Now that the dust has settled and the fall is upon us, and with the release of summer blockbusters Iron Man and Indiana Jones on DVD (The Dark Knight gets released on December 9), it's time to take a look at how things wrapped up.
Here are the Top Ten Moneymakers of Summer 2008:
1. The Dark Knight— $527.5 million (to date)
2. Iron Man— $318.3 million
3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull— $317.0 million (to date)
4. Hancock— $228.0 million
5. WALL•E— $222.2 million (to date)
6. Kung Fu Panda— $215.4 million (to date)
7. Sex and the City— $152.6 million
8. Mamma Mia!— $143.5 million (to date)
9. Prince Caspian— $141.6 million
10. The Incredible Hulk— $134.5 million
Wanted (at $134.3 million [close but no cigar for top ten]) and Get Smart (at $130.3 [to date]) did very well for themselves with #11 and #12 place finishes.
The summer sleeper award goes to Sex and the City (with honorable mention to Mamma Mia!). My summer sleeper prediction: Star Wars: Clone Wars... zoinks!... a paltry $35 million haul.
And now the answers to my pre-summer burning questions:
1. Will Indiana Jones be the #1 movie of the summer? No!
2. Will The Dark Knight give Indy a run for the money? And how!
3. Will Iron Man crack $200 million? And beyond!
4. Will Speed Racer tank? Yes! (final gross: $43.9 million)
5. Will any summer movie earn as much as last year's biggest: Spider-Man 3 ($336.5)? Hugely, plus, Iron Man and Indy got pretty close as well.