A Look Back on Movies in the 2000s

Morghyn Sipes, Montage Writer

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Our generation has come out with some of the best movies of all time. Some of these are so iconic, and some are very nostalgic. These movies probably made up most of our childhoods. All of these are based off of in the United States alone, not internationally nor worldwide.

Starting off with 2000, the best selling movie of that year was How the Grinch Stole Christmas. According to the box office, it made a whopping $251,628,705. That’s crazy to think about, and a bit surprising, considering that movie came out more than 20 years before the year 2000. On Rotten Tomatoes, the Christmas movie received a total of 50% on the tomatometer, a rating system the critics use. The audience score was slightly better, with a 56%. Now I’m curious as to how it was the top selling movie of the year with that score from top critics.

The top selling movie of 2001 came out to be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, making $288,516,414. Not surprising, the movie received a score of 81% from the tomatometer, and an 82% from the audience score. It seems like they really lived up to the hype.

In 2002, the very first Spider-Man was born. It was amazing, considering it sold over 4 million – $403,706,375 to be exact. Critics gave it a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, while the audience was a little bit pickier. They gave it a 67%. Still fairly good, but for 4 million, it should deserve better.

2003 introduced Finding Nemo, and that sparked interest to billions of people. The Disney movie made over $339,714,184. What did Rotten Tomatoes think? This heartwarming movie about a clownfish trying to find his son received a 99% on the tomatometer, doing incredibly well. The audience score was good too, with an 86%.

Now, we have 2004. Can you guess what this one is? This may be surprising to some people, but not me. Coming in, in May, we have Shrek 2. This movie made $441,226,247! That’s impressive yet concerning. Critics rated it an 89%. Not bad. The audience score was 69%.

2005, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, won best selling of the year. I personally am not a big fan, but many people are obsessed with the whole Star Wars franchise, so I can see why this movie is at the top. It has an 80% on the tomatometer from critics, and a 66% from the audience.

In the year 2006, it was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. I’ve never seen any of the movies, so I cannot judge at all, not knowing whether it’s good or bad, but it seems good considering it was top selling in 2006. This movie made $423,317,154. Critics gave it a 53%, and audience gave it a 72%.

Again, the superhero franchise gained top selling in not just the year 2002, but 2007 as well. Spider-Man 3 became the top movie of two whole years so far. In 2007, it made $336,530,303. People must’ve really liked Tobey Maguire on the big screen. Critics gave it a 63% on the tomatometer, and a 51% from the audience score. I’m very surprised it did worse than Star Wars (no offense to any Star Wars fans).

This one is by far my favorite year, considering The Dark Knight made the top selling movie of 2008. This one made way better than the other movies previously, making $530,924,926 in the United States. Wow. The top critics and audience even loved it, both of their scores were 94%. This was well deserved.

The hype fell on Transformers in 2009, specifically Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. This movie made a total of $402,111,870. Sadly, critics rated this movie starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox horribly, with a lousy 20%. The audience seemed to be a little more fond of it, rating it a 57%.

And finally, we have the year 2010. Avatar had just come out, and quickly gained the attention of billions of people. The movie made $466,141,929 in all. With Zoe Saldana as the lead, this movie was rated by Rotten Tomatoes with a 82% by critics, same with the audiences.

All 11 of these movies made up the early ‘00s and really carried the beginning of the 21st century. With more to come, we are endlessly grateful for what these movies have done for our industry. If you were to pick a movie from this list, what would be your favorite?