Monday, March 15, 2010

The Most Impressive Box Office Runs of 2000s (Overview)

With Avatar ending the decade on an extremely high note and carrying the momentum all the way through the first part of 2010, it seems appropriate to take a pause and look back at some of the most extraordinary box office runs of the last 10 years (there have been some excellent discussions going on at World of KJ forum). Before I reveal my top 10 choices, let's start with some basic data on the decade's box office. Even though the importance of foreign markets has surged in recent years, I will focus on the U.S. domestic performances first as it allows a more consistent analysis with a single release for each film and no exchange rate fluctuation on the currency.

Breakdown by Gross

Total Gross# of Films
$700m+1
$500-700m1
$400-500m4
$300-400m17
$200-300m46
$100-200m177


Breakdown by Years

Year$100m+$200m+$300m+$400m+$500m+$700m+
20002230000
20012062000
20022473100
20032963000
20042463100
20051981000
20061961100
200728114000
20082963110
200932103211

In the course of next couple of weeks, I will list 10 films which I consider had the most impressive box office performances of 2000s (again domestic only), along with a couple of runner-ups. Discussions and rebuttals are certainly welcome. :)

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