Despite the sluggish economy, Americans spent BILLIONS at the box office in 2010. So, what exactly were they watching? Everything from animated films to horror flicks and of course the highly anticipated Twilight: Eclipse and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. However, neither Twilight nor Harry Potter that took the box office honor of highest earning film of 2010.
Check out the Top 25 Movies of 2010!!
#1 Toy Story 3
In the third installment of the popular Disney series Toy Story the toys are mistakenly dropped off at a day care center right before Andy leaves for college. Andy and the toys are mistreated by the kids at the day care and join forces with Ken, Mr. Pricklepants and the strawberry scented teddy bear Lots -o'-Huggin to plan their great escape.
#2 Alice in Wonderland
Written by Jim Beaver and starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland is about a 19 year old girl named Alice who ends up in a strange place called Underland, where she has the tough job of conquering the Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne.
#3 Iron Man 2
Now that the secret is out about Tony Stark's double life, the government, press, and public want Tony to share his technology with the military, but he is unwilling to do so. Tony, his assistant/girlfriend Pepper and James "Rhodey" Rhodes are forced to forge new alliances and confront new more powerful enemies.
#4 Twilight: Eclipse
In the latest installment of the Twilight Saga, Bella is forced to choose between Jacob and Edward knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite a struggle between the vampires and werewolves. As if that's not enough for Bella to worry about, her life is in danger as a malicious vampire seeks revenge and Seattle is ravaged by mysterious killings.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays the lead in what many believe to be the best movie of 2010, Inception. Leo's character in the movie, Dom Cobb is a skilled thief with the rare ability to steal valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state. His rare ability made him an international fugitive and took everything that he loved away from him. However, one last job could give him his life back, but he must complete the impossible-inception. He must plant not steal an idea.
Part 1 of a two part ending to a decade long phenomenon, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One is the beginning of the end. Harry must race against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes. In the process he discovers the existence of three of the most powerful objects in the wizarding world.
#7 Despicable Me
"In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. (Yes, the moon!) Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world's greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes."
#8 Shrek Forever After
Earned: $ 238,395,990
Shrek is back again, this time he's bored with his domesticated lifestyle and makes a secret pact with Rumpelstiltskin to try and get the old real ogre shrek back. However, once he discovers he was tricked, Shrek sets out to restore his world and reclaim his true love.
#9 How to Train Your Dragon
Hiccup, a hopeless young Viking wishing to hunt dragons finds himself befriending the most fierce dragon of all, a Night Fury. By befriending the Night Fury, which he named Toothless, Hiccup learns that everything he's ever been taught about dragons is wrong. However, convincing the other Vikings they are wrong leads to more fighting. In the end Hiccup and Toothless unite the two worlds.
#10 Karate Kid
The son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden Smith stars alongside Jackie Chan in this 2010 version of the classic Karate Kid. Instead of moving to California and learning martial arts from Mr. Miyagi, Jaden plays Dre Parker, a boy from Detroit who's mom lands a job in China. Once in China, Dre is bullied by a group of skilled fighters. Dre turns to Mr. Han (Jackie Chan) to learn Kung Fu, but ends up learning that Kung Fu is about maturity and calm, not punches and parries.
#11 Clash of the Titans (2010)
"The mortal son of the god Zeus embarks on a perilous journey to stop the underworld and its minions from spreading their evil to Earth as well as the heavens."
#12 Grown Ups
Grown Ups is about five childhood friends reuniting at the funeral of the basketball coach who led them to a championship when they were younger. After the funeral, the friends, joined by their spouses, children and other family members head to the lake house where they use to party as kids for the weekend. Although, Grown Ups did well at the box office it received bad reviews from both critics and fans. The film lacked the comedy expected from the star studded cast.
Tangled is about the princess Rapunzel who is locked away in a tower. Having been locked away for her entire life, Rapunzel one day takes the bandit Flynn Ryder captive after he scaled the walls of her tower. She then makes a deal with the thief to take her to the place where the floatign lights come from every year on her birthday.
This animated film is about superheroes and supervillians. Megamind, voiced by Will Ferrell, kills his nemesis Metro Man, voiced by Brad Pitt, and becomes bored. In all his boredom he creates a new enemy, Titan, who turns evil himself forcing Megamind to save the day for the first time in his life.
#15 The Last Airbender
Based on the popular cartoon Avatar, The Last Airbender is about the young Avatar Aang being discovered by Katara and Sokka, who swear to protect him. Katara and Sokka join Aang on his journey to the Nothern Water Kingdom in his quest to learn "Waterbending" and fulfill his destiny of restoring peace to the world.
#16 Shutter Island
It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner, even his own sanity.
#17 Other Guys
Terry Hoitz's past mistakes in the line of duty and Allen Gamble's reluctance to take risks have landed them the roles of the "Other Guys", disgraced New York City police detectives relegated to filling out paperwork for cocky hero cops Danson and Highsmith. The mismatched duo must look past their differences when they take on a high-profile investigation of shady capitalist David Ershon and attempt to fill the shoes of the notoriously reckless officers they idolize.
Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning?
#19 Jack Ass 3D
Johnny Knoxville and company return for the third installment of their TV show spin-off, where dangerous stunts and explicit public displays rule.
#20 Valentine's Day
More than a dozen Angelenos navigate Valentine's Day from early morning until midnight. Three couples awake together, but each relationship will sputter; are any worth saving? A grade-school boy wants flowers for his first true love; two high school seniors plan first-time sex at noon; a TV sports reporter gets the assignment to find romance in LA; a star quarterback contemplates his future; two strangers meet on a plane; grandparents, together for years, face a crisis; and, an "I Hate Valentine's Day" dinner beckons the lonely and the lied to.
#21 Robin Hood
Birth of a legend. Following King Richard's death in France, archer Robin Longstride, along with Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John, returns to England. They encounter the dying Robert of Locksley, whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey, who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown, and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife. Hoping to stir baronial opposition to weak King John and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms his way into the king's service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes.
#22 The Expendables
Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul.
#23 The Social Network
On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.
Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 20 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.
#25 Little Fockers
It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam (Polo) and countless hurdles for Greg to finally get "in" with his tightly wound father-in-law, Jack. After the cash-strapped dad takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, however, Jack's suspicions about his favorite male nurse come roaring back. When Greg and Pam's entire clan-including Pam's lovelorn ex, Kevin (Owen Wilson)-descends for the twins' birthday party, Greg must prove to the skeptical Jack that he's fully capable as the man of the house. But with all the misunderstandings, spying and covert missions, will Greg pass Jack's final test and become the family's next patriarch...or will the circle of trust be broken for good?
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