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
We’ve been keeping tabs on the Iron Man 2 mini-viral launch this past week, but nothing too exciting has really happened (or so I claim). Earlier in the week, SlashFilm found a website for a Stark Industries spin-off company (aka subsidiary) called AccuTech that has somehow become the primary focus of the entire viral. Packages started showing up with boxes of cheesy AccuTech swag, but then everyone started picking up on the logo, which seemed to be a little too similar to The Avengers logo which also consists of an “A” inside of a circle as well. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but that seems to be the biggest buzz related to this viral.
You can visit the full AccuTech website here: starkexpo2010.com/accutech/. I’m surprised they couldn’t buy their own URL, but that’s besides the point. There’s a video introducing a “HazTech Exoskeleton” on the site, which many believe is another viral hint at something in the movie. You can also read through the rest of the minimal amount of information found there. Marvel.com also posted a new letter from Tony Stark himself that talks about the Stark Expo returning this year (refer to starkexpo2010.com). Other sites buzzing about the logo similarities include CHUD and BleedingCool, so I’ll leave all of that speculation up to them.
So far I’m not really that impressed with this viral campaign for Iron Man 2. The websites are pretty dull and its all about speculation and stuff like “could this be that armor from that scene in that movie?!” I wish they had a more solid direction and more for us to latch onto and interact with as it builds, but that’s all we got, so check out the websites above. As always, if you find anything new anywhere, be sure to let us know!
Posted by admin Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Hell yes! Paramount has unleashed a big batch of 10 new photos from Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2 which will arrive in theaters in only 32 more days. I’m pretty damn excited for this movie, which is also exactly why I’m featuring this batch of photos. When the first Iron Man was coming out, at about this time before its release, an endless amount of photos and clips and TV spots landed online, but I think Jon Favreau is trying to hold back this time, keeping all the secrets in the movie. While there are some cool photos, none of them include the Mark IV armor (with a triangular front – well, one of them does) but there isn’t much of Whiplash either.
Update: Thanks to Internapse and SpiderMedia we’ve added 8 more new photos below! And while you’re at it if you haven’t seen it, check out the sleek official website for Iron Man 2: ironmanmovie.marvel.com.
You can find all of the previous Iron Man 2 posters here: teaser, international teaser, Whiplash, character posters, international final, and the domestic final. And, of course, check out the first teaser and full trailer.
Iron Man 2 is directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Jon Favreau, who previously directed Made, Elf, Zathura, and the first Iron Man. The screenplay for this was also written by an actor, Justin Theroux, who became a screenwriter a few years ago and co-wrote Tropic Thunder’s script. Paramount will be bringing Iron Man 2 to theaters everywhere starting on May 7th, 2010 this summer. See everyone in theaters in May for this!