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Another year is coming to a close and with it the end of another 365 days of movie-watching. Not really one of my better years. I didn’t watch as many movies as I would have liked (105 at last count) and I definitely did not watch enough that made me feel good about having spent the time with them.

I haven’t watched enough of the movies that are getting raved about in this run up to the Oscar hoopla but I’m sure I will in the months to come. This post however is about the commerce of filmmaking (not the art) and as far as that goes this has not been the greatest year for Hollywood (or Bollywood). There was no Avatar or The Dark Knight to buoy the business to ever greater financial intake heights this year so it fell to the most reliable brand in Hollywood to rake in the most moolah for a single motion picture – Pixar for Toy Story 3.

The rest of the Top 25 comprises the following titles:

Alice in Wonderland
Iron Man 2
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Inception
Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 1
Despicable Me
Shrek Forever After
How to Train Your Dragon
The Karate Kid
Clash of the Titans
Grown Ups
Megamind
The Last Airbender
Shutter Island
The Other Guys
Salt
Tangled
Jackass 3-D
Valentine’s Day
Robin Hood
The Expendables
Date Night
Due Date
TRON: Legacy

The order at the bottom of that chart may change but I am taking Deadline Hollywood at their word when they say TRON: Legacy will gross over $100 million by year’s end thereby knocking the truly atrocious Sex and the City 2 off this list.

I have been very impressed (and inspired) by the year end montages created by various individuals that grant new life and thematic connection to the most important/talked-about movies of the year. This time around I was inspired enough to make one of my own. As my focus, I chose the 25 films that had overcome all odds to get the paying public to fork over their hard-earned money and watch them on the big screen.

As you will no doubt notice, there are a few films here that we have already forgotten (and way more animated films than I expected). Also, movies that gathered a lot of hype didn’t make enough money to count as one of the Top 25 earners of the year (I’m looking at you The Social Network). When all is said and done, these twenty-five movies made over four-and-a-half billion dollars at the US box office.

I think they deserve their own video. Don’t you?