Top-Grossing Films of the Decade

The list is populated with sequels, adaptations, remakes
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2009 4:21 PM CST
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(Newser) – Thanks to a Wikipedia contributor who put together a list of the 50 highest-grossing films of the decade, it’s easy to see Hollywood’s—and, apparently, America’s—obsession with rehashing old material. As The Wrap points out, only nine aren't sequels or adaptations, and you have to reach No. 15 before finding an original. Gawker says "only five are not terrible." The first 15:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: $1.12 billion
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: $1.07 billion
  3. The Dark Knight: $1 billion
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: $974.7 million
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: $960.9 million
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: $938.2 million
  7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: $929 million
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: $925.3 million
  9. Shrek 2: $919.9 million
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: $895.9 million
  11. Spider-Man 3: $890.9 million
  12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: $878.6 million
  13. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: $878.6 million
  14. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: $870.8 million
  15. Finding Nemo: $864.6 million
For the complete list, click the link at right.