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EW.com tells you the top 50 movies of the year

”Grinch” and ”M:I-2” soared in 2000 — but ”Cast Away” could be an early 2001 box office champ

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Jim Carrey, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Grinch: Universal Pictures

Hollywood’s slow starting year at the box office had the industry squirming — but 2000 had a big finish that can be summed up in a few words: ”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The holiday family film earned $253.4 million — more than any other movie this year — and it wasn’t even released until November. Similarly, ”Cast Away,” which opened only two weeks ago, has already sailed into the No. 17 position ($109.7 million) — well above so called hits from last summer like the Jerry Bruckheimer produced car theft extravaganza ”Gone in 60 Seconds” (No. 19; $101.6 million).

But there were a few highlights earlier this year. That the John Woo/ Tom Cruise sequel ”Mission: Impossible 2” (No. 2; $215.4 mil) towered over the Memorial Day box office was hardly a shock. But ”Gladiator”’s (No. 3; $182.6 mil) lengthy bout in the arena proved to be quite impressive as it lifted Russell Crowe to demigod stature — and knocked DreamWorks off the list of startup studios for good. Likewise, everyone was startled when the Wayans brothers’ horror spoof ”Scary Movie” (No. 7; $157 million) became the top grossing R rated film of all time. Too bad so much of that dough came from teens.

Here’s a list of the top 50 movies of the year.

1. ”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Universal, $253.4 million
2. ”Mission: Impossible 2,” Paramount, $215.4 million
3. ”Gladiator,” DreamWorks, $186.6 million
4. ”The Perfect Storm,” Warner Bros., $182.6 million
5. ”Meet the Parents,” Universal, $161.3 million
6. ”X-Men,” Fox, $157.3 million
7. ”Scary Movie,” Miramax, $157 million
8. ”What Lies Beneath,” DreamWorks, $155.4 million
9. ”Dinosaur,” Disney, $137.7 million
10. ”Erin Brockovich,” Universal, $125.5 million
11. ”Nutty Professor II: The Klumps,” Universal $123.3 million
12. ”Charlie’s Angels,” Sony, $122.8 million
13. ”Big Momma’s House,” Fox, $117.6 million
14. ”What Women Want,” Paramount, $115.7 million
15. ”Remember the Titans,” Disney, $113.7 million
16. ”The Patriot,” Sony, $113.3 million
17. ”Cast Away,” Fox, $109.7 million
18. ”Chicken Run,” DreamWorks, $106.8 million
19. ”Gone in 60 Seconds,” Disney, $101.6 million
20. ”Me, Myself & Irene,” Fox, $90.6 million
21. ”Space Cowboys,” Warner Bros., $90.2 million
22. ”Unbreakable,” Disney, $90 million
23. ”Scream 3,” Miramax, $89.1 million
24. ”U-571,” Universal, $77.1 million
25. ”Hollow Man,” Sony $73.2
26. ”Rugrats in Paris: The Movie,” Paramount, $71.2 million
27. ”Shaft,” Paramount, $70.3 million
28. ”Disney’s The Kid,” Disney, $69.7 million
29. ”Road Trip,” DreamWorks, $68.5 million
30. ”Bring It On,” Universal, $68.4 million
31. ”Rules of Engagement,” Paramount, $61.34 million
32. ”The Cell,” New Line, $61.3 million
33. ”Mission to Mars,” Disney, $60.9 million
34. ”Coyote Ugly,” Disney, $60.8 million
35. ”Snow Day,” Paramount, $60 million
36. ”102 Dalmatians,” Disney, $58.3 million
37. ”The Whole Nine Yards,” Warner Bros., $57.3 million
38. ”Next Friday,” New Line, $57.2 million
39. ”Shanghai Noon,” Disney, $56.9 million
40. ”Romeo Must Die,” Warner Bros., $56 million
41. ”Final Destination,” New Line, $53.3 million
42. ”Vertical Limit,” Sony, $51.9 million
43. ”The Road to El Dorado,” DreamWorks, $50.9 million
44. ”The Emperor’s New Groove,” Disney, $50.8 million
45. ”Men of Honor,” Fox, $47.5 million
46. ”Miss Congeniality,” Warner Bros., $46.4 million
47. ”The Tigger Movie,” Disney, $45.6 million
48. ”Frequency,” New Line, $45 million
49. ”The Replacements,” Warner Bros., $44.7 million
50. ”Pokémon: The Movie 2000,” Warner Bros., $43.8 million