A Strong Crop of Documentaries, but Barely Seen - NYTimes.com: "The best performer among conventional documentaries released in 2010 was Walt Disney’s “Oceans,” an English-language reconstruction of a French nature film by the directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud. Released in April, “Oceans” had domestic ticket sales of about $19 million.
To put things in perspective, a similarly revamped French nature film, “March of the Penguins,” took in more than $77 million for Warner Independent Pictures after its release in 2005.
Based on figures compiled by Box Office Mojo, feature documentaries had combined ticket sales of about $45 million last year. That roughly matches the box-office sales for “Saw 3D,” a modest horror hit for Lionsgate, and falls short of the opening weekend sales for “Megamind,” a middling performer from DreamWorks Animation."