The decade's top films: They're all here, and they're mostly sci-fi

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Patrick Lee
Dec 14, 2012

We knew fantasy/science fiction/supernatural films were popular, but we weren't quite sure just how popular until we scanned Wikipedia's new list of the top 50 highest-grossing movies of the decade and discovered that only two—two!—didn't fall into that category.

Based on worldwide grosses, the site ranked the movies from the 2000s in descending order, starting with 2003's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, with a worldwide gross of $1.12 billion (with a "b").

So what were the non sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural movies that made the cut? Mamma Mia! (ranked No. 35) and Meet the Fockers (at No. 50).

Nothing higher than 35 could be considered outside the realm of sci-fi/supernatural/fantasy (and we count the two James Bond movies, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, as sci-fi-ish and The Passion of the Christ as supernatural).

So, good job! Keep going to the movies!

Here's the full list (title, worldwide gross, year of release)

1 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,119,110,941 2003
2 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $1,066,179,725 2006
3 The Dark Knight $1,001,921,825 2008
4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone $974,733,550 2001
5 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $960,996,492 2007
6 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $938,212,738 2007
7 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $929,022,922 2009
8 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $925,282,504 2002
9 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 2004
10 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $895,921,036 2005
11 Spider-Man 3 $890,871,626 2007
12 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $878,643,482 2002
13 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $878,615,229 2009
14 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $870,761,744 2001
15 Finding Nemo $864,625,978 2003
16 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith $848,754,768 2005
17 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $833,229,011 2009
18 Spider-Man $821,708,551 2002
19 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 2007
20 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $795,634,069 2004
21 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $786,636,033 2008
22 Spider-Man 2 $783,766,341 2004
23 The Da Vinci Code $758,239,851 2006
24 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe $745,011,272 2005
25 The Matrix Reloaded $742,128,461 2003
26 Transformers $709,709,780 2007
27 Ice Age: The Meltdown $655,388,158 2006
28 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $654,264,015 2003
29 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones $649,398,328 2002
30 Kung Fu Panda $631,736,484 2008
31 The Incredibles $631,442,092 2004
32 Hancock $624,386,746 2008
33 Ratatouille $623,707,397 2007
34 The Passion of the Christ $611,899,420 2004
35 Mamma Mia! $609,841,637 2008
36 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $603,900,344 2008
37 Casino Royale $594,239,066 2006
38 War of the Worlds $591,745,540 2005
39 Quantum of Solace $586,090,727 2008
40 I Am Legend $585,349,010 2007
41 Iron Man $585,133,287 2008
42 Night at the Museum $574,480,450 2006
43 King Kong $550,517,357 2005
44 Mission: Impossible II $546,388,105 2000
45 The Day After Tomorrow $544,272,402 2004
46 Madagascar $532,680,671 2005
47 The Simpsons Movie $527,071,022 2007
48 Monsters, Inc. $525,366,597 2001
49 WALL-E $521,268,237 2008
50 Meet the Fockers $516,642,939 2004

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