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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

June 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Two decades of 4th of July movies

In the mysterious world of movie release dates, this year’s “4th of July movies” actually open on Wednesday, July 2. Though the Transformers will continue to make a lot of noise at the multiplexes throughout the holidays, “Tammy,” “Earth to Echo,” “Deliver Us from Evil” and “Begin Again” will join in, starting Wednesday; one of them just might be the holiday box-office champ. Here’s a quick look back at the last 20 years of 4th of July movies; most of them pretty noisy:

2013: “Despicable Me 2” ($83.5 million at the box office for the holiday weekend)

2012: “The Amazing Spider-Man” ($62 million)

2011: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” ($97.8 million)

2010: “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” ($64.8 million)

2009: “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” ($41.6 million)

2008: “Hancock” ($62.6 million)

2007: “Transformers ($70.5 million)

2006: “Superman Returns” ($52.5 million)

2005: “War of the Worlds” ($64.8 million)

2004: “Spider-Man 2” ($88.1 million)

2003: “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” ($44 million)

2002: “Men in Black 2” ($52.1 million)

2001: “Cats and Dogs” ($21.7 million)

2000: “The Perfect Storm” ($41.3 million)

1999: “Wild Wild West” ($27.6 million)

1998: “Armageddon” ($36 million)

1997: “Men in Black” ($51 million)

1996: “Independence Day” ($50.2 million)

1995: “Apollo 13” ($25.3 million)

1994: “Forrest Gump” ($24.4)







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