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Controversy

Movies that created headlines over their allegedly controversial subject matter, 1980-Present. In parentheses, the movie's issue (perceived or real).



RankTitle (click to view)StudioOpening% of
Total
Theaters / Avg.Total
Gross
Release
Date
1 The Passion of the Christ NM $83,848,082 22.6% 3,043 $27,554 $370,274,604 2/25/04
2 The Da Vinci Code Sony $77,073,388 35.4% 3,735 $20,635 $217,536,138 5/19/06
3 The Day After Tomorrow Fox $68,743,584 36.8% 3,425 $20,071 $186,740,799 5/28/04
4 Angels & Demons Sony $46,204,168 34.6% 3,527 $13,100 $133,375,846 5/15/09
5 Noah Par. $43,720,472 43.2% 3,567 $12,257 $101,200,044 3/28/14
6 Bruno Uni. $30,619,130 51.0% 2,756 $11,110 $60,054,530 7/10/09
7 Django Unchained Wein. $30,122,888 18.5% 3,010 $10,008 $162,805,434 12/25/12
8 True Lies Fox $25,869,770 17.7% 2,368 $10,924 $146,282,411 7/15/94
9 The Golden Compass NL $25,783,232 36.8% 3,528 $7,308 $70,107,728 12/7/07
10 Zero Dark Thirty Sony $24,438,936 25.5% 2,937 $8,321 $95,720,716 1/11/13
11 Fahrenheit 9/11 Lions $23,920,637 20.1% 868 $27,558 $119,194,771 6/25/04
12 Barbershop MGM $20,627,433 27.2% 1,605 $12,851 $75,782,105 9/13/02
13 Kick-Ass LGF $19,828,687 41.2% 3,065 $6,469 $48,071,303 4/16/10
14 World Trade Center Par. $18,730,762 26.7% 2,957 $6,334 $70,278,893 8/9/06
15 The Wolf of Wall Street Par. $18,361,578 15.7% 2,537 $7,238 $116,900,694 12/25/13
16 Basic Instinct TriS $15,129,385 12.9% 1,567 $9,655 $117,727,224 3/20/92
17 The Siege Fox $13,931,285 34.0% 2,541 $5,482 $40,981,289 11/6/98
18 Battlefield Earth WB $11,548,898 53.8% 3,307 $3,492 $21,471,685 5/12/00
19 United 93 Uni. $11,478,360 36.5% 1,795 $6,394 $31,483,450 4/28/06
20 Natural Born Killers WB $11,166,687 22.2% 1,510 $7,395 $50,282,766 8/26/94
21 Fight Club Fox $11,035,485 29.8% 1,963 $5,621 $37,030,102 10/15/99
22 W. LGF $10,505,668 41.1% 2,030 $5,175 $25,534,493 10/17/08
23 Dogma Lions $8,669,945 28.3% 1,269 $6,832 $30,652,890 11/12/99
24 Powder BV $7,146,973 23.2% 1,592 $4,489 $30,862,156 10/27/95
25 The Program BV $6,821,931 29.6% 1,653 $4,127 $23,032,565 9/24/93
26 Thelma and Louise MGM $6,101,297 13.5% 1,179 $5,174 $45,360,915 5/24/91
27 Brokeback Mountain Focus $5,805,082 7.0% 683 $8,499 $83,043,761 1/13/06
28 Jungle Fever Uni. $5,332,860 16.4% 636 $8,385 $32,482,682 6/7/91
29 JFK WB $5,223,658 7.4% 1,164 $4,487 $70,405,498 12/20/91
30 Religulous LGF $3,409,643 26.2% 502 $6,792 $13,011,160 10/1/08
31 Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed RM $2,970,848 38.5% 1,052 $2,824 $7,720,487 4/18/08
32 Inchon MGM $2,326,112 44.7% 1,291 $1,801 $5,200,986 9/17/82
33 Transformers: The Movie DEG $1,779,559 30.4% 990 $1,797 $5,849,647 8/8/86
34 The Last Temptation of Christ Uni. $401,211 4.8% 9 $44,579 $8,373,585 8/12/88
35 The Pope Must Die(t) Mira. $264,147 45.3% 169 $1,563 $582,510 8/30/91
36 Bowling for Columbine UA $209,148 1.0% 8 $26,143 $21,576,018 10/11/02
37 Priest (1995) Mira. $113,430 2.7% 8 $14,178 $4,165,845 3/24/95
38 Kids Mira. $85,709 1.2% 2 $42,854 $7,412,216 7/21/95
39 The Brown Bunny Wells $50,601 13.8% 3 $16,867 $366,301 8/27/04
40 Bad Lieutenant Aries $47,454 2.4% 2 $23,727 $2,000,022 11/20/92
41 Hounddog Emp. $13,744 10.4% 11 $1,249 $131,961 9/19/08
AVERAGE
(Wide Releases Only, 32 titles):
$21,714,58726.4%2,161$10,048$82,295,269-

Note: Only movies with opening weekend grosses are listed on this chart.


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