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Box Office History for Documentary

Ticket Sales and Market Share by Year

Note: Figures for 2017 are at an annualized rate.

Top-Grossing Movies 1995-2017, 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 $165,916,351
2 Everest Mar 6, 1998 MacGillivray Freeman Films PG-13 $87,178,599 $157,694,171
3 Space Station Apr 19, 2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $93,231,060 $125,851,843
4 La marche de l'empereur Jun 24, 2005 Warner Independent G $77,437,223 $104,497,969
5 Dolphins Oct 20, 2000 MacGillivray Freeman Films Not Rated $54,000,000 $86,660,475
6 Michael Jackson's This Is It Oct 28, 2009 Sony Pictures PG $72,091,016 $83,144,968
7 Mysteries of Egypt Jul 16, 1998 Sony Pictures Not Rated $40,593,286 $67,777,274
8 Deep Sea 3D Mar 3, 2006 Warner Bros. G $46,233,398 $58,143,613
9 Hubble 3D Mar 19, 2010 Warner Bros. G $51,758,571 $55,869,407
10 Magnificent Desolation Sep 23, 2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $34,126,126 $42,981,245
11 Under the Sea 3D Feb 13, 2009 Warner Bros. G $35,119,250 $39,435,523
12 Earth Apr 22, 2009 Walt Disney G $32,011,576 $36,920,017
13 2016: Obama’s America Jul 13, 2012 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG $33,349,941 $36,240,827
14 Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun Jul 11, 1997 Sony Pictures Classics G $18,798,682 $33,154,576
15 An Inconvenient Truth May 24, 2006 Paramount Vantage PG $24,146,161 $31,887,671
16 Bowling for Columbine Oct 11, 2002 MGM R $21,576,018 $31,821,438
17 Chimpanzee Apr 20, 2012 Walt Disney G $28,965,459 $31,476,277
18 Sicko Jun 22, 2007 Lionsgate PG-13 $24,538,513 $30,851,471
19 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience Mar 12, 2004 Warner Bros. PG $21,550,235 $29,931,067
20 Michael Jordan to the MAX May 5, 2000 Giant Screen Films Not Rated $18,642,318 $29,588,908
21 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Oct 5, 2007 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $23,746,066 $28,703,632
22 Galapagos Oct 29, 1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $18,571,938 $27,801,109
23 Born to be Wild 3D Apr 8, 2011 Warner Bros. G $25,114,459 $27,207,390
24 Bugs! Mar 14, 2003 SK Films Not Rated $19,084,280 $26,418,605
25 Ghosts of the Abyss Apr 11, 2003 Walt Disney G $17,093,668 $24,424,304
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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% $81,994,311 18,849,263 $163,046,125 Hoop Dreams $5,758,625
1996 6 0.11% $6,549,634 1,481,814 $12,817,691 Snowriders $2,035,470
1997 9 0.16% $10,372,500 2,259,800 $19,547,270 When We Were Kings $2,666,118
1998 12 1.27% $85,954,501 18,327,179 $158,530,098 Everest $66,877,098
1999 24 1.20% $88,091,366 17,340,810 $149,998,007 Mysteries of Egypt $27,042,366
2000 39 1.68% $126,503,895 23,470,090 $203,016,279 Dolphins $54,000,000
2001 21 0.26% $21,741,633 3,841,268 $33,226,968 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure $6,683,025
2002 24 0.78% $71,043,258 12,227,743 $105,769,977 Space Station $30,460,417
2003 47 0.99% $90,795,051 15,057,198 $130,244,763 Space Station $15,713,110
2004 89 2.54% $235,480,966 37,919,594 $328,004,488 Fahrenheit 9/11 $119,114,517
2005 99 1.88% $165,886,230 25,879,242 $223,855,443 La marche de l'empereur $77,437,223
2006 108 1.11% $102,279,769 15,615,177 $135,071,281 An Inconvenient Truth $24,146,161
2007 108 0.72% $70,723,219 10,279,479 $88,917,493 Sicko $24,538,513
2008 126 0.89% $87,432,868 12,177,214 $105,332,901 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure $14,144,251
2009 91 1.76% $187,216,041 24,962,101 $215,922,174 Michael Jackson's This Is It $72,091,016
2010 113 0.89% $93,797,742 11,888,122 $102,832,255 Hubble 3D $20,149,829
2011 136 0.81% $82,644,589 10,421,694 $90,147,653 African Cats $15,428,747
2012 149 1.20% $132,058,125 16,590,147 $143,504,772 2016: Obama’s America $33,349,941
2013 160 0.45% $49,307,450 6,064,807 $52,460,581 Justin Bieber’s Believe $5,962,982
2014 152 0.85% $88,068,455 10,779,420 $93,241,983 Bears $17,780,194
2015 143 0.58% $65,052,467 7,716,715 $66,749,585 Monkey Kingdom $16,432,322
2016 156 0.45% $50,767,053 5,868,948 $50,766,400 Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party $13,099,931
2017 54 0.61% $26,151,218 3,023,234 $26,150,974 Born in China $13,330,028