|Years in film|
Evaluation of the year
2008 has been widely considered to be a very significant year for cinema.
The entertainment agency website IGN described 2008 as "one of the biggest years ever for movies." It stated, "2008 was the year when the comic book movie genre not only hits its zenith, but also gained critical respectability thanks to The Dark Knight. Animated films also proved a huge draw for filmgoers, with Pixar's WALL-E becoming not only the highest grossing toon but also the most lauded. Things got off on the right foot with the monster movie madness of Cloverfield. Marvel got down to business laying the groundwork for their superhero team-up The Avengers with the blockbuster hit Iron Man and their respectable attempt at rebooting The Incredible Hulk. The games-to-film genre took a hit this year, with only Max Payne proving to be a worthy adaptation of the source material. We also saw the highly anticipated big-screen returns of iconic characters like Batman, James Bond, and Indiana Jones – some were more successful than others."
The film industry and review website IndieWire described 2008 as "a stellar year for movies" that "gave us tons of unforgettable classics" such as The Wrestler, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and Che.
The top 10 films released in 2008 by worldwide gross are as follows:
|1||The Dark Knight||Warner Bros.||$997,000,000[nb 1]|
|2||Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull||Paramount||$790,653,942|
|3||Kung Fu Panda||$631,744,560|
|6||Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa||Paramount||$603,900,354|
|7||Quantum of Solace||Sony Pictures / MGM||$589,580,482|
|10||The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian||$419,665,568|
- Excludes grosses from subsequent re-releases.
Box office records
- In the domestic box office, 2008 came very close in passing 2007 as the highest-grossing year, falling short by just $30 million.
- On August 4, The Dark Knight reached a $400 million domestic gross in a record time of 18 days. The previous record was held by Shrek 2, which reached it in 43 days. On August 31, after 45 days in release, The Dark Knight reached $500 million domestically, becoming only the second film in history after Titanic to cross the half-billion-dollar domestic milestone, as well as the first film of the 2000s decade. Worldwide, it grossed $997 million on its initial release, and an IMAX reissue in 2009 saw it become the fourth film to gross $1 billion at the global box office.
- Mamma Mia! became the highest-grossing film in UK history until it was surpassed by Avatar in 2010.
- Slumdog Millionaire set several records. At the worldwide box office, it became the most successful British independent film of all time. At the UK box office, it became the highest-grossing British independent film (surpassing Four Weddings and a Funeral), the highest-grossing British film without US studio investment, and the biggest ever weekly "increase for a UK saturation release" (surpassing Billy Elliot).
|January||7||Due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America Strike, NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association scrap plans to hold its 65th Golden Globe Awards ceremony and instead hold a press conference announcing the winners|
|13||The 65th Golden Globe Awards winners were announced.|
|16||The 61st BAFTA Awards nominations were announced with Atonement the leading film with 14 nominations closely followed by No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood, both with 7 nominations|
|17 – 27||The 26th Sundance Film Festival is opened with the world premiere of Martin McDonagh's In Bruges and screens over 120 films. The Grand Jury and Audience Award prizes are awarded to Frozen River and The Wackness, respectively. The festival is closed by the world premiere of Bernard Shakey's CSNY/Déjà Vu|
|22||The 80th Academy Awards nominations were announced with No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood the leading films with 8 nominations each, closely followed by Atonement and Michael Clayton, both with 7|
|The Oscar-nominated actor Heath Ledger, 28, is found dead at his home in Manhattan, New York City, from an accidental prescription pills overdose.|
|23 – 3||The 37th Rotterdam International Film Festival is opened with the world premiere of Lucía Cedrón's narrative feature-film debut Lamb of God (Cordero de Dios).|
