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Box Office Performance for Based on Real Life Events Movies in 2015

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RankMovieRelease
Date
GenreMPAA
Rating
2015 GrossTickets Sold
1 Straight Outta Compton 8/14/2015 Drama R $161,058,685 19,105,419
2 Selma 12/25/2014 Drama PG-13 $52,076,908 6,177,569
3 McFarland, USA 2/20/2015 Drama PG $44,480,275 5,276,426
4 Everest 9/18/2015 Thriller/Suspense PG-13 $43,309,450 5,137,538
5 Joy 12/25/2015 Drama PG-13 $38,521,065 4,569,521
6 Spotlight 11/6/2015 Drama R $27,108,972 3,215,773
7 In the Heart of the Sea 12/11/2015 Adventure PG-13 $23,750,170 2,817,339
8 Black or White 1/30/2015 Drama PG-13 $21,571,189 2,558,859
9 Monkey Kingdom 4/17/2015 Documentary G $16,432,322 1,949,267
10 Woodlawn 10/16/2015 Drama PG $14,380,599 1,705,883
11 Love & Mercy 6/5/2015 Drama PG-13 $12,551,031 1,488,853
12 The Walk 10/9/2015 Drama PG $10,137,502 1,202,550
13 Amy 7/3/2015 Documentary R $8,409,616 997,581
14 Trumbo 11/6/2015 Drama R $7,015,228 832,174
15 Big Eyes 12/25/2014 Drama PG-13 $4,558,006 540,688
16 Foxcatcher 11/14/2014 Drama R $4,153,511 492,705
17 Hubble 3D 3/19/2010 Documentary G $4,088,852 485,035
18 Space Station 4/19/2002 Documentary Not Rated $3,201,391 379,761
19 Mr. Turner 12/19/2014 Drama R $2,995,728 355,365
20 He Named Me Malala 10/2/2015 Documentary PG-13 $2,668,936 316,599
21 Pawn Sacrifice 9/16/2015 Drama PG-13 $2,436,308 289,004
22 Meru 8/14/2015 Documentary R $2,334,228 276,895
23 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 4/4/2014 Documentary G $1,989,670 236,022
24 Legend 11/20/2015 Thriller/Suspense R $1,865,774 221,325
25 Journey to the South Pacific 11/27/2013 Documentary G $1,852,230 219,718
26 Jerusalem 9/13/2013 Documentary Not Rated $1,715,647 203,516
27 Meet the Patels 9/11/2015 Documentary PG $1,700,680 201,741
28 The Letters 12/4/2015 Drama PG $1,632,464 193,649
29 The Salt of the Earth 3/27/2015 Documentary PG-13 $1,343,349 159,353
30 Iris 4/29/2015 Documentary PG-13 $1,310,678 155,477
31 The Wolfpack 6/12/2015 Documentary R $1,301,696 154,412
32 The Met: Live in HD - Tannhauser 10/30/2015 Concert/Performance Not Rated $1,150,000 136,417
33 Dior and I 4/10/2015 Documentary R $1,028,953 122,058
34 Best of Enemies 7/31/2015 Documentary R $892,802 105,907
35 The Wrecking Crew 3/13/2015 Documentary PG $801,606 95,089
36 Seymour: An Introduction 3/13/2015 Documentary PG $729,744 86,565
37 Cartel Land 7/3/2015 Documentary R $704,352 83,553
38 Red Army 1/23/2015 Documentary PG $694,647 82,401
39 The Stanford Prison Experiment 7/17/2015 Drama R $649,690 77,068
40 Born to be Wild 3D 4/8/2011 Documentary G $587,060 69,639
41 CitizenFour 10/24/2014 Documentary R $537,661 63,779
42 The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution 9/2/2015 Documentary Not Rated $516,893 61,315
43 Awake: The Life of Yogananda 10/10/2014 Documentary PG $509,752 60,468
44 Deli Man: The Movie 2/27/2015 Documentary PG-13 $502,294 59,584
45 Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine 9/4/2015 Documentary R $494,506 58,660
46 Saint Laurent 5/8/2015 Drama R $429,477 50,946
