Steve’s Box Office Report: 2010

Steve’s Box Office Report: 2010

So we have finally reached the end of the year and I believe that it is only fitting that we do a final recap of the year in general. The way this will work is that I will first take all the films that were number one in their respective month and rank them by the amount of money that they made. I will then include a list of films that all made over $100 million in their run into a separate list that will be considered honorable mentions. Next, I will list all the winners and losers from each respective month and after calculating the profits and net losses, I will rank the top 10 winners and losers of the year. Next, I will list all the stories/surprises from the year and list my top 3 for the year, and then I will list the overachievers and underachievers before forming a top 5 of the year for both based on box figures and personal opinion. After that, I will list all the films from each month that were nominated for the big 3 awards (Academy, Golden Globe, and Golden Raspberry) and then list the films that won each of those awards (number of awards won by number of awards nominated for). Finally, I will give my overall thoughts of the year in general and rank the months by grade before giving a final grade for the year.

The Number One Films of 2010:

1. Toy Story 3 – $415,004,880 (June)

2. Alice in Wonderland – $332,430,200 (March)

3. Iron Man 2 – $312,433,331 (May)

4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – $295,983,305 (November)

5. Inception – $292,576,195 (July)

6. TRON: Legacy – $172,062,763 (December)

7. Clash of the Titans – $163,214,888 (April)

8. Shutter Island – $128,012,934 (February)

9. The Other Guys – $119,219,978 (August)

10. Jackass 3D – $117,229,692 (October)

11. The Book of Eli – $94,835,059 (January)

12. The Town – $92,186,262 (September)

Honorable Mentions:

1. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – $300,531,751 (June)

2. Despicable Me – $251,513,985 (July)

3. Shrek Forever After – $238,736,787 (May)

4. How to Train Your Dragon – $217,581,231 (March)

5. Tangled – $200,807,262 (November)

6. The Karate Kid – $176,591,618 (June)

7. True Grit – $171,243,005 (December)

8. Grown Ups – $162,001,186 (June)

9. Little Fockers – $148,438,600 (December)

10. Megamind – $148,415,853 (November)

11. The King’s Speech – $135,453,143 (December)

12. The Last Airbender – $131,772,187 (July)

13. Salt – $118,311,368 (July)

14. Valentine’s Day – $110,485,654 (February)

15. Black Swan – $106,950,757 (December)

16. Robin Hood – $105,269,730 (May)

17. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader – $104,367,133 (December)

18. The Expendables – $103,068,524 (August)

19. Due Date – $100,539,043 (November)

20. Yogi Bear – $100,246,011 (December)

Winners:

January: None

February: Shutter Island, Valentine’s Day, Dear John, and Crazy Heart

March: Alice in Wonderland, How to Train Your Dragon, the Bounty Hunter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the Last Song

April: Clash of the Titans, Date Night, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Why Did I Get Married Too?, and Death at a Funeral

May: Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, and Letters to Juliet

June: Toy Story 3, the Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the Karate Kid, Grown Ups, and Get Him to the Greek

July: Inception and Despicable Me

August: The Expendables, Eat, Pray, Love, Takers, and the Last Exorcism

September: The Town, Easy A, and Devil

October: Jackass 3D, the Social Network, RED, Paranormal Activity 2, Secretariat, and Saw: The Final Chapter

November: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Due Date

December: True Grit, Little Fockers, the King’s Speech, Black Swan, Yogi Bear, and the Fighter

The Top 10 Winners of:

1. Toy Story 3 (June)

2. Alice in Wonderland (March)

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (November)

4. Iron Man 2 (May)

5. Despicable Me (July)

6. How to Train Your Dragon (March)

7. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (June)

8. True Grit (December)

9. Inception (July)

10. Paranormal Activity 2 (October)

Losers:

January: The Lovely Bones, Edge of Darkness, and the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

February: The Wolfman and From Paris With Love

March: Green Zone and the Ghost Writer

April: Oceans

May: Robin Hood and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

June: The A-Team, Knight and Day, Killers, and Jonah Hex

July: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

August: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

September: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

October: None

November: Tangled

December: The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the Tourist, Gulliver’s Travels, How Do You Know, and the Warrior’s Way

The Top 10 Losers of:

1. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (December)

2. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (May)

3. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (July)

4. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (September)

5. Robin Hood (May)

6. Jonah Hex (June)

7. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (August)

8. Green Zone (March)

9. From Paris With Love (February)

10. Tangled (November)

Stories:

January: New releases falter as Avatar continues dominance into January 2010

February: Shutter Island overcomes romance films to take February 2010 as Avatar makes history

