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Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2015

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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2015 GrossTickets Sold
1 Monkey Kingdom 4/17/2015 Walt Disney G $16,432,322 1,949,267
2 Amy 7/3/2015 A24 R $8,409,616 997,581
3 Hubble 3D 3/19/2010 Warner Bros. G $4,088,852 485,035
4 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $3,201,391 379,761
5 He Named Me Malala 10/2/2015 Fox Searchlight PG-13 $2,668,936 316,599
6 Meru 8/14/2015 R $2,334,228 276,895
7 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 4/4/2014 Warner Bros. G $1,989,670 236,022
8 Journey to the South Pacific 11/27/2013 MacGillivray Freeman Films G $1,852,230 219,718
9 Jerusalem 9/13/2013 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $1,715,647 203,516
10 Meet the Patels 9/11/2015 Alchemy PG $1,700,680 201,741
11 The Salt of the Earth 3/27/2015 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $1,343,349 159,353
12 Iris 4/29/2015 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $1,310,678 155,477
13 The Wolfpack 6/12/2015 Magnolia Pictures R $1,301,696 154,412
14 Dior and I 4/10/2015 The Orchard R $1,028,953 122,058
15 Best of Enemies 7/31/2015 Magnolia Pictures R $892,802 105,907
16 The Wrecking Crew 3/13/2015 Magnolia Pictures PG $801,606 95,089
17 Seymour: An Introduction 3/13/2015 IFC Films PG $729,744 86,565
18 Cartel Land 7/3/2015 The Orchard R $704,352 83,553
19 Red Army 1/23/2015 Sony Pictures Classics PG $694,647 82,401
20 Born to be Wild 3D 4/8/2011 Warner Bros. G $587,060 69,639
21 CitizenFour 10/24/2014 RADiUS-TWC R $537,661 63,779
22 The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution 9/2/2015 PBS Distribution Not Rated $516,893 61,315
23 Awake: The Life of Yogananda 10/10/2014 Counterpoint Films & Self-Realization Fellowship PG $509,752 60,468
24 Deli Man: The Movie 2/27/2015 Cohen Media Group PG-13 $502,294 59,584
25 Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine 9/4/2015 Magnolia Pictures R $494,506 58,660
26 Under the Sea 3D 2/13/2009 Warner Bros. G $427,208 50,677
27 Rosenwald 8/14/2015 The Ciesla Foundation Not Rated $426,891 50,639
28 Listen to Me Marlon 7/29/2015 Abramorama Films Not Rated $426,130 50,549
29 Unbranded 9/25/2015 Gravitas Ventures PG-13 $410,185 48,657
30 The Hunting Ground 2/27/2015 RADiUS-TWC PG-13 $405,917 48,151
31 Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict 11/6/2015 Submarine Deluxe Not Rated $393,584 46,688
32 She's Beautiful When She's Angry 12/5/2014 International Film Circuit Not Rated $374,467 44,420
33 Ballet 422 2/6/2015 Magnolia Pictures PG $333,554 39,567
34 Heart of a Dog 10/21/2015 Abramorama Films Not Rated $322,743 38,285
35 Taxi 10/2/2015 Kino Lorber Not Rated $291,088 34,530
36 Above and Beyond 1/30/2015 International Film Circuit Not Rated $288,751 34,252
37 Janis: Little Girl Blue 11/27/2015 FilmRise Not Rated $268,786 31,884
38 Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer 9/18/2015 The Vladar Company PG-13 $225,000 26,690
39 Hitchcock/Truffaut 12/2/2015 Cohen Media Group PG-13 $206,791 24,530
40 Merchants of Doubt 3/6/2015 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $192,362 22,818
41 Lambert & Stamp 4/3/2015 Sony Pictures Classics R $183,320 21,746
42 An Honest Liar 3/6/2015 Abramorama Films Not Rated $180,590 21,422
43 All Things Must Pass 10/16/2015 Gravitas Ventures Not Rated $166,872 19,795
44 Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck 4/24/2015 HBO Documentary Films Not Rated $140,208 16,632
45 To the Arctic 3D 4/20/2012 Warner Bros. G $135,768 16,105
46 Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll 4/22/2015 Argot Pictures Not Rated $133,443 15,829
