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Box Office Performance for Based on Real Life Events Movies in 2004

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RankMovieRelease
Date
GenreMPAA
Rating
2004 GrossTickets Sold
1 Fahrenheit 9/11 6/23/2004 Documentary R $119,114,517 19,181,081
2 The Terminal 6/18/2004 Drama PG-13 $77,073,959 12,411,265
3 Ray 10/29/2004 Drama PG-13 $71,611,065 11,531,572
4 Miracle 2/6/2004 Drama PG $64,378,093 10,366,842
5 Monster 1/30/2004 Drama R $34,013,362 5,477,191
6 Alexander 11/24/2004 Action R $34,000,304 5,475,089
7 The Aviator 12/17/2004 Drama PG-13 $31,541,390 5,079,128
8 Calendar Girls 12/19/2003 Comedy PG-13 $24,058,422 3,874,142
9 The Alamo 4/9/2004 Western PG-13 $22,406,362 3,608,109
10 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience 3/12/2004 Documentary PG $19,558,397 3,149,500
11 The Motorcycle Diaries 9/24/2004 Drama R $15,724,900 2,532,190
12 De-Lovely 6/25/2004 Drama PG-13 $13,337,299 2,147,713
13 Super Size Me 5/7/2004 Documentary PG-13 $11,529,368 1,856,580
14 What the #$'! Do We Know 2/6/2004 Documentary Not Rated $10,091,903 1,625,105
15 Space Station 4/19/2002 Documentary Not Rated $9,598,551 1,545,660
16 Bugs! (IMAX) 3/14/2003 Documentary Not Rated $9,528,407 1,534,365
17 Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk 10/18/2002 Documentary Not Rated $8,909,046 1,434,628
18 Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey 10/11/2002 Documentary Not Rated $7,760,025 1,249,601
19 To Be and To Have 9/17/2003 Documentary Not Rated $7,065,318 1,137,732
20 Kinsey 11/12/2004 Drama R $6,734,321 1,084,431
21 Against the Ropes 2/20/2004 Drama PG-13 $5,881,504 947,102
22 Touching the Void 1/23/2004 Documentary R $4,593,598 739,709
23 The Fog of War 12/19/2003 Documentary PG-13 $3,922,139 631,584
24 The Corporation 1/17/2004 Documentary Not Rated $3,493,516 562,562
25 Control Room 5/21/2004 Documentary Not Rated $2,589,616 417,007
26 My Architect 11/14/2003 Documentary Not Rated $2,382,942 383,726
27 Riding Giants 7/9/2004 Documentary PG-13 $2,276,368 366,564
28 Beyond the Sea 12/17/2004 Drama PG-13 $1,917,756 308,817
29 Therese 10/1/2004 Drama PG $1,775,292 285,876
30 Ghosts of the Abyss 4/11/2003 Documentary G $1,322,679 212,991
31 Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 7/9/2004 Documentary Not Rated $1,222,708 196,893
32 Festival Express 7/23/2004 Concert/Performance R $1,174,079 189,062
33 Saints and Soldiers 8/6/2004 Drama PG-13 $1,141,221 183,771
34 Fade to Black 11/5/2004 Documentary R $728,802 117,359
35 Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry 10/1/2004 Documentary PG-13 $613,252 98,752
36 Radio 10/24/2003 Drama PG $532,172 85,695
37 Tarnation 10/6/2004 Documentary Not Rated $478,112 76,990
38 The Last Shot 9/24/2004 Comedy R $463,730 74,674
39 Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism 8/6/2004 Documentary Not Rated $405,900 65,362
40 Still, We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie 5/7/2004 Documentary Not Rated $396,803 63,897
41 End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones 8/20/2004 Documentary Not Rated $391,950 63,115
42 Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There 6/11/2004 Documentary Not Rated $341,493 54,990
43 Callas Forever 11/5/2004 Drama Not Rated $330,760 53,262
44 America's Heart and Soul 7/2/2004 Documentary Not Rated $314,000 50,563
45 Bukowski: Born Into This 5/28/2004 Documentary R $311,431 50,149
46 Galapagos 10/29/1999 Documentary Not Rated $305,814 49,245
47 Mayor of the Sunset Strip 3/26/2004 Documentary R $257,315 41,435
48 This Old Cub 3/26/2004 Documentary Not Rated $253,531 40,826
49 The Agronomist 4/23/2004 Documentary PG-13 $226,189 36,423
50 Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion 9/19/2003 Documentary Not Rated $202,592 32,623
51 Imelda 6/11/2004 Documentary Not Rated $200,992 32,365
52 The Yes Men 9/24/2004 Documentary R $198,975 32,041
53 Guiana 1838 9/24/2004 Drama Not Rated $192,900 31,062
54 Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War 8/13/2004 Documentary Not Rated $190,424 30,664
55 Lost Boys of Sudan 2/20/2004 Documentary Not Rated $182,839 29,442
56 Bush's Brain 8/20/2004 Documentary PG-13 $176,610 28,439
