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Box Office History for Documentary

Ticket Sales and Market Share by Year

Note: Figures for 2016 are at an annualized rate.

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 $93,181,312 $122,603,644
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 $46,190,197 $56,597,924
9 Hubble 3D Mar 19, 2010 Warner Bros. G $51,620,762 $54,320,265
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 $34,980,557 $38,290,662
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 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience Mar 12, 2004 Warner Bros. PG $21,550,235 $29,169,815
20 Michael Jordan to the MAX May 5, 2000 Giant Screen Films Not Rated $18,642,318 $28,836,358
21 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Oct 5, 2007 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $23,746,066 $27,973,598
22 Galapagos Oct 29, 1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $18,551,421 $27,081,156
23 Born to be Wild 3D Apr 8, 2011 Warner Bros. G $24,589,859 $25,998,643
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
Complete List

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 1.20% $88,091,366 17,340,810 $137,339,215 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 11,847,457 $93,831,859 Hubble 3D $20,149,829
2011 136 0.82% $83,046,584 10,472,384 $82,941,281 African Cats $15,428,747
2012 148 1.21% $133,807,379 16,809,902 $133,134,424 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 0.85% $88,022,130 10,773,751 $85,328,108 Bears $17,780,194
2015 144 0.58% $65,100,099 7,722,364 $61,161,123 Monkey Kingdom $16,432,322
2016 63 0.25% $8,540,553 1,013,084 $8,023,625 Where to Invade Next $3,827,261