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The 15 Highest Grossing Indie Documentaries of 2013

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 5, 2014 at 3:03PM

Here's a chart of 2013's the highest grossing documentaries, led by Morgan Neville's "20 Feet From Stardom," which was released by RADiUS-TWC (and is now the distributor's highest grossing film ever).
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"20 Feet From Stardom"
Radius-TWC "20 Feet From Stardom"

Here's a chart of 2013's the highest grossing indie documentaries, led by Morgan Neville's "20 Feet From Stardom," which was released by RADiUS-TWC (and is now the distributor's highest grossing film ever). We only specify "indie" documentaries for one reason: One Direction, whose Morgan Spurlock directed studio film "This is Us" was not tracked by Indiewire's box office charts, which only includes films that open in limited release. Though 1D fans be calmed: "This Is Us" is indeed the highest grossing documentary of 2013 (and one of the top 10 of all time).

READ MORE: The 25 Highest Grossing Indies of 2013

The list below tracks films as of December 31, 2013. This yer docs have crossed the $1 million mark. Last year, 8 docs ended up hitting that mark.

Check out the list below:

"Blackfish"
Magnolia Pictures "Blackfish"

1. 20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS) - $4,794,407
2. The Gatekeepers (Sony Pictures Classics) - $2,415,727*
3. Blackfish (Magnolia) - $2,073,582
4. Girl Rising (Gathr Films) - $1,620,901
5. Stories We Tell (Roadside Attractions) - $1,600,145
6. Inequality For All (RADiUS) - $1,192,379
7. Generation Iron (The Vladar Company) - $849,521
8. 56 Up (First Run) - $701,278
9. Muscle Shoals (Magnolia) - $668,248
10. Salinger (The Weinstein Company) - $583,633
11. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (eOne) - $518,342
12. The Act of Killing (Drafthouse) - $459,448
13. Sound City (Variance) - $422,786
14. Dirty Wars (IFC) - $371,245
15. Koch (Zeitgeist) - $342,941

*-Had an Oscar qualifying run in 2012, but was released in 2013.

This article is related to: Box Office, Documentary, Blackfish, Stories We Tell, Inequality For All, The Gatekeepers







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