THE BOOK OF LISTS: The 10 Top grossing feature films

1. Shrek $267.20m, released 18/05/01



Romance, comedy and a creative storyline made this CG movie the one to

watch in 2001. A green, foul-smelling Orge named Shrek has his peaceful

life disrupted after Lord Farquaad, the ruler of Duloc, exiles a group

of fairy-tale beings in the woods. Fantastic animation of the Ogre on

his quest alongside his new-found donkey friend became the ride of the

year.



2. Rush Hour 2 $224.72m, released 03/08/01



Rush Hour 2's tagline told us to get ready for a second rush and it was

enough to entice a huge audience. Chan unleashed his trademark dose of

outlandish stunts alongside comical sequences with the oft-cast

jive-talker Chris Tucker as his sidekick. Energetic performances amid

comedy-soaked dialogue.



3. The Mummy Returns $202.01m, released 04/05/01



Mythical Egypt wrapped in the familiar bandages of its predecessor, The

Mummy Returns was a thrill ride of high-tech proportions. A touch more

complex than its original with an enhanced storyline, this was a

hyperactive visual fest.



4. Pearl Harbor $198.42m, released 25/05/01



Love triangle and bad reviews aside, this look at the attack on Pearl

Harbor contained outstanding special effects that recreated the Japanese

bombing of America. A visual adventure that transported us back to the

attack on 7 December 1941, leaving a Pacific fleet in ruins and more

than 2,000 men dead.



5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone $186.9m, in ten

days



A late contender, Harry Potter knocked Tomb Raider out of the top ten.

Columbus makes a shrewd move by releasing Harry Potter and the

Philosopher's Stone, stepping neatly away from the heavy-handed, broad

and opportunistic work it has released of late. A masterfully handled

saturation campaign with a year-long media blitz should prove to make

the movie a critic-proof success, already smashing opening-weekend

records as Campaign goes to press.



6. Jurassic Park III $180.62m, released 18/07/01



Yet more visual effects allowed for the willing suspension of disbelief

in this third installment of the series. New species were introduced and

graced with limber movement amid solid action sequences. Pterodactyl

attacks never looked better.



7. Planet of the Apes $178.86m, released 29/07/01



One of the most anticipated movies of the year, this one went ape with

the public. Technically superior cinematography captured some

outstanding fight scenes to uncover the ferocity of ape land. Good

popcorn fun.



8. Hannibal $165.09m, released 09/02/01



Dark, cynical and haunting, Dr Hannibal Lecter returned as the world's

best gourmet chef, much to the dismay of Ray Liotta. Out of hibernation

in Florence, Hannibal once again gazes into the psyche of Clarice as we

followed a truly bizarre relationship between the two. All is aided

visually by Scott's direction within dim lights and shadows, cloaking

the movie in deep purples and midnight blues.



9. The Fast & The Furious $144.51m, released 22/06/01



High octane-escapist entertainment, this adrenaline-fuelled movie

followed the exploits of a street-racing underground. Souped-up

speedsters roared into action and fed the public's appetite for the need

for speed.



10. American Pie 2 $144.39m, released 10/08/01



The sequel parade continues with American Pie 2, a second outing that

stayed true to the spirit of its original and failed to disappoint. The

teenage gang returned after surviving their first year in college.

Embarrassing sexual experiences and classic gross moments unfolded for

cast members, a high dose of comedy relieving the film of its more corny

moments.



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