Friday, January 4, 2008

2007 Top Movies: The People's Choice

So with the last blog entry (check down the page), I looked at what the critical consensus was for the best films of 2007, based on critics' year-end Top Ten lists; and in anticipation of unveiling my own Top Ten of the year tomorrow on John and Dave's Pop Culture America at 12 noon Eastern on

But that's the opinion of the culturally biased liberal media elite, and we all know that no one knows less about a subject than an expert.

What do the people, the salt of the earth, the huddled masses, the plain ol' folks think? That's what really matters.

I mean, would you rather be voted President of the AV Club or Prom Queen?

Let's take a look at the prom queens of the year.

2007's biggest films based on box office performance (source: are:

1. Spider-Man 3 $336.5
2. Shrek the Third $322.7
3. Transformers $319.2
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $309.4
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $292
6. The Bourne Ultimatum $227.4
7. 300 $210.6
8. I Am Legend $209.5
9. Ratatouille $206.4
10. The Simpsons Movie $183.1
11. Wild Hogs $168.2
12. Alvin and the Chipmunks $157.5
13. Knocked Up $148.8
14. National Treasure: Book of Secrets $147.2
15. Rush Hour 3 $140.1
16. Live Free or Die Hard $134.5
17. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer $131.9
18. American Gangster $129.2
19. Bee Movie $124.6
20. Superbad $121.5

All numbers are in millions. And that's too bad, because I'd really like it if Bee Movie had actually made $124.00. Serve them right for all those painful interruptions of NBC shows, which are painful enough all on their own.

These numbers will change over time, especially as awards season kicks into gear and some of the honorees get new life at the box office (which is what awards season is all about after all), but it's worth noting that only one movie makes both lists: Ratatouille. A disconnect between the "good" movies of the year and the ones that actually move the turnstiles is nothing new, and there are some well-reviewed movies here that barely didn't make the critics lists (Knocked Up, Superbad, The Bourne Ultimatum, American Gangster).

At the risk of sounding like a tut-tutting movie critic, I can't help but be a little saddened that at the end of the day the top five movies on the critics' list combined probably won't equal the cash intake of an execrable pile of poop like Rush Hour 3.

Oh well.

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