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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 $93,215,424 $122,637,760
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 $46,227,455 $56,660,913
9 Hubble 3D Mar 19, 2010 Warner Bros. G $51,748,311 $54,463,322
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 $35,111,090 $38,432,362
12 Earth Apr 22, 2009 Walt Disney G $32,011,576 $35,981,010
13 2016: Obama’s 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 An Inconvenient Truth May 24, 2006 Paramount Vantage PG $24,146,161 $31,076,655
16 Bowling for Columbine Oct 11, 2002 MGM R $21,576,018 $31,012,107
17 Chimpanzee Apr 20, 2012 Walt Disney G $28,965,459 $30,675,725
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 $18,571,938 $27,105,814
23 Born to be Wild 3D Apr 8, 2011 Warner Bros. G $25,102,586 $26,520,122
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% $81,994,311 18,849,263 $158,899,287 Hoop Dreams $5,758,625
1996 6 0.11% $6,549,634 1,481,814 $12,491,692 Snowriders $2,035,470
1997 9 0.16% $10,372,500 2,259,800 $19,050,114 When We Were Kings $2,666,118
1998 12 1.27% $85,954,501 18,327,179 $154,498,119 Everest $66,877,098
1999 24 1.20% $88,091,366 17,340,810 $146,183,028 Mysteries of Egypt $27,042,366
2000 39 1.68% $126,503,895 23,470,090 $197,852,859 Dolphins $54,000,000
2001 21 0.26% $21,741,633 3,841,268 $32,381,889 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure $6,683,025
2002 24 0.78% $71,043,258 12,227,743 $103,079,873 Space Station $30,460,417
2003 47 0.99% $90,795,051 15,057,198 $126,932,179 Space Station $15,713,110
2004 89 2.54% $235,480,966 37,919,594 $319,662,177 Fahrenheit 9/11 $119,114,517
2005 99 1.88% $165,886,230 25,879,242 $218,162,010 La marche de l'empereur $77,437,223
2006 108 1.11% $102,279,769 15,615,177 $131,635,942 An Inconvenient Truth $24,146,161
2007 108 0.72% $70,723,219 10,279,479 $86,656,008 Sicko $24,538,513
2008 125 0.89% $87,430,743 12,176,919 $102,651,427 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure $14,144,251
2009 89 1.75% $185,973,288 24,796,401 $209,033,660 Michael Jackson's This Is It $72,091,016
2010 108 0.89% $93,477,069 11,847,482 $99,874,273 Hubble 3D $20,149,829
2011 136 0.81% $82,644,589 10,421,694 $87,854,880 African Cats $15,428,747
2012 148 1.20% $132,036,037 16,587,373 $139,831,554 2016: Obama’s America $33,349,941
2013 159 0.45% $49,323,438 6,066,774 $51,142,905 Justin Bieber’s Believe $5,962,982
2014 151 0.85% $88,065,219 10,779,025 $90,867,181 Bears $17,780,194
2015 143 0.58% $65,061,803 7,717,822 $65,061,239 Monkey Kingdom $16,432,322
2016 154 0.49% $49,035,198 5,816,672 $49,034,545 Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party $13,099,931