Box Office Performance for Drama Movies in 2009

Summary for all Years
← Previous YearNext Year →
RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2009 GrossTickets Sold
1 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 11/15/2012 Lionsgate PG-13 $287,954,655 38,393,954
2 The Blind Side 11/20/2009 Warner Bros. PG-13 $208,476,067 27,796,809
3 Gran Torino 1/9/2009 Warner Bros. R $138,274,748 18,436,633
4 Disney's A Christmas Carol 11/30/2009 Walt Disney PG $137,443,917 18,325,856
5 Slumdog Millionaire 11/12/2008 Fox Searchlight R $112,654,105 15,020,547
6 Public Enemies 7/1/2009 Universal R $97,104,620 12,947,283
7 Hannah Montana the Movie 4/10/2009 Walt Disney G $79,576,189 10,610,159
8 The Time Traveler's Wife 8/14/2009 Warner Bros. PG-13 $63,414,846 8,455,313
9 My Sister's Keeper 6/26/2009 Warner Bros. PG-13 $49,200,230 6,560,031
10 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 12/25/2008 Paramount Pictures PG-13 $48,212,240 6,428,299
11 Up in the Air 12/4/2009 Paramount Pictures R $44,375,265 5,916,702
12 Precious (Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire) 11/6/2009 Lionsgate R $43,760,123 5,834,683
13 Orphan 7/24/2009 Warner Bros. R $41,596,251 5,546,167
14 Notorious 1/16/2009 Fox Searchlight R $36,843,682 4,912,491
15 The Soloist 4/24/2009 Paramount Pictures PG-13 $31,853,584 4,247,145
16 The Reader 12/10/2008 Weinstein Co. R $30,640,829 4,085,444
17 Invictus 12/11/2009 Warner Bros. PG-13 $30,586,445 4,078,193
18 Defiance 1/16/2009 Paramount Vantage R $28,444,199 3,792,560
19 Brothers 12/4/2009 Lionsgate R $27,414,913 3,655,322
20 The Wrestler 12/17/2008 Fox Searchlight R $24,914,015 3,321,869
21 Love Happens 9/18/2009 Universal PG-13 $22,965,110 3,062,015
22 Revolutionary Road 12/26/2008 Paramount Vantage R $22,951,340 3,060,179
23 Twilight 11/15/2012 Lionsgate PG-13 $15,847,004 2,112,934
24 Doubt 12/12/2008 Miramax PG-13 $14,740,989 1,965,465
25 Milk 11/26/2008 Focus Features R $14,683,305 1,957,774
26 Last Chance Harvey 12/25/2008 Overture Films PG-13 $14,538,095 1,938,413
27 Amelia 10/23/2009 Fox Searchlight PG $14,224,141 1,896,552
28 The Hurt Locker 6/26/2009 Summit Entertainment R $12,671,105 1,689,481
29 Frost/Nixon 12/5/2008 Universal R $12,330,855 1,644,114
30 Not Easily Broken 1/9/2009 Sony Pictures PG-13 $10,572,742 1,409,699
31 Seven Pounds 12/19/2008 Sony Pictures PG-13 $9,804,526 1,307,270
32 Everybody's Fine 12/4/2009 Miramax PG-13 $9,208,876 1,227,850
33 An Education 10/9/2009 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $7,883,524 1,051,137
34 Taking Woodstock 8/28/2009 Focus Features R $7,460,204 994,694
35 The Road 11/25/2009 Weinstein Co. R $6,858,313 914,442
36 Coco avant Chanel 9/25/2009 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $5,997,682 799,691
37 Bright Star 9/17/2009 Apparition PG $4,444,637 592,618
38 Entre les murs 1/30/2009 Sony Pictures Classics Not Rated $3,766,810 502,241
39 Two Lovers 2/13/2009 Magnolia Pictures R $3,149,034 419,871
40 Australia 11/26/2008 20th Century Fox PG-13 $2,867,289 382,305
41 Cheri 6/26/2009 Miramax R $2,715,657 362,088
42 Rachel Getting Married 10/3/2008 Sony Pictures Classics R $2,489,437 331,925
43 The Young Victoria 12/18/2009 Apparition PG $2,456,337 327,512
44 Adam 7/29/2009 Fox Searchlight PG-13 $2,283,291 304,439
45 Is Anybody There? 4/17/2009 Stony Island Entertainment PG-13 $2,026,756 270,234
46 Che, Part 1: The Argentine 1/9/2009 IFC Films Not Rated $1,733,532 231,138
47 A Single Man 12/11/2009 Weinstein Co. R $1,731,649 230,887
