Editors' pick: Originally published Oct. 5.
Don't call fall the movie industry's slow season: it's just heating up.
Often considered a dumping ground for some of the year's less-desirable films, fall has become an important bridge for the industry between summer blockbuster season and the holiday/awards season. It's when the earliest Oscar hopefuls hit the screen and when the kids movies that didn't quite make the cut for the summer schedule come out to lend parents a hand on the rainy weekends between the beginning of school and the first holiday breaks.
In 2015, according to BoxOfficeMojo, U.S. box office earnings dropped from $4.46 billion from Memorial Day through Labor Day to just $1.28 billion from early September to just before Thanksgiving. It's a fairly dramatic slide, but not as bad as the $1.14 billion post-New Year's winter through March that followed the $2.84 billion November-through-New Year's holiday season of 2015 that was buoyed by the latest Star Wars installment.
Sure, it's still a transitional period. The superheroes don't typically show up until November (if they make a late-year appearance at all), and the big series -- Twilight, Hunger Games, The Hobbit, the James Bond films -- also hold off until the holiday season. However, if you're looking to spring a sleeper comedy on unsuspecting audiences, trying to build a horror franchise or just want to find a way to make kids sit still during a school-year weekend, fall has what you're looking for. We checked in with the folks at motion picture industry site BoxOfficeMojo and found the 25 highest-grossing fall movies of all time. While only one of them cracks the all-time Top 100, all of them fared far better in this window than a motion picture typically should: