The Best Doc Debuts Of All-Time

by thelostboy
August 30, 2009 5:32 AM
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To coincide with this story on "The September Issue"'s remarkable debut this weekend, the 20 best openings for documentaries, as ranked by their per-theater-averages:

1. Across the Sea of Time 71,961 10/20/1995
2. An Inconvenient Truth 70,332 05/24/2006
3. Sicko 68,969 24,540,079 06/22/2007
4. The Aristocrats 60,949 07/29/2005
5. The September Issue $36,736 08/28/2009
6. Everest 36,424 03/06/1998
7. Unzipped 35,638 08/04/1995
8. March Of The Penguin 34,373 06/24/2005
9. Your Mommy Kills... 34,000 07/20/2007
10. Shackleton’s Antarctica 33,137 02/16/2001
11. Winged Migration 33,128 04/18/2003
12. Dark Days 33,039 08/30/2000
13. Bugs! 31,332 03/12/2003
14. Powaqqatsi 27,899 04/29/1988
15. Fahrenheit 9/11 27,558 06/23/2004
16. Step Into Liquid 27,197 08/08/2003
17. Control Room 27,125 05/21/2004
18. Galapagos 26,503 10/27/1999
19. Bowling For Columbine 26,144 10/11/2002
20. Man On Wire 25,696 07/25/2008

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