57 De fem benspaend 5/28/2004 Documentary Not Rated $150,966 24,310
58 Mar adentro 12/17/2004 Drama PG-13 $142,474 22,942
59 Lightning in a Bottle 10/22/2004 Documentary PG-13 $136,367 21,959
60 Dig 10/1/2004 Documentary Not Rated $127,067 20,461
61 Howard Zinn 6/18/2004 Documentary Not Rated $116,230 18,716
62 In the Face of Evil 10/1/2004 Documentary PG-13 $110,577 17,806
63 Shattered Glass 10/31/2003 Drama PG-13 $102,951 16,578
64 Yves St. Laurent 1/7/2004 Documentary Not Rated $97,092 15,634
65 Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer 3/5/2004 Documentary Not Rated $94,848 15,273
66 Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer 1/9/2004 Documentary R $85,992 13,847
67 Encounter in the Third Dimension 2/26/1999 Drama Not Rated $78,181 12,589
68 Word Wars 5/28/2004 Documentary Not Rated $76,481 12,315
69 Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst 11/26/2004 Documentary Not Rated $72,933 11,744
70 In the Realms of the Unreal 12/24/2004 Documentary Not Rated $70,465 11,347
71 Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela 10/22/2004 Documentary Not Rated $69,084 11,124
72 Weather Underground 6/6/2003 Documentary Not Rated $63,755 10,266
73 Bright Leaves 8/27/2004 Documentary Not Rated $62,474 10,060
74 Voices From Iraq 10/29/2004 Documentary Not Rated $57,102 9,195
75 Divan 3/19/2004 Documentary Not Rated $56,214 9,052
76 The Assassination of Richard Nixon 12/29/2004 Drama R $55,255 8,897
77 Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids 12/8/2004 Documentary R $55,045 8,863
78 Hiding and Seeking 2/6/2004 Documentary Not Rated $51,091 8,227
79 Ônibus 174 10/8/2003 Documentary R $48,818 7,861
80 This So-Called Disaster 4/21/2004 Documentary Not Rated $45,195 7,277
81 Paper Clips 11/24/2004 Documentary G $42,311 6,813
82 Power Trip 3/12/2004 Documentary Not Rated $38,593 6,214
83 Tying the Knot 10/1/2004 Documentary Not Rated $37,464 6,032
84 Incident at Loch Ness 9/17/2004 Documentary PG-13 $36,830 5,930
85 Beyond the Gates of Splendor 11/5/2004 Documentary PG-13 $36,412 5,863
86 L.O.C. (Kargil) 12/25/2003 Drama Not Rated $33,125 5,334
87 Bonhoeffer 6/20/2003 Documentary Not Rated $24,944 4,016
88 WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception 12/3/2004 Documentary Not Rated $21,843 3,517
89 S-21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine 5/19/2004 Documentary Not Rated $21,678 3,490
90 Orwell Rolls in His Grave 7/23/2004 Documentary Not Rated $19,257 3,100
91 People Say I'm Crazy 4/30/2004 Documentary Not Rated $15,679 2,524
92 Crutch 9/17/2004 Drama Not Rated $14,189 2,284
93 A Letter to True 9/8/2004 Documentary Not Rated $13,835 2,227
94 Party Monster 8/29/2003 Comedy R $11,511 1,853
95 Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme 7/16/2004 Documentary Not Rated $11,255 1,812
96 Let's Get Frank 7/14/2004 Documentary Not Rated $9,386 1,511
97 Girlhood 10/31/2003 Documentary Not Rated $8,935 1,438
98 I'll Sing for You 3/26/2004 Documentary Not Rated $8,798 1,416
99 With All Deliberate Speed 5/14/2004 Documentary Not Rated $4,920 792
100 Saints and Sinners 6/18/2004 Documentary Not Rated $3,826 616
101 Brothers in Arms 8/27/2004 Documentary Not Rated $3,270 526
102 Venus Boyz 8/22/2003 Documentary Not Rated $3,230 520
103 The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg 8/20/2004 Documentary Not Rated $2,668 429
104 Moog 9/24/2004 Documentary Not Rated $2,227 358
105 Still, the Children are Here 11/5/2004 Documentary Not Rated $2,210 355
106 Rivers and Tides 6/28/2002 Documentary Not Rated $2,039 328
107 Shwaas 12/10/2004 Drama Not Rated $1,042 167
108 Jesus, You Know 12/3/2004 Documentary Not Rated $604 97
109 The Hillside Strangler 9/24/2004 Horror R $306 49
Total Gross of All Movies$641,884,057
Total Tickets Sold103,362,915

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2004. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2004. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 2010 will most likely earn money in 2010 and 2011. Click on the individual movie to see its total gross over all the years in which it played.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based ticket sale estimates, and may not be precise due to rounding errors.

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