Adjuster:

Genres

Documentary

1982-Present
NOTE: Documentary as sub-genre of Non-Fiction.
Large format (ex. Everest), concert (music, ex. Woodstock, and comedy, ex. Raw) , compilation (ex. That's Entertainment) and reality TV movies (ex. Jackass) omitted. Hybrids (ex. Never Say Never) are included.



Rows: #1-100, #101-200, #201-300, #301-400, #401-500, #501-600, #601-700, #701-800, #801-900, #901-1000, #1001-1100, #1101-1126
RowRankTitle (click to view)StudioOpening% of
Total
Theaters / Avg.Total
Gross
Release
Date
1 22 That's Dancing! MGM $1,506,802 35.8% 906 $1,663 $4,210,938 1/18/85
2 389 Stripper Fox $14,155 15.7% 1 $14,155 $90,000 1/31/86
3 382 Marlene Aliv $14,490 1.7% 1 $14,490 $852,676 11/7/86
4 460 Mondo New York 4&B $10,752 5.6% 1 $10,752 $193,209 4/22/88
5 222 Powaqqatsi Can. $27,899 4.7% 1 $27,899 $589,244 4/29/88
6 148 The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years NL $45,008 12.0% 21 $2,143 $373,743 6/3/88
7 785 Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh Roxie $4,632 0.3% 1 $4,632 $1,577,480 8/19/88
8 321 The Thin Blue Line Mira. $17,814 1.5% 1 $17,814 $1,209,846 8/26/88
9 24 Imagine: John Lennon WB $1,412,213 37.6% 561 $2,517 $3,753,977 10/7/88
10 312 Weapons of the Spirit FRun $18,580 8.0% 1 $18,580 $232,981 9/1/89
11 97 Heavy Petting Skou $69,007 25.3% 10 $6,900 $272,371 9/22/89
12 184 For All Mankind Apol. $33,777 4.4% 6 $5,629 $770,132 11/1/89
13 85 Roger and Me WB $80,253 1.2% 4 $20,063 $6,706,368 12/22/89
14 68 Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones WB $99,740 12.8% 26 $3,836 $776,699 10/5/90
15 18 Madonna: Truth or Dare Mira. $2,521,171 16.8% 652 $3,866 $15,012,935 5/24/91
16 31 Paris is Burning Mira. $310,127 8.2% 23 $13,483 $3,779,620 8/9/91
17 153 Hearts of Darkness Trit $42,992 3.3% 4 $10,748 $1,318,449 11/27/91
18 401 35 Up Gold. $13,690 1.5% 1 $13,690 $922,872 1/15/92
19 517 American Dream Mira. $9,291 3.4% 2 $4,645 $269,823 3/18/92
20 306 Incident at Oglala Mira. $19,070 3.6% 3 $6,356 $536,848 5/8/92
21 649 The Panama Deception EPr $6,563 2.1% 1 $6,563 $309,596 7/31/92
22 83 A Brief History of Time Trit $84,025 3.7% 5 $16,805 $2,279,692 8/21/92
23 459 Brother's Keeper CThnk $10,758 0.8% 1 $10,758 $1,305,915 9/9/92
24 226 Visions of Light Kino $27,761 3.5% 2 $13,880 $799,856 2/24/93
25 1042 Twist (1993) Trit $1,589 4.3% 1 $1,589 $36,875 7/16/93
26 543 Road Scholar Gold. $8,635 1.4% 1 $8,635 $597,564 7/16/93
27 820 The Last Party Trit $4,088 36.6% 1 $4,088 $11,156 8/27/93
28 236 Baraka Gold. $26,812 2.1% 2 $13,406 $1,254,237 9/24/93
29 48 Black Diamond Rush WM $161,115 9.9% 11 $14,646 $1,634,386 10/12/93
30 368 The War Room Oct. $15,264 1.7% 1 $15,264 $901,668 11/3/93
31 1085 Children of Fate FRun $1,099 63.2% 1 $1,099 $1,738 11/23/93
32 339 The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg FRun $17,112 75.4% 2 $8,556 $22,692 2/17/94
33 501 The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl Kino $9,711 2.2% 1 $9,711 $449,707 3/18/94
