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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

August 4, 2010 at 11:24 AM

The year’s biggest hit (so far): “Toy Story 3”

Just looked at the yearly box-office chart today, curious about how the summer blockbusters were shaping up, and was surprised to see how thoroughly “Toy Story 3” is wiping out the competition. We’ve still got a few weeks of summer movies to go, and “Inception” is certainly going strong (it just passed the $200 million mark yesterday, in 19 days) — but “Toy Story” has the advantage of family-friendly content and a 3D surcharge. In fact, five of the top ten movies have exactly that. The list, through yesterday:
1. Toy Story 3 $391 million
2. Alice in Wonderland $334 million
3. Iron Man 2 $311 million
4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $290 million
5. Shrek Forever After $236 million
6. How to Train Your Dragon $218 million
7. Inception $202 million
8. Despicable Me $195 million
9. The Karate Kid $173
10. Clash of the Titans $163
Note how few of these a) are neither sequels nor remakes, and b) are aimed at adults. But then again, it’s summertime. Interesting, if you go a little further down the list: “Sex and the City 2” was a relative flop at $95 million (the original made more than $150 million), as was “Knight and Day” ($74 million); “Date Night” did surprisingly well at just under $100 million (it’s all about expectations); and the very good Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” sadly proved why there’s an English-language remakes in the works: It grossed just under $10 million, demonstrating yet again that multitudes of moviegoers — even if they’ve bought the book! — won’t go to a movie with subtitles.
Anyway, congratulations to “Toy Story 3” — it couldn’t happen to a sweeter movie. I’m taking a few days off, so I’ll leave you with a Pixar treat: an interview, complete with movie-star attitude, with Ken. See you Monday, for “Mad Men” . . .

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