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All Time Domestic Box Office for Documentary Movies


See also: Top Documentary International - Top Documentary Worldwide - Top Documentary Weekend Domestic

Other Domestic Genres records: Top Adventure Domestic - Top Action Domestic - Top Comedy Domestic - Top Drama Domestic - Top Thriller/Suspense Domestic - Top Horror Domestic - Top Romantic Comedy Domestic - Top Musical Domestic

This chart contains the top 100 Documentary movies based on the cumulative domestic box office.

See our Documentary Theatrical Market Charts for more overviews regarding the domestic theatrical box office performance of Documentary movies.

Rank Released Movie Domestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
1 1985 The Dream is Alive $125,900,000 $0 $125,900,000
2 2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 $119,114,517 $102,034,442 $221,148,959
3 2002 Space Station $93,231,060 $33,282,126 $126,513,186
4 1998 Everest $87,178,599 $40,811,529 $127,990,128
5 2005 La marche de l'empereur $77,437,223 $55,839,136 $133,276,359
6 2009 Michael Jackson's This Is It $72,091,016 $180,000,000 $252,091,016
7 1991 Antarctica $65,000,000 $1,070,389 $66,070,389
8 1995 The Living Sea $64,800,000 $0 $64,800,000
9 2000 Dolphins $54,000,000 $15,600,000 $69,600,000
10 1989 To the Limit $53,000,000 $0 $53,000,000
11 1984 Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets $52,800,000 $186,200,000 $239,000,000
12 2010 Hubble 3D $51,933,456 $15,987,442 $67,920,898
13 2006 Deep Sea 3D $46,233,398 $41,778,182 $88,011,580
14 1998 Mysteries of Egypt $40,593,286 $49,406,714 $90,000,000
15 2009 Under the Sea 3D $35,655,551 $10,963,748 $46,619,299
16 1970 Woodstock $34,505,110 $0 $34,505,110
17 2005 Magnificent Desolation $34,126,126 $5,720,770 $39,846,896
18 2012 2016: Obama’s America $33,349,941 $0 $33,349,941
19 2009 Earth $32,011,576 $84,761,741 $116,773,317
20 2012 Chimpanzee $28,965,459 $5,752,647 $34,718,106
21 2011 Born to be Wild 3D $25,601,026 $10,717,727 $36,318,753
22 2007 Sicko $24,538,513 $11,997,324 $36,535,837
23 2006 An Inconvenient Truth $24,146,161 $28,623,754 $52,769,915
24 1978 Beyond and Back $23,800,000 $0 $23,800,000
25 2007 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure $23,746,066 $26,982,097 $50,728,163
26 2002 Bowling for Columbine $21,576,018 $36,664,469 $58,240,487
27 2004 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience $21,550,235 $665,000 $22,215,235
28 2010 Oceans $19,422,319 $67,365,211 $86,787,530
29 2003 Bugs! $19,084,280 $10,112,664 $29,196,944
30 1997 Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun $18,798,682 $12,480,529 $31,279,211
31 2000 Michael Jordan to the MAX $18,642,318 $0 $18,642,318
32 1999 Galapagos $18,571,938 $8,518,807 $27,090,745
33 2014 Bears $17,780,194 $371,552 $18,151,746
34 2003 Ghosts of the Abyss $17,093,668 $11,687,000 $28,780,668
35 2002 Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk $16,933,791 $7,036,640 $23,970,431
36 2005 Wild Safari 3D $16,621,230 $15,825,520 $32,446,750
37 2015 Monkey Kingdom $16,432,322 $315,588 $16,747,910
38 2001 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure $15,553,324 $4,113,837 $19,667,161
39 2011 African Cats $15,428,747 $2,455,000 $17,883,747
40 2012 To the Arctic 3D $14,517,845 $4,521,674 $19,039,519
41 2014 America: Imagine a World Without Her $14,444,502 $0 $14,444,502
42 2009 Capitalism: A Love Story $14,363,397 $4,758,134 $19,121,531
43 2017 Born in China $13,873,211 $10,063,920 $23,937,131
44 1998 Africa's Elephant Kingdom $13,485,455 $0 $13,485,455
45 2016 Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the … $13,099,931 $0 $13,099,931
