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The Top Grossing Films of the Aughts (Worldwide)

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 7, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 7, 2009 |

This week and next, we’re going to be covering a lot of Best of the Decade lists involving movies, so I thought we’d just go ahead and start by listing the highest grossing movies of the decade (worldwide). Not a lot of surprise here (except, perhaps, that worldwide, The Dark Knight is number three, instead of number one as it is in the United States).

Mostly what you see here are sequels, adaptations (book, comic book, or toy), and kids’ movies. In fact, every single one of the movies below fits that definition. This is why Hollywood is the way it is: Why come up with a new idea when you can sequelize an old one or base the movie on source material with built in popularity. Why take risks?

There are only four movies on this list, in fact, that I liked considerably. Go Hollywood!

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, $1,119,110,941
2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, $1,066,179,725
3. The Dark Knight, $1,001,921,825
4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, $974,733,550
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, $960,996,492
6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, $938,212,733
7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, $929,022,922
8. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, $925,282,504
9. Shrek 2, $919,838,758
10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, $895,921,036
11. Spider-Man 3, $890,871,626
12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, $878,643,482
13. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, $878,615,229
14. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, $870,761,744
15. Finding Nemo, $864,625,978
16. Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, $848,754,768
17. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, $833,229,011
18. Spider-Man, $821,708,551
19. Shrek the Third, $798,958,162
20. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, $795,634,069
21. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, $786,636,033
22. Spider-Man 2, $783,766,341
23. The Da Vinci Code, $758,239,851
24. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, $745,011,272
25. The Matrix Reloaded, $742,128,461
26. Transformers, $709,709,780
27. Ice Age: The Meltdown, $655,388,158
28. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, $654,264,015
29. Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones, $649,398,328
30. Kung Fu Panda, $631,736,484

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