47 The Look of Silence 7/17/2015 Drafthouse Films PG-13 $109,089 12,940
48 Do I Sound Gay? 7/10/2015 IFC Films Not Rated $108,620 12,884
49 In Jackson Heights 11/4/2015 Zipporah Not Rated $102,475 12,155
50 Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary 7/31/2015 RADiUS-TWC G $101,531 12,044
51 I Am Eleven 9/12/2014 Proud Mother Pictures Not Rated $98,057 11,631
52 A Ballerina's Tale 10/14/2015 IFC Films Not Rated $96,900 11,494
53 A Poem Is a Naked Person 7/1/2015 Janus Films Not Rated $96,592 11,458
54 Sunshine Superman 5/22/2015 Magnolia Pictures PG $88,097 10,450
55 Trace Amounts 1/2/2015 Gathr Films Not Rated $80,735 9,577
56 Deep Sea 3D 3/3/2006 Warner Bros. G $78,669 9,332
57 Tab Hunter Confidential 10/15/2015 Not Rated $78,323 9,290
58 Batkid Begins 6/26/2015 Warner Bros. PG $74,709 8,862
59 I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story 5/6/2015 TriBeca Films Not Rated $67,845 8,048
60 National Gallery 11/5/2014 Zipporah Not Rated $64,597 7,662
61 Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead The Story of the National Lampoon 9/25/2015 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $62,684 7,435
62 Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World 5/13/2015 Icarus Films Not Rated $61,303 7,272
63 Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times 8/27/2015 Northern Arts Entertainment Not Rated $56,744 6,731
64 Antarctica: A Year on Ice 11/28/2014 Music Box Films PG $54,710 6,489
65 The Quay Brothers in 35MM 8/19/2015 Zeitgeist Not Rated $51,858 6,151
66 We Come as Friends 8/14/2015 BBC Worldwide North America Not Rated $50,921 6,040
67 The Yes Men Are Revolting 11/20/2014 The Orchard Not Rated $50,190 5,953
68 Jag är Ingrid 11/13/2015 Rialto Pictures Not Rated $42,381 5,027
69 Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot 7/10/2015 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $41,340 4,903
70 Love Thy Nature 4/14/2015 In The Light Productions LLC Not Rated $41,336 4,903
71 The Seven Five 5/8/2015 IFC Films R $40,674 4,824
72 Het nieuwe Rijksmuseum 6/19/2015 First Run Features Not Rated $40,578 4,813
73 What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy 11/6/2015 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $40,119 4,759
74 Prophet’s Prey 9/18/2015 Showtime Original Not Rated $39,347 4,667
75 Grey Gardens 3/6/2015 Janus Films PG $36,923 4,379
76 Welcome to Leith 9/9/2015 First Run Features Not Rated $36,010 4,271
77 Finders Keepers 9/25/2015 The Orchard R $35,555 4,217
78 El boton de nacar 10/23/2015 Kino Lorber Not Rated $34,929 4,143
79 The Search for General Tso 1/2/2015 Sundance Selects Not Rated $32,119 3,810
80 Paul Taylor Creative Domain 9/11/2015 Resident Artist Not Rated $30,168 3,578
81 3 and 1/2 Minutes 6/19/2015 Participant Media Not Rated $29,725 3,526
82 Siakh lokhamim: ha'slilim ha'gnouzim 10/15/2015 Not Rated $28,231 3,348
83 Tap World 7/10/2015 Vitagraph Films Not Rated $26,747 3,172
84 Peace Officer 9/16/2015 Submarine Deluxe Not Rated $26,632 3,159
85 Sagrada: el misteri de la creacio 9/12/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $26,155 3,102
86 Last Days in Vietnam 9/5/2014 American Experience/PBS Films Not Rated $26,083 3,094
87 The Epic of Everest 5/8/2015 Kino International Not Rated $22,382 2,655
88 Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police 3/20/2015 Cinema Libre Not Rated $22,326 2,648
89 Misery Loves Comedy 4/24/2015 TriBeca Films Not Rated $19,634 2,329
90 Actress 11/7/2014 Cinema Guild Not Rated $19,365 2,297
91 Meet the Mormons 10/10/2014 Purdie Distribution PG $18,805 2,230
92 Monk With a Camera 11/21/2014 Kino Lorber Not Rated $18,275 2,167
93 Das große Museum 4/24/2015 Kino Lorber Not Rated $18,020 2,137
94 Noma: My Perfect Storm 12/18/2015 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $16,700 1,981