46 2008 Religulous $13,011,160 $870,157 $13,881,317
47 1999 Extreme $12,456,958 $13,500,000 $25,956,958
48 2006 Dave Chappelle's Block Party $11,718,595 $333,329 $12,051,924
49 2003 Winged Migration $11,689,053 $27,445,930 $39,134,983
50 2004 Super Size Me $11,529,368 $10,704,440 $22,233,808
51 2014 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar $11,010,590 $273,281 $11,283,871
52 2004 What the #$'! Do We Know $10,941,801 $0 $10,941,801
53 1999 Island of the Sharks $10,658,756 $0 $10,658,756
54 2006 Roving Mars $10,407,978 $841,000 $11,248,978
55 2002 Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey $10,086,514 $5,297,876 $15,384,390
56 1979 Dirt $9,200,000 $0 $9,200,000
57 2005 Aliens of the Deep $8,968,684 $3,797,000 $12,765,684
58 2005 Sharks 3D $8,500,000 $5,500,000 $14,000,000
59 2015 Amy $8,413,144 $15,370,314 $23,783,458
60 2005 Mad Hot Ballroom $8,117,961 $1,269,620 $9,387,581
61 2013 Jerusalem $8,020,721 $1,661,254 $9,681,975
62 2016 A Beautiful Planet $7,895,708 $408,968 $8,304,676
63 1994 Hoop Dreams $7,768,371 $4,000,000 $11,768,371
64 2008 Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed $7,720,487 $0 $7,720,487
65 2003 Tupac Resurrection $7,718,961 $89,563 $7,808,524
66 2008 Dolphins and Whales Tribes of the Ocean 3D $7,714,996 $9,537,291 $17,252,287
67 2003 To Be and To Have $7,610,471 $14,572,964 $22,183,435
68 2010 Babies $7,320,323 $4,826,496 $12,146,819
69 2013 Journey to the South Pacific $7,144,210 $0 $7,144,210
70 2017 I Am Not Your Negro $7,123,919 $531,639 $7,655,558
71 1999 Buena Vista Social Club $6,997,620 $12,811,570 $19,809,190
72 1989 Roger & Me $6,706,368 $0 $6,706,368
73 2010 Waiting for Superman $6,417,135 $28,931 $6,446,066
74 2013 Justin Bieber’s Believe $6,206,566 $26,020,215 $32,226,781
75 2010 Sea Rex 3D: Journey to a Prehistoric World $6,096,582 $10,418,621 $16,515,203
76 2014 Meet the Mormons $6,047,363 $1,808 $6,049,171
77 2011 Flying Monsters 3D $5,751,141 $5,143,082 $10,894,223
78 2003 Spellbound $5,728,581 $1,729,129 $7,457,710
79 2008 Shine a Light $5,505,267 $10,668,612 $16,173,879
80 1999 Wolves $5,361,306 $0 $5,361,306
81 2011 Cave of Forgotten Dreams $5,304,920 $4,064,709 $9,369,629
82 1999 Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible $5,231,283 $0 $5,231,283
83 2010 The Wildest Dream $5,100,135 $0 $5,100,135
84 2013 20 Feet From Stardom $4,946,250 $946,216 $5,892,466
85 2004 Touching the Void $4,593,598 $10,802,927 $15,396,525
86 2009 Food, Inc. $4,417,674 $314,270 $4,731,944
87 2010 Inside Job $4,311,834 $3,487,423 $7,799,257
88 2003 The Fog of War $4,198,566 $1,035,349 $5,233,915
89 2002 ESPN's Ultimate X - The Movie $4,197,175 $0 $4,197,175
90 2009 Good Hair $4,157,223 $0 $4,157,223
91 2005 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room $4,071,700 $836,079 $4,907,779
92 2011 Buck $4,036,175 $487,797 $4,523,972
93 2008 Young @ Heart $3,992,189 $3,657,066 $7,649,255
94 2012 Searching for Sugar Man $3,965,090 $8,948,401 $12,913,491
95 2016 Where to Invade Next $3,827,261 $631,637 $4,458,898
96 2009 The September Issue $3,820,700 $3,260,982 $7,081,682
97 2003 The Real Cancun $3,816,594 $0 $3,816,594
98 1988 Imagine: John Lennon $3,753,977 $0 $3,753,977
99 2003 Step Into Liquid $3,681,803 $293,739 $3,975,542
100 1999 Genghis Blues $3,599,174 $0 $3,599,174

The Domestic Market is defined as the North American movie territory (consisting of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam).

This table is updated daily to reflect the latest studio reports.

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

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