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The year may just be ending, but today's earnings won't make or break THR's tally of the Top 10 highest grossing films from 2010. No matter how many times we cry about wanting original stories, less sequels and more bold motion pictures, the films that earn the most money at the box office seem to indicate other desires from audiences worldwide. Nearly every movie included in the ten biggest earners of 2010 is either a sequel in an established franchise or an adaptation of a book or series of books, and one remake. Only two original films cracked the Top 10, and you probably already know one. See the full Top 10 list below! 10. Clash of the Titans - $163 Million Domestic / $493 Million Worldwide 9. How to Train Your Dragon - $218 Million Domestic / $495 Million Worldwide 8. Despicable Me - $251 Million Domestic / $540 Million Worldwide 7. Iron »
- Ethan Anderton
The top 25 movies and stars of 2010 were revealed today by IMDb as listed by users. Have you seen all of the films on the llist below?
23. Iron Man 2
20. Easy A
18. Let Me In
17. Four Lions
15. Winter’s Bone
14. The Ghost aka The Ghost Writer
13. Despicable Me
12. Ip Man 2
10. The Town
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
2. Toy Story 3
Below are the top 25 stars for 2010. IMDb explains that these rankings “are not based upon critical assessments or box-office performance but the actual search behavior of the more than 100 million monthly unique users of IMDb.com”.
25. Scarlett Johansson
24. Emma Stone
23. Sandra Bullock
22. Mila Kunis
21. Rachael McAdams
20. Natalie Portman
19. Bruce Willis
18. Dakota Fanning
17. Nicolas Cage
16. Matt Damon
15. Zooey Deschanel
14. Taylor Lautner
13. Ryan Reynolds »
Top 10 lists are a dime a dozen in the Hollywood circle, but while most writers are busy compiling their “Best of” in terms of films, directors and performances I’m always more curious to explore the less-appreciated categories – particularly Best Motion Picture Score. And so without further ado, here are my picks for the Best Scores of 2010. Hit the jump to see the list. The Top Five How To Train Your Dragon – John Powell The year 2010 proved quite lucrative for animated films – Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, Tangled and even Megamind scored with critics and audiences alike – but the best in terms of overall production (in my humble opinion) belongs to DreamWorks Animations’ How to Train Your Dragon, an exciting, heartfelt, even epic motion picture if there ever was one. A lot of the film’s success can be attributed to John Powell’s terrific, absolutely riveting score, which combines »
- Jeff Ames
Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 241 screenplays (134 original and 107 adapted) are eligible for Best Screenplay nominations and 77 films are eligible for Best Original Score (not including Black Swan, The Fighter or The Kids Are All Right).
Earlier we shared the 248 films eligible for Best Picture. Even though there are great deal of films that were amazing movie going experiences, Academy voters are likely only to concentrate on the films that have garnered awards from other organizations.
Below are the front runners for each of the categories thanks to Awards Daily:
Best Original Screenplay
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg -The Kids Are All Right David Seidler – The King’s Speech Christopher Nolan – Inception Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin – Black Swan Mike Leigh – Another Year Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson – The Fighter Derek Cianfrance – Blue Valentine
Best Adapted Screenplay
Some people love reading critics' reviews of movies, while other people hate them, but I think we can all unanimously agree that Rotten Tomatoes' aggregation of certified critics' reviews is one of the best movie resources on the web. The site's just listed the top 20 best-reviewed movies of 2010 (with a minimum of 60 reviews required), and the majority of them shouldn't be too surprising.