47 Under the Sea 3D 2/13/2009 Documentary G $427,208 50,677
48 Rosenwald 8/14/2015 Documentary Not Rated $426,891 50,639
49 Listen to Me Marlon 7/29/2015 Documentary Not Rated $426,130 50,549
50 Unbranded 9/25/2015 Documentary PG-13 $410,185 48,657
51 The Hunting Ground 2/27/2015 Documentary PG-13 $405,917 48,151
52 Freetown 4/8/2015 Thriller/Suspense PG-13 $397,122 47,108
53 Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict 11/6/2015 Documentary Not Rated $393,584 46,688
54 She's Beautiful When She's Angry 12/5/2014 Documentary Not Rated $374,467 44,420
55 Noble 5/8/2015 Drama PG $347,321 41,200
56 Talvar 10/2/2015 Drama Not Rated $342,428 40,620
57 Ballet 422 2/6/2015 Documentary PG $333,554 39,567
58 Heart of a Dog 10/21/2015 Documentary Not Rated $322,743 38,285
59 Taxi 10/2/2015 Documentary Not Rated $291,088 34,530
60 Above and Beyond 1/30/2015 Documentary Not Rated $288,751 34,252
61 Janis: Little Girl Blue 11/27/2015 Documentary Not Rated $268,786 31,884
62 Himalaya 12/18/2015 Adventure Not Rated $256,901 30,474
63 Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer 9/18/2015 Documentary PG-13 $225,000 26,690
64 Hitchcock/Truffaut 12/2/2015 Documentary PG-13 $206,791 24,530
65 La French 5/15/2015 Thriller/Suspense R $190,980 22,654
66 Lambert & Stamp 4/3/2015 Documentary R $183,320 21,746
67 An Honest Liar 3/6/2015 Documentary Not Rated $180,590 21,422
68 All Things Must Pass 10/16/2015 Documentary Not Rated $166,872 19,795
69 Experimenter 10/16/2015 Drama PG-13 $155,575 18,454
70 Desert Dancer 4/10/2015 Drama PG-13 $155,271 18,418
71 Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck 4/24/2015 Documentary Not Rated $140,208 16,632
72 To the Arctic 3D 4/20/2012 Documentary G $135,768 16,105
73 Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll 4/22/2015 Documentary Not Rated $133,443 15,829
74 The Look of Silence 7/17/2015 Documentary PG-13 $109,089 12,940
75 Do I Sound Gay? 7/10/2015 Documentary Not Rated $108,620 12,884
76 In Jackson Heights 11/4/2015 Documentary Not Rated $102,475 12,155
77 Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary 7/31/2015 Documentary G $101,531 12,044
78 I Am Eleven 9/12/2014 Documentary Not Rated $98,057 11,631
79 A Ballerina's Tale 10/14/2015 Documentary Not Rated $96,900 11,494
80 A Poem Is a Naked Person 7/1/2015 Documentary Not Rated $96,592 11,458
81 Jie jiu wu xian sheng 9/30/2015 Action Not Rated $92,696 10,995
82 Sunshine Superman 5/22/2015 Documentary PG $88,097 10,450
83 Trace Amounts 1/2/2015 Documentary Not Rated $80,735 9,577
84 Deep Sea 3D 3/3/2006 Documentary G $78,669 9,332
85 Tab Hunter Confidential 10/15/2015 Documentary Not Rated $78,323 9,290
86 Batkid Begins 6/26/2015 Documentary PG $74,709 8,862
87 I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story 5/6/2015 Documentary Not Rated $67,845 8,048
88 National Gallery 11/5/2014 Documentary Not Rated $64,597 7,662
89 Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead The Story of the National Lampoon 9/25/2015 Documentary Not Rated $62,684 7,435
90 Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World 5/13/2015 Documentary Not Rated $61,303 7,272
