Worldwide Box Office in 2009: The Top 20 Films

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Find out what were the top 20 films of 2009 at the global box office. Including Worldwide Grosses and the Domestic (USA) / International (Rest of World) split.

Notables:

Ok this one is pretty obvious.

James  Cameron returned from the wilderness and proceeded to destroy all box office pretenders with ease. It’s amazing to think that in the time since his last film aka the previous most successful film of all time (unadjusted) we have had a new Star Wars trilogy, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter series, the rise of CGI animation from Pixar and DreamWorks, the comic book explosion including heavy hitters  like Spider-Man, X-Men and Batman, a Steven Spielberg War Of The Worlds, the Pirates trilogy the Twilight films, the Transformers films, and other huge, huge films and yet not one of them genuinely came close to topping Titanic. And with alarming ease Cameron returned to the fray and didn’t just best Titanic – he did so by nearly a billion dollars more. Amazing. This was a true phenomenon and the King of the World has earned his title once again.

Quentin Tarantino had a global hit with Inglourious Basterds. Its testament to his own brand appeal that a period R-rated war film could be such a draw.  He is one of the few directors who can open a film on his name alone – we need more of them! Film is truly the directors medium – and we need more people to realise this!

Star Trek did big numbers domestically but couldn’t match it internationally; If they can get intentional on board next time round we could be looking at a monster franchise.

6 of the top 20 were CG animated or at least party animated.

Despite the fears around piracy, the leaked Wolverine work print didn’t seem to harm it with good grosses especially in the face of terrible reviews.

Angels & Demons was a hit but a big drop from its predecessor. If Sony are planning  to apart other books in the series they should probably strike while the iron is still relatively hot and also think about lowering budgets (something which Sony seems to be pretty bad at.)

Conversely, Fast & Furious managed to successful resurrect a franchise that was heading straight to video.

11 of the top 20 were sequels. People complain about lack of originality but he this is what the public what to see! Vote with your wallets people!

Finally The Hangover proved that R Rated comedies are still studios secret summer weapons. Very very impressive to gross that much in such a competitive frame.

Rank

Title

Studio

Worldwide

Domestic / %

International / %

1

Avatar Fox

$2,771.5

$749.8

27.1%

$2,021.8

72.9%

2

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince WB

$934.4

$302.0

32.3%

$632.5

67.7%

3

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Fox

$886.7

$196.6

22.2%

$690.1

77.8%

4

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen DWK

$836.3

$402.1

48.1%

$434.2

51.9%

5

2012 Sony

$769.7

$166.1

21.6%

$603.6

78.4%

6

Up Disney

$731.3

$293.0

40.1%

$438.3

59.9%

7

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Summit

$709.8

$296.6

41.8%

$413.2

58.2%

8

Sherlock Holmes WB

$524.0

$209.0

39.9%

$315.0

60.1%

9

Angels & Demons Sony

$485.9

$133.4

27.4%

$352.6

72.6%

10

The Hangover WB

$467.5

$277.3

59.3%

$190.2

40.7%

11

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Fox

$443.1

$219.6

49.6%

$223.5

50.4%

12

Night at the Museum 2 Fox

$413.1

$177.2

42.9%

$235.9

57.1%

13

Star Trek Par

$385.7

$257.7

66.8%

$128.0

33.2%

14

Monsters Vs. Aliens DWK

$381.5

$198.4

52.0%

$183.2

48.0%

15

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Fox

$373.1

$179.9

48.2%

$193.2

51.8%

16

Terminator Salvation WB

$371.4

$125.3

33.7%

$246.0

66.3%

17

Fast and Furious Universal

$363.2

$155.1

42.7%

$208.1

57.3%

18

A Christmas Carol (2009) Disney

$325.3

$137.9

42.4%

$187.4

57.6%

19

Inglourious Basterds Weinstein

$321.5

$120.5

37.5%

$200.9

62.5%

20

The Proposal Disney

$317.4

$164.0

51.7%

$153.4

48.3%

Source: Box Office Mojo

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