"Toy Story 3" took the top spot with 99 percent of the film's 247 reviews being positive. It's fitting, for once, that the top reviewed film of the year is also the highest grossing film of the year, and one of two movies in 2010 to gross over one billion dollars worldwide (the other is "Alice in Wonderland"). But what might surprise some people (especially those who didn't see it) is that another animated film, "How To Train Your Dragon," placed second on the list with 98 percent of its 156 reviews being positive. »
- Terri Schwartz
We know you were losing sleep over it, so we're happy to be the first to tell you that Furry Vengeance and Yogi Bear are both eligible to be nominated for Best Screenplay Oscars on January 25. Also that Marmaduke score that has been wearing out your iPod? It's eligible too. However, the inclusion of these 2010 masterpieces really isn't that big a surprise. With final nominations just over a month away the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 241 screenplays - 134 original and 107 adapted - are eligible for a Best Screenplay nomination and that music from 77 films is eligible for Best Original Score (not including Black Swan, The Fighter or The Kids Are All Right ). Add those to the 248 films eligible  for Best Picture and Oscar voters have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks. Kind of. See the full lists, the favorites and read the rules after the jump. »
- Germain Lussier
The AMPAS have named 241 scripts eligible for the Academy Awards — 134 original, 107 adapted. Unlike the WGA, Winter’s Bone, King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon will be considered.
The AMPAS have also released the list of nominees for best score. The list was narrowed down to 77 scores, which makes Best Original Score the 2011 Oscar the category with the least number of films under consideration. The scores for Black Swan, True Grit, The Kids Are Alright and The Fighter will not be eligible to compete this year. Clint Mansell‘s Black Swan score and Carter Burwell‘s True Grit score were disqualified attributed to a designation within Rule 16 of the Academy’s Special Rules for Music Awards (5d under “Eligibility”), which excludes “scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music.” Meanwhile, the scores for The Kids Are All Right, »
I have some stuff to say about how women were depicted onscreen this year, and how women made movies this year, at a roundup of reactions on the subject from women film journalists over at Women and Hollywood. I like this by me: Surprisingly, that there were a lot, relatively speaking, of really good films of all stripes that treat women characters as people, as human beings with stories worth telling, from the wonderfully aggressive little girls of *Despicable Me* to Emma Stone’s smart sass in *Easy A* — the brilliance of which has now convinced me that Hollywood does indeed know how to tell strong stories about realistic women, it just chooses not to do so most of the time — to the force of nature that is Noomi Rapace in the *Girl with the Dragon Tattoo* trilogy, and Natalie Portman’s terrifying, but believable, performance as a women possessed »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Let’s face it: In Hollywood, it all comes down to money. Sure, we movie fans like to talk about the artistic merits of the form and debate important subjects like whether or not Harry Potter and his friends could beat Bella and her boys in a throwdown. But for the bigwigs in Tinseltown, the final score is counted out in cold hard cash.
Well, we can play that game too, mister! In our quest to explore every aspect of the last year in movies, we’ve taken a careful look at each ledger, tally sheet and budgetary report to come out of Hollywood. The result: our official review of the 10 biggest box office headlines of 2010.
10. Comic Book Epic Fails
“Iron Man 2″ may have been an international mega-hit (grossing $621 million worldwide), but lesser known comic book movies didn’t fare quite so well. Despite major buzz and massive geek love, »
- Scott Harris
The highest-grossing film of the year is Toy Story 3! 2010 saw an impressive raise and importance in the use of 3D-technology in filmmaking and movie releases after the success of Avatar in the format. Most of listed and numerous other titles being released in 3D formats, both converted or filmed (Jackass, Breathe, Huble, The Revenge of Kitty Galore).
The third movie of the Pixar Toy Story franchise came out in 2010, over a decade since the previous Toy Story 2 arrived theaters at 1999, and more than 15 years after the first Toy Story debuted in 1995. So, Disney grossed over $1 billion (together with Alice). This is the first time in history that two films earned such amount at the box office in the same year!
Warner Brothers and Dream Works Animation are production companies relied on fan favorites to bring in following box office results.
