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B.O. of the '00s: The Top Grossing Palme d'Or Winners

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 18, 2009 at 2:50AM

The 2010s are fast approaching - 13 days and counting - and indieWIRE is continuing this weekly Friday chart devoted to glancing back at the past ten years. With a current film as a starting point, iW is charting various sub-categories of 2000s film, focusing on their box office performance. Though this week's most notable debut is Rob Marshall's "Nine" - musicals were covered quite substantially in a recent column, so iW will look ahead to Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon," which opens in limited release December 30th.
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The 2010s are fast approaching - 13 days and counting - and indieWIRE is continuing this weekly Friday chart devoted to glancing back at the past ten years. With a current film as a starting point, iW is charting various sub-categories of 2000s film, focusing on their box office performance. Though this week's most notable debut is Rob Marshall's "Nine" - musicals were covered quite substantially in a recent column, so iW will look ahead to Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon," which opens in limited release December 30th.

The winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, "Ribbon" caps off a decade of eclectic winners of that prize, and ones that have varied substantially in terms of box office. The nine released winners have totaled $165.8 million at the North American box office, a whopping $119.2 (or 72%) of which came from Michael Moore's 2004 winner "Fahrenheit 9/11." Other than "9/11," the only Palme d'Or winner to gross over $10 million in North America is Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," which - buoyed by Oscars for best director and best actor - took in $32.6 million back in 2002.

Expectedly, outside of North America the international mix of Palme d'Or winners have done much better. The combined grosses for the films internationally is $305.7 million, only $103.3 (or 33%) of which came care of Michael Moore. "The Pianist," "Dancer In The Dark," "The Class" and "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" each grossed over $25 million. Even still, "9/11"'s combined domestic and international gross of $222,446,888 makes it the highest worldwide grossing Palme d'Or winner of all time, slightly ahead of 1994's "Pulp Fiction," which grossed $213,928,762 worldwide (though if you adjust for inflation, "Fiction" is well ahead of "9/11" - as is 1979's "Apocalypse Now").

Below are the North American grosses for the 9 films that won the Palme d'Or over the past decade, with international grosses in brackets.

Top Grossing Palme d'Or Winners of the 2000s

1. Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore, 2004) $119,194,771 ($103,252,111)
2. The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002) $32,572,577 ($87,500,000)
3. Dancer In The Dark (Lars von Trier, 2000) $4,184,036 ($35,847,843)
4. The Class (Laurent Cantet, 2008) $3,766,810 ($25,047,770)
5. The Wind That Shakes The Barley (Ken Loach, 2006) $1,836,089 ($21,063,819)
6. Elephant (Gus Van Sant, 2003) $1,266,955 ($8,745,067)
7. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007) $1,198,208 ($8,642,130)
8. The Son's Room (Nanni Moretti, 2001) $1,016,340 ($10,751,062)
9. L'Enfant (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, 2005) $651,941 ($4,855,455)

"B.O. of the '00s" is a weekly feature from indieWIRE running until the end of the year. Check out the previous editions:

B.O. of the '00s: The Top Grossing LGBT-Related Films
B.O. of the '00s: The Top Grossing Female Helmed Films
B.O. of the '00s: The Top Grossing Foreign-Language Films
B.O. of the '00s: The Top Grossing Documentaries
B.O. of the '00s: The Top Grossing Sundance Winners

This article is related to: The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band)