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50 Title: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Worldwide box office: $594,082,968 Released: 2008 Did you know: Before the film was even released a sequel was already announced. The third part sees the gang traveling through Europe in an attempt to get back to New York Zoo. Victoria Beckham may, or may not, have a role in the movie.
49 Title: Mamma Mia! Worldwide box office: $601,204,210 Released: 2008 Did you know: Benny Andersson, former Abba member and co-composer of the songs, calls Meryl Streep "a miracle". Meryl Streep came to Stockholm to do her vocal for the song "The Winner Takes it All". She finished it in one take.
48 Title: The Passion Worldwide box office: $604,370,943 Released: 2004 Did you know: When this Latin and Aramaic language film was announced, Mel Gibson stated that his intent was to release it without subtitles, letting the performances speak for themselves. However, subtitles were added later.
47 Title: The Lost World: Jurassic Park Worldwide box office: $614,300,000 Released: 1997 Did you know: The Japanese tourists running from the rampaging T-Rex in the San Diego scene (an obvious homage to "Godzilla" movies) are saying in Japanese: "I left Japan to get away from this?!"
46 Title: Ratatouille Worldwide box office: $615,935,493 Released: 2007 Did you know: Pet rats were kept at the studio in the hallway for more than a year so that the animators could study the movement of their fur, noses, ears, paws and tails.
45 Title: Hancock Worldwide box office: $623,546,274 Released: 2008 Did you know: Will Smith wanted and recommended Aishwarya Rai for the part of Mary Embrey. But she turned down the offer due to scheduling.
44 Title: Ice Age: The Meltdown Worldwide box office: $623,829,763 Released: 2006 Did you know: Animation took a relatively speedy eight months.
43 Title: The Incredibles Worldwide box office: $624,037,578 Released: 2004 Did you know: In the whole movie, you can see 35 explosions, 189 buttons being pressed, and approximately 640 gunshots.
42 Title: Kung Fu Panda Worldwide box office: $633,395,021 Released: 2008 Did you know: Dustin Hoffman's contract includes a stipulation in which allows him to do additional voice recording sessions without hindrance should he be unsatisfied with his performance.
41 Title: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Worldwide box office: $648,200,000 Released: 2002 Did you know: With an estimated budget of $120 million, this is the most expensively-made of all the Star Wars films.
40 Title: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Worldwide box office: $653,200,000 Released: 2003 Did you know: The scene where Orlando Bloom impersonates Johnny Depp's performance was devised by Bloom who asked producer Jerry Bruckheimer if he could put it into the movie.
39 Title: The Sixth Sense Worldwide box office: $661,500,000 Released: 1999 Did you know: Is one of only four horror films to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
38 Title: Forrest Gump Worldwide box office: $679,400,000 Released: 1994 Did you know: Despite earning over $350 million at the American box office, Paramount claimed that they were still $62 million out of profit due to the costs of promotion, distribution and interest.
37 Title: New Moon Worldwide box office: $682,043,279 Released: 2009 Did you know: The film's American premiere was held on 16 November 2009, which, in the lunar cycle, is a new moon.
36 Title: Transformers Worldwide box office: $700,759,914 Released: 2007 Did you know: To save money, the filmmakers entered into a production deal with General Motors, saving about $3 million. The company provided the alternate modes of the Autobots (in fact they provided three versions of each car in the event that some of them would crash), and also provided around 200 cars that were blown up in the Battle of Mission City.
35 Title: Up Worldwide box office: $722,979,556 Released: 2009 Did you know: If Carl's house was approximately 1600 square feet, and the average house weighs between 60-100 pounds per square foot, it weighs 120,000 pounds. If the average helium balloon can carry .009 pounds (or 4.63 grams), it would take 12,658,392 balloons to lift his house off the ground. (20,622 balloons appear on the house when it first lifts off.)
34 Title: The Matrix Reloaded Worldwide box office: $735,600,000 Released: 2003 Did you know: Samsung produced 10,000 cell phones like the one seen in the film (model SPH-N270) which sold out quickly.
33 Title: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Worldwide box office: $738,809,845 Released: 2005 Did you know: The makers asked for permission to bring in twelve reindeer to New Zealand to pull the Ice Queen's sled. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry denied, citing the potentially deadly Q Fever from which the North American reindeer population suffers as the reason. However, ten wolves were allowed in for filming in Auckland.
