To Infinity and Beyond! Highest Grossing Movies of 2010

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A lot happened in 2010. We had the World Cup in South Africa (Spain won!), the economic collapse (fun times), Tiger Woods’ girlfriends started talking, and Paris Hilton got caught with cocaine. No wait it was chewing gum! No, it was definitely cocaine. Even though the economy was in trouble people evidently still bought tickets and went to the movies because the top grossing films (this is based on domestic sales – overseas these flicks made out like gangbusters too) made a whole lot of dough.
Of course, thought-provoking, challenging films didn’t quite make the cut and the top five flicks are all big-budget Hollywood brands, but what can you do? It says a lot about who goes to the movies: mainly, kids. So let’s see which mega blockbusters made the cut.

5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I ($295,983,305)

Like Twilight, Harry Potter is a grade A, certifiable mega-brand. JK Rowling made history with her books and now she’s wealthier than the Queen, right? Some people say Harry Potter got too “dark” for kids, but those people have probably never stepped inside a public school. Life can be scary, even in junior high. Harry Potter will live on, no matter what those lame critics say.

4 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($300,531,751)

This is no big shock, but what is a big shock is that a Twilight movie isn’t sitting pretty at number one. Maybe in worldwide box office it beat the competition with its emo vampire love, but at home it just squeaked in. Just kidding, it made a gazillion bucks. Now it’s all over so they can count on downloads and DVDs to keep the producers happy.

3 Iron Man 2 ($312,433,331)

Robert Downey Jr. has made his big comeback with a vengeance – and it’s a good thing too because he’s one of the best actors on the planet. The first Iron Man rocked, and even though this second one was… decent at best, it raked in the cash. Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow had one of the most anti-climactic, passionless kisses in the history of screen kisses, but that didn’t stop people from paying to see it. Let’s hope Iron Man 3 is better.

2 Alice in Wonderland ($334,191,110)

It was a match made in heaven when macabre director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Sweeney Todd – you get the picture) got his hands on the legendary Alice in Wonderland. Plus it was 3D and it played in IMAX theaters – you pretty much have to buy a ticket and see it in theaters, right? His pal Johnny “I love fringe and man jewelry” Depp and his wife Helena “I love crazy outfits” Bonham Carter played the Mad Hatter and the Red Queen.

1 Toy Story 3 ($415,004,880)

Kids just love Buzz Lightyear and Woody, and so their weary parents take them to the movies, sometimes more than once. Toy Story’s third installment was directed by Lee Unkrich and written with Unkrich by Pixar whizzes John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton. Tim Allen and Tom Hanks did the voices of Buzz and Woody again and who doesn’t love Tom Hanks? Even his voice makes you feel all giddy.

Do you think these five deserve all this financial glory? Let us know!

Dina Gachman writes about Hollywood and celebrities for Forbes, and covers film for Red Bull USA. She has written for Splitsider, Thought Catalog, and Hello Giggles. Her comic books about Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor are being published by Bluewater Comics.

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