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Box Office Performance for Documentary Movies in 2017

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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2017 GrossTickets Sold
1 Born in China 4/21/2017 Walt Disney G $13,873,211 1,546,623
2 I Am Not Your Negro 2/3/2017 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $7,123,919 800,440
3 An Inconvenient Sequel 7/28/2017 Paramount Vantage PG $3,496,795 392,898
4 KEDi 2/10/2017 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $2,834,262 315,971
5 Is Genesis History? 2/23/2017 Fathom Events Not Rated $2,570,355 288,803
6 Jane 10/20/2017 Abramorama Films PG $1,502,589 167,512
7 Step 8/4/2017 Fox Searchlight PG $1,146,292 128,796
8 The Eagle Huntress 11/2/2016 Sony Pictures Classics G $1,079,051 121,241
9 May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers 9/12/2017 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $725,286 81,492
10 Visages villages 10/6/2017 Cohen Media Group PG $566,116 63,608
11 Dolores 9/1/2017 PBS Distribution Not Rated $549,671 61,278
12 Human Flow 10/13/2017 Amazon Studios PG-13 $527,845 59,308
13 Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary 4/14/2017 Abramorama Films PG $406,284 45,293
14 Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead 5/26/2017 Abramorama Films R $351,957 39,545
15 Letters from Baghdad 4/21/2017 Not Rated $336,223 37,483
16 Citizen Jane: Battle for the City 4/21/2017 IFC Films Not Rated $313,411 35,214
17 Obit 4/26/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $312,777 34,869
18 Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent 4/21/2017 The Orchard R $228,153 25,635
19 Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World 7/26/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $225,177 25,103
20 California Typewriter 8/18/2017 Gravitas Ventures Not Rated $200,379 22,514
21 Risk 5/5/2017 Neon Not Rated $200,219 22,496
22 Whose Streets? 8/11/2017 Magnolia Pictures R $182,799 20,539
23 Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton 9/29/2017 IFC Films Not Rated $176,160 19,793
24 Mr. Gaga 7/1/2016 Not Rated $173,994 19,549
25 David Lynch: The Art Life 3/31/2017 Janus Films Not Rated $171,419 19,260
26 Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story 11/24/2017 Zeitgeist Not Rated $156,011 17,392
27 Ex Libris: The New York Public Library 9/13/2017 Zipporah Not Rated $151,356 17,006
28 Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan 5/23/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $147,780 16,474
29 The Last Dalai Lama? 7/7/2017 Matson Not Rated $145,513 16,222
30 Chavela 10/4/2017 Music Box Films Not Rated $143,454 15,992
31 Hare Krishna! The Mantra, The Movement and the Swami Who Started it all 6/16/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $133,006 14,827
32 Dawson City: Frozen Time 6/9/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $132,369 14,756
33 City of Ghosts 7/7/2017 IFC Films R $128,015 14,383
34 The B-Side 6/30/2017 Neon R $125,227 14,070
35 Buena Vista Social Club—Adios 5/26/2017 Broad Green Pictures PG $123,445 13,870
36 Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 5/19/2017 PBS Distribution Not Rated $113,279 12,628
37 I Called Him Morgan 3/24/2017 FilmRise Not Rated $97,711 10,978
38 Aida’s Secrets 10/20/2017 Music Box Films Not Rated $95,386 10,633
39 Dina 10/6/2017 The Orchard Not Rated $90,491 10,167
40 Earth: One Amazing Day 8/11/2017 G $81,345 9,068
41 Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk 5/31/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $69,787 7,841
42 Bill Nye: Science Guy 10/27/2017 PBS Distribution Not Rated $69,258 7,721
43 Alive and Kicking 4/7/2017 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $68,485 7,694
44 Architects of Denial 10/6/2017 Dada Films Not Rated $65,424 7,351
45 Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards 9/15/2017 Music Box Films Not Rated $60,056 6,695
46 Bang! The Bert Berns Story 4/26/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $59,300 6,662
47 The Force 9/15/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $58,154 6,534
48 Fuocoammare 6/10/2016 Not Rated $54,514 6,125
49 The Paris Opera 10/18/2017 Film Movement Not Rated $52,716 5,876
50 Voyage à Travers le Cinéma Français 5/26/2017 Not Rated $52,058 5,803
51 Keep Quiet 2/17/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $50,454 5,668
52 Saving Banksy 1/13/2017 Parade Deck Films Not Rated $47,965 5,389
53 Demain 4/29/2016 Not Rated $43,471 4,884
54 Les Saisons 3/10/2016 PG $40,337 4,532
55 Unrest 9/22/2017 Shella Films Not Rated $40,081 4,503
56 I am the Blues 7/12/2017 Film Movement Not Rated $37,849 4,219
57 78/52: Hitchcocks Shower Scene 10/13/2017 IFC Films Not Rated $37,664 4,231
58 In Loco Parentis 9/8/2017 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $37,381 4,200
59 Rat Film 9/15/2017 Cinema Guild Not Rated $33,568 3,742
60 Sidemen: Long Road to Glory 8/18/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $31,399 3,527
61 No Greater Love 11/10/2017 Atlas Distribution Not Rated $30,531 3,430
62 Dealt 10/20/2017 IFC Films Not Rated $30,414 3,417
63 Uncertain 3/9/2017 Lucid Inc Not Rated $29,736 3,341
64 Quest 8/18/2017 Not Rated $29,591 3,298
65 In Pursuit of Silence 10/21/2016 Not Rated $29,050 3,264
66 Wait For Your Laugh 11/3/2017 Vitagraph Films Not Rated $28,548 3,207
67 Brimstone & Glory 10/27/2017 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $28,023 3,148
68 Wasted! The Story of Food Waste 10/13/2017 Super LTD Not Rated $25,865 2,906
69 The Departure 10/13/2017 Matson Not Rated $24,661 2,749
70 Naples ‘44 11/29/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $24,616 2,765
