Hollywood has re-kindled our romance with disaster movies as shown by the controversial epic, "Noah", that is doing well at the box office, ranking at 17 for disaster films two weekends out. Having cost a reportedly $125 million to produce, according to IMDB.com, it took in $43 million in it's debut weekend. Falling to number 2 for this weekend, behind "Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier", it remains to be seen whether the film has the staying power at the theaters to push past the controversial depiction of the biblical story. Less controversial, but just as exciting, are the top disaster movies of all time according to boxofficemojo.com and based on their lifetime gross in theaters.
#10 Apollo 13
Universal's Apollo 13 - $173,837,933
Astronauts Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise aboard Apollo 13 for America's third Moon landing mission. En route, an on-board explosion deprives their spacecraft of most of its oxygen supply and electric power, forcing NASA's flight controllers to abort the Moon landing, and turning the mission into a struggle to get the three men home safely.
#9 The Perfect Storm
Warner Brothers The Perfect Storm $182,618,434
An unusually intense storm pattern catches some commercial fishermen unaware and puts them in mortal danger. The film stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, William Fichtner, John C. Reilly, Diane Lane, Karen Allen and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
#8 The Day After Tomorrow
20th Century Fox's The Day After Tomorrow - $186,740,799
The film depicts fictional catastrophic climatic effects in a series of extreme weather events that usher in global cooling and leads to a new ice age. The film stars Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum.
Touchstone Pictures' Armageddon - $201,578,182
A group of blue-collar deep-core drillers are sent by NASA to stop a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with Earth. It features an ensemble cast including Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, William Fichtner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Keith David and Steve Buscemi.
#6 World War Z
Paramount Pictures' World War Z - $202,359,711
Based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks, the film stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator who must travel the world to find a way to stop a zombie pandemic.
#5 War of the Worlds
Paramount Pictures' War of the Worlds - $234,280,354
The film stars Tom Cruise as Ray Ferrier, a divorced dock worker estranged from his children (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin) and living separately from them. As his ex-wife drops their children off for him to look after for a few days, the planet is attacked by aliens that come up out of the ground. As Earth's armies are defeated, Ray tries to protect his children and flee to Boston to rejoin his ex-wife.
Warner Brothers' Twister - $241,721,524
A team of storm chasers try to perfect a data-gathering instrument, designed to be released into the funnel of a tornado, while competing with another better-funded team with a similar device during a tornado outbreak across Oklahoma.
Warner Brothers' Gravity - $273,363,308
It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts involved in the mid-orbit destruction of a space shuttle and their harrowing attempt to return to Earth.
#2 Independence Day
20th Century Fox's Independence Day - $306,169,268
The film, about an alien invasion of Earth, stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, Vivica A. Fox, and Harry Connick, Jr. It focuses on a disparate group of people who converge in the Nevada desert and, along with the rest of the human population, participate in a last-chance counterattack on July 4
20th Century Fox's Titanic - $658,672,302
A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.
Paramount Picture's Noah - $72,341,000 (as of 4/5/2013)
Biblically-inspired fantasy film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, and loosely based on the story of Noah's Ark. It ranks #17 as of 4/5/2013)