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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: 1% market share 1999: 1% market share 2000: 2% market share 2001: 0% market share 2002: 1% market share 2003: 1% market share 2004: 3% 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: 1% market share 2016: 0% market share
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Top-Grossing Movies 1995-2016, Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation

RankMovieRelease
Date
DistributorMPAA
Rating
Total GrossInflation-Adjusted
Gross
1 Fahrenheit 9/11 Jun 23, 2004 Lionsgate R $119,114,517 $161,696,513
2 Everest Mar 6, 1998 MacGillivray Freeman Films PG-13 $87,178,599 $153,683,452
3 Space Station Apr 19, 2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $93,136,620 $122,558,956
4 La marche de l'empereur Jun 24, 2005 Warner Independent G $77,437,223 $101,840,217
5 Dolphins Oct 20, 2000 MacGillivray Freeman Films Not Rated $54,000,000 $84,456,393
6 Michael Jackson's This Is It Oct 28, 2009 Sony Pictures PG $72,091,016 $81,030,298
7 Mysteries of Egypt Jul 16, 1998 Sony Pictures Not Rated $40,593,286 $66,053,459
8 Deep Sea 3D Mar 3, 2006 Warner Bros. G $46,154,771 $56,541,317
9 Hubble 3D Mar 19, 2010 Warner Bros. G $51,003,814 $53,718,818
10 Magnificent Desolation Sep 23, 2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $34,126,126 $41,888,080
11 Under the Sea 3D Feb 13, 2009 Warner Bros. G $34,833,961 $38,155,234
12 Earth Apr 22, 2009 Walt Disney G $32,011,576 $35,981,010
13 2016: Obamaís America Jul 13, 2012 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG $33,349,941 $35,319,095
14 Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun Jul 11, 1997 Sony Pictures Classics G $18,798,682 $32,311,339
15 Bowling for Columbine Oct 11, 2002 MGM R $21,576,018 $31,012,107
16 Chimpanzee Apr 20, 2012 Walt Disney G $28,965,459 $30,675,725
17 An Inconvenient Truth May 24, 2006 Paramount Vantage PG $23,814,997 $30,650,443
18 Sicko Jun 22, 2007 Lionsgate PG-13 $24,538,513 $30,066,809
19 Galapagos Oct 29, 1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $19,946,586 $29,692,660
20 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience Mar 12, 2004 Warner Bros. PG $21,550,235 $29,169,815
21 Michael Jordan to the MAX May 5, 2000 Giant Screen Films Not Rated $18,642,318 $28,836,358
22 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Oct 5, 2007 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $23,746,066 $27,973,598
23 Born to be Wild 3D Apr 8, 2011 Warner Bros. G $24,487,108 $25,904,648
24 Bugs! Mar 14, 2003 SK Films Not Rated $19,084,280 $25,746,687
25 Ghosts of the Abyss Apr 11, 2003 Walt Disney G $17,093,668 $23,803,108
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Year by Year Market Share

YearMovies in
Release
Market
Share
GrossTickets SoldInflation-
Adjusted
Gross
Top-Grossing MovieGross that Year
1995 9 1.54% $81,883,494 18,823,788 $149,084,401 Hoop Dreams $5,758,625
1996 6 0.11% $6,536,370 1,478,813 $11,712,199 Snowriders $2,035,470
1997 9 0.16% $10,372,500 2,259,800 $17,897,616 When We Were Kings $2,666,118
1998 12 1.27% $85,954,501 18,327,179 $145,151,258 Everest $66,877,098
1999 24 1.23% $89,929,551 17,702,658 $140,205,051 Mysteries of Egypt $27,042,366
2000 39 1.64% $126,490,094 23,467,529 $185,862,830 Dolphins $54,000,000
2001 21 0.26% $21,741,633 3,841,268 $30,422,843 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure $6,683,025
2002 24 0.78% $71,043,258 12,227,743 $96,843,725 Space Station $30,460,417
2003 47 0.98% $89,787,581 14,890,121 $117,929,758 Space Station $15,713,110
2004 89 2.54% $235,480,965 37,919,594 $300,323,184 Fahrenheit 9/11 $119,114,517
2005 99 1.88% $165,746,678 25,857,472 $204,791,178 La marche de l'empereur $77,437,223
2006 108 1.11% $101,910,915 15,558,864 $123,226,203 An Inconvenient Truth $23,814,997
2007 108 0.72% $70,719,723 10,278,971 $81,409,450 Sicko $24,538,513
2008 125 0.89% $87,430,561 12,176,894 $96,441,000 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure $14,144,251
2009 89 1.75% $185,973,288 24,796,401 $196,387,496 Michael Jackson's This Is It $72,091,016
2010 108 0.89% $93,476,885 11,847,459 $93,831,875 Hubble 3D $20,149,829
2011 136 0.81% $82,644,589 10,421,694 $82,539,816 African Cats $15,428,747
2012 147 1.22% $134,197,417 16,858,903 $133,522,512 2016: Obamaís America $33,349,941
2013 158 0.45% $49,288,412 6,062,466 $48,014,731 Justin Bieberís Believe $5,962,982
2014 150 0.91% $94,278,034 11,539,468 $91,392,587 Bears $17,780,194
2015 144 0.57% $64,843,936 7,691,977 $60,920,458 Monkey Kingdom $16,432,322
2016 28 0.08% $763,767 90,588 $717,457 Hubble 3D $174,526