Worldwide Box Office in 2010: The Top 20 Films

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Find out what were the top 20 films of 2010 at the global box office. Including Worldwide Grosses and the Domestic (USA) / International (Rest of World) split.

Notables:

A ten-year gap didn’t stop Pixar’s third Toy Story becoming the biggest film of the year with  a $1bn+ gross. Testament to the appeal of the characters but perhaps more importantly the strength of the Pixar brand which is completely trusted by parents and loved by kids. It also meant Disney had a one- two punch at the global box office with Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland in second place also grossing $1bn+.

It either speaks to the film’s success or Fox’s poor line up but R Rated low-budget thriller Black Swan was the studio’s biggest film of the year… and by a big margin!

Fellow awards favourites The King’s Speech and the Social Network also proved that prestige films are not just the purview of art-house snobs. This year amazingly all of the Oscar favourites were $100m+ hits. That is something the industry should be aiming for every time. Quality fare that appeals to real audiences.

Inception was the closest we had to Avatar this year. An original, auteur driven film that didn’t compromise and become one of the year’s true phenomenons. At this point Warners (or indeed any other smart studio) will let Christopher Nolan do whatever he wants next.

Harry Potter is nearing its end and the 7th instalment made a remarkable $960m. The final film next year will cross a $1bn and together the series will become an essential future textbook in franchise building.

Looks like Karate Kid, How to Train Your Dragon, Clash of the Titans and Despicable Me will spawn sequels. However I get the feeling Prince of Persia, Robin Hood and Airbender will be one-offs. Still not sure about Tron Legacy – it made money, but did it make enough?

It’s also notable to see how many films benefitted from the new craze of 3D ushered in by the huge success of Avatar. Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland and Clash of The Titans all benefited in a big way. Whether audiences will still respond as well to future 3d releases remains to be seen…

Out of the 20, seven were sequels.

Out of the top 20, six were CG animated.

Rank

Title

Studio

Worldwide

Domestic / %

International / %

1

Toy Story 3 Disney

$1,063.2

$415.0

39.0%

$648.2

61.0%

2

Alice in Wonderland (2010) Disney

$1,024.3

$334.2

32.6%

$690.1

67.4%

3

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Warner Bros

$960.3

$296.0

30.8%

$664.3

69.2%

4

Inception Warner Bros

$825.5

$292.6

35.4%

$533.0

64.6%

5

Shrek Forever After Dreamworks

$752.6

$238.7

31.7%

$513.9

68.3%

6

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Summit

$698.5

$300.5

43.0%

$398.0

57.0%

7

Iron Man 2 Paramount

$623.9

$312.4

50.1%

$311.5

49.9%

8

Tangled Disney

$590.7

$200.8

34.0%

$389.9

66.0%

9

Despicable Me Universal

$543.1

$251.5

46.3%

$291.6

53.7%

10

How to Train Your Dragon Dreamworks

$494.9

$217.6

44.0%

$277.3

56.0%

11

Clash of the Titans (2010) Warner Bros

$493.2

$163.2

33.1%

$330.0

66.9%

12

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

$415.7

$104.4

25.1%

$311.3

74.9%

13

The King’s Speech Weinstein Company

$410.9

$135.5

33.0%

$275.4

67.0%

14

Tron Legacy Disney

$400.1

$172.1

43.0%

$228.0

57.0%

15

The Karate Kid Sony

$359.1

$176.6

49.2%

$182.5

50.8%

16

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Disney

$335.2

$90.8

27.1%

$244.4

72.9%

17

Black Swan Fox Searchlight

$329.4

$107.0

32.5%

$222.4

67.5%

18

Megamind Dreamworks

$321.9

$148.4

46.1%

$173.5

53.9%

19

Robin Hood Universal

$321.7

$105.3

32.7%

$216.4

67.3%

20

The Last Airbender Paramount

$319.7

$131.8

41.2%

$187.9

58.8%

Source: Box Office Mojo

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