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Chapter 5: Specialised films – 57 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 5.4 Documentaries A total of 89 feature documentaries were released at the UK box office in 2013, representing 13% of theatrical releases. They earned £11 million which was 0.9% of the overall box office gross. We have split our analysis of this category into the more traditional expository or observational style of documentary and ‘concert’ documentaries, which feature coverage of a particular performance and behind-thescenes footage of popular musical performers. The most successful non-concert documentary of the year was Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45, which earned £0.2 million. Table 5.8 shows the top 20 non-concert documentaries at the UK box office since 2001. No 2013 releases appear in the table. The highest grossing non-concert documentary of all time at the UK box office, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, grossed £6.5 million in 2004, while 2011 release Senna is in second place with £3.2 million. Eight of the top 20 non-concert documentaries since 2001 are UK films. Table 5.8 Top 20 non-concert feature documentaries at the UK box office, 2001-2013 Title Country of origin Year of release Box office gross (£ million) Widest point of release (sites) Distributor 1 Fahrenheit 9/11 USA 2004 6.55 200 Optimum 2 Senna UK 2011 3.17 358 Universal 3 March of the Penguins Fra 2005 3.08 163 Warner Bros 4 Touching the Void UK 2003 2.64 50 Pathé 5 Bowling for Columbine USA 2002 1.67 37 Momentum 6 TT3D: Closer to the Edge UK 2011 1.26 125 CinemaNX 7 The Imposter UK/USA 2012 1.13 77 Picturehouse/Revolver 8 Super Size Me USA 2004 1.11 83 Tartan 9 Marley UK/Jam/USA 2012 0.99 333 Universal 10 An Inconvenient Truth USA 2006 0.94 68 Paramount 11 Man on Wire UK/USA 2008 0.88 43 Icon 12 Être et Avoir Fra 2003 0.71 15 Tartan 13 Pina Ger/Fra 2011 0.67 26 Artificial Eye 14 Cave of Forgotten Dreams UK/Can/Fra/ Ger/USA 2011 0.62 39 Picturehouse 15 Spellbound USA 2003 0.48 17 Metrodome 16 The September Issue USA 2009 0.43 18 Momentum 17 Capturing the Friedmans USA 2004 0.39 26 Tartan 18 Searching for Sugar Man UK 2012 0.38 43 StudioCanal 19 Sicko USA 2007 0.38 166 Optimum 20 Inside Job USA 2011 0.32 24 Sony Pictures Source: BFI RSU analysis of Rentrak data Notes: The table does not include concert performance documentaries, IMAX-only documentaries and shorts. Based on box office data for 2001-2013. Fahrenheit 9/11 is regarded as the highest grossing feature documentary of all time because, with price inflation, it is unlikely that any documentary films before 1989 will have earned more in nominal terms.


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