Genre Keyword: Documentary

Rank Title Lifetime GrossMax TheatersOpeningOpen ThRelease DateDistributor
1Fahrenheit 9/11$119,194,7712,011$23,920,637868Jun 23, 2004Lionsgate
2March of the Penguins$77,437,2232,506$137,4924Jun 24, 2005Warner Independent Pictures (WIP)
3Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$73,013,9103,118$29,514,0543,105Feb 11, 2011Paramount Pictures
4This Is It$72,091,0163,481$23,234,3943,481Oct 28, 2009Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)
5Under the Sea 3D$36,262,926108$661,18549Feb 13, 2009Warner Bros.
62016: Obama's America$33,449,0862,017$31,6101Jul 13, 2012Rocky Mountain Pictures
7Earth$32,011,5761,804$8,825,7601,804Apr 22, 2009Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
8Chimpanzee$28,972,7641,567$10,673,7481,563Apr 20, 2012Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
9One Direction: This Is Us$28,873,3742,735$15,815,4972,735Aug 30, 2013TriStar Pictures
10Born to Be Wild$25,978,556208$871,478206Apr 8, 2011Warner Bros.
11Part of Me$25,326,0712,732$7,138,2662,730Jul 5, 2012Paramount Pictures
12Sicko$24,540,0791,117$68,9691Jun 22, 2007Lionsgate
13An Inconvenient Truth$24,146,161587$281,3304May 24, 2006Paramount Classics
14Won't You Be My Neighbor?$22,835,787893$475,41929Jun 8, 2018Focus Features
15Bowling for Columbine$21,576,018248$209,1488Oct 11, 2002United Artists
16Oceans$19,422,3191,232$6,058,9581,206Apr 22, 2010Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
17They Shall Not Grow Old$17,956,9131,335--Dec 17, 2018Warner Bros.
18Bears$17,780,1941,790$4,776,2671,720Apr 18, 2014Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
19Free Solo$17,541,090483$294,2884Sep 28, 2018National Geographic Entertainment
20Monkey Kingdom$16,432,3222,012$4,577,8612,012Apr 17, 2015Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
21A Beautiful Planet$15,650,615155$223,983137Apr 29, 2016IMAX
22African Cats$15,428,7471,224$6,003,2001,220Apr 22, 2011Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
23Madonna: Truth or Dare$15,012,935652$543,25051May 10, 1991Miramax
24To the Arctic 3D$14,560,83852$270,22850Apr 20, 2012Warner Bros.
25America: Imagine the World Without Her$14,444,5021,105$38,6083Jun 27, 2014Lionsgate
26Capitalism: A Love Story$14,363,397995$231,9644Sep 23, 2009Overture Films
27RBG$14,017,361432$578,47034May 4, 2018Magnolia Pictures
28Born in China$13,873,2111,508$4,790,3671,508Apr 21, 2017Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
29Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party$13,099,9311,217$74,8143Jul 15, 2016-
30Religulous$13,011,160568$3,409,643502Oct 1, 2008Lionsgate
31Three Identical Strangers$12,320,845433$171,5035Jun 29, 2018Neon
32Super Size Me$11,536,423230$516,64141May 7, 2004IDP Distribution
33Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$11,272,213302$188,30737Apr 4, 2014Warner Bros.
34Winged Migration$10,764,402202$33,1281Apr 18, 2003Sony Pictures Classics
35Terror in the Aisles$10,004,8171,134$4,009,8661,127Oct 26, 1984Universal Pictures
36Amy$8,413,144435$222,5006Jul 3, 2015A24
37Mad Hot Ballroom$8,117,961202$45,3482May 13, 2005Paramount Classics
38Jerusalem$8,020,72133--Sep 13, 2013National Geographic Entertainment
39Hoop Dreams$7,830,611262$18,3963Oct 14, 1994Fine Line Features
40Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed$7,720,4871,052$2,970,8481,052Apr 18, 2008Rocky Mountain Pictures
41Tupac: Resurrection$7,718,961804$4,632,847801Nov 14, 2003Paramount Pictures
42Penguins$7,699,4521,815$2,282,5931,815Apr 17, 2019Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
43Journey to the South Pacific$7,653,91319$8,1371Nov 27, 2013IMAX
44Pandas$7,574,01235$158,91533Apr 6, 2018Warner Bros.
45Babies$7,320,323543$2,160,460534May 7, 2010Focus Features
46I Am Not Your Negro$7,123,919320$686,37843Feb 3, 2017Magnolia Pictures
47Roger & Me$6,706,368265$80,2534Dec 22, 1989Warner Bros.
