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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 Action Worldwide - Top Comedy 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 $88,042,920 $46,264,738 $41,778,182
11 2010 Oceans $86,787,530 $19,422,319 $67,365,211
12 2018 Li hai le, wo de guo $75,020,000 $0 $75,020,000
13 2000 Dolphins $69,600,000 $54,000,000 $15,600,000
14 2010 Hubble 3D $67,940,602 $51,953,160 $15,987,442
15 1991 Antarctica $66,070,389 $65,000,000 $1,070,389
16 1995 The Living Sea $64,800,000 $64,800,000 $0
17 2002 Bowling for Columbine $58,240,487 $21,576,018 $36,664,469
18 1989 To the Limit $53,000,000 $53,000,000 $0
19 2006 An Inconvenient Truth $52,769,915 $24,146,161 $28,623,754
20 2007 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure $50,728,163 $23,746,066 $26,982,097
21 2009 Under the Sea 3D $46,361,411 $35,672,566 $10,688,845
22 2005 Magnificent Desolation $39,846,896 $34,126,126 $5,720,770
23 2003 Winged Migration $39,134,983 $11,689,053 $27,445,930
24 2007 Sicko $36,535,837 $24,538,513 $11,997,324
25 2011 Born to be Wild 3D $36,332,214 $25,614,487 $10,717,727
26 2012 Chimpanzee $34,718,106 $28,965,459 $5,752,647
27 1970 Woodstock $34,505,110 $34,505,110 $0
28 2012 2016: Obama’s America $33,349,941 $33,349,941 $0
29 2005 Wild Safari 3D $32,446,750 $16,621,230 $15,825,520
30 2013 Justin Bieber’s Believe $32,226,781 $6,206,566 $26,020,215
31 1997 Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun $31,279,211 $18,798,682 $12,480,529
32 2003 Bugs! (IMAX) $29,196,944 $19,084,280 $10,112,664
33 2003 Ghosts of the Abyss $28,780,668 $17,093,668 $11,687,000
34 1999 Galapagos $27,090,415 $18,571,938 $8,518,477
35 2003 Ocean Wonderland $26,000,000 $0 $26,000,000
36 1999 Extreme $25,956,958 $12,456,958 $13,500,000
37 2017 Twenty-Two $25,717,480 $22,222 $25,695,258
38 2011 Pina $24,460,758 $3,520,458 $20,940,300
39 2002 Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk $23,970,431 $16,933,791 $7,036,640
40 2016 Born in China $23,937,131 $13,873,211 $10,063,920
41 1978 Beyond and Back $23,800,000 $23,800,000 $0
42 2015 Amy $23,783,458 $8,413,144 $15,370,314
43 2004 Super Size Me $22,233,808 $11,529,368 $10,704,440
44 2004 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience $22,215,235 $21,550,235 $665,000
45 2003 To Be and To Have $22,183,435 $7,610,471 $14,572,964
46 1999 Buena Vista Social Club $19,809,190 $6,997,620 $12,811,570
47 2001 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure $19,667,161 $15,553,324 $4,113,837
48 2005 Deep Blue $19,332,261 $132,261 $19,200,000
49 2009 Capitalism: A Love Story $19,121,531 $14,363,397 $4,758,134
50 2012 To the Arctic 3D $19,039,519 $14,517,845 $4,521,674
51 2000 Michael Jordan to the MAX $18,642,318 $18,642,318 $0
52 2014 Bears $18,151,746 $17,780,194 $371,552
53 2011 African Cats $17,883,747 $15,428,747 $2,455,000
54 2008 Dolphins and Whales Tribes of the Ocean 3D $17,252,287 $7,714,996 $9,537,291
55 2015 Monkey Kingdom $16,747,910 $16,432,322 $315,588
56 2010 Sea Rex 3D: Journey to a Prehistoric World $16,515,203 $6,096,582 $10,418,621
57 2008 Shine a Light $16,173,879 $5,505,267 $10,668,612
58 2004 Touching the Void $15,396,525 $4,593,598 $10,802,927
59 2002 Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey $15,384,390 $10,086,514 $5,297,876
60 2006 Deutschland: Ein Sommermarchen $14,700,000 $0 $14,700,000
61 2012 Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present $14,663,001 $86,637 $14,576,364
62 2014 The Salt of the Earth $14,552,758 $1,343,349 $13,209,409
63 2014 America: Imagine a World Without Her $14,444,502 $14,444,502 $0
64 2016 Kang rinpoche $14,251,913 $28,184 $14,223,729
65 2005 Sharks 3D $14,000,000 $8,500,000 $5,500,000
66 2008 Waltz with Bashir $13,912,289 $2,283,849 $11,628,440
67 2008 Religulous $13,881,317 $13,011,160 $870,157
68 2011 Plastic Planet $13,568,699 $3,164 $13,565,535
69 1998 Africa's Elephant Kingdom $13,485,455 $13,485,455 $0
70 2017 Nomoohyeonibnida $13,422,563 $0 $13,422,563
71 2016 Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the … $13,099,931 $13,099,931 $0
72 2012 Searching for Sugar Man $12,913,491 $3,965,090 $8,948,401
73 2005 Aliens of the Deep $12,765,684 $8,968,684 $3,797,000
74 2010 Babies $12,146,819 $7,320,323 $4,826,496
75 2006 Dave Chappelle's Block Party $12,051,924 $11,718,595 $333,329
76 1994 Hoop Dreams $11,768,371 $7,768,371 $4,000,000
77 2014 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar $11,385,187 $11,111,906 $273,281
78 2006 Roving Mars $11,248,978 $10,407,978 $841,000
79 2015 Taxi $11,235,528 $321,642 $10,913,886
80 2004 What the #$'! Do We Know $10,941,801 $10,941,801 $0
81 2011 Senna $10,924,647 $1,612,430 $9,312,217
82 2011 Flying Monsters 3D $10,894,223 $5,751,141 $5,143,082
83 1999 Island of the Sharks $10,658,756 $10,658,756 $0
84 2016 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week $10,401,473 $2,934,445 $7,467,028
85 2013 Jerusalem $9,681,975 $8,020,721 $1,661,254
86 2005 Mad Hot Ballroom $9,387,581 $8,117,961 $1,269,620
87 2011 Cave of Forgotten Dreams $9,369,629 $5,304,920 $4,064,709
88 1979 Dirt $9,200,000 $9,200,000 $0
89 2004 Yves St. Laurent $8,360,096 $97,092 $8,263,004
90 2016 A Beautiful Planet $8,313,367 $7,895,708 $417,659
91 2012 More Than Honey $8,244,071 $78,324 $8,165,747
92 2017 Earth: One Amazing Day $8,215,800 $81,345 $8,134,455
93 2003 Tupac Resurrection $7,808,524 $7,718,961 $89,563
94 2010 Inside Job $7,799,257 $4,311,834 $3,487,423
95 2008 Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed $7,720,487 $7,720,487 $0
96 2017 I Am Not Your Negro $7,664,759 $7,123,919 $540,840
97 2008 Young @ Heart $7,649,255 $3,992,189 $3,657,066
98 2003 Spellbound $7,457,710 $5,728,581 $1,729,129
99 2013 Journey to the South Pacific $7,144,210 $7,144,210 $0
100 2010 Exit Through the Gift Shop $7,132,689 $3,291,250 $3,841,439

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

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

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