2009: The Year in Review
It has been a great year at the movies. For the first time ever, the yearly domestic box-office reached $10 million. This number represents a 9% rise in ticket sales over last year’s total. With the economy making an impact on the spending habits of so many people, it seems that many Americans are opting to make an escape at the movies rather than spending more money on a luxurious vacation getaway.
Like any year, we had our fair share of blockbusters, flops and surprises. Transformers 2 ($402 million) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($301 million) lead the way as the only movies to pass the $300 million mark. Movies like Land of the Lost and Angels and Demons failed to perform up to expectations, and could easily be considered flops.
Then, there were plenty of movies like The Blind Side, Taken, The Hangover and The Proposal that exceeded expectations and delivered massive box-office returns on budgets that were only a fraction of the typical blockbuster. For comparison’s sake, Transformers 2 had a production budget of around $200 million, so domestically it made roughly twice its budget. The Hangover made over $277 million on a production budget of only $35 million. That’s a healthy domestic return of almost 8x its production budget.
I’ve had enough number crunching. Now I’m going to get to what I consider to be the best (and worst) in the year that was.
- Inglourious Basterds
- (500) Days of Summer
- A Single Man
- The Hurt Locker
- An Education
Honorable mentions go to Whip it! and Drag me to Hell.
Share your thoughts in the comments.
Note: All statistics are from http://boxofficemojo.com/