91 Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times 8/27/2015 Documentary Not Rated $56,744 6,731
92 Antarctica: A Year on Ice 11/28/2014 Documentary PG $54,710 6,489
93 The Quay Brothers in 35MM 8/19/2015 Documentary Not Rated $51,858 6,151
94 We Come as Friends 8/14/2015 Documentary Not Rated $50,921 6,040
95 The Yes Men Are Revolting 11/20/2014 Documentary Not Rated $50,190 5,953
96 Difret 10/16/2015 Drama Not Rated $49,667 5,891
97 Jag är Ingrid 11/13/2015 Documentary Not Rated $42,381 5,027
98 Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot 7/10/2015 Documentary Not Rated $41,340 4,903
99 Love Thy Nature 4/14/2015 Documentary Not Rated $41,336 4,903
100 The Seven Five 5/8/2015 Documentary R $40,674 4,824
101 Het nieuwe Rijksmuseum 6/19/2015 Documentary Not Rated $40,578 4,813
102 What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy 11/6/2015 Documentary Not Rated $40,119 4,759
103 Prophet’s Prey 9/18/2015 Documentary Not Rated $39,347 4,667
104 Grey Gardens 3/6/2015 Documentary PG $36,923 4,379
105 Welcome to Leith 9/9/2015 Documentary Not Rated $36,010 4,271
106 Finders Keepers 9/25/2015 Documentary R $35,555 4,217
107 El boton de nacar 10/23/2015 Documentary Not Rated $34,929 4,143
108 The Search for General Tso 1/2/2015 Documentary Not Rated $32,119 3,810
109 Paul Taylor Creative Domain 9/11/2015 Documentary Not Rated $30,168 3,578
110 3 and 1/2 Minutes 6/19/2015 Documentary Not Rated $29,725 3,526
111 The Nightmare 6/5/2015 Horror Not Rated $28,281 3,354
112 Siakh lokhamim: ha'slilim ha'gnouzim 10/15/2015 Documentary Not Rated $28,231 3,348
113 Tap World 7/10/2015 Documentary Not Rated $26,747 3,172
114 Peace Officer 9/16/2015 Documentary Not Rated $26,632 3,159
115 Sagrada: el misteri de la creacio 9/12/2014 Documentary Not Rated $26,155 3,102
116 Last Days in Vietnam 9/5/2014 Documentary Not Rated $26,083 3,094
117 The Epic of Everest 5/8/2015 Documentary Not Rated $22,382 2,655
118 Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police 3/20/2015 Documentary Not Rated $22,326 2,648
119 Misery Loves Comedy 4/24/2015 Documentary Not Rated $19,634 2,329
120 Actress 11/7/2014 Documentary Not Rated $19,365 2,297
121 Meet the Mormons 10/10/2014 Documentary PG $18,805 2,230
122 Monk With a Camera 11/21/2014 Documentary Not Rated $18,275 2,167
123 Das große Museum 4/24/2015 Documentary Not Rated $18,020 2,137
124 Noma: My Perfect Storm 12/18/2015 Documentary Not Rated $16,700 1,981
125 Girlhood 10/31/2003 Documentary Not Rated $16,562 1,964
126 Amour fou 3/18/2015 Drama Not Rated $14,296 1,695
127 The Armor Of Light 10/30/2015 Documentary PG-13 $12,267 1,455
128 Emptying The Skies 4/22/2015 Documentary Not Rated $11,811 1,401
129 The Devil's Violinist 1/30/2015 Drama R $11,294 1,339
130 Sembene! 11/13/2015 Documentary Not Rated $10,945 1,298
131 Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago 9/6/2013 Documentary Not Rated $10,783 1,279
132 Mala Mala 7/1/2015 Documentary Not Rated $10,761 1,276
133 The Overnighters 10/10/2014 Documentary PG-13 $10,741 1,274
134 The Forecaster 3/17/2015 Documentary Not Rated $10,172 1,206
