lama? 7/7/2017 Matson Not Rated $135,150 15,185
25 Hare Krishna! The Mantra, The Movement and the Swami Who Started it all 6/16/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $133,006 14,944
26 Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton 9/29/2017 IFC Films Not Rated $132,910 14,933
27 City of Ghosts 7/7/2017 IFC Films R $128,015 14,383
28 The B-Side 6/30/2017 Neon R $125,227 14,477
29 Buena Vista Social Club—Adios 5/26/2017 Broad Green Pictures PG $123,445 13,870
30 Dawson City: Frozen Time 6/9/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $122,207 13,731
31 Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 5/19/2017 PBS Films Not Rated $113,279 13,095
32 Ex Libris: The New York Public Library 9/13/2017 Zipporah Not Rated $110,760 12,444
33 Chavela 10/4/2017 Music Box Films Not Rated $99,101 11,134
34 I Called Him Morgan 3/24/2017 FilmRise Not Rated $97,711 11,296
35 Earth: One Amazing Day 8/11/2017 G $81,345 9,139
36 Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk 5/31/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $69,787 8,067
37 Alive and Kicking 4/7/2017 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $68,485 7,917
38 Bang! The Bert Berns Story 4/26/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $59,300 6,855
39 Jane 10/20/2017 Abramorama Films PG $58,348 6,555
40 The Force 9/15/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $58,154 6,534
41 Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards 9/15/2017 Music Box Films Not Rated $55,402 6,224
42 Fuocoammare 6/10/2016 Not Rated $54,514 6,302
43 Voyage à Travers le Cinéma Français 5/26/2017 Not Rated $52,058 6,018
44 Keep Quiet 2/17/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $50,454 5,832
45 Saving Banksy 1/13/2017 Parade Deck Films Not Rated $47,965 5,545
46 Demain 4/29/2016 Not Rated $43,471 5,025
47 Les Saisons 3/10/2016 PG $40,337 4,663
48 Unrest 9/22/2017 Shella Films Not Rated $40,081 4,503
49 I am the Blues 7/12/2017 Film Movement Not Rated $37,849 4,252
50 In Loco Parentis 9/8/2017 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $37,073 4,165
51 Sidemen: Long Road to Glory 8/18/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $31,399 3,527
52 Uncertain 3/9/2017 Lucid Inc Not Rated $29,736 3,437
53 In Pursuit of Silence 10/21/2016 Not Rated $29,050 3,264
54 Rat Film 9/15/2017 Cinema Guild Not Rated $27,970 3,142
55 Wasted! The Story of Food Waste 10/13/2017 Super LTD Not Rated $25,865 2,906
56 For Ahkeem 10/13/2017 Vitagraph Films Not Rated $23,136 2,599
57 Finding Oscar 4/14/2017 FilmRise Not Rated $23,116 2,672
58 My Scientology Movie 5/5/2016 Not Rated $22,936 2,651
59 Twenty-Two 8/14/2017 Not Rated $22,222 2,569
60 Wszystkie Nieprzespane Noce 4/7/2017 The Orchard R $20,762 2,400
61 All the Rage (Saved by Sarno) 6/23/2017 Rumur Not Rated $18,489 2,137
62 Burden 5/5/2017 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $18,440 2,131
63 Bobbi Jene 9/22/2017 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $18,004 2,022
64 The Last Shaman 5/12/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $17,744 2,051
65 Food Evolution 6/23/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $17,181 1,986
66 Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo 4/14/2017 Gravitas Ventures Not Rated $16,405 1,896
67 Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock 4/7/2017 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $15,157 1,752
68 Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past 1/13/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $14,807 1,711
69 The Farthest 7/28/2017 Not Rated $14,733 1,703
70 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week 9/16/2016 Abramorama Films Not Rated $14,527 1,679
71 La glace et le ciel 12/11/2015 Not Rated $14,475 1,673
72 Bending the Arc 10/6/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $12,157 1,365
73 78/52: Hitchcocks Shower Scene 10/13/2017 IFC Films Not Rated $10,763 1,209
74 Clarence 9/1/2017 Indican Pictures Not Rated $10,495 1,213
75 The Sunshine Makers 1/20/2017 FilmRise Not Rated $10,042 1,160
76 Red Trees 9/15/2017 Cohen Media Group Not Rated $10,012 1,157
77 Harry & Snowman 5/20/2016 Not Rated $9,545 1,103
78 Machines 8/9/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $8,940 1,004
79 Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait 5/31/2017 Cohen Media Group Not Rated $8,679 1,003
80 Mr. Chibbs 5/3/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $8,303 959
81 Served Like a Girl 8/25/2017 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Not Rated $8,290 958
82 The Wrong Light 7/14/2017 Cinema Guild Not Rated $7,553 873
83 Birthright: A War Story 7/14/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $7,519 869
84 The Departure 10/13/2017 Matson Not Rated $7,044 791
85 Harry Benson: Shoot First 12/9/2016 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $6,694 773
86 The Pathological Optimist 9/29/2017 Film Arcade Not Rated $6,522 753
87 The Freedom to Marry 3/3/2017 Argot Pictures Not Rated $6,142 710
88 Royahaye dame sobh 1/20/2017 Cinema Guild Not Rated $5,937 686
89 Aida’s Secrets 10/20/2017 Music Box Films Not Rated $5,665 636
90 Relève: Histoire d'une création 1/13/2017 FilmRise Not Rated $5,454 630
91 Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened 11/18/2016 Abramorama Films Not Rated $4,753 549
92 Night School 6/9/2017 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $4,663 539
93 The Pulitzer at 100 7/21/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $4,489 518
94 German Concentration Camps Factual Survey 1/6/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $4,468 516
95 Mostly Sunny 1/13/2017 Mongrel Media Not Rated $4,046 467
96 Swim Team 7/7/2017 Argot Pictures Not Rated $4,024 465
97 Mifune: The Last Samurai 11/25/2016 Strand Not Rated $3,531 408
98 Speed Sisters 3/25/2016 Not Rated $3,423 395
99 Bugs 9/27/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $3,264 366
100 The Bad Kids 12/16/2016 FilmRise Not Rated $3,249 375
101 The Skyjacker’s Tale 6/30/2017 Strand Not Rated $3,009 347
102 Santoalla 7/19/2017 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $2,684 310
103 Behind the White Glasses: Portrait of Lina Wertmuller 3/4/2016 Parade Deck Films Not Rated $2,223 256
104 Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America 1/6/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $1,940 224
105 Do Not Resist 9/30/2016 Vanish Films Not Rated $1,596 184
106 It’s Not Yet Dark 8/4/2017 FilmRise Not Rated $1,227 141
107 A Different American Dream 1/6/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $1,172 135
108 The Penguin Counters 4/21/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $976 112
109 Extraordinary Ordinary People 9/15/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $880 101
110 The Witness 6/3/2016 FilmRise Not Rated $778 89
111 Love, Sweat & Tears 3/8/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $512 59
112 Seed: The Untold Story 8/22/2016 Collective Eye Not Rated $442 51
113 Gridiron Heroes 4/15/2016 Indican Pictures Not Rated $250 28
114 National Bird 11/11/2016 FilmRise Not Rated $186 21
Total Gross of All Movies$39,544,288
Total Tickets Sold4,546,197

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2017. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2017. 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.