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The biggest film hits of the year

”The Phantom Menace” takes first place, followed by ”The Sixth Sense,” ”Toy Story 2,” ”Austin Powers,” and ”The Matrix”

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Keanu Reeves
Jasin Boland

The new year is a time for resolutions, which for Hollywood studios means resolving to deliver the stars, special effects, and tearjerker plots that will win the year 2000 box office wars. Looking back at 1999’s top 25 movies, Disney has the most to be thankful for, having taken in $764.9 million (or 21.3 percent of the top 25’s total grosses) thanks mostly to two films, ”The Sixth Sense” ($276.9 million) and ”Toy Story 2” ($219.7 million), No. 2 and 3 in grosses, respectively. Courtesy of megahit “The Matrix” (No. 5) and four other hits, Warner Bros. placed second, with $567.5 million (15.8 percent).

Paramount didn’t have any outrageous blockbusters, but five solid performers (led off by ninth-place “Runaway Bride”) landed the studio in a close third place with $545.1 million (15.1 percent). Wrapping up the top five studios were Fox ($518.4 million — 14.5 percent) and Universal ($374 million — 10.4 percent). Here’s the complete list of the Top 25 films of 1999.

MOVIE 1999 GROSS (IN MILLIONS)
1 Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (Fox) $430.7
2 The Sixth Sense (Disney) $276.9
3 Toy Story 2 (Disney) $219.7
4 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (New Line) $205.4
5 The Matrix (Warner Bros.) $171.4
6 Tarzan (Disney) $170.9
7 Big Daddy (Sony) $163.5
8 The Mummy (Universal) $155.3
9 Runaway Bride (Paramount) $152.1
10 The Blair Witch Project (Artisan) $140.5
11 The World Is Not Enough (MGM) $120.9
12 Notting Hill (Universal) $116.1
13 Double Jeopardy (Paramount) $114.1
14 Wild Wild West (Warner Bros.) $113.8
15 Analyze This (Warner Bros.) $106.7
16 The General’s Daughter (Paramount) $102.7
17 American Pie (Universal) $102.6
18 Inspector Gadget (Disney) $97.4
19 Stuart Little (Sony) $95.3
20 Sleepy Hollow (Paramount) $94.7
21 The Green Mile (Warner Bros.) $91.3
22 The Haunting (DreamWorks) $91.2
23 Entrapment (Fox) $87.7
24 Pokémon: The First Movie (Warner Bros.) $84.3
25 Payback (Paramount) $81.5

Numbers supplied by ACNielsen EDI for period 1/4/99 – 1/9/00