Movie Article

Movie By the Numbers: 2007

''Spider-Man 3,'' ''Ratatouille,'' ''Superbad,'' and more

13
Age at which Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (now 25) began writing the script of Superbad.

$59.8
Spider-Man 3's 24-hour gross, in millions, on May 4, the biggest opening-day haul ever. The movie went on to top the year's box office with $336.5 million.

1.15
Millions of hairs digitally rendered by Pixar animators to cover Remy, the rodent star of Ratatouille.

4,362
Number of theaters that showed Pirates 3 on opening weekend — an all-time high.

6
Weeks required to shoot The Bourne Ultimatum's climactic car chase in Manhattan.

1.4
Billions of dollars made domestically by the Harry Potter films since 2001, including the $292 million gross of this year's Order of the Phoenix.

160
Drafts of the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie written during the project's four years in development.

206
Combined age of Wild Hogs stars Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, and William H. Macy

1,255
Number of visual FX shots in 300 (compared with the 625 used in Transformers).

6
Number of years between Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3 (which finally hit theaters in August).


Best Tom Cruise Impression
Ryan Gosling in Fracture

Worst Tom Cruise Impression
Tom Cruise in Lions for Lambs

Supporting Actor Most Deserving of a Lead Role
Jason Bateman (The Kingdom, Juno)

Best Awesome Scene in an Otherwise Not-Awesome Movie
Justin Timberlake's mesmerizing lip-synching to the Killers' ''All These Things That I've Done'' in Southland Tales

Best Mustaches
Seth Rogen's in Superbad, Phillip Seymour Hoffman's in Charlie Wilson's War

The Sorry You're No Harry Potter Award
The Golden Compass, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

Originally posted Dec 21, 2007 Published in issue #971-972 Dec 28, 2007 Order article reprints