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Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2014

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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2014 GrossTickets Sold
1 Bears 4/18/2014 Walt Disney G $17,780,194 2,176,278
2 America: Imagine a World Without Her 6/27/2014 Lionsgate PG-13 $14,444,502 1,767,992
3 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 4/4/2014 Warner Bros. G $8,806,591 1,077,918
4 Jerusalem 9/13/2013 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $6,304,112 771,617
5 Meet the Mormons 10/10/2014 Purdie Distribution PG $6,028,558 737,889
6 Hubble 3D 3/19/2010 Warner Bros. G $5,754,866 704,389
7 Journey to the South Pacific 11/27/2013 MacGillivray Freeman Films G $5,238,809 641,225
8 CitizenFour 10/24/2014 RADiUS-TWC R $2,263,209 277,014
9 Tim's Vermeer 1/31/2014 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $1,670,806 204,505
10 Fed Up 5/9/2014 RADiUS-TWC PG $1,538,898 188,359
11 Finding Vivian Maier 3/28/2014 IFC Films Not Rated $1,509,131 184,716
12 Awake: The Life of Yogananda 10/10/2014 Counterpoint Films & Self-Realization Fellowship PG $1,001,998 122,643
13 Particle Fever 3/5/2014 Abramorama Films Not Rated $869,838 106,467
14 Born to be Wild 3D 4/8/2011 Warner Bros. G $842,817 103,159
15 Life Itself 7/4/2014 Magnolia Pictures R $810,454 99,198
16 Under the Sea 3D 2/13/2009 Warner Bros. G $746,627 91,386
17 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $728,699 89,192
18 To the Arctic 3D 4/20/2012 Warner Bros. G $674,932 82,611
19 Jodorowsky’s Dune 3/21/2014 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $646,512 79,132
20 Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago 9/6/2013 Future Educational Films Not Rated $601,934 73,676
21 On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter 11/7/2014 Hannover House PG $509,916 62,413
22 Last Days in Vietnam 9/5/2014 American Experience/PBS Films Not Rated $440,031 53,859
23 When Comedy Went to School 8/2/2013 International Film Circuit Not Rated $365,548 44,742
24 Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me 10/24/2014 Area 23a PG $365,522 44,739
25 Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me 2/21/2014 IFC Films Not Rated $330,083 40,401
26 The Hornet’s Nest 5/9/2014 Freestyle Releasing R $312,706 38,274
27 20,000 Days on Earth 9/17/2014 Drafthouse Films Not Rated $277,770 33,998
28 The Unknown Known 4/2/2014 RADiUS-TWC PG-13 $275,658 33,740
29 The Green Prince 9/12/2014 Music Box Films PG-13 $258,237 31,607
30 Alive Inside 7/18/2014 Bond/360 R $256,682 31,417
31 The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden 4/4/2014 Zeitgeist Not Rated $247,159 30,252
32 Justin Bieber’s Believe 12/25/2013 Open Road PG $243,584 29,814
33 Art and Craft 9/19/2014 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $237,091 29,019
34 Antarctica: A Year on Ice 11/28/2014 Music Box Films PG $234,047 28,647
35 Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon 6/6/2014 RADiUS-TWC R $212,701 26,034
36 I Am Eleven 9/12/2014 Proud Mother Pictures Not Rated $202,911 24,836
37 Code Black 6/20/2014 Long Shot Factory Not Rated $190,229 23,283
38 National Gallery 11/5/2014 Zipporah Not Rated $189,344 23,175
39 The Armstrong Lie 11/8/2013 Sony Pictures Classics R $186,846 22,869
40 Anita: Speaking Truth to Power 3/21/2014 Samuel Goldwyn Films Not Rated $172,634 21,130
41 Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq 2/5/2014 Kino Lorber Not Rated $172,120 21,067
42 Nas: Time is Illmatic 10/1/2014 TriBeca Films Not Rated $164,540 20,139
43 Keep On Keepin’ On 9/19/2014 RADiUS-TWC R $162,530 19,893
44 Deep Sea 3D 3/3/2006 Warner Bros. G $162,505 19,890
45 Citizen Koch 6/6/2014 Variance Films Not Rated $153,908 18,838
46 James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D 8/8/2014 DisruptiveLA PG $149,879 18,345
47 Kids for Cash 2/7/2014 SenArt Films PG-13 $143,178 17,524
48 Mistaken for Strangers 3/28/2014 Abramorama Films Not Rated $138,991 17,012
49 Dancing in Jaffa 4/11/2014 IFC Films Not Rated $136,257 16,677
50 Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia 5/23/2014 IFC Films Not Rated $133,296 16,315
51 20 Feet From Stardom 6/14/2013 RADiUS-TWC PG-13 $124,984 15,297
52 Finding Fela! 8/1/2014 Kino Lorber Not Rated $120,426 14,740