48Waiting for Superman$6,417,135330$139,0334Sep 24, 2010Paramount Vantage
49The Aristocrats$6,377,461234$243,7964Jul 29, 2005THINKFilm
50Fahrenheit 11/9$6,352,3061,719$3,008,5631,719Sep 21, 2018-
51Justin Bieber's Believe$6,206,5661,037$2,007,5671,037Dec 25, 2013Open Road Films (II)
52Meet the Mormons$6,047,363333$2,509,808317Oct 10, 2014Purdie Distribution
53Death of a Nation$5,885,8811,005$2,356,5221,005Aug 3, 2018-
54Spellbound$5,728,581117$17,5081Apr 30, 2003THINKFilm
55Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough$5,705,87427--Oct 7, 2011National Geographic Entertainment
56Shine a Light$5,505,267277$1,488,081276Apr 4, 2008Paramount Vantage
57Three of Hearts$5,495,507793$1,928,076792Apr 30, 1993New Line Cinema
58Cave of Forgotten Dreams$5,304,920123$139,1015Apr 29, 2011IFC Films
5920 Feet from Stardom$4,946,445147$54,5963Jun 14, 2013RADiUS-TWC
60Bring the Soul: The Movie$4,809,800873$2,296,491873Aug 7, 2019Trafalgar Releasing
61Pavarotti$4,600,249288$144,03219Jun 7, 2019CBS Films
62Touching the Void$4,593,598137$96,9735Jan 23, 2004IFC Films
63Amazing Grace$4,450,456263$57,3533Dec 7, 2018Neon
64Food, Inc.$4,417,674155$60,5133Jun 12, 2009Magnolia Pictures
65The Biggest Little Farm$4,366,949285$110,4925May 10, 2019Neon
66Inside Job$4,312,735250$39,6492Oct 8, 2010Sony Pictures Classics
67Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$4,252,657247$113,2357Sep 6, 2019Greenwich Entertainment
68That's Dancing!$4,210,938906$1,506,802906Jan 18, 1985Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
69Burn the Stage: The Movie$4,201,819645$2,420,197629Nov 15, 2018Trafalgar Releasing
70The Fog of War$4,198,566261$41,4493Dec 19, 2003Sony Pictures Classics
71Good Hair$4,157,223466$1,039,220186Oct 9, 2009Roadside Attractions
72Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room$4,071,700151$76,6393Apr 22, 2005Magnolia Pictures
73Buck$4,038,912152$67,5484Jun 17, 2011IFC Films
74Young@Heart$3,992,189212$50,9374Apr 9, 2008Fox Searchlight Pictures
75Bully$3,863,446263$535,433158Apr 13, 2012The Weinstein Company
76Where to Invade Next$3,827,261308$897,034308Feb 12, 2016Drafthouse Films
77The Real Cancun$3,825,4212,261$2,300,0002,261Apr 25, 2003New Line Cinema
78The September Issue$3,820,067143$220,6336Aug 28, 2009Roadside Attractions
79Paris Is Burning$3,779,62091$310,12723Aug 9, 1991Miramax
80Imagine: John Lennon$3,753,977561$1,412,213561Oct 7, 1988Warner Bros.
81Searching for Sugar Man$3,696,196157$27,4593Jul 27, 2012Sony Pictures Classics
82Step Into Liquid$3,681,80391$135,9855Aug 8, 2003Artisan Entertainment
83Pina$3,524,82684$68,0123Dec 23, 2011IFC Films
84Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids$3,515,061127$14,6051Dec 8, 2004THINKFilm
85BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul$3,509,917997$2,860,016997Jan 26, 2019Fathom Events
86An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power$3,496,795556$124,8234Jul 28, 2017Paramount Pictures
87Echo in the Canyon$3,355,324147$117,6512May 24, 2019Greenwich Entertainment
88Rize$3,336,391352$1,574,787352Jun 24, 2005Lionsgate
89Exit Through the Gift Shop$3,291,25046$170,7568Apr 16, 2010-
90Catfish$3,237,343143$257,28512Sep 17, 2010Rogue Pictures
91Grizzly Man$3,178,403105$269,13129Aug 12, 2005Lionsgate
92The Eagle Huntress$3,169,351122$52,5744Nov 2, 2016Sony Pictures Classics
93Maiden$3,168,978180$46,9316Jun 28, 2019Sony Pictures Classics
94Wordplay$3,121,270154$32,8472Jun 16, 2006IFC Films
95Capturing the Friedmans$3,119,11378$65,1543May 30, 2003Magnolia Pictures
96The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill$3,058,52767$36,7315Feb 9, 2005Shadow Distribution
97Crumb$3,041,08356$19,8591Apr 21, 1995Sony Pictures Classics
98Whitney$3,026,351451$1,265,572451Jul 6, 2018Roadside Attractions
99Made for More$2,999,134703--Aug 2, 2018Fathom Events
100Man on Wire$2,962,24293$51,3922Jul 25, 2008Magnolia Pictures