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Biggest Headline of '09: The Highest Grossing Summer at the Box Office Ever

Biggest Headline of '09: The Highest Grossing Summer at the Box Office Ever

Despite the recession, 2009 had a record-breaking Summer at the box office, taking in $4.17 billion over three sweltering months. There was no single shining star like 2008's The Dark Knight, but the season offered up enough blockbusters to satisfy audiences of all ages.

Most of you agreed that you frequented the theater more than usual last Summer, so to see which films made the biggest impacts, just


It all started with a little movie called Up, which had a big opening weekend in June and continued to hold its own when The Hangover came to town. Bradley and the boys eventually took down the Pixar film, but both movies kept theaters full for months.

The Proposal came in next, and rom-com lovers everywhere soaked up Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock's onscreen chemistry — until it was ousted by bigger, badder Transformers 2. Later the bots got some competition from Harry Potter and talking Guinea pigs.

Though G.I. Joe wasn't exactly a favorite among critics, nostalgic fans still stormed the box office. The film made history as the highest opening of an August nonsequel, raking in $56.2 million right off the bat. The Summer stayed strong right through the end, thanks to District 9 and Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

Do you think 2009 was the best Summer for movies? How many of the big blockbusters did you see — and which were your favorites?

Don't forget to check out all of my Best of 2009 coverage!

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