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How Does ‘Skyfall’ Stack Up to Other Billion-Dollar Movies?

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Skyfall has entered the elite ranks of the Billion-Dollar Movie Club, and our compulsive need to force rank all things movie-related has led us to look at its critical reception compared to the rest of the club members. (“Hey! Who let Transformers 3 in here,” no one said because there is unfortunately not a bouncer at the Billion-Dollar Movie Club.) Also in today’s movie news there’s… not much. The epic battle between Les Mis and Django Unchained continues, and Oscar voters have hit a road bump. More below.

Skyfall Is One of the Better Billion-Dollar Movies
Skyfall became the first James Bond movie to crack the billion-dollar mark over the weekend, a feat accomplished by only 13 other films. But in terms of quality, where does it rank in the billion-dollar club? We dug up film scores on both Rotten Tomatoes and MetaCritic to figure it out. The results? Skyfall ties for fifth with The Avengers according to Rotten Tomatoes and it ranks sixth according to MetaCritic.

The worst-reviewed on the list shouldn’t come as any surprise. The critically reviled pair Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Pirates of the Caribbean 3 both sit at the bottom while The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, and Toy Story 3 are the best reviewed. If you take a look at those four movies, you’ll notice each is the third installment in its respective franchise. Freaky!

1. Avatar: $2.78 billion, 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, 83 on MetaCritic
2. Titanic: $2.19 billion, 87%, 74
3. Marvel’s The Avengers: $1.51 billion, 92%, 69
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2: $1.33 billion, 96%, 87
5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon: $1.12 billion, 36%, 42
6. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: $1.12 billion, 94%, 94
7. The Dark Knight Rises: $1.08 billion, 87%, 78
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest: $1.07 billion, 54%, 53
9. Toy Story 3: $1.06 billion, 99%, 92
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: $1.04 billion, 33%, 45
11. Star Wars Ep. 1: The Phantom Menace: $1.03 billion, 57%, 51
12. Alice in Wonderland: $1.02 billion, 51%, 53
13. The Dark Knight: $1 billion, 94%, 82
14. Skyfall: $1 billion, 92%, 81

Oscar Voters Get One More Day to Pick Nominations
With the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild nominations announced, it’s now just nine more days until the venerable Academy announces its selections for the year’s top films and performances. Unfortunately the Academy’s new e-voting system has not been working so well, so they’ve extended the voting deadline one day from Thursday to Friday at 5pm.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, voting members of the Academy have been having trouble logging into the special website created for the purpose, leading some to wait for special FedEx deliveries of paper ballots.

“By extending the voting deadline we are providing every opportunity available to make the transition to online balloting as smooth as possible,” Academy COO Ric Robertson said in a statement. “We’re grateful to our global membership for joining us in this process.”

The Epic Holiday Box Office Battle Continues
Score one for Les Miserables! The musical continues to duke it out for second place at the box office with Django Unchained (The Hobbit has kept a comfortable lead on both), and New Year’s Eve belonged to Jean Valjean. Les Mis brought in $6.3 million on Monday to top Django, which took in $5.2 million. This comes after Django edged out Les Mis to win the weekend, narrowing the tiny overall lead Les Mis has kept since the two were both released on Christmas day.

Oh and guess what? Les Mis also won our Epic Holiday Box Office Battle Poll, so really it’s score two for Les Miserables.

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