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R-rated money-makers

”The Matrix Reloaded,” ”The Passion of the Christ,” and ”300” rank among the top-grossing movies among R-rated films

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Studios typically avoid releasing R-rated movies, for the simple reason that more people can see PG-13 movies — and more people means more money. However, there have been some notable, and very lucrative, exceptions to the rule. The top 10:

The Matrix Reloaded
2003 Warner Bros.
WEEKEND GROSS: $91,774,413
FINAL GROSS: $281,576,461

The Passion of the Christ
2004 Newmarket
WEEKEND GROSS: $83,848,082
FINAL GROSS: $370,270,943

300
2007 Warner Bros.
WEEKEND GROSS: $70,885,301
FINAL GROSS: NA

Hannibal
2001 MGM
WEEKEND GROSS: $58,003,121
FINAL GROSS: $165,092,266

8 Mile
2002 Universal
WEEKEND GROSS: $51,240,555
FINAL GROSS: $116,750,901

The Matrix Revolutions
2003 Warner Bros.
WEEKEND GROSS: $48,475,154
FINAL GROSS: $139,313,948

Troy
2004 Warner Bros.
WEEKEND GROSS: $46,865,412
FINAL GROSS: $133,378,256

Bad Boys II
2003 Sony
WEEKEND GROSS: $46,522,560
FINAL GROSS: $138,396,624

American Pie 2
2001 Universal
WEEKEND GROSS: $45,117,985
FINAL GROSS: $145,096,820

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
2003 Warner Bros.
WEEKEND GROSS: $44,041,440
FINAL GROSS: $150,358,296

BOX OFFICE FIGURES: EXHIBITOR RELATIONS CO., INC.