Check out this list of the top 20 grossing films of the last decade.

Discuss. We’ll be back here tomorrow for a wrap-up of the 10 Days That Shook The Multiverse.

[Thanks to KW for the link.]


  1. Man, there are some terrible films on that list (and a couple of quite good ones, thankfully.)

    But you’re right, it does show why corporations are so interested in acquiring recognizable properties, doesn’t it?

  2. If only Marvel could have gotten a piece of the Transformers back when they basically created that universe for them.

    Marvel named Optimus Prime after all.

  3. Surely the Lord of the Rings movies should be on any top 20 grossing list for the 2000s. They place higher than some of these at Box Office Mojo.

  4. Yeah, I’m not sure why LOTR isn’t on there. Return of the King would fall right after Transformers 2, and Two Towers after Spider-Man 2 and Fellowship after Indy 4.

    So that, and you know, the first Harry Potter movie isn’t even listed and it made the most out of all of them.

    So not entirely sure how reliable this list is…

  5. Also, we probably shouldn’t get locked into thinking that movies are the be-all and end-all of how Disney and Warner want to better exploit Marvel and DC.

    I’m sure video games are a big part of this kind of thinking. At a time where a Halo or a Gears of War can bring in revenue comparable to any Hollywood blockbuster, and a lot of folks expecting a lot from this new Batman: Arkham Asylum game, I’d bet there are a lot of hopes of using these characters in video games independent of any movie.

  6. The real list according to

    1. The Dark Knight
    2. Shrek 2
    3. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
    4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
    5. Spider-Man
    6. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
    7. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
    8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    9. Spider-Man 2
    10. The Passion of the Christ
    11. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    12. Finding Nemo
    13. Spider-Man 3
    14. Shrek the Third
    15. Transformers
    16. Iron Man
    17. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    18. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    19. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    20. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

  7. Well, the Pixar flicks, Dark Knight, Iron Man, Spidey 2 and Potter were pretty good/not bad/admirable what-have-you… but yeesh, what a strange list… and yup, Lord of the Rings is missing.

    Now we know why they keep going after all these properties, save for Pixar and that might be changing if they make a Marvel flick as rumored.