March: Moviegoers return to Wonderland as Alice easily takes top spot of March 2010

April: No “Clash” for first place as Titans take top spot of April 2010

May: MCU launches to a new level as Iron Man 2 wins May 2010

June: Pixar reclaims the June crown as Toy Story 3 easily takes the top spot

July: Inception steals its way to the top spot of July 2010

August: The Other Guys edge out the Expendables to win mediocre August 2010

September: The Town easily takes the top spot of weak September 2010

October: Comedy overcomes horror as Jackass 3D crashes its way to the top spot of October 2010

November: Harry Potter begins its last run to glory as “Deathly Hallows” easily claims the top spot for November 2010

December: Award contenders dominate as December ends 2010 on a high note

The Top 3 Stories of:

1. Pixar reclaims the June crown as Toy Story 3 easily takes the top spot

2. Award contenders dominate as December ends 2010 on a high note

3. Shutter Island overcomes romance films to take February 2010 as Avatar makes history

Overachievers of:

January: None

February: Valentine’s Day

March: Alice in Wonderland

April: Clash of the Titans

May: Iron Man 2

June: Toy Story 3

July: Despicable Me

August: The Last Exorcism

September: Easy A

October: Paranormal Activity 2

November: Megamind

December: True Grit

The Top 5 Overachievers of:

1. Alice in Wonderland (March)

2. Despicable Me (July)

3. True Grit (December)

4. Paranormal Activity 2 (October)

5. Toy Story 3 (June)

Underachievers of:

January: Tooth Fairy

February: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

March: Hot Tub Time Machine

April: Kick-Ass

May: Sex and the City 2

June: Knight and Day

July: The Last Airbender and Salt

August: The Expendables

September: Alpha and Omega

October: Saw: The Final Chapter

November: Tangled

December: The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Top 5 Underachievers of:

1. The Last Airbender (July)

2. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (December)

3. Kick-Ass (April)

4. Knight and Day (June)

5. Tangled (November)

Awards Watch:

January: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

February: Valentine’s Day, the Wolfman, Crazy Heart, and An Education

March: Alice in Wonderland, How to Train Your Dragon, the Bounty Hunter, the Last Song, and Remember Me

April: Clash of the Titans

May: Iron Man 2 and Sex and the City 2

June: Toy Story 3, the Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Grown Ups, Killers, Marmaduke, Jonah Hex, and Winter’s Bone

July: Inception, Despicable Me, the Last Airbender, Salt, and the Kids Are All Right

August: The Expendables and Vampires Suck

September: The Town, Easy A, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and Machete

October: The Social Network, RED, and Hereafter

November: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Part 1, Tangled, Burlesque, and Love and Other Drugs

December: True Grit, Little Fockers, the King’s Speech, Black Swan, the Fighter, the Tourist, Gulliver’s Travels, and Blue Valentine

Awards Winners:

Academy Awards: Inception (4 out of 8), the King’s Speech (4 out of 12), the Social Network (3 out of 8), Alice in Wonderland (2 out of 3), the Fighter (2 out of 7), Toy Story 3 (2 out of 5), Black Swan (1 out of 5), and the Wolfman (1 out of 1)

Golden Globe Awards: The Social Network (4 out of 6), the Fighter (2 out of 6), the Kids are All Right (2 out of 4), the King’s Speech (1 out of 7), Black Swan (1 out of 4), Burlesque (1 out of 3), and Toy Story 3 (1 out of 1)

Golden Raspberry Awards: The Last Airbender (5 out of 9), Sex and the City 2 (3 out of 7), Valentine’s Day (2 out of 2), Killers (1 out of 1), the Twilight Saga: Eclipse (1 out of 9), Little Fockers (1 out of 3), and Machete (1 out of 1)

Overall Thoughts of 2010:

Overall, the year of 2010 ended up being a fairly solid year as there were some pretty big highs though there were also some pretty bad lows as well. Considering that the year started on perhaps the lowest low that you could, the year did end up rebounding very well with December being a great month and the complete antithesis of what January was. Meanwhile in between the two months, the spring was pretty good as was the summer though the fall did dip a bit though the box office picked right back up for the holiday season. The 2000s were a very interesting decade in terms of the films released at least in what I had reviewed when this started in 2006, and as we head into the new year we will see if the momentum can continue. As for the year of 2010, it ends up being a good year and a fairly solid start to what was going to be an interesting decade of film.

Final Rankings of Months of 2010:

1. June – A+

2. December – A+

3. July – A

4. March – B+

5. May – B+

6. November – B+

7. October – B-

8. August – C+

9. February – C-

10. April – C-

11. September – D+

12. January – F

Final Grade of 2010: C+