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Box Office Performance for Factual Movies in 2009

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RankMovieRelease
Date
GenreMPAA
Rating
2009 GrossTickets Sold
1 Michael Jackson's This Is It 10/28/2009 Documentary PG $72,091,016 9,612,135
2 Earth 4/22/2009 Documentary G $32,011,576 4,268,210
3 Under the Sea 3D 2/13/2009 Documentary G $19,416,024 2,588,803
4 Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience 2/27/2009 Concert/Performance G $19,162,740 2,555,032
5 Capitalism: A Love Story 9/23/2009 Documentary R $14,363,397 1,915,119
6 Deep Sea 3D 3/3/2006 Documentary G $5,275,270 703,369
7 Magnificent Desolation 9/23/2005 Documentary Not Rated $4,434,163 591,221
8 Food, Inc. 6/12/2009 Documentary PG $4,417,674 589,023
9 Good Hair 10/9/2009 Documentary PG-13 $4,146,170 552,822
10 The September Issue 8/28/2009 Documentary PG-13 $3,817,531 509,004
11 Space Station 4/19/2002 Documentary Not Rated $3,314,255 441,900
12 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 10/5/2007 Documentary Not Rated $2,299,538 306,605
13 Waltz with Bashir 12/25/2008 Documentary R $2,063,408 275,121
14 Dolphins and Whales Tribes of the Ocean 3D 2/15/2008 Documentary Not Rated $2,013,083 268,411
15 Valentino: The Last Emperor 3/18/2009 Documentary PG-13 $1,755,134 234,017
16 Che, Part 1: The Argentine 1/9/2009 Drama Not Rated $1,733,532 231,137
17 Every Little Step 4/17/2009 Documentary PG-13 $1,725,141 230,018
18 It Might Get Loud 8/14/2009 Documentary PG $1,610,163 214,688
19 X Games 3D: The Movie 8/21/2009 Documentary PG $1,391,434 185,525
20 Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg 7/10/2009 Documentary Not Rated $1,133,662 151,154
21 More Than a Game 10/2/2009 Documentary PG $950,675 126,757
22 Tyson 4/24/2009 Documentary R $887,918 118,389
23 The Cove 7/31/2009 Documentary PG-13 $861,796 114,906
24 The Wonder of it All 7/17/2009 Documentary Not Rated $780,661 104,088
25 The Cross: The Arthur Blessitt Story 3/27/2009 Documentary PG $741,557 98,874
26 Anvil! The Story of Anvil 4/10/2009 Documentary Not Rated $667,911 89,054
27 Roving Mars 1/27/2006 Documentary G $545,961 72,795
28 U2 3D 2/15/2008 Concert/Performance G $544,857 72,647
29 La Danse 11/4/2009 Documentary Not Rated $417,932 55,724
30 Larger than Life 3D: The Dave Matthews Band 12/11/2009 Concert/Performance PG $246,042 32,805
31 Enlighten Up! 9/12/2008 Documentary Not Rated $213,423 28,456
32 Soul Power 7/10/2009 Documentary PG-13 $207,121 27,616
33 Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 11/19/2008 Documentary Not Rated $204,458 27,261
34 Galapagos 10/29/1999 Documentary Not Rated $179,782 23,970
35 Fuel 11/14/2008 Documentary Not Rated $169,340 22,578
36 Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love 6/12/2009 Documentary Not Rated $164,929 21,990
37 Crude 9/9/2009 Documentary Not Rated $163,417 21,788
38 The Yes Men Fix the World 10/7/2009 Documentary Not Rated $160,901 21,453
39 The Horse Boy 9/11/2009 Documentary Not Rated $137,495 18,332
40 Examined Life 2/25/2009 Documentary Not Rated $120,712 16,094
41 Throw Down Your Heart 3/13/2009 Documentary Not Rated $115,778 15,437
42 Ballerina 1/16/2009 Documentary Not Rated $114,507 15,267
43 No Impact Man 9/11/2009 Documentary Not Rated $100,028 13,337
44 Visual Acoustics 10/9/2009 Documentary Not Rated $74,898 9,986
45 Lord, Save Us From Your Followers 6/13/2008 Documentary PG-13 $61,941 8,258
46 William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe 11/13/2009 Documentary Not Rated $57,769 7,702
47 Collapse 11/6/2009 Documentary Not Rated $56,436 7,524
48 The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 5/22/2009 Documentary PG $55,513 7,402
49 In a Dream 4/10/2009 Documentary Not Rated $55,270 7,369
50 Dalai Lama Renaissance 5/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $49,675 6,623
51 Until the Light Takes Us 11/20/2009 Documentary Not Rated $46,285 6,171
52 Pressure Cooker 5/27/2009 Documentary Not Rated $44,802 5,973
53 We Live in Public 8/28/2009 Documentary Not Rated $44,344 5,912
54 The End of Poverty? 11/13/2009 Documentary Not Rated $41,880 5,584
55 One Day You'll Understand 11/21/2008 Drama Not Rated $38,557 5,140
56 Oh My God 11/13/2009 Documentary Not Rated $38,245 5,099
57 Pray the Devil Back to Hell 11/7/2008 Documentary Not Rated $38,180 5,090
58 Our City Dreams 2/4/2009 Documentary Not Rated $34,972 4,662
59 Trouble the Water 8/22/2008 Documentary Not Rated $33,569 4,475
60 Of Time and the City 1/23/2009 Documentary Not Rated $32,677 4,356
61 The Betrayal 11/21/2008 Documentary Not Rated $29,807 3,974
62 The Singing Revolution 12/7/2007 Documentary Not Rated $28,025 3,736
63 The Garden 4/24/2009 Documentary Not Rated $26,931 3,590
64 Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains 10/22/2008 Documentary Not Rated $25,473 3,396
65 Not Quite Hollywood 7/31/2009 Documentary R $21,152 2,820
66 Walt and El Grupo 9/10/2009 Documentary PG $20,521 2,736
67 Man on Wire 7/25/2008 Documentary PG-13 $19,252 2,566
68 Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death and Hannah Senesh 1/28/2009 Documentary Not Rated $18,654 2,487
69 The Beautiful Truth 11/14/2008 Documentary Not Rated $12,361 1,648
70 Fallen Idol: The Yuri Gagarin Conspiracy 10/2/2009 Documentary Not Rated $12,345 1,646
71 Chelsea on the Rocks 10/2/2009 Documentary R $11,799 1,573
72 I.O.U.S.A. 8/22/2008 Documentary PG $10,850 1,446
73 An American Journey 10/2/2009 Documentary Not Rated $8,868 1,182
74 Eleven Minutes 2/13/2009 Documentary R $7,986 1,064
75 Louise Bourgeois 6/25/2008 Documentary Not Rated $7,868 1,049
76 Scott Walker: 30 Century Man 2/27/2009 Documentary Not Rated $6,840 912
77 The Good Soldier 11/11/2009 Documentary Not Rated $6,000 800
78 Call+Response 10/10/2008 Documentary PG-13 $4,183 557
79 Made in Jamaica 1/23/2009 Documentary Not Rated $3,149 419
80 Food Beware 10/16/2009 Documentary Not Rated $1,181 157
81 Yiddish Theater: A Love Story 11/21/2007 Documentary Not Rated $632 84
Total Gross of All Movies$207,961,002
Total Tickets Sold27,728,100

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2009. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2009. 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.

Our Theatrical Market pages are based on the Domestic Theatrical Market performance only. The Domestic Market is defined as the North American movie territory (consisting of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam).

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