Sunday, March 13, 2011

Top 5 top grossing movies that never hit #1

List Box Office Mojo

"Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay home and see bad television for nothing?"
- Samuel Goldwyn

The interwebs is a beautiful, terrible thing, no? In the space of five minutes I have seen many strangely hilarious and disturbing things that no person should ever see. The upside to that is that I've also got lots of notes for ideas for future posts such as 'Top 5 worst comics into film' and 'Top 5 Keanu Reeves movies somehow not ruined by Keanu Reeves' (thank you AV Club for this one!) and 'Top 5 movies of 2010 that I had to watch twice before understanding them' and 'Top 5 best books into film' and even 'Top 5 songs from the Pasefika Collection cd' :) This list, however, is a nice simple list! I accidentally ended up at Box Office Mojo's site cruising through their list of movies that never quite made it to #1. It doesn't mean that they were bad movies, by the way. Well, except perhaps in the case of the Alvin movies...

Honourable mention:
  • The day after tomorrow
  • Dances with wolves
  • A beautiful mind
  • Chicago
  • Casino Royale




  • Ice age. 3: Dawn of the dinosaurs [DVD videorecording] / Produced by John C. Donkin and Lori Forte
    Voices: Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Simon Pegg, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck
    Rating: PG - Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers. NOTE: Some scenes may scare very young children

    Tagline: The sub-zero heroes are back, on an incredible adventure... for the ages.
    Scrat is still trying to nab the ever-elusive nut and in the process may find his true love; Manny and Ellie await the birth of their mini-mammoth; Diego, the saber-toothed tiger, wonders if he's growing too 'soft' hanging with his pals; and Sid the sloth gets into trouble when he creates his own makeshift family by hijacking some dinosaur eggs. On a mission to rescue the hapless Sid, the gang ventures into a mysterious underground world where they have some very close encounters with dinosaurs, battle flora and fauna, and where they meet a relentless, one-eyed, dino-hunting weasel named Buck.

    Tosca's comment: Released in 2009, top ranking of #2 and with a gross release of $196,573,705.

    Sherlock Holmes [DVD videorecording] / Directed by Guy Ritchie
    Starring: Robert Downey, Jr.; Jude Law; Rachel McAdams; Mark Strong
    Rating: M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Contains violence

    Tagline: Holmes for the holiday.
    After finally catching serial killer and occult 'sorcerer' Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. After his execution, Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with Watson's new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the determined detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic, not to mention the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.

    Tosca's comment: Released in 2009, top ranking of #2 and with a gross release of $209,028,679.

    Alvin and the Chipmunks [DVD videorecording] / Directed by Tim Hill
    Starring: Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler
    Rating: G - Suitable for general audiences

    Tagline: Get your squeak on!
    A struggling songwriter named Dave Seville finds success when he comes across a trio of singing chipmunks: mischievous leader Alvin, brainy Simon, and chubby, impressionable Theodore.

    Tosca's comment: Released in 2007, top ranking of #2 and with a gross release of $217,326,974.

    Alvin and the Chipmunks: The squeakquel / Director of photography, Anthony B. Richmond ; editor, Matthew Friedman ; music, David Newman
    Starring: Zachary Levi, David Cross, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate
    Rating: G - Suitable for general audiences

    Tagline: The original entourage.
    "Chipmunk singing sensations Alvin, Simon and Theodore are back for an encore in this hilarious 'squeakquel' packed with more music, more action, and more nutty fun for the whole family! When a concert mishap lands Dave (Jason Lee) in the hospital, the Chipmunks take a break from superstardom and enroll in school to fit in with kids their age. But they soon face some stiff competition when they meet the Chipettes - a beautiful, talented trio of chipmunks discovered by Ian (David Cross), the boy's evil ex-manager!" -- Publisher's description.

    Tosca's comment: Released in 2009, top ranking of #3 and with a gross release of $219,614,612.

    My big fat Greek wedding / Directed by Joel Zwick ; written by Nia Vardalos
    Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine
    Tagline: Love is here to stay... so is her family.
    A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.

    Tosca's comment: Released in 2002, top ranking of #2 and with a gross release of $241,438,208.

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