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Summer movies top earners are announced

September 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The summer movie season has officially ended and it's a good news and bad news scenario for Hollywood. Studios made $4.35 billion between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That is up about 2 percent from last year, but that's because of higher tickets prices. The summer season is often thought of as a time for blockbusters. This summer, very few films fell into that category.

But one that did is the summer's top earner "Toy Story 3." It opened in mid-June and by Labor Day was the shining star of the season, earning $406 million in the U.S.

Following Buzz, Woody was Marvel Comics hero, "Iron Man." The second installment of Robert Downey Jr.'s box office hit landed in second place, earning $312 million.

Another sequel battled to a third place finish. "Eclipse," the latest in the "Twilight" saga added $298 million to the franchise's earnings.

The very original thriller "Inception" landed in fourth place with a $267 million take.

Animated films took the next two spots on the Top 7 list: "Shrek Forever After" which earned $238 million and "Despicable Me" which brought in $231 million.

Rounding out the summer's top 7, a remake of an 80s favorite, "The Karate Kid," starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. It earned $175 million.

Rounding out the top ten: "Grown Ups," "The Last Airbender," and "Salt." The common factor between the top ten is that they were all rated G, PG or PG-13 films.

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