34 507 High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music Tara $9,571 18.0% 1 $9,571 $53,319 4/29/94
35 27 The Endless Summer II NL $657,292 30.5% 302 $2,176 $2,155,385 6/3/94
36 808 Freedom on My Mind Tara $4,272 6.0% 1 $4,272 $71,176 6/22/94
37 314 Hoop Dreams FL $18,396 0.2% 3 $6,132 $7,830,611 10/14/94
38 800 Fast Trip, Long Drop Drif $4,438 42.2% 1 $4,438 $10,524 1/6/95
39 440 Brother Minister: The Assassination of Malcolm X CCx $11,437 27.6% 1 $11,437 $41,430 1/11/95
40 427 Tsahal NYer $12,195 31.5% 1 $12,195 $38,773 1/27/95
41 587 Martha and Ethel SPC $7,622 8.3% 2 $3,811 $91,874 2/3/95
42 286 A Great Day in Harlem Castle $21,078 4.0% 1 $21,078 $527,034 2/17/95
43 563 Ballot Measure 9 Zeit. $8,143 15.1% 1 $8,143 $53,819 3/31/95
44 301 Crumb SPC $19,859 0.7% 1 $19,859 $3,041,083 4/21/95
45 888 Moving the Mountain Oct. $3,199 7.2% 1 $3,199 $44,536 4/26/95
46 613 Black Is, Black Ain't Tara $7,120 70.0% 1 $7,120 $10,171 5/5/95
47 175 Wigstock: The Movie Gold. $35,563 5.2% 3 $11,854 $686,152 6/9/95
48 486 Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business IntC $10,170 70.0% 1 $10,170 $14,528 7/5/95
49 92 Unzipped Mira. $71,275 2.5% 2 $35,637 $2,875,086 8/4/95
50 848 Jupiter's Wife AL $3,673 34.6% 1 $3,673 $10,622 8/18/95
51 553 Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey OrionC $8,335 3.3% 1 $8,335 $253,311 8/25/95
52 977 Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision OcR $2,273 3.7% 1 $2,273 $62,186 10/20/95
53 385 Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madame InP $14,321 41.6% 2 $7,160 $34,402 2/9/96
54 508 Catwalk Arro. $9,560 33.3% 1 $9,560 $28,672 2/16/96
55 237 Anne Frank Remembered SPC $26,697 2.0% 4 $6,674 $1,310,200 2/23/96
56 72 The Celluloid Closet SPC $95,047 6.8% 9 $10,560 $1,400,591 3/15/96
57 462 Paradise Lost CThnk $10,740 3.9% 1 $10,740 $272,750 9/20/96
58 706 The Line King: Al Hirschfeld Castle $5,677 11.2% 1 $5,677 $50,605 9/27/96
59 915 Small Wonders Mira. $2,880 13.8% 1 $2,880 $20,819 10/4/96
60 178 Microcosmos Mira. $35,189 2.5% 2 $17,594 $1,433,210 10/9/96
61 183 Looking for Richard FoxS $33,843 2.4% 2 $16,921 $1,408,575 10/11/96
62 417 When We Were Kings Gram. $12,479 0.4% 2 $6,239 $2,789,985 10/25/96
63 554 Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern AL $8,318 5.9% 1 $8,318 $140,000 1/3/97
64 26 Rhyme & Reason Mira. $853,589 53.1% 280 $3,048 $1,608,277 3/7/97
65 549 Mandela Palm $8,413 20.0% 8 $1,051 $42,056 3/21/97
66 403 4 Little Girls GV $13,528 10.4% 1 $13,528 $130,146 7/9/97
67 1034 Beyond Barbed Wire M&A $1,668 53.7% 1 $1,668 $3,109 7/18/97
68 465 The Long Way Home 7Art $10,606 17.5% 7 $1,515 $60,509 9/17/97
69 259 Fast, Cheap and Out of Control SPC $23,665 2.7% 2 $11,832 $878,960 10/3/97
70 240 Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life Strand $26,101 12.7% 2 $13,051 $205,246 2/13/98
71 344 Kurt and Courtney Roxie $16,835 2.5% 1 $16,835 $668,228 2/27/98
