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Box Office Performance for Drama Movies in 2009

Summary for all Years
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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2009 GrossTickets Sold
1 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 11/20/2009 Summit Entertainment 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 11/6/2009 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 12,947,282
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 4,085,443
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 3,655,321
20 The Wrestler 12/17/2008 Fox Searchlight R $24,914,015 3,321,868
21 Love Happens 9/18/2009 Universal PG-13 $22,965,110 3,062,014
22 Revolutionary Road 12/26/2008 Paramount Vantage R $22,951,340 3,060,179
23 Twilight 11/21/2008 Summit Entertainment PG-13 $15,847,004 2,112,933
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 1,938,412
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 1,689,480
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 1,409,698
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 1,051,136
34 Taking Woodstock 8/28/2009 Focus Features R $7,460,204 994,693
35 The Road 11/25/2009 Weinstein Co. R $6,858,313 914,441
36 Coco avant Chanel 9/25/2009 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $5,997,682 799,690
37 Crossing Over 2/27/2009 Weinstein Co. R $4,462,332 594,977
38 Bright Star 9/17/2009 Apparition PG $4,444,637 592,618
39 Entre les murs 1/30/2009 Sony Pictures Classics Not Rated $3,766,810 502,241
40 Two Lovers 2/13/2009 Magnolia Pictures R $3,149,034 419,871
41 Australia 11/26/2008 20th Century Fox PG-13 $2,867,289 382,305
42 Cheri 6/26/2009 Miramax R $2,715,657 362,087
43 Rachel Getting Married 10/3/2008 Sony Pictures Classics R $2,489,437 331,924
44 The Young Victoria 12/18/2009 Apparition PG $2,456,337 327,511
45 Adam 7/29/2009 Fox Searchlight PG-13 $2,283,291 304,439
46 Is Anybody There? 4/17/2009 Stony Island Entertainment PG-13 $2,026,756 270,234
47 Che, Part 1: The Argentine 1/9/2009 IFC Films Not Rated $1,733,532 231,137
48 A Single Man 12/11/2009 Weinstein Co. R $1,731,649 230,886
49 L'heure d'été 5/15/2009 IFC Films Not Rated $1,647,001 219,600
50 New York, I Love You 10/16/2009 Vivendi Entertainment R $1,588,087 211,744
51 Gomorra 2/13/2009 IFC Films Not Rated $1,573,614 209,815
52 Babine 11/28/2008 Not Rated $1,570,226 209,363
53 Dédé, à travers les brumes 3/13/2009 TVA Films Not Rated $1,548,858 206,514
54 Okuribito 5/29/2009 Regent Releasing PG-13 $1,537,546 205,006
55 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 11/20/2009 First Look R $1,433,091 191,078
56 Polytechnique 2/6/2009 Not Rated $1,418,304 189,107
57 The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry 9/18/2009 Five & Two Pictures PG $1,167,623 155,683
58 Sugar 4/3/2009 Sony Pictures Classics R $1,081,922 144,256
59 Me and Orson Welles 11/25/2009 Freestyle Releasing PG-13 $942,276 125,636
60 Cold Souls 8/7/2009 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG-13 $905,209 120,694
61 Goodbye Solo 3/27/2009 Roadside Attractions R $871,445 116,192
62 Il y a longtemps que je t'aime 10/24/2008 Sony Pictures Classics Not Rated $813,326 108,443
63 The Boys are Back 9/25/2009 Miramax PG-13 $809,752 107,966
64 Wendy and Lucy 12/10/2008 Oscilloscope Pictures R $754,366 100,582
65 The Great Buck Howard 3/20/2009 Magnolia Pictures PG $750,587 100,078
66 Crazy Heart 12/16/2009 Fox Searchlight R $702,188 93,625
67 The Messenger 11/13/2009 Oscilloscope Pictures R $654,374 87,249
68 From Mexico with Love 10/9/2009 Roadside Attractions PG-13 $548,775 73,170
69 Tetro 6/11/2009 American Zoetrope R $518,522 69,136
70 The Damned United 10/9/2009 Sony Pictures Classics R $438,836 58,511
71 Lymelife 4/10/2009 Screen Media Films R $421,307 56,174
72 The Lovely Bones 12/11/2009 Paramount Pictures PG-13 $383,101 51,080
73 Synecdoche, New York 10/24/2008 Sony Pictures Classics R $377,689 50,358
74 Tokyo! 3/6/2009 Not Rated $351,059 46,807
75 Tokyo Sonata 3/13/2009 Regent Releasing PG-13 $278,356 37,114
76 Tera Mera Ki Rishta 4/10/2009 Eros Entertainment Not Rated $271,942 36,258
77 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee 11/27/2009 Screen Media Films R $261,198 34,826
78 The Secret Life of Bees 10/17/2008 Fox Searchlight PG-13 $255,175 34,023
79 Frozen River 8/1/2008 Sony Pictures Classics R $202,328 26,977
80 Fireproof 9/26/2008 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG $199,773 26,636