|26||The 60th Directors Guild of America Award dinner is held in the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles. The Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film prize is awarded to Joel and Ethan Coen|
|27||The 14th Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony is held in the Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles.|
|February||7 – 17||The 58th Berlin International Film Festival is opened with the world premiere of Martin Scorsese's Shine a Light and screens over 350 films. The Golden Bear prize is awarded to Elite Squad. The Silver Bear prizes are awarded to Paul Thomas Anderson, Best Director, Reza Naji, Best Actor and Sally Hawkins, Best Actress. The festival is closed by the international premiere of Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind|
|8||The 35th Annie Awards ceremony is held in the UCLA's Royce Hall, Los Angeles. The Best Animated Feature prize is awarded to Ratatouille|
|9||The 60th Writers Guild of America Awards are announced in a brief statement. The Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay prizes are awarded to Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men) and Diablo Cody (Juno), respectively|
|10||The 61st BAFTA Awards ceremony is held in the Royal Opera House, London. Anthony Hopkins is honoured with the Academy Fellowship.|
|12||The members of the WGA agree a three-year deal with the AMPTP and vote to end the 3-month 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America Strike|
|23||The 28th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony is held in Santa Monica, California.|
|The 23rd Independent Spirit Awards ceremony is broadcast. The Best Film award is given to Juno. The Best Actor and Best Actress awards are given to Philip Seymour Hoffman and Elliot Page respectively|
|24||The 80th Academy Awards ceremony is held in the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood.|
|March||3||The 28th Genie Awards|
|9||The 13th Empire Awards is held in the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, England.|
|13 – 21||7th Tiburon International Film Festival|
|April||4 – 13||10th Sarasota Film Festival|
|23 – 4||7th Tribeca Film Festival|
|24 – 8||51st San Francisco International Film Festival|
|14 – 25||Entre les murs wins the Palme d'Or while Gomorrah receives the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.|
|22 – 15||34th Seattle International Film Festival|
|26||Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull earns $126 million in the United States and Canada, becoming the highest-grossing debut of 2008 and the second-highest-grossing for a Memorial Day weekend debut behind Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.|
|June||1||The 2008 MTV Movie Awards winners were announced|
|A massive fire destroys portions of facilities at Universal Studios in Universal City near Los Angeles, California.|
|14 – 22||11th Shanghai International Film Festival|
|18||Iron Man becomes the first movie of 2008 to earn $300 million in the United States and Canada.|
|18 – 29||62nd Edinburgh International Film Festival. The festival launches a new sidebar celebrating the spirit of discovery, including selections Bigga than Ben, Blood Car, Crack Willow, Spike, Strange Girls, and The Third Pint.|
|July||17 – 26||8th Era New Horizons Film Festival|
|August||4||The Dark Knight reached $400 million in record time at 18 days. The previous record was held by Shrek 2, which reached it in 43 days.|
|6 – 16||61st Locarno International Film Festival|
|21 – 1||32nd Montreal World Film Festival|
|27 – 6||65th Venice International Film Festival|
|September||4 – 13||33rd Toronto International Film Festival|
|15 – 20||33rd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia|
|18 – 27||56th San Sebastián International Film Festival|
|23 – 30||6th Bangkok International Film Festival|
|October||1 – 12||16th Raindance Film Festival|
|15 – 30||52nd London Film Festival|
|18 – 26||21st Tokyo International Film Festival|
|November||18 – 28||32nd Cairo International Film Festival|
|December||5 – 14||10th Jakarta International Film Festival|
|4 – 14||23rd Mar del Plata International Film Festival|
The list of films released in 2008, arranged by country, are as follows:
- American films
- Argentine films
- Australian films
- Bengali films
- Bollywood films
- Brazilian films
- British films
