By EW Staff
Updated December 05, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Documentaries rank among 2003’s top breakouts

Michael Moore may have declared that we live in fictitious times, but his ”Bowling for Columbine” kicked off a surge in fact at the box office: (From top) ”Winged Migration” and ”Spellbound” taught us about the birds and the bees, while ”Capturing the Friedmans” revealed a family’s undoing by allegations of pedophilia. Not your typical summer fare, but thanks to glowing reviews — and maybe even reality TV — the films hit the mainstream. ”Everybody figured out documentaries can be fun and interesting,” says ”Friedmans” director Andrew Jarecki. In other words, they’re not just for film geeks anymore.