The 10 Highest-Grossing Films of 2010

Avatar, Toy Story 3 and Harry Potter lead a big year at the Australian box office.

by | January 19, 2011 | Comments

James Cameron’s Avatar, released in December of 2009, has emerged as the highest-grossing film at Australian cinemas for 2010, according to figures released by the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia today.

The sci-fi epic — which amassed more than $100 million in domestic total — was one of six 3D titles in the top 10, proving the format to be highly successful for the studios. The total box office for the year finished at $1.128 billion, an increase of 4 per cent from 2009 when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince took first place.

Disney-Pixar’s hit Toy Story 3 was the top-grossing film actually released in 2010, ahead of the penultimate wizarding adventure Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Christopher Nolan’s Inception. The biggest Australian film of the year was Tomorrow, When the War Began, which took in $13 million locally.

Here’s the top 10:

1. Avatar (James Cameron) — $75.3M

2. Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich) — $42.4M

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (David Yates) — $38.9M

4. Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton) — $37.6M

5. Inception (Christopher Nolan) –$35.6M

6. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (David Slade) — $34.2M

7. Shrek Forever After (Mike Mitchell) — $27.5M

8. Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau) — $26M

9. Sex and the City 2 (Michael Patrick King) — $23.5M

10. Despicable Me (Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud) — $22.2M

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