Also, Toy Story 3 is the first animated film to gross $1 billion! »
- Nikola Mraovic
Stephen Lang, Sam Worthington in James Cameron's Avatar Thanks to higher ticket prices, and loads of costlier IMAX and 3D presentations, the North American box office will pass the $10b mark in 2010. Last year, domestic revenues reached $10.6b; this year, they should top at $10.556b according to Hollywood.com. Attendance was actually down 5.36% from last year, the biggest drop-off rate since 2005. In fact, despite the rosy box-office dollar figures, 2010 will turn out to be the second-least attended year of the early 21st century. Avatar, a late 2009 release, was the year's top hit (approx. $477m, including the unsuccessful late summer rerelease), followed by Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 2, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Inception, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. The other movies that grossed more than $200m domestically in 2010 were Despicable Me, Shrek Forever After, and How to Train Your Dragon. [...] »
- Zac Gille
There was a minor kerfluffle last night when it was announced only 76 screenplays from 2010 are eligible for the WGA Awards, leaving out such quality films as Toy Story 3, The King's Speech, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. No need to fret over Oscar consideration: the AMPAS named 241 scripts eligible for the Academy Awards -- 134 original, 107 adapted. The AMPAS is a bit pickier about original scores, though -- Black Swan, True Grit, The Kids Are All Right, and The Fighter were deemed ineligible last week. The list was narrowed down to 77 scores, which makes Best Original Score the 2011 Oscar the category with the least number of films under consideration. Hit the jump to see the full list of films up for the original screenplay, adapted screenplay, and original score categories. Via TheWrap: Original Screenplays Agora All Good Things Alpha And Omega Animal Kingdom Another Year Aparoris Applause Biutiful Black Swan »
- Brendan Bettinger
Some of us might see more movies on a regular basis than others, but let's face it, when the end of the year rolls around, everyone enjoys weighing in with "best of" lists -- which is precisely why we started doing the Film Junk Readers Choice Awards five years ago. Once again, we have divided the year's cinematic landscape up into categories, and nominated five films for each based on our own feelings, in addition to critical reception and public opinion. After that, we left it up to you guys to pick the winners. Now that the votes have been tallied and the winners have been selected, it's time to find out what the Film Junkies enjoyed most in 2010. Check out a complete rundown of the results after the jump! Best Comedy 1. Jackass 3-D -- 29% 2. The Other Guys -- 20% 3. Hot Tub Time Machine -- 19% 4. Easy A -- 17% 5. Get Him to the Greek »
The 2010 box office has tallied up to $10.55 billion, a .3% drop from last year’s $10.58 billion report, due to inflation. This means a 5% decrease in attendance. Xach has created a neat visualization of this figure in today’s Daily Distraction which recommend you check out. Click here to check it out, and scroll your cursor over all films to see their monthly totals.
Thanks to FilmStage
Domestic Top 10
10. The Karate Kid – $176.6 million
9. How to Train Your Dragon – $217.5 million
8. Shrek Forever After – $238.4 million
7. Despicable Me – $250.8 million
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – $274.3 million
5. Inception – $292.5 million
4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – $300.5 million
3. Iron Man 2 – $312.1 million
2. Alice in Wonderland – $334.1 million
1. Toy Story 3 – $415 million
Worldwide Top 10
10. Clash of the Titans — $493.2 million
9. How to Train Your Dragon — $494.9 million
8. Despicable Me — $539.9 million
7. Iron Man 2 — $582.2 million
6. Twilight Saga: Eclipse — $693.5 million
5. Shrek Forever After — $739.8 million
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 — $824.1 million
3. Inception »
Nothing invades our vocabulary like a memorable movie line. For example, when’s the last time you chatted with a hypochondriac buddy and didn’t trot out “It’s not a tumor!?” You know… a quote from a 20-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger film you might not have ever seen.
(That’s the action-packed thrill ride “Kindergarten Cop,” if you’re wondering.)
Every year has its “You had me at hello” moments, and even the lines that don’t achieve unholy-repetition status serve as important pieces of shared culture, and more importantly, act as stand-ins when we can’t come up with anything original to say at parties.
So here are our 10 favorite lines from the movies of 2010 — and in true 2010 fashion, presented in meme form.