72 477 A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies BV $10,350 26.5% 1 $10,350 $39,075 3/6/98
73 852 Stolen Moments FRun $3,636 37.3% 1 $3,636 $9,743 4/10/98
74 52 The Big One Mira. $146,909 20.4% 33 $4,452 $720,074 4/10/98
75 122 Wild Man Blues NL $54,458 10.2% 3 $18,153 $533,759 4/17/98
76 1048 Dear Jesse Cow. $1,508 8.5% 1 $1,508 $17,744 6/26/98
77 588 Hands on a Hard Body Prov. $7,607 1.4% 1 $7,607 $563,482 7/10/98
78 1033 Out of the Past (1998) Zeit. $1,671 18.4% 1 $1,671 $9,078 7/31/98
79 495 Full-Tilt Boogie Mira. $9,895 64.6% 6 $1,649 $15,313 7/31/98
80 443 The Brandon Teena Story Zeit. $11,281 12.2% 1 $11,281 $92,113 9/23/98
81 36 Freeriders WM $264,548 9.6% 11 $24,049 $2,750,064 10/20/98
82 293 The Last Days Oct. $20,492 4.9% 3 $6,830 $421,432 2/5/99
83 467 Dancemaker AL $10,594 4.1% 3 $3,531 $256,780 3/3/99
84 1075 Beautopia Wells $1,219 42.5% 1 $1,219 $2,870 3/5/99
85 690 Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles Zeit. $5,869 100.0% 1 $5,869 $5,869 4/30/99
86 62 Trekkies ParC $125,636 39.5% 339 $370 $318,246 5/21/99
87 664 Regret to Inform AL $6,294 14.2% 1 $6,294 $44,204 6/25/99
88 652 Genghis Blues Roxie $6,524 1.7% 1 $6,524 $374,550 7/1/99
89 597 On the Ropes Wells $7,431 15.9% 1 $7,431 $46,737 8/18/99
90 1047 Speaking in Strings 7Art $1,519 22.1% 1 $1,519 $6,859 9/10/99
91 509 Beyond the Mat Lions $9,532 0.5% 1 $9,532 $2,053,648 10/22/99
92 297 American Movie SPC $20,260 1.7% 2 $10,130 $1,165,795 11/5/99
93 436 42 Up FRun $11,599 3.9% 1 $11,599 $300,880 11/17/99
94 255 Mr. Death Lions $24,125 4.7% 3 $8,041 $507,941 12/29/99
95 278 Life & Times of Hank Greenberg Cow. $21,675 1.3% 1 $21,675 $1,712,385 1/12/00
96 683 Long Night's Journey Into Day 7Art $6,027 11.9% 1 $6,027 $50,715 3/29/00
97 406 The Filth and the Fury FL $13,305 2.2% 1 $13,305 $612,192 3/29/00
98 283 Southpaw: The Francis Barrett Story Shoot. $21,381 75.4% 19 $1,125 $28,365 4/7/00
99 242 The Girl Next Door (2000) Indic. $25,807 3.3% 5 $5,161 $771,712 4/14/00
100 249 Better Living Through Circuitry 7Art $24,970 30.3% 4 $6,242 $82,378 5/26/00
AVERAGE
(Wide Releases Only, 20 titles):
$7,425,64426.3%1,346$5,517$28,286,590-
Rows: #1-100, #101-200, #201-300, #301-400, #401-500, #501-600, #601-700, #701-800, #801-900, #901-1000, #1001-1100, #1101-1126

Note: Only movies with opening weekend grosses are listed on this chart.


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UPCOMING RELEASES
Title (click to view)StudioRelease Date
China Heavyweight Zeit. 7/6/12
Stop the Pounding Heart BWP 9/19/14
Pump SD 9/19/14
Keep On Keepin' On RTWC 9/19/14
Advanced Style B360 9/26/14
The Overnighters Drft. 10/10/14
Watchers of the Sky MBox 10/10/14
I Am Ali Focus 10/10/14
Algorithms FRun 10/17/14
Citizenfour RTWC 10/24/14
National Gallery Zipp. 11/5/14
On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter Hann. 11/7/14
Hillsong - Let Hope Rise WB 4/1/15
Monkey Kingdom BV 4/17/15
Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary RTWC 4/24/15