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    By the Numbers: Biggest Movies of Summer '09

    It's been a bad year for every industry in this country except one: making movies. 2009 is shaping up to be the biggest box-office year of all time. The total gross to date is over $7.2 billion, up 6.7% over last year at this time. With a record-breaking summer coming to a close, here's a wrap-up of the biggest box office winners, losers, and surprises of the season.



    BIGGEST SURPRISE:
    THE HANGOVER

    Total U.S. Gross: $270,237,753

    With no A-list stars, no pre-established source material, and no way anyone under 17 could see it without a parent, the odds were stacked against "The Hangover." But a funny marketing campaign helped the movie open at #1 with $45 million -- $10 million more than it cost to make -- and excellent word-of-mouth kept it in the top 10 for eight more weeks. It ended up being the years fourth highest-grossing picture, and it passed "Beverly Hills Cop" to become the biggest R-rated comedy ever.
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    BIGGEST LOSER:
    LAND OF THE LOST

    Total U.S. Gross: $49,438,370

    There were certainly movies that made less money than "Land of the Lost" this summer, but none fell short of expectations quite as fully as this adaptation of the cult '70s children's show. It opened against "The Hangover," and while it had a much more recognizable star in Will Ferrell than its competition, it made less than half of what "Hangover" did that first weekend. "Land of the Lost" went on to earn barely enough to cover its marketing costs, let alone its $100 million-plus production budget.
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    BIGGEST WINNER:
    TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

    Total U.S. Gross: $399,416,040

    Everyone knew the sequel to "Transformers" -- 2007's third highest-grossing movie -- was going to be big, but no one knew just how big. It had the biggest first weekend ever for a film opening on a Wednesday. Currently, it has out-earned the first installment by $80 million and it hasn't given up yet. Expect it to be the ninth movie in history to crack the $400 million mark soon.
    Watch trailers and clips from 'Revenge of the Fallen' >>



    BIGGEST INTERNATIONAL HIT:
    ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS

    Total Foreign Gross: $613,790,529

    In the U.S., the third "Ice Age" movie was a respectable success, bringing in $193 million, just shy of what the second one earned. Overseas, however, "Dawn of the Dinosaurs" was a monster, earning more than three times as much as it did here. Collectively, it made more money in France, Germany and the U.K. than it did in the U.S. While the movie ranks at #7 in this country, worldwide it's the third highest-grossing film of the year.
    Watch trailers and clips from 'Dawn of the Dinosaurs' >>



    BIGGEST INDEPENDENT FILM:
    (500) DAYS OF SUMMER

    Total U.S. Gross: $25,203,886

    In a smart counterprogramming move, this little romantic comedy that won over audiences at Sundance went into a small number of theaters in mid-July. Positive buzz helped expand the movie to over 1,000 locations, and it eventually took in three times its budget. Of course, the other movie Joseph Gordon-Levitt appeared in this summer, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," made nearly as much money in its opening day.
    Watch trailers and clips from '(500) Days of Summer' >>



    BIGGEST WORLDWIDE:
    HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

    Total Worldwide Gross: $895,958,075

    Fans had to wait two years for the sixth chapter to appear in theaters, so when it finally did they turned out in droves. In the U.S., "Half-Blood Prince" became the second highest-grossing film of the year, and the second biggest "Potter" film to date. It performed better in foreign markets than "Transformers," though, making it #1 for the year. "Harry Potter" movies make up six of the all-time top 25 highest-grossing films worldwide.

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    Just goes to show that even in a recession Hollywood can still make cash by putting out primarily crap.

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