What are the biggest movies shot in Georgia since 2008?

The state juiced up its tax credits that year, making the state an enticing draw for big-budget films
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Generous tax credits passed in 2008 have brought in a flood of TV and film production into the state of Georgia. Here are the top domestic grossing films since 2008 shot here. I credit www.boxofficemojo for the box office totals. (I have been regularly updating this list since 2018.)

Not surprisingly, superhero films dominate the top of the chart with no shortage of sequels and remakes. So far, 39 films have broached the magic $100 million mark domestically. The top-grossing Tyler Perry film hit $90 million.

There have been only a handful of films that would be considered “prestige” Oscar bait e.g. “Selma,” “42,” “The Blind Side, “ “Flight” and ‘First Man.”

These numbers are not adjusted for inflation.

The parentheticals are the Rotten Tomatoes critical ratings with any number above 60 considered good.

Some of these films ― especially a few of the big-budget ones ― were only partially shot in Georgia such as “Jungle Cruise,” “Jumanji: The Next Level” and “Ford vs. Ferrari.” Some only did reshoots or a small percentage of scenes in Georgia such as “Thor” and “Gemini Man.”

The most popular movie for critics was “Selma” (98% positive) followed closely by “Black Panther” (97%). Others liked by more than 90 percent of critics included “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “Hidden Figures,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and “Baby Driver.”

Only one film was disliked by more than 90 percent of critics: “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” (6%). Films that more than 80 percent of critics gave a thumbs down to were mostly comedies: both “Ride Along” films, “Identity Thief,” “Let’s Be Cops,” Parental Guidance,” “Divergent: Allegiant,” “Baywatch,” “Temptation,” “Blended,” “Dirty Grandpa” and “The Watch.”

This features every film I could think of that grossed at least $35 million domestically and was released since 2008. (If I missed one, please email me at rho@ajc.com and I’ll add it.)

This cut off means a few notable films such as “Richard Jewell” ($22,345,542), “Respect” ($24,278,399), “Dear Evan Hansen” ($15,002,646) and “Doctor Sleep” ($31,581,712) didn’t make the list.

Due to the pandemic, some films that probably would have made this list went straight to streaming, including “Coming 2 America” and “The Tomorrow War,” both on Amazon Prime, and “Greenland,” on HBO Max. Netflix also spent a lot of money shooting “Red Notice” in 2021, which would have been the type of film to go into movie theaters in the past. Apple TV+ in 2023 also parlayed big bucks on an action comedy “Ghosted” starring Ana De Armas and Chris Evans that otherwise could have been theater bound as well.

Letitia Wright in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” (Marvel Studios/TNS)

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The top domestic grossing films since 2008 filmed at least in part in Georgia (parenthetical is Rotten Tomatoes critics rating)