53 God the Father 10/14/2014 Rocky Mountain Pictures R $109,508 13,403
54 Korengal 5/30/2014 Saboteur Media R $101,310 12,400
55 The Overnighters 10/10/2014 Drafthouse Films PG-13 $100,023 12,242
56 Ivory Tower 6/13/2014 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG-13 $99,555 12,185
57 Visitors 1/24/2014 Cinedigm Not Rated $81,470 9,971
58 Advanced Style 9/26/2014 Bond/360 Not Rated $81,004 9,914
59 12 O'Clock Boys 1/31/2014 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $80,030 9,795
60 Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger 6/27/2014 Magnolia Pictures R $75,881 9,287
61 Cutie and the Boxer 8/16/2013 Radius R $73,892 9,044
62 Pump 9/19/2014 Submarine Deluxe PG $72,277 8,846
63 The Square 10/25/2013 Noujaim Films Not Rated $71,290 8,725
64 Take Me to the River 9/12/2014 Abramorama Films PG $68,598 8,396
65 For No Good Reason 4/25/2014 Sony Pictures Classics R $67,105 8,213
66 Through a Lens Darkly 8/27/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $64,441 7,887
67 Watermark 9/27/2013 Mongrel Media PG $64,031 7,837
68 Maidentrip 12/20/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $60,985 7,464
69 Sweet Dreams 11/15/2013 International Film Circuit Not Rated $59,403 7,270
70 Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case 5/16/2014 International Film Circuit Not Rated $57,322 7,016
71 Big Men 3/14/2014 Abramorama Films Not Rated $55,032 6,735
72 To Be Takei 8/22/2014 Starz Media Not Rated $51,481 6,301
73 L'image manquante 3/19/2014 Strand Not Rated $51,337 6,283
74 The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz 6/27/2014 Participant Media R $50,735 6,209
75 NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage 5/2/2014 Spacey Not Rated $49,591 6,069
76 She's Beautiful When She's Angry 12/5/2014 International Film Circuit Not Rated $48,676 5,957
77 American Mustang 1/17/2014 Vitagraph Films PG $48,218 5,901
78 There’s No Place Like Utopia 7/18/2014 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG-13 $45,254 5,539
79 The Dog 8/8/2014 Drafthouse Films Not Rated $44,582 5,456
80 If You Build It 1/10/2014 Long Shot Factory Not Rated $43,393 5,311
81 Flamenco, Flamenco 11/18/2011 Mongrel Media Not Rated $42,297 5,177
82 Le dernier des injustes 2/7/2014 Cohen Media Group PG-13 $40,563 4,964
83 Teenage 3/14/2014 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $40,169 4,916
84 Fire in the Blood 9/6/2013 International Film Circuit Not Rated $36,228 4,434
85 Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets 11/19/2014 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $35,866 4,389
86 Ekspeditionen til verdens ende 8/20/2014 Argot Pictures Not Rated $33,416 4,090
87 Sagrada: el misteri de la creacio 9/12/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $32,600 3,990
88 Documented 5/2/2014 Documented Film, LLC Not Rated $30,662 3,752
89 Stations of the Elevated 10/17/2014 APD/Cinema Conservancy Not Rated $28,516 3,490
90 Monk With a Camera 11/21/2014 Kino Lorber Not Rated $27,663 3,385
91 Bettie Page Reveals All 11/22/2013 Music Box Films R $26,342 3,224
92 Elena 5/30/2014 Variance Films/Syndicado Not Rated $25,866 3,165
93 The Act of Killing 7/19/2013 Drafthouse Films Not Rated $25,142 3,077
94 Muscle Shoals 9/27/2013 Magnolia Pictures PG $24,431 2,990
95 Happy Valley 11/19/2014 Music Box Films Not Rated $23,868 2,921
96 Video Games: The Movie 7/18/2014 Variance Films Not Rated $23,043 2,820
97 Der Anstandige 10/1/2014 Kino Lorber Not Rated $20,240 2,477
98 The Past is a Grotesque Animal 6/19/2014 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $20,056 2,454
99 Peter Brook: The Tightrope 1/31/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $19,365 2,370
100 Watchers of the Sky 10/17/2014 Music Box Films Not Rated $19,339 2,367
101 The Kill Team 7/25/2014 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $19,183 2,347
102 Who is Dayani Cristal? 4/25/2014 Kino Lorber Not Rated $18,190 2,226
103 Levitated Mass 9/5/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $16,086 1,968
104 Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Wells 12/10/2014 Cohen Media Group PG-13 $15,528 1,900
105 Free the Mind 5/3/2013 International Film Circuit Not Rated $15,069 1,844
