In March, Wild Hogs seemed like a great movie.
With all the best of lists, year end reviews, and award nominations, it’s easy to forget what’s most important to Hollywood: money. Keeping that in mind, here are the top grossing movies of the year (domestic box office only), courtesy of BoxofficeMojo:
- Spider-Man 3, $336,530,303
- Shrek 3, $321,012,359
- Transformers, $319,071,806
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, $309,420,425
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, $292,004,738
- The Bourne Ultimatum, $227,471,070
- 300, $210,614,939
- Ratatouille, $206,445,654
- The Simpsons Movie, $183,135,014
- Wild Hogs, $168,273,550
That’s right, Wild Hogs, the aging biker buddy movie was tenth highest grossing movie of the year. It just goes to show the magic that can be found in the right release date. It opened in early March, which is a great time to open a really nothing kind of movie. Winter’s winding down, people are looking ahead to spring and summer, and want something to do, big movies aren’t opening yet for a few months, so audiences will pretty much go to whatever they can. If that movie had opened in August, it would have done nothing.
BTW, I Am Legend is number 11 on the list. Hey, if that had opened a week or two earlier, maybe that would have squeaked into the ten spot. Sorry, Will!