48 L'heure d'ÚtÚ 5/15/2009 IFC Films Not Rated $1,647,001 219,600
49 New York, I Love You 10/16/2009 Vivendi Entertainment R $1,588,087 211,745
50 Gomorra 2/13/2009 IFC Films Not Rated $1,573,614 209,815
51 Babine 11/28/2008 Not Rated $1,570,226 209,363
52 Okuribito 5/29/2009 Regent Releasing PG-13 $1,537,546 205,006
53 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 11/20/2009 First Look R $1,433,091 191,079
54 Polytechnique 2/6/2009 Not Rated $1,418,304 189,107
55 The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry 9/18/2009 Five & Two Pictures PG $1,167,623 155,683
56 Sugar 4/3/2009 Sony Pictures Classics R $1,081,922 144,256
57 Me and Orson Welles 11/25/2009 Freestyle Releasing PG-13 $942,276 125,637
58 Cold Souls 8/7/2009 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG-13 $905,209 120,695
59 Goodbye Solo 3/27/2009 Roadside Attractions R $871,445 116,193
60 Il y a longtemps que je t'aime 10/24/2008 Sony Pictures Classics Not Rated $813,326 108,443
61 The Boys are Back 9/25/2009 Miramax PG-13 $809,752 107,967
62 Wendy and Lucy 12/10/2008 Oscilloscope Pictures R $754,366 100,582
63 The Great Buck Howard 3/20/2009 Magnolia Pictures PG $750,587 100,078
64 Crazy Heart 12/16/2009 Fox Searchlight R $702,188 93,625
65 The Messenger 11/13/2009 Oscilloscope Pictures R $654,374 87,250
66 From Mexico with Love 10/9/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $548,775 73,170
67 Tetro 6/11/2009 American Zoetrope R $518,522 69,136
68 Crossing Over 2/27/2009 Weinstein Co. R $455,654 60,754
69 The Damned United 10/9/2009 Sony Pictures Classics R $438,836 58,511
70 Lymelife 4/10/2009 Screen Media Films R $421,307 56,174
71 The Lovely Bones 1/15/2010 Paramount Pictures PG-13 $383,101 51,080
72 Synecdoche, New York 10/24/2008 Sony Pictures Classics R $377,689 50,359
73 Tokyo! 3/6/2009 Not Rated $351,059 46,808
74 Tokyo Sonata 3/13/2009 Regent Releasing PG-13 $278,356 37,114
75 Tera Mera Ki Rishta 4/10/2009 Eros Entertainment Not Rated $271,942 36,259
76 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee 11/27/2009 Screen Media Films R $261,198 34,826
77 The Secret Life of Bees 10/17/2008 Fox Searchlight PG-13 $255,175 34,023
78 Frozen River 8/1/2008 Sony Pictures Classics R $202,328 26,977
79 Fireproof 9/26/2008 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG $199,773 26,636
80 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 11/7/2008 Miramax PG-13 $192,019 25,603
81 Shrink 7/24/2009 Roadside Attractions R $189,621 25,283
82 Hunger 12/5/2008 IFC Films Not Rated $152,104 20,281
83 The Other Man 9/11/2009 Image Entertainment R $149,530 19,937
84 Fados 3/6/2009 Zeitgeist Not Rated $129,150 17,220
85 War Eagle, Arkansas 6/12/2009 Empire Pictures PG-13 $123,670 16,489
86 The Song of Sparrows 4/3/2009 Regent Releasing PG $116,372 15,516
87 Rolling 4/3/2009 Indican Pictures Not Rated $113,132 15,084
88 Medicine for Melancholy 1/30/2009 IFC Films Not Rated $111,551 14,873
89 Irene in Time 6/19/2009 Rainbow Releasing PG-13 $110,175 14,690
90 Bronson 10/9/2009 Magnolia Pictures R $104,979 13,997
91 Hanami 1/16/2009 Strand Not Rated $104,433 13,924
92 Made in U.S.A. 1/9/2009 Rialto Pictures Not Rated $95,209 12,695
93 Das Weisse Band: Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte 12/30/2009 Sony Pictures Classics R $85,690 11,425
94 The Mysteries of Pittsburgh 4/10/2009 Peace Arch Releasing R $80,283 10,704
95 Phoebe in Wonderland 3/6/2009 ThinkFilm PG-13 $73,361 9,781
96 Disgrace 9/18/2009 Paladin R $69,705 9,294
