campaignlive.co.uk, Tuesday, 17 December 2002 12:00AM
Director: Peter Jackson; Box office gross: £37.7m
Tolkien's classic packed out the cinemas in much the same way that Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone did last year. And The Fellowship of the Ring avoided almost all of the blockbuster trappings to deliver a powerful, intense and beautifully shot movie that's a faithful interpretation of the novel.
2. MONSTERS, Inc
Directors: Peter Docter, David Silverman; Box office gross: £37.7m
Created by Pixar - the studio that brought Toy Story and A Bug's Life to the big screen - Monsters, Inc was a technical and imaginative treat for the whole family. The fine script was a joy, full of humour and detail that really brought the characters to life.
3. STAR WARS EPISODE II: Attack Of The Clones
Director: George Lucas; Box office gross: £37.4m
Attack of the Clones seemed grander than its predecessor and some of the more arresting shots echoed The Empire Strikes Back and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. A crowd-pleasing special-effects blockbuster with legions of clone armies, dramatic spaceship-chase sequences and a terrifying variety of six-legged alien monsters, the film satisfied Star Wars fans young and old.
Director: Sam Raims; Box office gross: £28.6m
Hollywood has often turned to comic book characters to provide inspiration - and a tried-and-tested formula - for the big screen. Heroes such as Spiderman are ready-made for popcorn-munching, cinema lovers who like their action in surround sound, and this movie didn't disappoint, with plenty of fast-paced action and a few edge-of-seat moments along the way.
5. OCEAN'S ELEVEN
Director: Stephen Soderbergh; Box office gross: £24.7m
The Out of Sight director, Stephen Soderbergh, continued his tradition of sassy, slickly edited films with Ocean's Eleven, a remake of the 1960 rat-pack film starring Frank Sinatra. Soderbergh put together his team of actors with as much loving precision as Ocean puts together his on-screen team of con artists, pick-pockets and bomb experts.
6. AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER
Director: Jay Roach; Box office gross: £23.4m
Mike Myers' testosterone-fuelled persona has become so ubiquitous that even those who managed to avoid Powers one and two will feel they know him. The host of A-list Hollywood stars who featured in this send-up is testament to Myers' status among the movie elite. But, inevitably, it was Myers who stole the show.
7. MEN IN BLACK 2
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld; Box office gross: £22.0m
Men in Black 2 reunited Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as two of the sassiest government agents in the US, handling invasions from outer space. If you like your sci-fi with a liberal dose of humour, then this was the film for you.
8. SCOOBY DOO
Director: Raja Gosnell; Box office gross: £21.3m
Not quite the return everyone was hoping for, but a respectable box office performer, Scooby Doo had all the ingredients we're familiar with. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr starred alongside the manic mutt.
9. MINORITY REPORT
Director: Stephen Spielberg; Box office gross: £20.6m
Minority Report combined awesome visuals with a tangled, gripping plot, based loosely on a short story by Phillip K Dick, whose work inspired Blade Runner. Spielberg had fun with a spin on advertising and shopping in the future.
10. ABOUT A BOY
Directors: Paul and Chris Weitz; Box office gross: £16.9m
Hugh Grant stole the show as a serial monogamist who befriends a vulnerable young boy. Directed by the brothers behind American Pie, this feel-good movie was shot in London and was a very respectable box office hit.
Source: Nielsen EDI, 1 Jan-6 October 2002.
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