  1. “Avengers: Endgame,” 2019, $858,373,000 (94%)
  2. “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” 2021, $772,966,707 (94%)
  3. “Black Panther,” 2018, $700,426,566 (97%)
  4. “Avengers: Infinity War,” 2018, $678,815,482 (87%)
  5. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” 2022, $453,829,060 (84%)
  6. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” 2013, $424,668,047 (89%)
  7. “Captain America: Civil War,” 2016, $408,084,349 (91%)
  8. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” 2017, $404,515,480 (76%)
  9. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3″ 2023, $358,995,815(81%)
  10. “Fast & Furious 7,” 2015, $353,007,020 (80%)
  11. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” 2014, $337,135,885 (67%)
  12. “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” 2017, $334,201,140 (92%)
  13. “Jumanji: The Next Level,” 2019, $320,314,960 (71%)
  14. “Thor: Ragnarok,” 2017, $315,058,289 (92%)
  15. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” 2015, $281,723,902 (70%)
  16. “The Blind Side,” 2009, $255,959,475 (67%)
  17. “The Fate of the Furious,” 2017, $226,008,385 (66%)
  18. “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” 2018, $216,644,740 (88%)
  19. “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” 2023, $214,504,909 (45%)
  20. “Fast Five,” 2011, $209,837,675 (77%)
  21. “Bad Boys for Life,” 2020, $206,305,244 (75%)
  22. “Black Widow,” 2021, $183,651,655 (80%)
  23. “Ant-Man,’ 2015, $180,202,163 (82%)
  24. “Hidden Figures,” 2016, $169,607,287 (93%)
  25. “Black Adam,” 2022, $$168,152,111 (38%)
  26. “Creed III,” 2023, $156,157,957 (89%)
  27. “X-Men: First Class,” 2011, $146,408,305 (86%)
  28. “Ride Along,” 2014, $134,938,200 (19%)
  29. “Identity Thief,” 2013, 134,506,920 (19%)
  30. “Divergent: Insurgent,” 2015, $130,179,072 (41%)
  31. “Sully,” 2016, $125,070,033 (86%)
  32. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” 2013, $127,352,707 (75%)
  33. “Ford vs. Ferrari,” 2019, $117,624,357 (92%)
  34. “Jungle Cruise, 2021, $116,987,516 (63%)
  35. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” 2019, $110,500,138, (41%)
  36. “Baby Driver,” 2017, $107,825,862 (93%)
  37. “Pitch Perfect 3,” 2017, $104,897,530 (32%)
  38. “The Mule,” 2018, $103,804,407 (69%)
  39. “Passengers,” 2016, $100,014,699 (31%)
  40. “Rampage,” 2018, $99,345,950 (52%)
  41. “42,” 2013, $95,020,213 (79%)
  42. “Flight,” 2012, $93,773,375 (78%)
  43. “Ride Along 2,” 2016, $91,221,830 (13%)
  44. “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail,” 2009, $90,508,336 (28%)
  45. “The Accountant,” 2016, $86,260,045 (52%).
  46. “Dumb and Dumber To,” 2014, $86,208,010 (29%)
  47. “Let’s Be Cops” 2014, $82,390,774 (18%)
  48. “Goosebumps,” 2015, $80,080,379 (76%)
  49. “Parental Guidance,” 2012, $77,267,296 (17%)
  50. “Night School,” 2018, $76,885,785 (29%)
  51. “Zombieland,” 2019, $75,590,286 (90%)
  52. “A Madea Family Funeral,” 2019, $73,257,045 (12%)
  53. “Boo! A Madea Halloween,’ 2016, $73,206,343 (23%)
  54. “Zombieland: Double Tap,” 2019, $73,123,082 (67%)
  55. “A Bad Moms Christmas,” 2017, $72,110,659 (29%)
  56. “Game Night,” 2018, $69,179,066 (83%)
  57. “The House With the Clock in Its Walls,” 2018, $68,549,695 (66%)
  58. “Civil War,” 2024, $68,432,794 (81%)
  59. “Haunted Mansion,” $67,653,287 (39%)
  60. “Instant Family,” 2018, $67,363,237 (82%)
  61. “Magic Mike XXL,” 2015, $66,013,057 (65%)
  62. “Divergent: Allegiant,” 2016, $66,184,051 (12%)
  63. “The Exorcist: Believer” 2023, $65,537,395 (22%)
  64. “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection,” 2012, $65,653,242 (20%)
  65. “Halloween Ends,” 2022, $64,079,860 (40%)
  66. “Last Vegas,” 2013, $63,914,167 (45%)
  67. “The Boss,” 2016, $63,285,885 (22%)
  68. “Prisoners,” 2013, $61,002,302 (82%)
  69. “The Color Purple,” 2023, $60,691,191 (87%)
  70. “Blockers,” 2018, $60,147,900 (83%)
  71. “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?” 2010, $60,095,852 (27%)
  72. “Vacation,” 2015, $58,884,188 (26%)
  73. “Baywatch,” 2017, $58,060,186 (18%)
  74. “Shazam!: Fury of the Gods,” 2023, $57,638,006 (49%)
  75. “American Reunion,” 2012, $57,011,521 (44%)
  76. “The Suicide Squad,”2021, $55,800,219 (91%)
  77. “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” 2016, $55,455,765 (63%)
  78. “Office Christmas Party,” 2016, $54,767,494(41%)
  79. “What Men Want,” 2019, $54,611,903 (44%)
  80. “Tag,” 2018, $54,210,515 (55%)
  81. “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family,” 2011, $53,345,287 (37%)
  82. “Life of the Party,” 2018, $52,856,061 (38%)
  83. “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,”2013, $52,543,354 (20%)
  84. “Selma,” 2014, $52,076,908 (98%)
  85. “Footloose,” 2011, $51,802,724 (69%)
  86. “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” 2009, $51,733,921 (63%)
  87. “Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor,” 2013, $51,975,354 (15%)
  88. “American Made,” 2017, $51,342,000 (86%)
  89. “Gemini Man,” 2019, $48,546,770 (25%)
  90. “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” 2017, $47,319,572 (6%)
  91. “Goosebumps 2,” 2018, $46,489,581 (47%)
  92. "Blended" $46,294,610 (14%)
  93. "Hall Pass" $45,060,734 (34%)
  94. "Den of Thieves" $44,947,622 (41%)
  95. "First Man" $44,936,545 (88%)
  96. "All Eyez On Me" $44,922,302 (17%)
  97. "The Internship" $44,672,764 (35%)
  98. "Three Stooges" $44,338,224 (51%)
  99. "Need for Speed" $43,577,636 (22%)
  100. "Tyler Perry's Acrimony" $43,537,768 (23%)
  101. "Uncle Drew" $42,469,946 (65%)
  102. "What To Expect When You're Expecting" $41,152,203 (22%)
  103. "Love, Simon" $40,826,341 (92%)
  104. "Little" $40,673,960 (45%)
  105. "The Crazies" $39,123,589 (71%)
  106. "The 15:17 to Paris" $36,250,957 (25%)
  107. "Mile 22," $36,108,758 (23%)
  108. “Trouble With a Curve,” 2012, $37,763,137 (51%)
  109. "Dirty Grandpa" $35,593,113 (11%)
  110. “The Watch” $35,353,000 (17%)

* The film is still in theaters and the box office total is not complete