10. Clash of the Titans: Trailer
Warner Bros.’ remake of the cult classic did far better than expected, grossing $493.2 million worldwide. Warners’ decision to convert the film to 3D was a smart one, since it boosted overall grosses. Domestically, the movie grossed $163.2 million. Internationally, it earned $330 million.
9. How to Train Your Dragon: Trailer
This original toon from DreamWorks animation was beloved among the critics. It didn’t do so bad commercially either. Dragon grossed $494.9 worldwide for DreamWorks Animation and Paramount. The 3D toon grossed $217.6 million domestically and $277.3 million internationally.
8. Despicable Me: Trailer
The 3D film was a huge victory for Universal, which had a tough year otherwise. Descipable Me grossed $539.9 million globally. The kids picture grossed $250.5 million domestically and $289.4 internationally. Can anyone say franchise?
7. Iron Man 2: Trailer
The Robert Downey Jr. starrer grossed $621.8 million worldwide, besting the $585.2 global haul for Iron Man. Domestically, the sequel grossed $312.1 million. Overseas, $309.6 million.
6. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: Trailer
The third film in Summit Entertainment’s blockbuster franchise continued to have a sharp bite. Eclipse grossed $693.5 million worldwide, including a domestic booty of $300.5 million and international total of $392.9 million.
5. Shrek Forever After: Trailer
The fourth installment in the popular Shrek franchise grossed $739.8 million worldwide for partners DreamWorks Animation and Paramount. Domestically, the 3D film grossed $238.5 million. It did double the business internationally, where the green ogre bullied his way to $501.4 million before bidding goodbye to audiences for good.
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: Trailer
The boy wizard may be a teenager now, but he’s lost none of his magic. Warner Bros.’ Deathly Hallows grossed $265.7 million domestically and $558.4 million overseas for a worldwide total of $824.1 million. Franchise has been a goldmine for Warners, explaining why the studio decided to split J.K. Rowling’s final book into two parts. There can never be too much of a good thing.
3. Inception: Trailer
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan further buoyed his standing with Inception, which grossed $825.4 million at the worldwide box office for Warner Bros. The Leonardo DiCaprio starrer grossed $292.5 million domestically, and $532.9 million internationally -- all without 3D.
2. Alice in Wonderland: Trailer
In the months leading up to the release of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, there was rampant speculation about whether audiences would embrace Tim Burton’s retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. The movie became a hit, and had impressive playability. Domestically, Alice grossed $334.2 million. Overseas, it soared, grossing a whopping $690.1 million. Worldwide, Alice took in $1 billion at the box office to join Toy Story 3 on the top 10 list of all-time highest earning films. Toy Story 3 is No. 5; Alice, No. 6.
1. Toy Story 3: Trailer
The Pixar threequel, shot in 3D, grossed $1.1 billion at the box office. Domestically, it grossed a handy $415 million. The news overseas, where Toy Story 3 grossed $648.1 million, was even better. Not bad for a franchise that took a decade-long hiatus. The extra charge for a 3D ticket no doubt boosted the bottom line for Pixar and Disney.