135 The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest 3/6/2015 Documentary Not Rated $10,021 1,188
136 The Winding Stream 12/16/2015 Documentary Not Rated $9,566 1,134
137 Station to Station 8/21/2015 Documentary Not Rated $9,494 1,126
138 One Cut, One Life 5/13/2015 Documentary Not Rated $9,406 1,115
139 Butterfly Girl 2/27/2015 Documentary Not Rated $8,956 1,062
140 Não Pare na Pista: A Melhor História de Paulo Coelho 7/31/2015 Drama Not Rated $8,808 1,044
141 Farewell to Hollywood 2/25/2015 Documentary Not Rated $8,601 1,020
142 Wa-shoku: Beyond Sushi 4/10/2015 Documentary Not Rated $8,570 1,016
143 Counting 7/31/2015 Documentary Not Rated $8,374 993
144 Steak (R)evolution 7/17/2015 Documentary Not Rated $8,025 951
145 Sur le chemin de l'ecole 2/6/2015 Documentary G $7,424 880
146 Rubble Kings 6/19/2015 Documentary Not Rated $7,416 879
147 Antarctic Edge: 70º South 4/17/2015 Documentary Not Rated $7,193 853
148 A Murder in the Park 6/26/2015 Documentary PG-13 $7,125 845
149 Advanced Style 9/26/2014 Documentary Not Rated $6,905 819
150 Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans 11/13/2015 Documentary Not Rated $6,843 811
151 Cavalo Dinheiro 7/24/2015 Documentary Not Rated $6,508 772
152 Famous Nathan 7/17/2015 Documentary Not Rated $6,048 717
153 Top Spin 8/21/2015 Documentary Not Rated $5,858 694
154 Shout Gladi Gladi 10/2/2015 Documentary Not Rated $5,839 692
155 The Wanted 18 6/19/2015 Documentary Not Rated $5,680 673
156 Our Man in Tehran 5/15/2015 Documentary Not Rated $5,573 661
157 Revenge of the Mekons 10/29/2014 Documentary Not Rated $5,374 637
158 De Mayerling à Sarajevo 3/27/2015 Drama Not Rated $5,247 622
159 Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter 1/23/2015 Documentary Not Rated $4,706 558
160 Seeds of Time 5/22/2015 Documentary Not Rated $4,630 549
161 Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango 8/14/2015 Documentary Not Rated $4,593 544
162 Farewell, Herr Schwartz 1/9/2015 Documentary Not Rated $4,455 528
163 Im Keller 11/6/2015 Documentary Not Rated $3,643 432
164 That Sugar Film 3/1/2015 Documentary Not Rated $3,500 415
165 Dreams Rewired 12/16/2015 Documentary Not Rated $3,240 384
166 Banksy Does New York 4/23/2015 Documentary Not Rated $2,388 283
167 Sneakerheadz 8/7/2015 Documentary Not Rated $1,903 225
168 20,000 Days on Earth 9/17/2014 Documentary Not Rated $1,788 212
169 The Other Man: F.W. de Klerk and the End of Apartheid 2/6/2015 Documentary Not Rated $1,747 207
170 Making Rounds 10/30/2015 Documentary Not Rated $1,484 176
171 The Pardon 3/22/2013 Drama PG-13 $1,418 168
172 Faith Connections 9/12/2014 Documentary Not Rated $1,339 158
173 C'est dur d'être aimé par des cons 3/13/2015 Documentary Not Rated $1,279 151
174 Der Anstandige 10/1/2014 Documentary Not Rated $1,087 128
175 Through a Lens Darkly 8/27/2014 Documentary Not Rated $728 86
176 Finding Fela! 8/1/2014 Documentary Not Rated $554 65
177 Jimmy P. 2/14/2014 Drama Not Rated $483 57
Total Gross of All Movies$542,727,794
Total Tickets Sold64,380,436

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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