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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 27, 2009 at 10:36 AM

At the box office: A “Transformers” summer

Though the summer movie season isn’t technically over — that late Labor Day is throwing a lot of us off, isn’t it? — let’s take a look at the season’s box office. (I’m guessing “Halloween II” and “The Final Destination” will split the horror audience this weekend, with both doing good but not huge business. But we’ll see.) It’s been a busy summer at the multiplexes; here are the weekend winners, from highest earning to lowest (Fri-Sun results only):
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” $108.9 million
“Wolverine” $85 million
“Star Trek” $79.2 million
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” $77.8 million
“Up” $68.1 million
“G.I. Joe” $54.7 million
“Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian” $54.1 million
“Angels & Demons” $46.2 million
“The Hangover” $44.9 million
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” $42.3 million (second weekend)
“Inglourious Basterds” $38 million
“District 9” $37.3 million
“The Proposal” $33.6 million
“The Hangover” $32.7 million (second weekend)
“G-Force” $31.6 million
“Bruno” $30.6 million
“Funny People” $22.6 million
Note that only “Transformers” and “The Hangover” were able to hang on to the #1 spot over two consecutive weekends. And give a special prize to “Up,” the highest-ranked summer movie that wasn’t a sequel or franchise.
So that’s the money story, but let’s look at what’s more important: Which of these movies was most successful as entertainment? I’d have to go with “Up,” with “Harry Potter” and “Star Trek” close behind. Let’s take a poll, of the biggest weekend moneymakers this season: Which did you like best?

Which was your favorite summer movie?(polls)


(Photo courtesy Disney/Pixar)

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