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Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2016

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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2016 GrossTickets Sold
1 Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party 7/15/2016 Quality Flix PG-13 $13,099,931 1,514,442
2 A Beautiful Planet 4/29/2016 Walt Disney G $7,895,708 912,798
3 Where to Invade Next 12/23/2015 Drafthouse Films R $3,827,261 442,457
4 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week 9/16/2016 Abramorama Films Not Rated $2,919,918 337,562
5 Hillsong: Let Hope Rise 9/16/2016 Pure Flix Entertainment PG $2,394,725 276,846
6 The Eagle Huntress 11/2/2016 Sony Pictures Classics G $2,089,613 241,573
7 Weiner 5/20/2016 Sundance Selects R $1,675,196 193,664
8 The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble 6/10/2016 The Orchard PG-13 $1,169,214 135,169
9 Vaxxed: From Cover Up to Catastrophe 4/1/2016 Cinema Libre Not Rated $1,163,265 134,481
10 Dark Horse 4/17/2015 PG $940,715 108,753
11 Hubble 3D 3/19/2010 Warner Bros. G $929,283 107,431
12 Born to be Wild 3D 4/8/2011 Warner Bros. G $658,188 76,091
13 Tickled 6/17/2016 Magnolia Pictures R $613,956 70,977
14 City of Gold 3/11/2016 IFC Films R $608,799 70,381
15 Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World 8/19/2016 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $594,912 68,775
16 Gleason 7/29/2016 Open Road R $585,233 67,656
17 Harry & Snowman 5/20/2016 Not Rated $552,614 63,886
18 The First Monday in May 4/15/2016 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $527,474 60,979
19 Galapagos 10/29/1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $463,537 53,588
20 Gimme Danger 10/28/2016 Magnolia Pictures R $440,627 50,939
21 Embrace 7/15/2016 Not Rated $412,340 47,669
22 Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words 6/24/2016 Sony Pictures Classics R $355,074 41,049
23 Under the Sea 3D 2/13/2009 Warner Bros. G $301,741 34,883
24 Mimimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things 5/24/2016 Asymmetrical Not Rated $261,865 30,273
25 Life, Animated 7/1/2016 The Orchard PG $254,738 29,449
26 Oasis: Supersonic 10/26/2016 A24 R $242,867 28,077
27 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 4/4/2014 Warner Bros. G $214,329 24,777
28 Kaptaan 5/20/2016 Not Rated $203,790 23,559
29 Jheronimus Bosch, Touched by the Devil 7/27/2016 Kino Lorber Not Rated $172,533 19,946
30 De Palma 6/10/2016 A24 R $165,237 19,102
31 The Witness 6/3/2016 FilmRise Not Rated $158,527 18,326
32 Eva Hesse 4/27/2016 Zeitgeist Not Rated $157,481 18,205
33 Generation Found 8/29/2016 Gathr Films Not Rated $151,751 17,543
34 Seed: The Untold Story 8/22/2016 Collective Eye Not Rated $145,001 16,763
35 Janis: Little Girl Blue 11/27/2015 FilmRise Not Rated $141,679 16,379
36 Requiem for the American Dream 1/29/2016 Gravitas Ventures Not Rated $130,152 15,046
37 Miss Sharon Jones 7/29/2016 Starz Media Not Rated $120,880 13,974
38 Hockney 4/22/2016 Film Movement Not Rated $120,745 13,958
39 Les Saisons 3/10/2016 PG $109,755 12,688
40 Zero Days 7/8/2016 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $109,649 12,676
41 Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict 11/6/2015 Submarine Deluxe Not Rated $104,844 12,120
42 Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened 11/18/2016 Abramorama Films Not Rated $102,233 11,818
43 Cameraperson 9/9/2016 Janus Films Not Rated $102,033 11,795
44 Un tango mas 4/15/2016 Strand Not Rated $100,086 11,570
45 V paprscích slunce 4/27/2016 Not Rated $99,436 11,495
46 Hitchcock/Truffaut 12/2/2015 Cohen Media Group PG-13 $98,108 11,341
47 Heart of a Dog 10/21/2015 Abramorama Films Not Rated $98,070 11,337
48 Jag är Ingrid 11/13/2015 Rialto Pictures Not Rated $95,767 11,071
49 Space Station 4/19/2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $94,440 10,917
50 My Love, Don't Cross That River 6/17/2016 Film Movement Not Rated $88,018 10,175
51 Author: The JT LeRoy Story 9/9/2016 Magnolia Pictures R $85,999 9,942
52 Deep Sea 3D 3/3/2006 Warner Bros. G $84,038 9,715
