Fahrenheit 9/11 $135,552,029
Bowling for Columbine $25,764,452
An Inconvenient Truth $24,146,461
Roger and Me $11,618,404
Fog of War $4,901,894
You’ll note that this differs in two ways from Denyse O’Leary’s list. First, Expelled comes in 6th; second, Bowling for Columbine moves ahead of An Inconvenient Truth. The reason is simple, a dollar now is worth much less than a dollar was in 1989, or even in 2002 (thank you, Presidents Bush).
Given the rate of decline in Expelled‘s weekly take, I predict that it won’t overtake Roger & Me. Projecting out the log-linear model plotted in blue above yields a final gross in the realm of $8,077,858 (I haven’t estimate the error bound for that yet).
Furthermore, I don’t see how Expelled can earn back what they’ve spent on making and promoting their crappy movie. Maybe that’s OK with the producers, since the movie exists mainly to push ideology, and only secondarily to make money. Still, the money they hoped to earn from this could have been plowed into more ideological nonsense, had they not made such a crappy movie the first time around.