106 Fifi az khoshhali zooze makeshad 8/8/2014 Music Box Films Not Rated $13,614 1,666
107 The Pleasures of Being Out of Step 6/30/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $13,137 1,607
108 K2: Siren of the Himalayas 8/22/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $12,959 1,586
109 Inequality for All 9/27/2013 RADiUS-TWC PG $12,301 1,505
110 Touch the Wall 11/28/2014 Touch the Wall, LLC Not Rated $12,156 1,487
111 The Final Member 4/18/2014 Drafthouse Films R $11,428 1,398
112 Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz 8/31/2013 Indican Pictures Not Rated $11,293 1,382
113 Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes 9/5/2014 Shoot First, Inc. Not Rated $11,021 1,348
114 American Promise 10/18/2013 Rada Film Group Not Rated $10,317 1,262
115 The Endless Summer 7/23/2014 Monterey Media Not Rated $10,233 1,252
116 The Great Invisible 10/29/2014 RADiUS-TWC PG-13 $9,952 1,218
117 The Search for General Tso 1/2/2015 Sundance Selects Not Rated $9,336 1,142
118 Kabbalah Me 8/21/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $8,671 1,061
119 Next Year Jerusalem 5/16/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $8,093 990
120 Faith Connections 9/12/2014 Kino Lorber Not Rated $7,772 951
121 Concerning Violence 12/5/2014 Kino Lorber Not Rated $7,241 886
122 Plot for Peace 10/31/2014 Trinity Film Not Rated $7,051 863
123 I Am Ali 10/10/2014 Focus Features PG $6,526 798
124 Revenge of the Mekons 10/29/2014 Music Box Films Not Rated $6,487 794
125 More Than Honey 6/12/2013 Kino Lorber Not Rated $6,347 776
126 In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter 1/3/2014 Self Distributed Not Rated $6,033 738
127 The Hacker Wars 10/17/2014 Vitagraph Films Not Rated $5,916 724
128 The Punk Singer 11/29/2013 IFC Films Not Rated $5,604 685
129 Flex is Kings 4/4/2014 Baxter Brothers Not Rated $5,418 663
130 Web Junkie 8/6/2014 Kino Lorber Not Rated $5,338 653
131 At Berkeley 11/8/2013 Zipporah Not Rated $5,254 643
132 Half the Road 4/18/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $4,783 585
133 Death Metal Angola 11/7/2014 The Vladar Company R $4,674 572
134 Smiling Through the Apocalypse 9/12/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $4,560 558
135 Jews of Egypt 3/28/2014 ArtMattan Productions Not Rated $4,506 551
136 Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show 10/29/2014 Submarine Deluxe Not Rated $3,100 379
137 Assistance mortelle 2/28/2014 Velvet Film Not Rated $3,000 367
138 Mercedes Sosa: La voz de Latinoamerica 1/24/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $2,648 324
139 Dinosaur 13 8/15/2014 Lionsgate PG $2,500 305
140 Evergreen: The Road to Legalization 6/13/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $2,363 289
141 Design is One 10/11/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $2,308 282
142 Algorithms 10/17/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $2,021 247
143 Stories We Tell 10/12/2012 Mongrel Media PG-13 $2,015 246
144 Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity 9/10/2014 The Film Collaborative Not Rated $1,822 223
145 More Than the Rainbow 5/2/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $1,677 205
146 The Human Scale 9/20/2013 Mongrel Media Not Rated $1,635 200
147 The Trials of Muhammad Ali 8/23/2013 Kino Lorber Not Rated $1,440 176
148 People of a Feather 11/8/2013 First Run Features Not Rated $1,194 146
149 We Are the Giant 12/12/2014 Music Box Films Not Rated $1,088 133
150 A People Uncounted 5/16/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $930 113
151 Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer 8/2/2013 Artists Public Domain/Cinema Conservancy Not Rated $614 75
Total Gross of All Movies$88,349,328
Total Tickets Sold10,813,799

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2014. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2014. 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).

The yearly amounts on our Theatrical Market pages are based on box office years. Each box office year starts on the first Monday of the year, so the previous year ends on the Sunday before the first Monday. For example, the "2017 box office year" started on January 2, 2017 so the "2016 box office year" ended on Sunday, January 1, 2017.

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