The year may just be ending, but today’s earnings won’t make or break THR’s tally of the Top 10 highest grossing films from 2010. No matter how many times we cry about wanting original stories, less sequels and more bold motion pictures, the films that earn the most money at the box office seem to indicate other desires from audiences worldwide. Nearly every movie included in the ten biggest earners of 2010 is either a sequel in an established franchise or an adaptation of a book or series of books, and one remake. Only two original films cracked the Top 10, and you probably already know one. See the full Top 10 list below!
1. Toy Story 3 – $415 Million Domestic / $1.06 Billion Worldwide
2. Alice in Wonderland – $334 Million Domestic / $1.02 Billion Worldwide
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – $278 Million Domestic / $865 Million Worldwide
4. Inception – $293 Million Domestic / $825 Million Worldwide
5. Shrek Forever After – $238 Million Domestic / $740 Million Worldwide
6. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – $301 Million Domestic / $694 Million Worldwide
7. Iron Man 2 – $312 Million Domestic / $622 Million Worldwide
8. Despicable Me – $251 Million Domestic / $540 Million Worldwide
9. How to Train Your Dragon – $218 Million Domestic / $495 Million Worldwide
10. Clash of the Titans – $163 Million Domestic / $493 Million Worldwide
It’s no surprise that a Pixar film, especially the heart-breaking end to the story that started the animation studio’s success all the way back in ‘95, is the biggest success of the year. But box office is just another conquest for Pixar as they have their sights set on winning the Oscar for Best Picture. The presence of other sequels in Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, Twilight: Eclipse and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is to be expected, and it’s not surprising that most of the list is composed of films that are intended to be viewed by the whole family (and with How to Train Your Dragon, I couldn’t be happier with its success).
The two glaring exceptions in this year’s box office hits are Universal’s surprise animated hit Despicable Me and the mind-bending original dreamweaver Inception. Leave it to Christopher Nolan, a director who became a household name after helming two movies in one of the most successful blockbuster franchises currently running, to deliver an original film that rakes in a shitload of money without the inflated cost of a 3D ticket – impressive. Of course, when these two original movies are surrounded by all these sequels and adaptations, it’s hard to make the case for more original stories. Hollywood will remake nearly any movie, no matter how classic or beloved, but if the money flow ain’t broke, you know they won’t even try to fix it.
But for me the most interesting note on box office comes from the site Screened, who has included James Cameron’s Avatar, a film initially released on December 18th, 2009, as an honorable mention on their biggest box officer earners chart. Why? Well apparently the film made $466 million of its $760 million box office take in 2010, which trumps Toy Story 3’s 2010 box office take of $415 million with plenty of room to spare. That’s pretty impressive for a 3D remake of Dances with Wolves, eh? Sorry about that, but we had to throw it in, its been a year! So what’s your take on the highest grossing films of 2010?
Posted by admin Date: Friday, December 31, 2010
Although Harry, Ron and Hermione have yet to secure all the weapons necessary in their impending battle against He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, they’ve already raised a significant amount of funds for the first half of their two-part war against the Dark Lord: To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a magical success.
The first half of “Deathly Hallows” premiered in theaters this weekend with all of the explosive wonder that fans have come to expect from the “Harry Potter” franchise. With an estimated $125.1 million earned across roughly 4,125 locations, “Deathly Hallows” enjoyed the best opening weekend of any previous “Harry Potter” film, easily stealing the record from “Goblet of Fire,” which earned $102.7 million in 2005.
Not only does “Deathly Hallows” mark a new franchise high, it’s also the sixth-biggest opening weekend of all time, sitting comfortably alongside such cinematic titans as “The Dark Knight” ($158.4 million), “Spider-Man 3″ ($151 million), “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” ($142.8 million), “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” ($135.6 million) and “Iron Man 2″ ($128.1 million).
Despite its successes, however, “Deathly Hallows” was unable to wrest away the record set by “New Moon” for best November weekend of all time, falling short by nearly $20 million. “New Moon” also remains the third-highest-grossing opening weekend of all time, giving “Twilight” the edge over “Harry Potter” — for now, at least, as next summer’s “Deathly Hallows” conclusion is poised to break all kinds of records
Posted by admin Date: Monday, November 22, 2010
Well today is the day and now that you’ve seen it, what did you think? This moment has been nine years in the making. Well, not entirely, as this is only Part I of an epic two part finale, but the beginning of the end has begun. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the seventh movie in the epic, unforgettable and beloved series of adaptations, arrives in theaters today. How is this movie in comparison to the other six? How is it as an adaptation of the final book? Did it live up to your expectations? What do you think of the split? If you’ve seen it, leave a comment and let us know what you thought of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1!
I’ve seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I twice now, and although I expected to enjoy it more the second time, I still feel the same. I realize this is only the first half of a long four-hour epic finale, and it’s hard to properly judge without the second half, but on its own, I think it’s a very interesting, very different, very dark, and very “quiet” movie compared to the remaining Harry Potter franchise. Sure, the filmmaking is great as always, but its got a lot of problems involving condensing the story, feeling rushed, and simply leaving out introductions entirely and bringing in characters/story elements that have never been seen in the movies before. It was a very good movie, just not as amazing as I was expecting, but I hope when seen together, Part 1 and 2 will be impeccable.
What did you think of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1? Is it Good or Bad?
Posted by admin Date: Friday, November 19, 2010
Are you ready? Entertainment Tonight debuted the first full teaser trailer for Green Lantern, directed by Martin Campbell, starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. This trailer will also be playing in front of Harry Potter this weekend, so everyone will get to see it. Some of the footage leaked out a few days ago, but I wanted you guys to be able to see this in proper high quality before critiquing it. This teaser is considerably long, but a perfect tease for fans of the comics, and newcomers as well who don’t know much about what’s going on. The comedy is still the roughest part to me, but overall I think this looks awesome.
Posted by admin Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Warner Bros. has released a new TV Spot for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Normally a TV spot is just a collection of footage you’ve already seen in full length trailers, but this is Harry Potter beginning his victory lap before the grand finale, so WB has put a little more effort into that. They’ve crafted something that feels like a full on trailer, full of just as much darkness and danger and action as all the full length Deathly Hallows trailers we’ve already seen.
What I’m getting at here is that it’s worth a look.
Check out the new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 TV Spot below: