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
   1995   1996   1997   1998   1999   2000   2001   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014 

Top-Grossing Movies 1995-2014, 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 $151,292,841
2 Everest Mar 6, 1998 MacGillivray Freeman Films PG-13 $87,178,599 $125,785,867
3 Space Station Apr 19, 2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $89,935,229 $115,490,944
4 La marche de l'empereur Jun 24, 2005 Warner Independent G $77,437,223 $95,286,851
5 Dolphins Oct 20, 2000 MacGillivray Freeman Films Not Rated $54,000,000 $79,046,383
6 Michael Jackson's This Is It Oct 28, 2009 Sony Pictures PG $72,091,016 $75,839,745
7 Mysteries of Egypt Jul 16, 1998 Sony Pictures Not Rated $40,593,286 $68,290,199
8 Deep Sea 3-D Mar 3, 2006 Warner Bros. G $46,070,691 $54,652,253
9 Hubble 3D Mar 19, 2010 Warner Bros. G $46,218,128 $47,333,508
10 Magnificent Desolation Sep 23, 2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $40,144,533 $47,229,386
11 Under the Sea 3D Feb 13, 2009 Warner Bros. G $36,671,385 $38,781,240
12 2016: Obama’s America Jul 13, 2012 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG $33,349,941 $34,187,879
13 Earth Apr 22, 2009 Walt Disney G $32,011,576 $33,676,177
14 Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun Jul 11, 1997 Sony Pictures Classics G $18,798,682 $30,241,423
15 Chimpanzee Apr 20, 2012 Walt Disney G $28,965,459 $29,693,228
16 Bowling for Columbine Oct 11, 2002 MGM R $21,576,018 $28,984,507
17 An Inconvenient Truth May 24, 2006 Paramount Vantage PG $24,146,161 $28,687,070
18 Sicko Jun 22, 2007 Lionsgate PG-13 $24,538,513 $28,131,653
19 Galapagos Oct 29, 1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $19,946,586 $28,081,081
20 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience Mar 12, 2004 Warner Bros. PG $21,550,235 $27,301,286
21 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Oct 5, 2007 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $23,746,066 $27,049,625
22 Michael Jordan to the MAX May 5, 2000 Giant Screen Films Not Rated $18,642,318 $26,989,189
23 Born to be Wild 3D Apr 8, 2011 Warner Bros. G $23,803,601 $24,406,911
24 Bugs! Mar 14, 2003 SK Films Not Rated $19,084,280 $24,097,441
25 Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk Oct 18, 2002 Giant Screen Films Not Rated $16,933,791 $22,996,147
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 45 0.95% $89,169,139 14,787,585 $117,117,673 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 106 0.87% $92,208,456 11,686,697 $92,558,640 Hubble 3D $20,269,075
2011 135 0.78% $79,105,438 9,975,396 $79,005,136 African Cats $15,428,747
2012 143 1.20% $130,360,039 16,376,823 $129,704,438 2016: Obama’s America $33,349,941
2013 160 0.47% $51,452,008 6,305,363 $49,938,475 Hubble 3D $5,503,035
2014 137 0.96% $78,640,380 9,637,308 $76,327,479 Bears $17,780,194