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Box Office History for Documentary

Ticket Sales and Market Share by Year

Note: Figures for 2017 are at an annualized rate.

Top-Grossing Movies 1995-2017, 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 $170,711,621
2 Everest Mar 6, 1998 MacGillivray Freeman Films PG-13 $87,178,599 $162,251,806
3 The Living Sea Feb 28, 1995 IMAX Films Not Rated $64,800,000 $132,579,304
4 Space Station Apr 19, 2002 IMAX Films Not Rated $93,231,060 $129,489,179
5 La marche de l'empereur Jun 24, 2005 Warner Independent G $77,437,223 $107,518,141
6 Dolphins Oct 20, 2000 MacGillivray Freeman Films Not Rated $54,000,000 $89,165,113
7 Michael Jackson's This Is It Oct 28, 2009 Sony Pictures PG $72,091,016 $85,548,002
8 Mysteries of Egypt Jul 16, 1998 Sony Pictures Not Rated $40,593,286 $69,736,155
9 Deep Sea 3D Mar 3, 2006 Warner Bros. G $46,233,398 $59,824,065
10 Hubble 3D Mar 19, 2010 Warner Bros. G $51,933,456 $57,484,130
11 Magnificent Desolation Sep 23, 2005 IMAX Films Not Rated $34,126,126 $44,223,477
12 Under the Sea 3D Feb 13, 2009 Warner Bros. G $35,655,551 $40,575,278
13 Earth Apr 22, 2009 Walt Disney G $32,011,576 $37,987,069
14 2016: Obama’s America Jul 13, 2012 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG $33,349,941 $37,288,250
15 Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun Jul 11, 1997 Sony Pictures Classics G $18,798,682 $34,112,801
16 An Inconvenient Truth May 24, 2006 Paramount Vantage PG $24,146,161 $32,809,280
17 Bowling for Columbine Oct 11, 2002 MGM R $21,576,018 $32,741,133
18 Chimpanzee Apr 20, 2012 Walt Disney G $28,965,459 $32,385,996
19 Sicko Jun 22, 2007 Lionsgate PG-13 $24,538,513 $31,743,132
20 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience Mar 12, 2004 Warner Bros. PG $21,550,235 $30,796,127
21 Michael Jordan to the MAX May 5, 2000 Giant Screen Films Not Rated $18,642,318 $30,444,079
22 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Oct 5, 2007 National Geographic Entertainment Not Rated $23,746,066 $29,533,217
23 Galapagos Oct 29, 1999 IMAX Films Not Rated $18,571,938 $28,604,609
24 Born to be Wild 3D Apr 8, 2011 Warner Bros. G $25,601,026 $27,993,731
25 Bugs! Mar 14, 2003 SK Films Not Rated $19,084,280 $27,182,149
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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 $167,758,441 The Living Sea $64,800,000
1996 6 0.11% $6,549,634 1,481,814 $13,188,145 Snowriders $2,035,470
1997 9 0.16% $10,372,500 2,259,800 $20,112,220 When We Were Kings $2,666,118
1998 12 1.27% $85,954,501 18,327,179 $163,111,893 Everest $66,877,098
1999 24 1.20% $88,091,366 17,340,810 $154,333,209 Mysteries of Egypt $27,042,366
2000 39 1.68% $126,503,895 23,470,090 $208,883,801 Dolphins $54,000,000
2001 22 0.26% $21,743,157 3,841,537 $34,189,679 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure $6,683,025
2002 24 0.78% $71,043,258 12,227,743 $108,826,913 Space Station $30,460,417
2003 47 0.99% $90,795,051 15,057,198 $134,009,062 Space Station $15,713,110
2004 89 2.54% $235,480,966 37,919,594 $337,484,387 Fahrenheit 9/11 $119,114,517
2005 99 1.88% $165,886,230 25,879,242 $230,325,254 La marche de l'empereur $77,437,223
2006 108 1.11% $102,279,769 15,615,177 $138,975,075 An Inconvenient Truth $24,146,161
2007 108 0.72% $70,723,219 10,279,479 $91,487,363 Sicko $24,538,513
2008 126 0.90% $87,432,868 12,177,214 $108,377,205 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure $14,144,251
2009 92 1.76% $187,290,939 24,972,087 $222,251,574 Michael Jackson's This Is It $72,091,016
2010 114 0.89% $93,825,307 11,891,613 $105,835,356 Hubble 3D $20,149,829
2011 135 0.81% $82,817,592 10,443,508 $92,947,221 African Cats $15,428,747
2012 149 1.19% $131,885,122 16,568,412 $147,458,867 2016: Obama’s America $33,349,941
2013 160 0.45% $49,307,450 6,064,807 $53,976,782 Justin Bieber’s Believe $5,962,982
2014 152 0.85% $88,392,417 10,819,073 $96,289,750 Bears $17,780,194
2015 143 0.58% $65,052,467 7,716,715 $68,678,764 Monkey Kingdom $16,432,322
2016 157 0.45% $50,795,237 5,872,206 $52,262,633 Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party $13,099,931
2017 138 0.43% $42,800,583 4,808,981 $42,799,931 Born in China $13,873,211

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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