95 This Changes Everything 10/2/2015 Abramorama Films Not Rated $16,692 1,980
96 Girlhood 10/31/2003 Not Rated $16,562 1,964
97 The Armor Of Light 10/30/2015 Fork Films PG-13 $12,267 1,455
98 Emptying The Skies 4/22/2015 Music Box Films Not Rated $11,811 1,401
99 Sembene! 11/13/2015 Kino Lorber Not Rated $10,945 1,298
100 Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago 9/6/2013 Future Educational Films Not Rated $10,783 1,279
101 Mala Mala 7/1/2015 Strand Not Rated $10,761 1,276
102 The Overnighters 10/10/2014 Drafthouse Films PG-13 $10,741 1,274
103 The Forecaster 3/17/2015 Autlook Films Not Rated $10,172 1,206
104 The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest 3/6/2015 City Drive Films Not Rated $10,021 1,188
105 The Winding Stream 12/16/2015 Argot Pictures Not Rated $9,566 1,134
106 Station to Station 8/21/2015 Submarine Deluxe Not Rated $9,494 1,126
107 One Cut, One Life 5/13/2015 First Run Features Not Rated $9,406 1,115
108 Butterfly Girl 2/27/2015 Indican Pictures Not Rated $8,956 1,062
109 Farewell to Hollywood 2/25/2015 International Film Circuit Not Rated $8,601 1,020
110 Wa-shoku: Beyond Sushi 4/10/2015 Not Rated $8,570 1,016
111 Counting 7/31/2015 Cinema Guild Not Rated $8,374 993
112 Steak (R)evolution 7/17/2015 Kino Lorber Not Rated $8,025 951
113 Sur le chemin de l'ecole 2/6/2015 Distrib Films G $7,424 880
114 Rubble Kings 6/19/2015 Saboteur Media Not Rated $7,416 879
115 Antarctic Edge: 70º South 4/17/2015 First Run Features Not Rated $7,193 853
116 A Murder in the Park 6/26/2015 Sundance Selects PG-13 $7,125 845
117 Advanced Style 9/26/2014 Bond/360 Not Rated $6,905 819
118 Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans 11/13/2015 FilmRise Not Rated $6,843 811
119 Cavalo Dinheiro 7/24/2015 Cinema Guild Not Rated $6,508 772
120 Famous Nathan 7/17/2015 Film Movement Not Rated $6,048 717
121 Top Spin 8/21/2015 First Run Features Not Rated $5,858 694
122 Shout Gladi Gladi 10/2/2015 International Film Circuit Not Rated $5,839 692
123 The Wanted 18 6/19/2015 Kino Lorber Not Rated $5,680 673
124 Our Man in Tehran 5/15/2015 First Run Features Not Rated $5,573 661
125 Concerning Violence 12/5/2014 Kino Lorber Not Rated $5,439 645
126 Revenge of the Mekons 10/29/2014 Music Box Films Not Rated $5,374 637
127 Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter 1/23/2015 First Run Features Not Rated $4,706 558
128 Seeds of Time 5/22/2015 Kino Lorber Not Rated $4,630 549
129 Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango 8/14/2015 ArtMattan Productions Not Rated $4,593 544
130 Farewell, Herr Schwartz 1/9/2015 Kino Lorber Not Rated $4,455 528
131 Im Keller 11/6/2015 Strand Not Rated $3,643 432
132 That Sugar Film 3/1/2015 Not Rated $3,500 415
133 Dreams Rewired 12/16/2015 Icarus Films Not Rated $3,240 384
134 Banksy Does New York 4/23/2015 Not Rated $2,388 283
135 Sneakerheadz 8/7/2015 Submarine Deluxe Not Rated $1,903 225
136 20,000 Days on Earth 9/17/2014 Drafthouse Films Not Rated $1,788 212
137 The Other Man: F.W. de Klerk and the End of Apartheid 2/6/2015 First Run Features Not Rated $1,747 207
138 Making Rounds 10/30/2015 First Run Features Not Rated $1,484 176
139 Faith Connections 9/12/2014 Kino Lorber Not Rated $1,339 158
140 C'est dur d'être aimé par des cons 3/13/2015 Kino Lorber Not Rated $1,279 151
141 Der Anstandige 10/1/2014 Kino Lorber Not Rated $1,087 128
142 Through a Lens Darkly 8/27/2014 First Run Features Not Rated $728 86
143 Finding Fela! 8/1/2014 Kino Lorber Not Rated $554 65
Total Gross of All Movies$65,052,467
Total Tickets Sold7,716,715

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2015. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2015. 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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