2010 at the movies will be remembered as the year of hit sequels, 3D and animated films. Disney's 3D adventures Toy St... more
2010 at the movies will be remembered as the year of hit sequels, 3D and animated films. Disney's 3D adventures Toy Story 3 ($1.06 billion) and Alice in Wonderland ($1.02 billion) led the global box office. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 ($862 million global box office), Shrek Forever After ($738 million), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($693 million) and Iron Man 2 ($621 million) were among the strong sequel performers. Originality counted among worldwide audiences too. Christopher Nolan's mind-bending Inception ($825 million), Universal/Illumination's Despicable Me ($540 million) and DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon ($494 million) had no problem attracting audiences to theaters. Remakes of Clash of the Titans ($493 million) and Karate Kid ($358 million) were close behind.
One of the biggest box office hits also scored with critics. Toy Story 3 garnered a 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Some other top critically-acclaimed films included: How to Train Your Dragon (98%), The Social Network (97%), The King's Speech (96%), Blue Valentine (96%), True Grit (95%), The Town (94%), The Kids Are Alright (94%), 127 Hours (93%) and The Secret of Kells (92%).
Given the success of Alice in Wonderland, studios scrambled to lock up literary classics and stories, such as Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Mermaid and even the story of Christopher Columbus. Other book-to-film adaptations announced included The Hunger Games, The Dark Tower and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
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