97 Un conte de Noël 11/14/2008 IFC Films Not Rated $68,870 9,183
98 Sodot Ha 11/26/2008 Monterey Media R $64,585 8,611
99 Serbis 1/30/2009 Regent Releasing R $64,407 8,588
100 Plus tard 10/31/2008 Kino International Not Rated $60,855 8,114
101 Stellet licht 1/9/2009 Pallisades Tartan Not Rated $60,200 8,027
102 Trucker 10/9/2009 Monterey Media R $51,192 6,826
103 Broken Hill 9/11/2009 Audience Alliance PG $50,076 6,677
104 Venkovsky ucitel 3/27/2009 Film Movement Not Rated $50,072 6,676
105 Nights in Rodanthe 9/26/2008 Warner Bros. PG-13 $48,278 6,437
106 Owl and the Sparrow 1/16/2009 Wave Releasing PG $47,071 6,276
107 Kaerlighed Pa Film 1/9/2009 Koch Lorber Films Not Rated $45,835 6,111
108 Un secret 9/10/2008 Strand Not Rated $45,507 6,068
109 One Day You'll Understand 11/21/2008 City Lights Pictures Not Rated $38,557 5,141
110 How About You 11/14/2008 Strand Not Rated $38,471 5,129
111 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 12/12/2008 Yash Raj Films Not Rated $33,647 4,486
112 Mancora 3/20/2009 Maya Releasing R $29,697 3,960
113 Lola Montes 10/10/2008 Rialto Pictures Not Rated $29,532 3,938
114 An American Affair 2/27/2009 Screen Media Films Not Rated $28,044 3,739
115 Death in Love 7/17/2009 Screen Media Films R $23,412 3,122
116 The Open Road 8/28/2009 Anchor Bay Entertainment PG-13 $19,716 2,629
117 Women in Trouble 11/13/2009 Screen Media Films R $18,521 2,469
118 Between Love & Goodbye 1/30/2009 Embrem Entertainment Not Rated $18,480 2,464
119 Good 12/31/2008 ThinkFilm R $17,980 2,397
120 Passchendaele 10/24/2008 Alliance Films Not Rated $17,172 2,290
121 Local Color 7/3/2009 Monterey Media R $17,151 2,287
122 Five Minutes of Heaven 8/21/2009 IFC Films R $15,676 2,090
123 The Education of Charlie Banks 11/7/2007 Anchor Bay Entertainment R $15,078 2,010
124 Live Fast, Die Young 10/24/2008 Riverrain Not Rated $10,019 1,336
125 Winter of Frozen Dreams 4/10/2009 Monterey Media R $8,321 1,109
126 Yonkers Joe 1/9/2009 Magnolia Pictures R $8,286 1,105
127 Endgame 11/6/2009 Monterey Media PG-13 $8,238 1,098
128 Alexandra 3/28/2008 Cinema Guild Not Rated $4,137 552
129 Eden 11/14/2008 Not Rated $3,914 522
130 Gooby 4/17/2009 Monterey Media PG $3,564 475
131 Otto; Or, Up with Dead People 11/7/2008 Strand Not Rated $3,562 475
132 The Village Barbershop 1/16/2009 Monterey Media R $2,359 315
133 Breakfast with Scot 10/10/2008 Regent Releasing PG-13 $2,200 293
134 Love Comes Lately 6/13/2008 Kino International Not Rated $1,207 161
135 Das Haus der schlafenden Sch÷nen 11/14/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $1,122 150
136 Save Me 9/5/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $1,028 137
137 Kings of the Evening 1/1/2010 Indican Pictures PG $802 107
138 The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela 9/26/2008 Regent Releasing R $213 28
Total Gross of All Movies$1,823,405,853
Total Tickets Sold243,120,783

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2009. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2009. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 2010 will most likely earn money in 2010 and 2011. Click on the individual movie to see its total gross over all the years in which it played.

Each box office year ends on the first Sunday of the following year. The next year starts the following day (Monday). For example, the "2004 box office year" ended on Sunday, January 2, 2005.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based ticket sale estimates, and may not be precise due to rounding errors.