Box Office History for Documentary Movies

Ticket Sales and Market Share by Year

1995: 2% market share 1996: 0% market share 1997: 0% market share 1998: 2% market share 1999: 1% market share 2000: 2% market share 2001: 0% market share 2002: 1% market share 2003: 1% market share 2004: 2% market share 2005: 2% market share 2006: 1% market share 2007: 1% market share 2008: 1% market share 2009: 2% market share 2010: 1% market share 2011: 1% market share 2012: 1% market share 2013: 0% market share 2014: 1% market share 2015: 0% market share
   1995   1996   1997   1998   1999   2000   2001   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015 

Top-Grossing Movies 1995-2015, Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation

RankMovieRelease
Date
DistributorMPAA
Rating
Total GrossInflation-Adjusted
Gross
1 Fahrenheit 9/11 Jun 23, 2004 Lionsgate R $119,114,520 $156,661,915
2 Everest Mar 6, 1998 MacGillivray Freeman Films PG-13 $87,178,599 $130,249,751
3 Space Station Apr 19, 2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $89,935,232 $115,640,435
4 La marche de l'empereur Jun 24, 2005 Warner Independent G $77,437,224 $98,668,387
5 Dolphins Oct 20, 2000 MacGillivray Freeman Films Not Rated $54,000,000 $81,851,578
6 Michael Jackson's This Is It Oct 28, 2009 Sony Pictures PG $72,091,016 $78,531,143
7 Mysteries of Egypt Jul 16, 1998 Sony Pictures Not Rated $40,593,288 $70,713,678
8 Deep Sea 3D Mar 3, 2006 Warner Bros. G $46,070,692 $54,723,109
9 Hubble 3D Mar 19, 2010 Warner Bros. G $47,736,800 $48,926,494
10 Magnificent Desolation Sep 23, 2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $34,126,126 $47,287,266
11 Under the Sea 3D Feb 13, 2009 Warner Bros. G $34,442,628 $36,600,791
12 Earth Apr 22, 2009 Walt Disney G $32,011,576 $34,871,276
13 2016: Obamaís America Jul 13, 2012 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG $33,349,941 $34,229,775
14 Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun Jul 11, 1997 Sony Pictures Classics G $18,798,682 $31,314,630
15 Bowling for Columbine Oct 11, 2002 MGM R $21,576,018 $30,013,108
16 Chimpanzee Apr 20, 2012 Walt Disney G $28,965,460 $29,729,617
17 An Inconvenient Truth May 24, 2006 Paramount Vantage PG $24,146,161 $29,705,115
18 Sicko Jun 22, 2007 Lionsgate PG-13 $24,538,513 $29,129,988
19 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience Mar 12, 2004 Warner Bros. PG $21,550,236 $28,270,153
20 Galapagos Oct 29, 1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $19,946,586 $28,115,495
21 Michael Jordan to the MAX May 5, 2000 Giant Screen Films Not Rated $18,642,318 $27,946,980
22 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Oct 5, 2007 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $23,746,066 $27,082,749
23 Bugs! Mar 14, 2003 SK Films Not Rated $19,084,280 $24,952,610
24 Born to be Wild 3D Apr 8, 2011 Warner Bros. G $23,937,300 $24,574,943
25 Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk Oct 18, 2002 Giant Screen Films Not Rated $16,933,792 $23,812,233
Complete List

Year by Year Market Share

YearMovies in
Release
Market
Share
GrossTickets SoldInflation-
Adjusted
Gross
Top-Grossing MovieGross that Year
1995 9 1.55% $81,796,269 18,803,739 $148,925,613 Hoop Dreams $5,758,625
1996 7 0.16% $8,928,476 2,020,017 $15,998,535 When We Were Kings $2,666,118
1997 6 0.12% $7,950,971 1,732,238 $13,719,325 Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun $2,570,742
1998 12 1.71% $115,718,746 24,673,506 $195,414,168 Everest $56,145,919
1999 23 0.83% $60,711,085 11,950,999 $94,651,912 Everest $18,064,450
2000 38 1.51% $113,140,646 20,990,845 $166,247,492 Dolphins $54,000,000
2001 19 0.26% $20,841,339 3,682,216 $29,163,151 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure $6,443,686
2002 26 1.08% $98,926,619 17,026,956 $134,853,492 Space Station $29,820,971
2003 46 0.95% $89,172,880 14,788,205 $117,122,584 Space Station $16,352,556
2004 85 2.38% $217,098,868 34,959,559 $276,879,707 Fahrenheit 9/11 $119,078,393
2005 97 1.74% $155,673,323 24,286,012 $192,345,215 La marche de l'empereur $77,413,017
2006 108 1.10% $101,390,085 15,479,404 $122,596,880 An Inconvenient Truth $23,814,997
2007 108 0.74% $71,658,525 10,415,486 $82,490,649 Sicko $24,530,513
2008 125 0.88% $87,974,176 12,252,671 $97,041,154 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure $14,710,283
2009 88 1.83% $194,386,356 25,918,182 $205,272,001 Michael Jackson's This Is It $72,091,016
2010 107 0.88% $92,050,861 11,666,719 $92,400,414 Hubble 3D $20,149,829
2011 133 0.77% $77,778,403 9,808,049 $77,679,748 African Cats $15,428,747
2012 145 1.20% $132,358,175 16,627,841 $131,692,501 2016: Obamaís America $33,349,941
2013 155 0.45% $48,557,281 5,972,536 $47,302,485 Justin Bieberís Believe $5,962,982
2014 152 0.93% $96,615,470 11,825,565 $93,658,475 Bears $17,780,194
2015 35 0.29% $4,546,570 556,478 $4,407,306 Hubble 3D $996,364