In 2008, the list of the top ten grossing movies worldwide, as reported by Variety, included a number of family films, and a long awaited sequel. Topping all of the films in 2008, however, was a film that showcased a tour de force performance by Heath Ledger, whose untimely death due to an overdose was still raw in the public's mind.

  1. "The Dark Knight." Ledger's shocking death shortly before the film's release, and the subsequent buzz surrounding his insanely riveting portrayal of the Joker would turn The Dark Knight into box office gold. This film earned over $997 million worldwide and $531 million domestically, and Ledger's performance would go on to win him a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar. 

  2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. " This latest edition in the storied Indiana Jones franchise would end up being the second highest grossing film of 2008, taking in $787 million worldwide and $317 million domestically. Hot, young actor Shia LeBeouf was wisely paired up with the original Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford, to attract viewers who might not have been born yet when the last Indy film hit the screens.  

  3. "Kung Fu Panda." In this top-grossing animated film of 2008, a Kung Fu-loving, chubby panda must find the strengths within himself to overcome an evil snow leopard that is threatening his people. "Kung Fu Panda" brought in $631 million worldwide and $215 million domestically.

  4. "Hancock." Will Smith played against his usual all-around good guy type in this movie about an alcoholic super hero, who is roundly disliked for the havoc he wreaks while trying to save lives. His involvement with a couple takes the movie on some unusual plot twists. "Hancock" earned $624 million worldwide and $228 million domestically.

  5. "Iron Man." This action picture, which grossed $582 million worldwide and $318 million domestically, showcased the considerable talents of Robert Downey, Jr. "Iron Man" is the tale of an inventor who creates an armored suit, which gives him super human powers, and his subsequent fight against terrorists.

  6. "Mamma Mia!" This frothy chick flick, which starred Meryl Streep, was based on the Broadway musical about a woman who doesn't know which of three men she had a fling with might be her baby daddy. "Mamma Mia!" grossed $573 million worldwide and $144 million domestically.

  7. "Quantum of Solace." This was the second James Bond film to feature Daniel Craig as the super spy, and pitted him against an evil environmentalist. The film took in $546 million worldwide and $166 million domestically.

  8.  "Wall-E." This touching, animated robot love story, which is set in a bleak future, brought in $513 million worldwide and $224 million domestically. Wall-E, is a robot searching for his love, Eve, on a earth that has been trashed by mankind.

  9. "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa." This animated sequel to Madagascar follows four animals as they desperately try to fit in the natives in Africa after years of living in a zoo. It brought in $176 million domestically and $481 million worldwide.

  10. "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian." Rounding out the top ten movies of 2008 with $142 million domestically and $420 million worldwide is this second film in the Narnia series.















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