Documentaries are rarely big money makers, but they can have the power to influence change and motivate people to action in a way narrative films cannot. So when a documentary does make a splash at the box office, it’s an even bigger surprise. This summer, “RBG,” “Three Identical Strangers” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” are big hits. And the Mister Rogers doc is well on its way to cracking this list of the top 15 grossing documentaries at the box office. This list is an interesting mix of political, nature and concert documentaries, and several of them likewise went on to win Oscars and critical acclaim. All numbers are domestic totals via Box Office Mojo.

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15. “Monkey Kingdom” (2015) – $16.4 million

You’ll see a lot of Disneynature documentaries on this list. The latest to crack the Top 15 is this film about the “Temple Troop” of monkeys that live in ancient ruins in Sri Lanka, as narrated by Tina Fey.

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14. “Bears” (2014) – $17.7 million

John C. Reilly narrates this look at an Alaskan bear family.

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13. “Oceans” (2010) – $19.4 million

Pierce Brosnan narrates this 2010 Disneynature documentary filmed across the world’s oceans.

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11. “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006) – $24.1 million

Davis Guggenheim’s documentary spotlighting Al Gore’s plea to alert the world to the effects of global warming and climate change went on to win two Oscars and earn a sequel.

(Excerpt) Read More at: TheWrap.com

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15 Top Grossing Documentaries at the Box Office, From ‘Monkey Kingdom’ to ‘Sicko’

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