Summer movie grosses of 2009 are the highest of all time

Even before the last gasp of this coming Labor Day weekend, when movies like the SF flick Gamer starring Gerard Butler and the new "I Hate Work" comedy Extract from Mike Judge will open, the summer of 2009 has already set box office records, according to Variety.

Total grosses for the summer of 2009 so far are $4.17 billion, which surpasses the $4.16 billion total of the previous record holder, the summer of 2007.

Eight of the ten top-grossing films are genre fare, with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen taking first place, followed by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Pixar's Up.

The coming Labor Day weekend may add as much as $100 million to the summer's final tally.

The following summer movie totals, current up through August 30, come via Box Office Mojo .

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1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Gross: $399,416,040

2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Gross: $294,258,075

3. Up
Gross: $289,639,811

4. The Hangover
Gross: $270,237,753

5. Star Trek
Gross: $256,673,273

6. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Gross: $193,250,211

7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Gross: $179,863,544

8. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Gross: $176,461,908

9. The Proposal
Gross: $160,154,402

10. Angels & Demons
Gross: $133,375,846

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