2010 Summer Movies Box Office Results

Back in May 5, I wrote about the summer lineup of movies coming our way.  Now it's time for my annual look back to see how those films actually performed in the box office.  (All numbers are total, combining international and domestic, courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com)

The Adjustment Bureau – N/A
The release for this sci-fi romance has been pushed back to next March so we'll have to wait until then to see how it does.

Agora – $37,978,401
Domestically, this historic drama starring Rachel Weisz did poorly, with only about half a million dollars at the box office, but internationally it did relatively well. 

The A-Team – $167,114,309
I wasn't expecting this remake of the old television hit to be a super blockbuster, so its performance, which exceeded its production budget but didn't blow away the competition, didn't surprise me. 

Babies – $8,550,273
People were expecting this documentary to be a surprise moneymaker.  Unfortunately, even though it was likely profitable for its producers and studio distributor, it did not become the breakaway success that many were predicting.

Beastly – N/A
This modern version of the “Beauty and the Beast” tale has also been pushed back to March 2011.

Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3D – $85,503,758
This sequel about the wars between felines and canines only managed to break even.  Sometimes, the 3D trend can't help a movie succeed.

Centurion – $1,281,117
A sword-and-sandals bomb.

Chain Letter – N/A
This horror film has been pushed back to a more appropriate October release date.

Despicable Me
– $306,755,757
Universal Pictures had a big hit with this CGI-animated flick about a super-villain and the little girl trying to stop him.

Eat Pray Love – $63,258,828
Julia Roberts isn't the big hit-maker she used to be.  Despite good reviews and a great performance, the adaptation of the best-selling book failed to set any box office records.

The Expendables – $174,803,493
Although successful, this didn't become the cultural phenomenon that I hoped it would be.  But action fans got what they wanted.

Get Him to the Greek – $83,276,928
This comedy was a modest success.  I'm not a big fan of comedian Russell Brand, but we're sure to see more of him, unfortunately (including an upcoming remake of Arthur).

Grease Singalong – $305,260
I was expecting more from this experimental re-release of the classic musical, but I'm sure it made some profit for Paramount Pictures.

Inception – $659,091,844
Christopher Nolan gave us the blockbuster hit of the year, the movie that everyone was talking about and lining up again and again to see.  For many, it lived up to the hype.

Iron Man 2 – $621,730,345
The Iron Man franchise is alive and well.  Although it may not have been as critically-acclaimed as the original, the sequel still proved that people will continue to pay to see good superhero movies.

Jonah Hex – $10,547,117
DC Entertainment had a big dud on its hands with this comic book adaptation that failed on almost every level.

The Karate Kid – $318,361,352
A pleasant surprise, this re-imagining of the 1980s franchise turned out to be a legimate hit.

– $87,559,963
Overall, it made a little bit of profit, but it was still a mediocre performance for a mediocre film.

Knight and Day – $222,549,327
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz were hoping for a big hit to rejuvenate their careers, but it underperformed domestically.  Lucky for them, it did a bit better internationally.

The Last Airbender – $252,906,309
This was a failure domestically, but combined with its performance overseas, M. Night Shyamalan's filmmaking career isn't dead yet...but it's definitely on life support.

The Last Exorcism – $23,919,655
This low-budget horror film only cost under $2 million to make, so its box office performance so far is already impressive.

Letters to Juliet
– $67,311,137
A decent performance, attracting fans of the romantic comedy genre.

MacGruber – $9,259,314
A big, fat, bomb.  

Marmaduke – $69,579,130
Nothing impressive here.  Maybe the mediocre performance will discourage future live-action adaptations of comic strips and cartoons?  Not likely.

Metropia – N/A
This low-budget science fiction thriller only played in a few screens at film festivals around the world. 

Micmacs – $14,057,473
It's a shame, but this new film by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet failed miserably.

Nanny McPhee Returns
– $81,346,310
Nothing to brag about domestically, but this Emma Thompson sequel is doing well internationally.

OSS 117: Lost in Rio – $89,375
For a relatively unknown foreign franchise, this sequel did as expecting, not making much money at all here in the States.

The Other Guys – $100,934,882
The Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell buddy flick did better than I thought it would, but it still only broke even when you consider its big production budget.

Piranha 3D – $19,694,936
Some folks had high expectations for this horror remake, but it bombed -- another 3D underachiever.

Predators – $115,661,653
The Predator sequel made money but I wish it had made more because Robert Rodriguez is one of my favorite directors.

The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time – $329,549,085
While underperforming State-side, this big fantasy film did exceptionally well overseas.

Ramona and Beezus – $24,911,557
Selena Gomez's little film did modestly well.

[REC] 2 – $18,073,339
I'm not sure how it measures up to producers' expectations, but the horror sequel didn't exactly set any ticket-sale records.

Robin Hood – $310,623,118
A disappointment domestically, the Russell Crowe take on the “prince of thieves” managed to make a profit internationally.

Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Undead – N/A
I can't find much info on this independent horror film.

Salt – $244,777,295
This action film was heavily promoted but still managed to barely break even domestically, but the international numbers put it over the top likely thanks to Angelina Jolie's star power. 

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – $33,214,167
It's still playing in theaters, but so far this adaptation of the cult favorites comic strip has not reached the cost of its production budget. 

Sex and the City 2
– $290,060,747
An underwhelming showing in the United States but an international hit. 

Shrek Forever After – $708,730,467
The Shrek franchise continues to be a worldwide blockbuster.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – $164,475,278
Disney's live-action remake of its Fantasia short classic was lackluster and I can't say that I'm upset by that fact. 

– $23,609,534
Despite positive reviews, this sci-fi horror thriller failed to perform to expectations.

Step Up 3D – $113,065,527
Unimpressive by 3D blockbuster standards, it still did well internationally. 

Survival of the Dead – $143,191
A feeble performance by George Romeroing a time when zombies are all the rage.

– N/A
Not enough info available for me to report.

Toy Story 3 – $1,012,440,342
You read that right -- a billion dollars worldwide.  Pixar does it again.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – $654,900,597
The vampire/werewolf franchise continues to do amazingly well at the box office.

Valhalla Rising
– $30,638
A viking flop.

There you have it.  We'll see what next summer brings.