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2007: The Awful Truth

2007: The Awful Truth

For your consideration:

The highest grossing film of 2007 was “Spiderman 3“.

The most watched television series was “American Idol“.

The best selling album was “High School Musical 2“‘s soundtrack (though Josh Groban might change that in the last few days).

The best selling non fiction book was “The Secret,” while the best selling fiction book was the last installment of “Harry Potter

The most searched phrase on Yahoo was “Britney Spears

You know there is something wrong when Harry Potter is the only sign of intelligence at the top of a year’s pop culture charts. I’d love to say I’m Canadian and this isn’t our deal. But I’m pretty sure this is exactly what the top of our charts look like too. Now – I don’t mean to sound snooty – and let me preface this by admitting I did not see Spiderman 3, barely watched American Idol, and would never by the HSM2 soundtrack or even be friends with someone who bought “The Secret“. But my ignornace to the content aside, I have a pretty clear idea as to what each has to offer. And I get some of their appeals, particularly Idol and HSM2, both apparently fun adventures into somewhat mindless pop culture. And I get Spiderman, too, as you were all fooled into thinking it would be good because the other two were. But, c’mon…

This all shouldn’t surprise me, and I guess it doesn’t, and I think what really irked me was the recent crap-o-rama at the box office, and I’m taking out on 2007 entertainment as a whole. But doesn’t anyone else find it sorta disgusting how much money National Treasure, Alvin and the Chipmunks and, to a lesser degree, I Am Legend (not in that it made less money, but in that it wasn’t so bad) are netting? When all the receipts are counted, this is our likely top grossing films of 2007:


1. Spiderman 3 | $336 million
2. Shrek the Third | $321 million
3. Transformers | $319 million
4. Pirates of the Caribbean 3 | $309 million
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix | $292 million
6. I Am Legend | | $251 million
7. Alvin and the Chipmunks | $229 million
8. The Bourne Ultimatum | $227 million
9. 300 | $211 million
10. National Treasure: Book of Secrets | $208 million

Those ten films total $2.7 BILLION dollars. That means the average North American spent just under $9 seeing them.

The average metacritic score for them must be in the red (I could do the math, but…). Add that to Wild Hogs‘ placement just under the top 10 and this is one sorry slate (save Harry, a rat and Jason Bourne) at the top of the box office. Especially considering how many great films came out this year overall.

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