53 Los sures 4/15/2016 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $83,992 9,710
54 Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt 4/6/2016 Zeitgeist Not Rated $82,143 9,496
55 For the Love of Spock 9/9/2016 Gravitas Ventures Not Rated $80,141 9,264
56 Colliding Dreams 3/4/2016 International Film Circuit Not Rated $78,288 9,050
57 Don’t Blink: Robert Frank 7/13/2016 Grasshopper Film Not Rated $76,134 8,801
58 Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made 6/17/2016 Drafthouse Films Not Rated $71,916 8,313
59 Do Not Resist 9/30/2016 Vanish Films Not Rated $71,195 8,230
60 Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You 7/8/2016 Music Box Films Not Rated $70,950 8,202
61 The Messenger 12/4/2015 Alive Mind Not Rated $67,816 7,840
62 Fuocoammare 6/10/2016 Not Rated $66,419 7,678
63 Trapped 3/4/2016 Abramorama Films Not Rated $63,240 7,310
64 Dancer 9/9/2016 IFC Films Not Rated $62,578 7,234
65 Presenting Princess Shaw 5/27/2016 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $60,197 6,959
66 Command and Control 9/14/2016 PBS Distribution Not Rated $57,635 6,663
67 Journey to the South Pacific 11/27/2013 MacGillivray Freeman Films G $53,171 6,146
68 The Last Man on the Moon 2/26/2016 Gravitas Ventures Not Rated $52,482 6,067
69 King Georges 2/26/2016 IFC Films Not Rated $51,663 5,972
70 Mifune: The Last Samurai 11/25/2016 Strand Not Rated $49,438 5,715
71 To the Arctic 3D 4/20/2012 Warner Bros. G $46,923 5,424
72 We are X 10/21/2016 Drafthouse Films R $45,270 5,233
73 Nuts! 6/22/2016 Life Sentence Films/m Tuckman Media Not Rated $44,230 5,113
74 Danny Says 9/30/2016 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $44,213 5,111
75 Catching the Sun 4/1/2016 The Film Collaborative Not Rated $38,613 4,463
76 Germans and Jews 6/10/2016 First Run Features Not Rated $38,100 4,404
77 How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change 4/20/2016 International WOW Not Rated $36,386 4,206
78 Off the Rails 11/4/2016 The Film Collaborative Not Rated $34,249 3,959
79 Taxi 10/2/2015 Kino Lorber Not Rated $30,554 3,532
80 The Best Democracy Money Can Buy 9/23/2016 Cinema Libre Not Rated $29,500 3,410
81 Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art 1/8/2016 First Run Features Not Rated $29,462 3,406
82 The Seventh Fire 5/13/2016 Not Rated $29,361 3,394
83 The Unknowns 5/23/2016 Gathr Films Not Rated $29,284 3,385
84 Time to Choose 6/3/2016 Abramorama Films Not Rated $29,233 3,379
85 Kang rinpoche 5/13/2016 Icarus Films Not Rated $28,184 3,258
86 Bikes vs Cars 12/4/2015 Kino Lorber Not Rated $28,072 3,245
87 Rabin, in His Own Words 5/6/2016 Menemsha Entertainment Not Rated $27,941 3,230
88 Unlocking the Cage 5/25/2016 First Run Features Not Rated $27,284 3,154
89 Kate Plays Christine 8/26/2016 Grasshopper Film Not Rated $25,564 2,955
90 Disturbing the Peace 11/11/2016 Abramorama Films Not Rated $25,287 2,923
91 No Home Movie 4/1/2016 Icarus Films Not Rated $24,132 2,789
92 Gridiron Heroes 4/15/2016 Indican Pictures Not Rated $23,237 2,686
93 Generation Startup 9/23/2016 Long Shot Factory Not Rated $22,271 2,574
94 The Winding Stream 12/16/2015 Argot Pictures Not Rated $21,683 2,506
95 Thank You For Your Service 10/7/2016 Gathr Films Not Rated $21,497 2,485
96 Crocodile Gennadiy 5/20/2016 The Orchard R $21,142 2,444
97 Art Bastard 6/3/2016 CAVU Releasing Not Rated $19,600 2,265
98 Revelation: Dawn of Global Government 4/15/2016 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG $19,107 2,208
99 Ktown Cowboys 3/18/2016 Freestyle Releasing R $18,863 2,180
100 In Jackson Heights 11/4/2015 Zipporah Not Rated $18,619 2,152
101 Peter and the Farm 11/4/2016 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $18,123 2,095
102 Holy Hell 5/27/2016 WRA Productions LLC Not Rated $18,051 2,086
103 Io la conoscevo bene 2/5/2016 Janus Films Not Rated $18,010 2,082
104 Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream 4/20/2016 Menemsha Entertainment Not Rated $17,506 2,023
105 Landfill Harmonic 9/9/2016 The Film Collaborative Not Rated $17,205 1,989
106 Sembene! 11/13/2015 Kino Lorber Not Rated $17,114 1,978
