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All Time Worldwide Box Office for Documentary Movies


See also: Top Documentary Domestic - Top Documentary International

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

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

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

Rank Released Movie Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
1 2009 Michael Jackson's This Is It $252,091,016 $72,091,016 $180,000,000
2 1984 Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets $239,000,000 $52,800,000 $186,200,000
3 2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 $221,148,959 $119,114,517 $102,034,442
4 2005 La marche de l'empereur $133,276,359 $77,437,223 $55,839,136
5 1998 Everest $127,990,128 $87,178,599 $40,811,529
6 2002 Space Station $126,513,186 $93,231,060 $33,282,126
7 1985 The Dream is Alive $125,900,000 $125,900,000 $0
8 2009 Earth $116,773,317 $32,011,576 $84,761,741
9 1998 Mysteries of Egypt $90,000,000 $40,593,286 $49,406,714
10 2006 Deep Sea 3D $88,011,580 $46,233,398 $41,778,182
11 2010 Oceans $86,787,530 $19,422,319 $67,365,211
12 2000 Dolphins $69,600,000 $54,000,000 $15,600,000
13 2010 Hubble 3D $67,920,898 $51,933,456 $15,987,442
14 1991 Antarctica $66,070,389 $65,000,000 $1,070,389
15 1995 The Living Sea $64,800,000 $64,800,000 $0
16 2002 Bowling for Columbine $58,240,487 $21,576,018 $36,664,469
17 1989 To the Limit $53,000,000 $53,000,000 $0
18 2006 An Inconvenient Truth $52,769,915 $24,146,161 $28,623,754
19 2007 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure $50,728,163 $23,746,066 $26,982,097
20 2009 Under the Sea 3D $46,619,299 $35,655,551 $10,963,748
21 2005 Magnificent Desolation $39,846,896 $34,126,126 $5,720,770
22 2003 Winged Migration $39,134,983 $11,689,053 $27,445,930
23 2007 Sicko $36,535,837 $24,538,513 $11,997,324
24 2001 Born to be Wild 3D $36,318,753 $25,601,026 $10,717,727
25 2012 Chimpanzee $34,718,106 $28,965,459 $5,752,647
26 1970 Woodstock $34,505,110 $34,505,110 $0
27 2012 2016: Obama’s America $33,349,941 $33,349,941 $0
28 2005 Wild Safari 3D $32,446,750 $16,621,230 $15,825,520
29 2013 Justin Bieber’s Believe $32,226,781 $6,206,566 $26,020,215
30 1997 Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun $31,279,211 $18,798,682 $12,480,529
31 2003 Bugs! $29,196,944 $19,084,280 $10,112,664
32 2003 Ghosts of the Abyss $28,780,668 $17,093,668 $11,687,000
33 1999 Galapagos $27,090,745 $18,571,938 $8,518,807
34 2003 Ocean Wonderland $26,000,000 $0 $26,000,000
35 1999 Extreme $25,956,958 $12,456,958 $13,500,000
36 2017 Twenty-Two $25,717,480 $22,222 $25,695,258
37 2011 Pina $24,460,758 $3,520,458 $20,940,300
38 2002 Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk $23,970,431 $16,933,791 $7,036,640
39 2016 Born in China $23,937,131 $13,873,211 $10,063,920
40 1978 Beyond and Back $23,800,000 $23,800,000 $0
41 2015 Amy $23,783,458 $8,413,144 $15,370,314
42 2004 Super Size Me $22,233,808 $11,529,368 $10,704,440
43 2004 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience $22,215,235 $21,550,235 $665,000
44 2003 To Be and To Have $22,183,435 $7,610,471 $14,572,964
45 1999 Buena Vista Social Club $19,809,190 $6,997,620 $12,811,570
46 2001 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure $19,667,161 $15,553,324 $4,113,837
47 2005 Deep Blue $19,332,261 $132,261 $19,200,000
48 2009 Capitalism: A Love Story $19,121,531 $14,363,397 $4,758,134
