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Box Office History for Documentary

Ticket Sales and Market Share by Year

Note: Figures for 2018 are at an annualized rate.

Top-Grossing Movies 1995-2018, Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation

RankMovieRelease
Date
DistributorMPAA
Rating
Total GrossInflation-Adjusted
Gross
1 Fahrenheit 9/11 Jun 23, 2004 Lionsgate R $119,114,517 $172,054,297
2 Everest Mar 6, 1998 MacGillivray Freeman Films PG-13 $87,178,599 $163,527,944
3 The Living Sea Feb 28, 1995 IMAX Films Not Rated $64,800,000 $133,622,062
4 Space Station Apr 19, 2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $93,231,060 $130,507,634
5 La marche de l'empereur Jun 24, 2005 Warner Independent G $77,437,223 $108,363,789
6 Dolphins Oct 20, 2000 MacGillivray Freeman Films Not Rated $54,000,000 $89,866,411
7 Michael Jackson's This Is It Oct 28, 2009 Sony Pictures PG $72,091,016 $86,220,851
8 Mysteries of Egypt Jul 16, 1998 Sony Pictures Not Rated $40,593,286 $70,284,641
9 Deep Sea 3D Mar 3, 2006 Warner Bros. G $46,264,738 $60,266,389
10 Hubble 3D Mar 19, 2010 Warner Bros. G $51,953,160 $57,952,963
11 Magnificent Desolation Sep 23, 2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $34,126,126 $44,571,302
12 Under the Sea 3D Feb 13, 2009 Warner Bros. G $35,672,566 $41,448,244
13 Earth Apr 22, 2009 Walt Disney G $32,011,576 $38,285,844
14 2016: Obama’s America Jul 13, 2012 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG $33,349,941 $37,581,528
15 Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun Jul 11, 1997 Sony Pictures Classics G $18,798,682 $34,381,104
16 An Inconvenient Truth May 24, 2006 Paramount Vantage PG $24,146,161 $33,067,331
17 Bowling for Columbine Oct 11, 2002 MGM R $21,576,018 $32,998,648
18 Chimpanzee Apr 20, 2012 Walt Disney G $28,965,459 $32,640,718
19 Sicko Jun 22, 2007 Lionsgate PG-13 $24,538,513 $31,992,797
20 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience Mar 12, 2004 Warner Bros. PG $21,550,235 $31,038,344
21 Michael Jordan to the MAX May 5, 2000 Giant Screen Films Not Rated $18,642,318 $30,683,527
22 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Oct 5, 2007 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $23,746,066 $29,765,501
23 Galapagos Oct 29, 1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $18,571,938 $28,829,589
24 Born to be Wild 3D Apr 8, 2011 Warner Bros. G $25,614,487 $28,238,125
25 Bugs! (IMAX) Mar 14, 2003 SK Films Not Rated $19,084,280 $27,395,941
Complete List

Year by Year Market Share

YearMovies in
Release
Market
Share
GrossTickets SoldInflation-
Adjusted
Gross
Top-Grossing MovieGross that Year
1995 9 1.54% $81,994,311 18,849,263 $169,077,889 The Living Sea $64,800,000
1996 7 0.12% $6,791,655 1,536,569 $13,783,024 Snowriders $2,035,470
1997 9 0.16% $10,372,500 2,259,800 $20,270,406 When We Were Kings $2,666,118
1998 12 1.27% $85,954,501 18,327,179 $164,394,796 Everest $66,877,098
1999 25 1.20% $88,124,882 17,347,407 $155,606,241 Mysteries of Egypt $27,042,366
2000 42 1.69% $127,001,363 23,562,383 $211,354,576 Dolphins $54,000,000
2001 24 0.26% $21,751,783 3,843,060 $34,472,248 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure $6,683,025
2002 24 0.78% $71,043,258 12,227,743 $109,682,855 Space Station $30,460,417
2003 48 0.99% $90,825,929 15,062,318 $135,108,992 Space Station $15,713,110
2004 89 2.54% $235,480,966 37,919,594 $340,138,758 Fahrenheit 9/11 $119,114,517
2005 99 1.88% $165,886,230 25,879,242 $232,136,801 La marche de l'empereur $77,437,223
2006 108 1.12% $102,192,459 15,601,847 $139,948,568 An Inconvenient Truth $24,146,161
2007 108 0.72% $70,723,219 10,279,479 $92,206,927 Sicko $24,538,513
2008 126 0.90% $87,432,868 12,177,214 $109,229,610 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure $14,144,251
2009 93 1.76% $187,444,087 24,992,506 $224,182,779 Michael Jackson's This Is It $72,091,016
2010 114 0.90% $93,825,307 11,891,615 $106,667,787 Hubble 3D $20,149,829
2011 135 0.81% $82,415,597 10,392,818 $93,223,577 African Cats $15,428,747
2012 149 1.20% $132,328,422 16,624,104 $149,118,213 2016: Obama’s America $33,349,941
2013 160 0.45% $49,307,450 6,064,807 $54,401,319 Justin Bieber’s Believe $5,962,982
2014 152 0.86% $88,059,203 10,778,288 $96,681,243 Bears $17,780,194
2015 143 0.58% $65,083,771 7,720,431 $69,252,266 Monkey Kingdom $16,432,322
2016 159 0.45% $50,983,910 5,894,018 $52,869,341 Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party $13,099,931
2017 147 0.40% $44,852,428 4,956,663 $44,461,267 Born in China $13,873,211
2018 43 0.12% $4,033,590 449,655 $4,033,405 Walk with me $710,486

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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