81 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 11/7/2008 Miramax PG-13 $192,019 25,602
82 Shrink 7/24/2009 Roadside Attractions R $189,621 25,282
83 Hunger 12/5/2008 IFC Films Not Rated $150,523 20,069
84 The Other Man 9/11/2009 Image Entertainment R $149,530 19,937
85 Fados 3/6/2009 Zeitgeist Not Rated $129,150 17,220
86 War Eagle, Arkansas 6/12/2009 Empire Pictures PG-13 $123,670 16,489
87 Katyn 2/18/2009 Lorber Films Not Rated $118,095 15,746
88 The Song of Sparrows 4/3/2009 Regent Releasing PG $116,372 15,516
89 Rolling 4/3/2009 Indican Pictures Not Rated $113,132 15,084
90 Medicine for Melancholy 1/30/2009 IFC Films Not Rated $111,551 14,873
91 Irene in Time 6/19/2009 Rainbow Releasing PG-13 $110,175 14,690
92 Bronson 10/9/2009 Magnolia Pictures R $104,979 13,997
93 Hanami 1/16/2009 Strand Not Rated $104,433 13,924
94 Made in U.S.A. 1/9/2009 Rialto Pictures Not Rated $95,209 12,694
95 Das Weisse Band: Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte 12/30/2009 Sony Pictures Classics R $85,690 11,425
96 The Mysteries of Pittsburgh 4/10/2009 Peace Arch Releasing R $80,283 10,704
97 Phoebe in Wonderland 3/6/2009 ThinkFilm PG-13 $73,361 9,781
98 Disgrace 9/18/2009 Paladin R $69,705 9,294
99 Un conte de Noël 11/14/2008 IFC Films Not Rated $68,870 9,182
100 Sodot Ha 11/26/2008 Monterey Media R $64,585 8,611
101 Serbis 1/30/2009 Regent Releasing R $64,407 8,587
102 Plus tard 10/31/2008 Kino International Not Rated $60,855 8,114
103 Stellet licht 1/9/2009 Pallisades Tartan Not Rated $60,200 8,026
104 Trucker 10/9/2009 Monterey Media R $51,192 6,825
105 Broken Hill 9/11/2009 Audience Alliance PG $50,076 6,676
106 Venkovsky ucitel 3/27/2009 Film Movement Not Rated $50,072 6,676
107 Nights in Rodanthe 9/26/2008 Warner Bros. PG-13 $48,278 6,437
108 Owl and the Sparrow 1/16/2009 Wave Releasing PG $47,071 6,276
109 Kaerlighed Pa Film 1/9/2009 Koch Lorber Films Not Rated $45,835 6,111
110 Un secret 9/10/2008 Strand Not Rated $45,507 6,067
111 One Day You'll Understand 11/21/2008 City Lights Pictures Not Rated $38,557 5,140
112 How About You 11/14/2008 Strand Not Rated $38,471 5,129
113 L'Enfant sauvage 9/9/1970 The Film Desk G $34,208 4,561
114 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 12/12/2008 Yash Raj Films Not Rated $33,647 4,486
115 The Edge of Love 3/13/2009 Image Entertainment R $33,260 4,434
116 Mancora 3/20/2009 Maya Releasing R $29,697 3,959
117 Lola Montes 10/10/2008 Rialto Pictures Not Rated $29,532 3,937
118 An American Affair 2/27/2009 Screen Media Films Not Rated $28,044 3,739
119 Death in Love 7/17/2009 Screen Media Films R $23,412 3,121
120 The Open Road 8/28/2009 Anchor Bay Entertainment PG-13 $19,716 2,628
121 Women in Trouble 11/13/2009 Screen Media Films R $18,521 2,469
122 Between Love & Goodbye 1/30/2009 Embrem Entertainment Not Rated $18,480 2,464
123 Good 12/31/2008 ThinkFilm R $17,980 2,397
124 Passchendaele 10/24/2008 Alliance Films Not Rated $17,172 2,289
125 Local Color 7/3/2009 Monterey Media R $17,151 2,286
126 Five Minutes of Heaven 8/21/2009 IFC Films R $15,676 2,090
127 Home 4/23/2009 Monterey Media PG-13 $15,433 2,057
128 The Education of Charlie Banks 11/7/2007 Anchor Bay Entertainment R $15,078 2,010
129 Mississippi Mermaid 1/15/1999 MGM R $13,873 1,849
130 Home 11/27/2009 Lorber Films Not Rated $10,405 1,387
131 Live Fast, Die Young 10/24/2008 Riverrain Not Rated $10,019 1,335
132 Winter of Frozen Dreams 4/10/2009 Monterey Media R $8,321 1,109
133 Yonkers Joe 1/9/2009 Magnolia Pictures R $8,286 1,104
134 Endgame 11/6/2009 Monterey Media PG-13 $8,238 1,098
135 Alexandra 3/28/2008 Cinema Guild Not Rated $4,137 551
136 Eden 11/14/2008 Not Rated $3,914 521
137 Cadillac Records 12/5/2008 Sony Pictures R $3,783 504
138 Gooby 4/17/2009 Monterey Media PG $3,564 475
139 Otto; Or, Up with Dead People 11/7/2008 Strand Not Rated $3,562 474
140 Breakfast with Scot 10/10/2008 Regent Releasing PG-13 $2,563 341
141 The Village Barbershop 1/16/2009 Monterey Media R $2,359 314
142 Love Comes Lately 6/13/2008 Kino International Not Rated $1,207 160
143 Das Haus der schlafenden Schönen 11/14/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $1,122 149
144 Save Me 9/5/2008 First Run Features Not Rated $1,028 137
145 The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela 9/26/2008 Regent Releasing R $213 28
Total Gross of All Movies$1,829,188,426
Total Tickets Sold243,891,735

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.