49 2012 To the Arctic 3D $19,039,519 $14,517,845 $4,521,674
50 2000 Michael Jordan to the MAX $18,642,318 $18,642,318 $0
51 2014 Bears $18,151,746 $17,780,194 $371,552
52 2011 African Cats $17,883,747 $15,428,747 $2,455,000
53 2008 Dolphins and Whales Tribes of the Ocean 3D $17,252,287 $7,714,996 $9,537,291
54 2015 Monkey Kingdom $16,747,910 $16,432,322 $315,588
55 2010 Sea Rex 3D: Journey to a Prehistoric World $16,515,203 $6,096,582 $10,418,621
56 2008 Shine a Light $16,173,879 $5,505,267 $10,668,612
57 2004 Touching the Void $15,396,525 $4,593,598 $10,802,927
58 2002 Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey $15,384,390 $10,086,514 $5,297,876
59 2006 Deutschland: Ein Sommermarchen $14,700,000 $0 $14,700,000
60 2012 Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present $14,663,001 $86,637 $14,576,364
61 2014 America: Imagine a World Without Her $14,444,502 $14,444,502 $0
62 2016 Kang rinpoche $14,251,913 $28,184 $14,223,729
63 2005 Sharks 3D $14,000,000 $8,500,000 $5,500,000
64 2008 Waltz with Bashir $13,912,289 $2,283,849 $11,628,440
65 2008 Religulous $13,881,317 $13,011,160 $870,157
66 2011 Plastic Planet $13,568,699 $3,164 $13,565,535
67 1998 Africa's Elephant Kingdom $13,485,455 $13,485,455 $0
68 2016 Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the … $13,099,931 $13,099,931 $0
69 2012 Searching for Sugar Man $12,913,491 $3,965,090 $8,948,401
70 2005 Aliens of the Deep $12,765,684 $8,968,684 $3,797,000
71 2017 Nomoohyeonibnida $12,759,102 $0 $12,759,102
72 2010 Babies $12,146,819 $7,320,323 $4,826,496
73 2006 Dave Chappelle's Block Party $12,051,924 $11,718,595 $333,329
74 1994 Hoop Dreams $11,768,371 $7,768,371 $4,000,000
75 2014 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar $11,283,871 $11,010,590 $273,281
76 2006 Roving Mars $11,248,978 $10,407,978 $841,000
77 2015 Taxi $11,235,528 $321,642 $10,913,886
78 2004 What the #$'! Do We Know $10,941,801 $10,941,801 $0
79 2011 Senna $10,924,647 $1,612,430 $9,312,217
80 2011 Flying Monsters 3D $10,894,223 $5,751,141 $5,143,082
81 1999 Island of the Sharks $10,658,756 $10,658,756 $0
82 2016 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week $10,538,795 $2,934,445 $7,604,350
83 2013 Jerusalem $9,681,975 $8,020,721 $1,661,254
84 2005 Mad Hot Ballroom $9,387,581 $8,117,961 $1,269,620
85 2011 Cave of Forgotten Dreams $9,369,629 $5,304,920 $4,064,709
86 1979 Dirt $9,200,000 $9,200,000 $0
87 2004 Yves St. Laurent $8,360,096 $97,092 $8,263,004
88 2016 A Beautiful Planet $8,304,676 $7,895,708 $408,968
89 2012 More Than Honey $8,244,071 $78,324 $8,165,747
90 2003 Tupac Resurrection $7,808,524 $7,718,961 $89,563
91 2010 Inside Job $7,799,257 $4,311,834 $3,487,423
92 2008 Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed $7,720,487 $7,720,487 $0
93 2017 I Am Not Your Negro $7,652,615 $7,123,919 $528,696
94 2008 Young @ Heart $7,649,255 $3,992,189 $3,657,066
95 2003 Spellbound $7,457,710 $5,728,581 $1,729,129
96 2013 Journey to the South Pacific $7,144,210 $7,144,210 $0
97 2010 Exit Through the Gift Shop $7,132,689 $3,291,250 $3,841,439
98 2009 The September Issue $7,081,682 $3,820,700 $3,260,982
99 1996 Microcosmos $6,973,842 $1,573,842 $5,400,000
100 2017 Earth: One Amazing Day $6,749,987 $81,345 $6,668,642

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

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

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