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'Grinch': Movie Man of Year

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“Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has proven to be green, after all. VERY green. Director Ron Howard’s movie starring Jim Carrey and based on the Dr. Seuss classic about — well, the title really tells it all –yesterday became the highest grossing film of the year. With $216.4 in its till, it topped 2000’s previous money winner, Tom Cruise’s summer action vehicle “Mission: Impossible 2” (which brought in $215.4 million), according to the Hollywood Reporter and Variety. “Grinch” also wasted no time in making its mark: 33 days. It took “M:I-2” about four months to reach its earnings peak. In addition, “Grinch” is now the 25th highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing Steven Spielberg’s 1998 “Saving Private Ryan” ($216.1 million). Other winners for 2000: third-ranked “Gladiator” ($186.6 million), fourth-ranked “The Perfect Storm” ($182.6 million) and fifth-ranked “Meet the Parents” ($159 million).