107 The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger 8/31/2016 Icarus Films Not Rated $16,738 1,935
108 Argentina 6/17/2016 First Run Features Not Rated $14,869 1,718
109 The Uncondemned 10/21/2016 Abramorama Films Not Rated $14,393 1,663
110 Newtown 10/7/2016 Abramorama Films Not Rated $14,109 1,631
111 A Space Program 3/18/2016 Zeitgeist Not Rated $13,739 1,588
112 Siakh lokhamim: ha'slilim ha'gnouzim 10/15/2015 Not Rated $13,029 1,506
113 Elstree 1976 5/6/2016 FilmRise Not Rated $12,173 1,407
114 Hot Water 5/5/2016 Indican Pictures Not Rated $12,101 1,398
115 When Two Worlds Collide 8/17/2016 First Run Features Not Rated $12,080 1,396
116 Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz 8/31/2013 Indican Pictures Not Rated $11,755 1,358
117 Lucha Mexico 7/15/2016 Kino Lorber Not Rated $11,722 1,355
118 The Ruins of Lifta 9/23/2016 First Run Features Not Rated $11,548 1,335
119 Harry Benson: Shoot First 12/9/2016 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $11,398 1,317
120 Theo Who Lived 9/30/2016 Zeitgeist Not Rated $11,271 1,303
121 National Bird 11/11/2016 FilmRise Not Rated $10,470 1,210
122 Butterfly Girl 2/27/2015 Indican Pictures Not Rated $8,547 988
123 We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! 2/15/2016 Music Box Films Not Rated $8,277 956
124 Silicon Cowboys 9/16/2016 FilmRise Not Rated $8,239 952
125 The Other Side 5/20/2016 Film Movement PG $8,074 933
126 Talent Has Hunger 3/11/2016 First Run Features Not Rated $7,998 924
127 The Lost Arcade 8/12/2016 26 Aries Not Rated $7,500 867
128 Tab Hunter Confidential 10/15/2015 Not Rated $7,489 865
129 Indian Point 7/8/2016 First Run Features Not Rated $7,251 838
130 El boton de nacar 10/23/2015 Kino Lorber Not Rated $7,237 836
131 Rosenwald 8/14/2015 The Ciesla Foundation Not Rated $7,033 813
132 The Brainwashing of My Dad 3/18/2016 JSenko Productions Not Rated $7,028 812
133 Magnus 11/18/2016 FilmRise Not Rated $6,921 800
134 Boom Bust Boom 3/11/2016 Brainstorm Media Not Rated $6,896 797
135 Behind the White Glasses: Portrait of Lina Wertmuller 3/4/2016 Parade Deck Films Not Rated $6,840 790
136 Mad Tiger 3/18/2016 Film Movement Not Rated $6,823 788
137 The Dying of the Light 4/7/2016 First Run Features Not Rated $6,627 766
138 Call Her Applebroog 6/10/2016 Zeitgeist Not Rated $4,842 559
139 Roseanne for President! 7/1/2016 IFC Films Not Rated $4,734 547
140 Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame 4/1/2016 First Run Features Not Rated $4,696 542
141 Blood on the Mountain 11/18/2016 Abramorama Films Not Rated $4,664 539
142 As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado 12/18/2015 Kino Lorber Not Rated $4,502 520
143 Noma: My Perfect Storm 12/18/2015 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $4,430 512
144 On Meditation 7/27/2016 Kino Lorber Not Rated $4,322 499
145 Breaking a Monster 6/24/2016 Abramorama Films Not Rated $4,212 486
146 Among the Believers 9/30/2016 First Run Features Not Rated $4,189 484
147 I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantel Akerman 3/30/2016 Icarus Films Not Rated $4,069 470
148 Amy 7/3/2015 A24 R $3,528 407
149 Best and Most Beautiful Things 12/2/2016 First Run Features Not Rated $3,016 348
150 Hooligan Sparrow 7/22/2016 The Film Collaborative Not Rated $3,000 346
151 Moana 1/7/1926 Paramount Pictures Not Rated $2,993 346
152 The Bad Kids 12/16/2016 FilmRise Not Rated $2,977 344
153 The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West 5/6/2016 First Run Features Not Rated $2,852 329
154 Homeland: Iraq Year Zero 10/6/2016 Kino Lorber NC-17 $2,491 287
155 A Small Good Thing 8/19/2016 Kino Lorber Not Rated $1,196 138
156 Yalom’s Cure 3/11/2016 First Run Features Not Rated $1,164 134
157 Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World 5/13/2015 Icarus Films Not Rated $542 62
Total Gross of All Movies$50,795,237
Total Tickets Sold5,872,206

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2016. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2016. 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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