32 Title: E.T.:The Extra-Terrestrial Worldwide box office: $756,700,000 Released: 1982 Did you know: Almost 10% of the surprisingly low $10.5 million budget went on the alien creature puppets and related animatronics.
31 Title: The Da Vinci Code Worldwide box office: $757,236,138 Released: 2006 Did you know: "24" (2001) creator Joel Surnow thought that "The DaVinci Code" would provide a great storyline for the show's third season. Surnow asked his boss, producer Brian Grazer about acquiring the film rights to the book. Author Dan Brown had no intention of his book being adapted for a TV show, and rejected their bid. Months later, Sony Pictures paid $6 million for the book and hired Grazer as producer.
30 Title: 2012 Worldwide box office: $764,805,051 Released: 2009/I Did you know: In an interview by USA Today, Roland Emmerich has stated that this will be his final disaster film: "I said to myself that I'll do one more disaster movie, but it has to end all disaster movies. So I packed everything in."
29 Title: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Worldwide box office: $783,011,114 Released: 2008 Did you know: In 2006, Harrison Ford declared that if this film was not made by 2008, then the filmmakers should drop the idea altogether. This got Steven Spielberg looking for a good script immediately.
28 Title: The Lion King Worldwide box office: $783,400,000 Released: 1994 Did you know: The best selling home video of all time, with more than 55 million copies sold to date.
27 Title: Spider-Man 2 Worldwide box office: $783,577,893 Released: 2004 Did you know: Tobey Maguire's agent asked for $25 million or 10% of the gross, whichever was better, from Columbia Pictures and was denied.
26 Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Worldwide box office: $789,458,727 Released: 2004 Did you know: Warner Brothers supplied ushers at cinemas with night vision goggles to prevent illegal recording and pirating of the film.
25 Title: Shrek the Third Worldwide box office: $791,106,665 Released: 2007 Did you know: From a list of stats reported in Famous magazine: - It took 1,000,000 man-hours to complete the film with a crew size of 150 - Of the 4,500 costumes that were designed for the film only 2,500 actually made it into the final cut. - 1,373 characters are present in the theatre scene with Prince Charming performing. This is recorded as the largest crowd scene of all three Shrek movies. - There are 23 key fairy tale characters that appear through out the film and a total of 4,378 generic characters that were available for the animators to pull from library when making crowd scenes. - 62,173 branches per tree with 191,545 leaves per tree. - As for bricks there are 1,602 bricks making up the docks and 3,196 bricks making up the sewer walls the Princesses use as escape. - A total of 60 new "environments" were created for the movie.
24 Title: Star Wars Worldwide box office: $797,900,000 Released: 1977 Did you know: Prior to the release of this movie, the greatest profit 20th Century Fox had every made in one year was $37,000,000. In 1977, because of the film, their year-end profit was $79,000,000.
23 Title: Spider-Man Worldwide box office: $806,700,000 Released: 2002 Did you know: Several Spider-Man costumes were created at a cost of up to $100,000 each. Four were stolen from the set in early April of 2001 and Columbia Pictures posted a $25,000 reward for their return. The costumes were not returned.
22 Title: Independence Day Worldwide box office: $811,200,000 Released: 1996 Did you know: The advertising campaign cost $24 millions. The airtime for the trailer shown during the Superbowl alone cost $1.3 million.
21 Title: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Worldwide box office: $835,276,689 Released: 2009 Did you know: A poll was taken among TFans by to enable the filmmakers to decide which robots to pick for this film. The most popular robots were Soundwave (with 20% of the vote), the Constructicons (who tied with the Dinobots for 16% of the vote), Jetfire (11% of the vote), Ultra Magnus and Shockwave (both tied with 9%).
20 Title: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Worldwide box office: $848,462,555 Released: 2005 Did you know: Originally, a young Han Solo was going to make an appearance in the film, living among the Wookies on Kashyyyk.
19 Title: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Worldwide box office: $860,700,000 Released: 2001 Did you know: The Tolkien estate was never in favor of Peter Jackson's film adaptation but seeing as J.R.R. Tolkien signed the rights away in 1968 for $15,000, there was nothing they could do about it. Tolkien's grandson Simon came out in support of the production and was disowned by his relatives. Tolkien's son Christopher later retracted any opposition.
18 Title: Finding Nemo Worldwide box office: $865,000,000 Released: 2003 Did you know: Claimed the all-time first day USA record for home-release sales with 8 million copies sold (80% of which were on DVD).
