Ranking of this summer's box office winners is based on Box Office Mojo's data on U.S. film box office receipts; we added in international box office returns to come up with the final list.
1. "Toy Story 3" is the summer's top earner at the box office, taking in $895 million worldwide as of Monday. Sure, it's in 3-D, which often means as much as $5 more per ticket. But the movie also got rave reviews, earning a rating of 92 out of 100 on Metacritic, which translates into almost universal acclaim. "Toy Story 3" has now earned more than the first two movies in the series combined.
2. In second place is "Shrek Forever" After from DreamWorks Animation. With $663 million in earnings globally, the final Shrek film is $232 million behind "Toy Story 3." It's the worst performing of the four Shrek films in the U.S., but it gets a boost from the overseas box office, which represents 64% of the film's earnings.
3. Expectations were high for the Summit Entertainment release "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." It took in a respectable $650 million, but it failed to out-earn its predecessor in the Twilight series, "New Moon," which brought in $710 million at the box office last fall. Summit has set the release dates for the next two films for November of 2011 and November 2012.
4. "Iron Man 2" took in $622 million, putting the film $37 million over the first 's earnings. Execs at Viacom studio Paramount are hoping "Iron Man 2"'s strong performance bodes well for a slew of other Marvel superhero movies it has lined up for the next few years, including "The Avengers" in 2012, which will feature Iron Man alongside the likes of Captain America and The Incredible Hulk.
5. "Inception" ranks fifth with $478 million so far (the film hit theaters July 16). The $160 million movie was a big gamble for Time Warner studio Warner Bros. It's not based on a book, a TV show or an older movie, and the plot is twisty enough to cause confusion and headaches for many viewers. But somehow the original work has turned into a bona fide hit. Director 's last film, "The Dark Knight, earned a whopping $1 billion at the box office. "Inception" is nowhere near that, but it has well surpassed Nolan's last non-Batman film, "The Prestige," which earned only $110 million at the global box office.