- French films
- Hong Kong films
- Italian films
- Japanese films
- Mexican films
- Pakistani films
- Russian films
- South Korean films
- Spanish films
- List of Kannada films of 2008
- Malayalam films
- Tamil films
- Telugu films
- January 24 - Chlaui Malayao, Filipina child actress
- March 14 - Abby Ryder Fortson, American actress
- June 3 - Harshaali Malhotra, Indian actress
- July 15 - Iain Armitage, American actor
- August 1 - Emma Berman, American actress
- November 23 - Asher Blinkoff, American actor
- December 27 - Faithe Herman, American actress
- December - Chloe Coleman, American actress
|2||George MacDonald Fraser||82||UK||Screenwriter|
|2||Brice Mack||90||US||Background Artist|
|6||John Alvin||59||US||Poster Artist|
|13||Lionel Mark Smith||62||US||Actor|
|6||Alex Sharp||86||US||Stuntman, Actor|
|16||Ivan Dixon||76||US||Actor, Director|
|18||Anthony Minghella||54||UK||Director, Screenwriter, Producer|
|19||Arthur C. Clarke||90||Sri Lanka||Writer, Actor|
|1||Terry Duggan||76||UK||Actor, Wrangler|
|4||Fred Haines||72||US||Screenwriter, Director|
|13||John Phillip Law||70||US||Actor|
|15||Alexander Courage||88||US||Composer, Orchestrator|
|16||Sandy Howard||80||US||Director, Producer|
|22||Harry Lange||77||Germany||Production Designer|
|26||Sydney Pollack||73||US||Actor, Director, Producer|
|28||Earle Hagen||88||US||Composer, Orchestrator|
|June||2||Bo Diddley||79||US||Actor, Musician|
|2||Mel Ferrer||90||US||Actor, Director|
|7||Dino Risi||91||Italy||Director, Writer|
|15||Stan Winston||62||US||Makeup Artist|
|17||Cyd Charisse||86||US||Actress, Dancer|
|22||George Carlin||71||US||Actor, Comedian|
|29||Don S. Davis||67||US||Actor|
|9||Charles H. Joffe||78||US||Producer|
|10||Isaac Hayes||65||US||Actor, Songwriter|
|24||Peter Sutton||65||British||Sound Mixer|
|31||Ken Campbell||66||UK||Actor, Writer|
|31||Jerry Reed||71||US||Actor, Singer, Songwriter|
|September||1||Michael Pate||88||Australia||Actor, Director|
|2||Bill Melendez||91||Mexico||Animator, Director|
|18||Florestano Vancini||82||Italy||Director, Writer|
|26||Paul Newman||83||US||Actor, Director|
|5||Kim Chan||90||US||Actor, Producer|
|19||Rudy Ray Moore||81||US||Actor|
|31||Jonathan Bates||68||UK||Supervising Sound Editor|
|November||1||Yma Sumac||85||Peru||Singer, Actress|
|5||Michael Crichton||66||US||Writer, Director|
|17||Ennio de Concini||84||Italy||Screenwriter|
|19||John Michael Hayes||89||US||Screenwriter|
|8||Bob Spiers||63||UK||Director, Producer|
|16||Sam Bottoms||53||US||Actor, Producer, Soundtrack|
|24||Harold Pinter||78||UK||Writer, Actor, Director|
|25||Eartha Kitt||81||US||Actress, Singer|
|31||Donald E. Westlake||75||Mexico||Writer|
- Chadwick Boseman – The Express: The Ernie Davis Story
- Jessica Chastain – Jolene
- Tessa Thompson – Make It Happen
- Nick Kroll – Adventures of Power
- Boyd Holbrook – Milk
- Felicity Jones – Flashbacks of a Fool
- John Oliver – The Love Guru
- Jennifer Lawrence – Garden Party
- Riyadh Mahmood – Aduri
- Rooney Mara – Dream Boy
- Todd Hanson – The Onion Movie
- Margot Robbie – Vigilante
- Davide Sordella, Pablo Benedetti – Woman's Hearts
- Movies 2008 Year in Review
- 10 Best Films of 2008
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- "The Dark Knight Re-Release IMAX Locations". ComingSoon.net. CraveOnline. January 22, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- Gray, Brandon (February 20, 2009). "Billion Dollar Batman". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
- "All Time Worldwide Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on February 28, 2009.
- "Statistical Yearbook 10" (PDF). UK Film Council. 2010. pp. 6, 16–9, 24–6, 32–7, 46–7, 83–9, 112–8. Retrieved 21 April 2022 – via British Film Institute.
- "Statistical Yearbook 11" (PDF). UK Film Council. 2011. pp. 25–6, 109. Retrieved 21 April 2022 – via British Film Institute.
- "Slumdog Mauls Box Office Record". Sky News. 20 January 2009. Archived from the original on 23 January 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
- Adam Dawtrey (2008-04-28). "Edinburgh Launches Cult Film Sidebar". Variety. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
- Frey (April 28, 2008). "Film Premiere Of "Aduri" An Independent Film May 16th At University of MD, Hoff Theater". Maryland Films. Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
- "Woman's Hearts". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2 September 2021.