Summer time is traditionally when the studios release
their biggest budget-busting feature films, hoping to capitalize
on viewer interest during the vacation months. Avatar (2009) currently
sits at the top of the 100 all-time box-office hits,
but when the revenue results are adjusted for inflation, Gone
With the Wind (1939) reigns as the top film. However, the best-loved
films of all-time are not necessarily the films with the highest
revenue. When one compares the top films during the summer
season (based upon opening weekend results from May to Labor Day), The
Dark Knight (2008) was
the top earning picture, just edging out Spider-Man 3 (2007) and
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006). It appears
that with the up-coming release of the last film in the 10 year-old
Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011), the Harry Potter
films will surpass all other competing blockbuster franchises.
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What tune was the whistled motif introducing serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) before he preyed upon children in Fritz Lang's classic film M (1931)?
- "In the Hall of the Mountain King" (Grieg)
- The "Lucia" Sextet melody (Donizetti)
- "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" (Bach)
- "Whistle While You Work"
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