- Brooke Tarnoff
Top Ten Movies of 2010
I feel as if 2010 marked a turning point in movies. Sure, we had our share of blockbusters with Alice in Wonderland crossing $1 billion worldwide and Iron Man 2 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse joining it as the three lone live-action films to cross $300 million. However, after Inception and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, the only other films to cross the $200 million mark domestically were animated features -- Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, Shrek Forever After and How to Train Your Dragon. What does that say about this year's crop of films?
Well, first off, I think we all know a film doesn't need to make over $200 million at the box-office for it to be deemed "good." And this year it wasn't as much about the big blockbuster films as much as it was about the little guy that could, and smaller, indie films hit quite a stride. »
- Brad Brevet
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As the year draws to a close, we’ve begun to compartmentalize 2010’s successes and failures on various levels.
Box office is one chart we use on a week-to-week basis to determine a film’s success (though, not necessarily, its quality). And reports are arriving today that suggest that the year’s domestic box office revenues will be down from the previous year, though not by much.
Hollywood.com reported that total ticket sales will reach $10.556 billion, down slightly from the $10.6 billion tallied in 2009. Though it marks a slight decrease, this is “only the second time that the annual box office has crossed the $10 billion mark,” according to the report.
Figures weren’t all encouraging, however. Total attendance dropped 5.36 percent from 2009, signifying “the biggest percentage drop year over year since 2005” and earning the unfortunate distinction of being “the second-lowest attended year of the decade. »
- Sean O'Connell
Toy Story 3 has been named the highest grossing film of 2010 in a year that saw animated movies dominate the worldwide box office.
Pixar's final instalment in the saga which began in 1995 with Toy Story, the world's first fully CGI animated feature, made a spectacular $1.05bn (£682m) globally. It just beat the Disney fantasy Alice in Wonderland for the top spot with the Tim Burton-directed film taking $1.02bn.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part one, the latest instalment in the saga of Jk Rowling's boy wizard, made third place with $831m. It has only been in cinemas for six weeks, so could well end up with a rather larger haul.
The three other animations to make the top 10 were another sequel, Shrek Forever After, which took $737m worldwide and took the fifth spot, »
- Ben Child
Toy Story 3's profits soared to infinity and beyond this year - it's been named the highest-grossing film of 2010.
In a list dominated by family-friendly movies, the latest installment in the computer-animated franchise - with characters voiced by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen - raked in over $1.06 billion at the worldwide box office following its release in the summer.
Tim Burton's fantasy film Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp, came second in the list after taking $1.02 billion and the first of the two-part Harry Potter swansong movie - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - is third with $861 million (£574 million).
The fourth highest-grossing picture of the year is sci-fi movie Inception, with earnings of $825 million (£550 million), and Shrek Forever After is fifth with $740 million (£493 million).
“The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer)
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company, 11/26, R, trailer)
“The Fighter” (Paramount, 12/10, R, trailer)
“Inception” (Warner Brothers, 7/16, PG-13, trailer)
“Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight, 12/1, R, trailer)
“True Grit” (Paramount, 12/25, PG-13, trailer)
“127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight, 11/5, R, trailer)
“Toy Story 3” (Disney, 6/18, G, trailer)
“Blue Valentine” (The Weinstein Company, 12/29, R, trailer)
“Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions, 6/11, R, trailer)
“The Town” (Warner Brothers, 9/17, R, trailer)
“The Ghost Writer” (Summit, 2/19, PG-13, trailer)
“Shutter Island” (Paramount, 2/19, R, trailer)
“Another Year” (Sony Pictures Classics, 12/31, PG-13, trailer)
“Rabbit Hole” (Lionsgate, 12/17, Tbd, trailer)
“Waiting for ‘Superman’” (Paramount Vantage, 9/24, PG, trailer)
“Secretariat” (Disney, 10/8, PG, trailer)
“Alice in Wonderland” (Disney, 3/5, PG, trailer)
- Scott Feinberg
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