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It Was the Summer of ’09… BIGGEST. SUMMER. EVER…

Well, at least one of my predictions worked out. Waaaay back when this blog was just starting I called this year to be the biggest summer at the American Box Office ever and – with one weekend still to go – I was right about that one.

Well, I was due after Shutter Island was moved to February scuttling my Oscar forecast. Now, if the Academy could come around to nomination Inglourious Basterds (yeah, right!), I might forgive them for that whole fiasco with The Reader.

I’m quite proud of myself, but that isn’t really a good enough reason to post (at least on its own), so I’ve brought some facts and figures and observations below.

Christian Bale isn't going to happy about this...

Christian Bale isn't going to happy about this...

Okay, before we have that old chestnut of an argument, I’ll concede. Yes, inflation is still occurring, so no – Hollywood didn’t sell more tickets than ever. However, we tend to measure most things in currency, so why should this be any different?

Before this year the biggest summer on record was apparently only two years ago. That year Hollywood put away $4.16 billion. We’ve already put away ten million more than that and there’s still a weekend to go before summer is officially declared ‘over’.

A lot of this was luck, I will also concede. I made some bad calls numbers wise, but was countered by some unforeseen sleeper hits. I messed up the order on Transformers 2 and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (which came first and second, respectively). I incorrectly wrote off Up, which placed in third. I didn’t really spot The Hangover or The Proposal on the horizon – I’ll keep in mind that adults and women do see movies. Star Trek and Wolverine were solid earners as well, and I was right to spot Night at the Museum 2 and Angels & Demons as moneyspinners (even though the later may be replaced on the list by G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

So anyway, the top ten are below:

  1. Transformers 2 ($399.4m)
  2. Harry Potter ($294.3m)
  3. Up ($289.6m)
  4. The Hangover ($270.2m)
  5. Star Trek ($256.7m)
  6. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($193.3m)
  7. Wolverine ($179m)
  8. Night at the Museum 2 ($176.5m)
  9. The Proposal ($160.2m)
  10. Angels & Demons ($133.4m)

And yes, there’s a lot more of Simon Pegg on that list than I would have thought, as well. And no Christian Bale.

Nice numbers. It’s just a shame most of the summer flicks were… meh.

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