17 Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Worldwide box office: $866,300,000 Released: 2002 Did you know: Daniel Radcliffe was initially only offered £125,000 (approximately US $181,500) for this film. The actors' union, Equity, stepped in and negotiated new terms which increased his salary to roughly £2,000,000 (US $3,000,000).
16 Title: Shrek 2 Worldwide box office: $880,871,036 Released: 2004 Did you know: Shrek's face is so expressive because it has 218 working muscles in it.
15 Title: Spider-Man 3 Worldwide box office: $885,430,303 Released: 2007 Did you know: Kirsten Dunst, a natural blonde, plays redhead Mary Jane, while Bryce Dallas Howard, a natural redhead, plays blonde Gwen Stacy.
14 Title: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Worldwide box office: $887,773,705 Released: 2009 Did you know: The largest dinosaur, Rudy, is based on the dinosaur Baryonyx. The animators chose this dinosaur because of it's crocodile-like appearance, which differentiated him from the Tyrannosaurs. His white color and bloodshot eyes were added to make him even more menacing.
13 Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Worldwide box office: $892,194,397 Released: 2005 Did you know: A digital "spot removing" technique (which had previously been used for such TV shows as "Desperate Housewives" (2004)) was applied in post-production to clear up some of the more severe teen skin problems, since make-up tested poorly for close-up shots in particular.
12 Title: Jurassic Park Worldwide box office: $919,700,000 Released: 1993 Did you know: The release strategy was planned 15 months before the studio had the chance to see a frame of the movie.
11 Title: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Worldwide box office: $921,600,000 Released: 2002 Did you know: The Orc battle cries for the Helm's Deep battle sequence were provided by a stadium of 25,000 cricket fans, who screamed the war chants, spelled out on the Diamond Vision screen, with Peter Jackson himself leading the crowd.
10 Title: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Worldwide box office: $922,379,000 Released: 1999 Did you know: Sets were built only as high as the tops of the actors' heads and computer graphics filled in the rest. But Liam Neeson was so tall that he cost the set crew an extra $150,000 in construction.
9 Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Worldwide box office: $933,956,980 Released: 2009 Did you know: Over 7000 girls auditioned for the role of Lavender Brown, and read from a scene with Madam Pomfrey, Hermione and Ron. Ironically, Emma Watson recommended Jessie Cave for the role, although Cave hadn't attended any auditions.
8 Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Worldwide box office: $937,000,866 Released: 2007 Did you know: Many Harry Potter fans went to see Happy Feet (2006) just to see a trailer for this film.
7 Title: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Worldwide box office: $958,404,152 Released: 2007 Did you know: Desite being the star of the film and the main attraction, Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp's character, waits a whole 33 minutes before making his on-screen entrance.
6 Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Worldwide box office: $968,657,891 Released: 2001 Did you know: All the cars in Privet Drive are Vauxhalls, no matter the time period. The Dursleys own a silver 2000 Vauxhall Vectra estate. All other cars parked in the drives are Vectra estates in the present day, with Astra Belmont and Cavalier saloons from the late 1980s in the pre-titles prologue.
5 Title: The Dark Knight Worldwide box office: $1,001,921,825 Released: 2008 Did you know: Heath Ledger posthumously won a total of 32 Best Supporting Actor awards for his work on this film, including the Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Critic's Choice award. The only awards he was nominated for but didn't win were the Satellite Award (which went to Michael Shannon for Revolutionary Road (2008)) and the London Film Critic's Circle Award for actor of the year (which went to Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler (2008)).
4 Title: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Worldwide box office: $1,060,332,628 Released: 2006 Did you know: Johnny Depp's frequent collaborator, Tim Burton, contributed some of the conceptual designs of several crew members aboard the Flying Dutchman.
3 Title: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Worldwide box office: $1,129,219,252 Released: 2003 Did you know: The movie made a 1408% profit for New Line Studios on their initial outlay.
2 Title: Titanic Worldwide box office: $1,835,300,000 Released: 1997 Did you know: At $200 million, the movie cost more than the Titanic itself. The cost to construct the ship in 1910-1912 was £1.5 million, equivalent to $7.5 million at the time and about $120 to $150 million in 1997 dollars
1 Title: Avatar Worldwide box office: $1,858,562,198 Released: 2009 Did you know: James Cameron originally attempted to get this film made in 1999 as his immediate follow-up to Titanic. However, at the time, the special effects he wanted for the movie ran the proposed budget up to $400 million. No studio would fund the film, and it was subsequently shelved for almost ten years.