Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Here is the problem with movies.

The top ten box office movies worldwide in 2007:

#1 - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
# 2 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
#3 - Spider-Man 3
#4 - Shrek the Third
#5 - Transformers
#6 - Ratatouille
#7 - I Am Legend
#8 - The Simpsons Movie
#9 - 300
#10 - The Bourne Ultimatum

Of those top ten, only two were excellent movies - The Bourne Ultimatum and Ratatouille. And three of them were downright awful. Shrek 3, Spiderman 3, and Pirates 3. Here are the top ten box-office movies in North America:

Spider-Man 3
Shrek the Third
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
I Am Legend
The Bourne Ultimatum
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Alvin and the Chipmunks

Only one of these movies (Bourne) was excellent. And National Treasure was even worse than awful. There are four movies on the list that are the third installment in a series, one that is a fifth installment, one that is a sequel, and one that is a remake. That leaves Alvin and the Chipmunks, 300, and Transformers as the only "original" movies in the top ten. And, if you consider the fact that both Transformers and The Chipmunks were children's cartoons made into major movies, then 300 is the only "original" entry on this list. I have further investigated the top movies, worldwide and in North America for this year. 50 movies earned more than 100 million dollars worldwide. Of those 50, eight were great (No Country For Old Men #50, Atonement #46, Sweeney Todd #39, Juno #31, Superbad #29, Knocked Up #24, American Gangster #19, and Ratatouille #6). Of the 50, fourteen could be considered candidates for "worst movie ever" (Pirates 3, Norbit, I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry, National Treasure 2, Ghost Rider, Fantastic Four 2, Wild Hogs, Rush Hour 3, Mr. Bean's Holiday, Evan Almighty, Resident Evil 3, Saw IV, Alien vs. Predator 2, and The Heartbreak Kid).

I have found 17 movies this year that were made for budgets of more than 100 million dollars. Ghost Rider, Transformers, Pirates 3, Spiderman 3, Shrek 3, Surf's Up, Fantastic Four 2, Ratatouille, Evan Almighty, Die Hard 4, Harry Potter 5, Bourne 3, Rush Hour 3, American Gangster, Beowulf, The Golden Compass, and I Am Legend. Here are the budgets for the best movies of the year: Juno - 7 million. Michael Clayton - 21.5 million. No End in Sight - 2 million. In The Valley of Elah - 23 million. The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford - 30 million. Into the Wild - 20 million. In The Shadow Of The Moon - 2 million. Rescue Dawn - 10 million. Sicko - 9 million. Knocked Up - 27 million. Superbad - 17 million. Atonement - 30 million. I couldn't find No Country For Old Men's budget. And three of those brilliant movies listed lost a substantial amount of money.

Here is a good article, sent to me by Steve Colwill:,0,2056109.story?track=ntothtml


  1. Now that our daughter is just over a year, my wife and I don't see as many movies. Looks like we aren't missing much...

    According to the Wikipedia entry for it, the budget of No Country for Old Men was $25 million.