A look back at the highest grossing films of 2010

Frederic Cone

Frederic ConeFilm Columnist

A new year is under way, bringing with it a new season of award shows for the American and international film industries. It also brings my new column to The Collegian, the focus of which will be centered around films and the film industry.

The awards show season gets under way at 7 p.m. Sunday on NBC with The Golden Globes. As it has in previous years, the show will give viewers a taste of who the front-runners are and who may be the dark horses that come out of nowhere to steal an Oscar at The Academy Awards next month.

There were many great films as well as countless flops that hit the screen this past year in a wide variety of genres, making it difficult to accurately break them all down into a single top 10 list of the best films.

Each year the top 10 highest grossing films internationally come from only a handful of major production houses who put their money behind three niche genres guaranteed to make them big bucks.

These genres include high action films like Iron Man 2 and Inception, which are geared toward young adults and are saturated with special effects, animated films geared toward children such as Toy Story 3 and Shrek Forever After, or films like the Twilight saga or the Harry Potter series that continue with success generated from previous films that have built a huge cult following.

Although some of these films were in fact really good to watch, I tend to see films richer in storyline or deeper in content. This is why I look forward each year to the award shows where those films that tackle more complex subject matter are rewarded for their hard work and ingenuity.

Look for my recap of the winners, losers, and upsets from The Golden Globes in the next issue and also to my previews of The Screen Actors Guild Awards and The Academy Awards coming soon. With that I will leave you with the top 10 moneymakers of 2010.

Toy Story 3

Disney/Pixar; worldwide gross: $1,063,143,492

Alice In


Walt Disney Pictures; worldwide gross: $1,024,299,722

Harry Potter

and the Deathly

Hallows: Part 1

Warner Bros.; worldwide gross: $901,958,711


Warner Bros.; worldwide gross: $825,491,877


Forever After

DreamWorks Animation; worldwide gross: $739,813,967

The Twilight

Saga: Eclipse

Summit Entertainment; worldwide gross: $693,480,124

Iron Man 2

Paramount Pictures; worldwide gross: $621,751,988

Despicable Me

Universal Pictures; worldwide gross: $526,597,262

How To Train

Your Dragon

DreamWorks Animation; worldwide gross: $494,878,759

Clash of

the Titans

Warner Bros.; worldwide gross: $493,214,993