71 For Ahkeem 10/13/2017 Vitagraph Films Not Rated $23,136 2,599
72 Finding Oscar 4/14/2017 FilmRise Not Rated $23,116 2,597
73 My Scientology Movie 5/5/2016 Not Rated $22,936 2,577
74 Twenty-Two 8/14/2017 Not Rated $22,222 2,496
75 Bending the Arc 10/6/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $21,906 2,442
76 Trophy 9/8/2017 The Orchard Not Rated $21,439 2,408
77 Wszystkie Nieprzespane Noce 4/7/2017 The Orchard R $20,762 2,332
78 Black Code 4/14/2017 Mongrel Media Not Rated $18,846 2,117
79 Bobbi Jene 9/22/2017 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $18,579 2,071
80 All the Rage (Saved by Sarno) 6/23/2017 Rumur Not Rated $18,489 2,077
81 Burden 5/5/2017 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $18,440 2,071
82 Mansfield 66/67 10/27/2017 FilmBuff Not Rated $17,930 2,014
83 The Last Shaman 5/12/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $17,744 1,993
84 Food Evolution 6/23/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $17,181 1,930
85 Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo 4/14/2017 Gravitas Ventures Not Rated $16,405 1,843
86 Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock 4/7/2017 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $15,157 1,703
87 Rebels on Pointe 11/15/2017 Icarus Films Not Rated $15,088 1,695
88 Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past 1/13/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $14,807 1,663
89 The Farthest 7/28/2017 Not Rated $14,733 1,655
90 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week 9/16/2016 Abramorama Films Not Rated $14,527 1,632
91 La glace et le ciel 12/11/2015 Not Rated $14,475 1,626
92 Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial & Depiction 11/10/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $13,194 1,482
93 Heal 10/20/2017 Paladin Not Rated $12,668 1,423
94 Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story 9/1/2017 Parade Deck Films Not Rated $11,400 1,280
95 Shadowman 12/1/2017 Film Movement Not Rated $11,142 1,242
96 The Challenge 9/8/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $11,043 1,240
97 Clarence 9/1/2017 Indican Pictures Not Rated $10,495 1,179
98 The Sunshine Makers 1/20/2017 FilmRise Not Rated $10,042 1,128
99 Red Trees 9/15/2017 Cohen Media Group Not Rated $10,012 1,124
100 Machines 8/9/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $9,710 1,082
101 Harry & Snowman 5/20/2016 Not Rated $9,545 1,072
102 Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait 5/31/2017 Cohen Media Group Not Rated $8,679 975
103 Mr. Chibbs 5/3/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $8,303 932
104 Served Like a Girl 8/25/2017 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Not Rated $8,290 931
105 The Wrong Light 7/14/2017 Cinema Guild Not Rated $7,553 842
106 Birthright: A War Story 7/14/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $7,519 838
107 Frank Serpico 11/1/2017 IFC Films Not Rated $7,489 834
108 Big Time 12/1/2017 Abramorama Films Not Rated $7,347 825
109 Harry Benson: Shoot First 12/9/2016 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $6,694 752
110 The Pathological Optimist 9/29/2017 Film Arcade Not Rated $6,522 732
111 The Freedom to Marry 3/3/2017 Argot Pictures Not Rated $6,142 690
112 Royahaye dame sobh 1/20/2017 Cinema Guild Not Rated $5,937 667
113 The Work 10/25/2017 The Orchard Not Rated $5,853 657
114 Relève: Histoire d'une création 1/13/2017 FilmRise Not Rated $5,454 612
115 Company Town 9/8/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $4,934 554
116 Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened 11/18/2016 Abramorama Films Not Rated $4,753 534
117 Night School 6/9/2017 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $4,663 523
118 The Pulitzer at 100 7/21/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $4,489 504
119 German Concentration Camps Factual Survey 1/6/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $4,468 502
120 Mostly Sunny 1/13/2017 Mongrel Media Not Rated $4,046 454
121 Swim Team 7/7/2017 Argot Pictures Not Rated $4,024 452
122 Mifune: The Last Samurai 11/25/2016 Strand Not Rated $3,531 396
123 Bugs 9/27/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $3,423 384
124 Speed Sisters 3/25/2016 Not Rated $3,423 384
125 The Bad Kids 12/16/2016 FilmRise Not Rated $3,249 365
126 The Skyjacker’s Tale 6/30/2017 Strand Not Rated $3,009 335
127 Santoalla 7/19/2017 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $2,684 301
128 Behind the White Glasses: Portrait of Lina Wertmuller 3/4/2016 Parade Deck Films Not Rated $2,223 249
129 Dream Boat 11/3/2017 Strand Not Rated $2,199 247
130 Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America 1/6/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $1,940 217
131 Do Not Resist 9/30/2016 Vanish Films Not Rated $1,596 179
132 It’s Not Yet Dark 8/4/2017 FilmRise Not Rated $1,227 137
133 A Different American Dream 1/6/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $1,172 131
134 The Penguin Counters 4/21/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $976 109
135 Extraordinary Ordinary People 9/15/2017 First Run Features Not Rated $880 98
136 The Witness 6/3/2016 FilmRise Not Rated $778 87
137 Love, Sweat & Tears 3/8/2017 Kino Lorber Not Rated $512 57
138 Seed: The Untold Story 8/22/2016 Collective Eye Not Rated $442 49
139 Gridiron Heroes 4/15/2016 Indican Pictures Not Rated $250 28
140 National Bird 11/11/2016 FilmRise Not Rated $186 20
Total Gross of All Movies$43,083,716
Total Tickets Sold4,821,827

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2017. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2017. 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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