2004 in film

Highest-grossing films

Highest-grossing films of 2004[1]
RankTitleDistributorWorldwide gross
1 Shrek 2 DreamWorks $919,838,758
2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Warner Bros. $796,668,549
3 Spider-Man 2 Columbia $783,766,341
4 The Incredibles Disney $633,019,734
5 The Passion of the Christ Newmarket $611,899,420
6 The Day After Tomorrow 20th Century Fox $544,272,402
7 Meet the Fockers Universal $516,642,939
8 Troy Warner Bros. $497,409,852
9 Shark Tale DreamWorks $367,275,019
10 Ocean's Twelve Warner Bros. $362,744,280

Shrek 2 set a new record for total gross by an animated film making it the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The record was later surpassed by Toy Story 3 in 2010. On July 7, Spider-Man 2 reached a $200 million domestic gross in a record time of eight days. On July 18, after 19 days in release, Spider-Man 2 reached $300 million domestically in another record time. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has the highest international revenue of $546 million compared to Shrek 2's $478.6 million.

The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson, became the first blockbuster motion picture of 2004 and also the highest grossing R-rated film domestically. Meet the Fockers beat 2003's Bruce Almighty record for the highest-grossing comedy film; both released by Universal.


January 25Golden Globe Awards: Major winners include The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Lost in Translation.
26Golden Raspberry Award nominations announced, leading films are:
27Academy Awards nominations announced, leading films are:
February 49th Empire Awards: Major winners include Love Actually and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
15BAFTA Awards: Major winners include Scarlett Johansson, Best Actress and Bill Murray, Best Actor
22Screen Actors Guild Awards: Charlize Theron, The Actor for Best Female Actor, Johnny Depp, The Actor for Best Male Actor, Tim Robbins, The Actor for Best Male Supporting Actor, Renée Zellweger, The Actor for Best Female Supporting Actor.
23The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King becomes the second film in history to gross more than $1 billion in worldwide box office receipts.
25The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson's major motion picture about the last days of Jesus's life on Earth, opens huge in time for Lent.
28Gigli dominates the Golden Raspberry Awards, walking away with 6 awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Actress (Jennifer Lopez), Worst Actor (Ben Affleck), Worst Director (Martin Brest), Worst Screenplay (Brest) and worst on-screen couple (Lopez and Affleck). Worst supporting acting awards went to actress Demi Moore for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and actor Sylvester Stallone for Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.
2976th Academy Awards: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wins picture and director awards as well as nine others for a total of 11 Academy Awards, a tie for the most ever won by a single film.
May 22Fahrenheit 9/11, a controversial documentary by Michael Moore wins the top prize, the Palme d'Or, at the Cannes Film Festival.
June 5The 2004 MTV Movie Awards were held at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California and hosted by Lindsay Lohan.
27Fahrenheit 9/11 breaks the record for highest opening-weekend earnings in the United States for a documentary, earning $23.9 million. And going on to earn over $119M in domestic box office earnings.
October 29Voices of Iraq released, the first "wikified" documentary film created by sending multiple DV cameras to participants.
December 13The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 2005 Golden Globes awards with comedy Sideways garnering seven nominations and actor Jamie Foxx with three for his work in both film and television.
21The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces seven films are eligible for the Academy Award for Visual Effects:
28The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces that 267 films released in 2004 are eligible for consideration of the Academy Award for Best Picture.


Category/Organization10th Critics' Choice Awards
January 10, 2005
62nd Golden Globe Awards
January 16, 2005
Producers, Directors, Screen Actors, and Writers Guild Awards59th BAFTA Awards
February 12, 2005
77th Academy Awards
February 27, 2005
DramaMusical or Comedy
Best FilmSidewaysThe AviatorSidewaysThe AviatorMillion Dollar Baby
Best DirectorMartin Scorsese
The Aviator
Clint Eastwood
Million Dollar Baby
Mike Leigh
Vera Drake
Clint Eastwood
Million Dollar Baby
Best ActorJamie Foxx
Leonardo DiCaprio
The Aviator
Jamie Foxx
Best ActressHilary Swank
Million Dollar Baby
Annette Bening
Being Julia
Hilary Swank
Million Dollar Baby
Imelda Staunton
Vera Drake
Hilary Swank
Million Dollar Baby
Best Supporting ActorThomas Haden Church
Clive Owen
Morgan Freeman
Million Dollar Baby
Clive Owen
Morgan Freeman
Million Dollar Baby
Best Supporting ActressVirginia Madsen
Natalie Portman
Cate Blanchett
The Aviator
Best Screenplay, AdaptedSideways
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Best Screenplay, OriginalEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, and Pierre Bismuth
Best Animated FilmThe IncrediblesN/AN/AN/AThe Incredibles
Best Original ScoreHoward Shore
The Aviator
N/AGustavo Santaolalla
The Motorcycle Diaries
Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
Finding Neverland
Best Original Song"Old Habits Die Hard"
N/AN/A"Al otro lado del río"
The Motorcycle Diaries
Best Foreign Language FilmThe Sea InsideN/AThe Motorcycle DiariesThe Sea Inside
Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival)
Fahrenheit 9/11, directed by Michael Moore, United States
Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival)
Vera Drake, directed by Mike Leigh, United Kingdom
Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival)
Head-On, directed by Fatih Akın, Germany & Turkey

2004 films

The list of films released in 2004, arranged by country, are as follows:


MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January 2Etta Moten Barnett102USActress
2Lynn Cartwright76USActress
4Brian Gibson59UKDirector
4Jeff Nuttall70UKActor
6Philip Gilbert72CanadaActor
7Ingrid Thulin77SwedenActress
9Lyndon Brook77UKWriter, Actor
10Spalding Gray62USActor
10Sidney Miller87USActor, Director
13Phillip Crosby69USActor
14Catherine Craig88USActress
14Uta Hagen84GermanyActress
14Ron O'Neal66USActor, Director
17Ray Stark89USProducer
17Noble Willingham72USActor
22Ann Miller83USActress, Dancer
27H.B. Haggerty78USActor
27Jack Paar85USActor
28Elroy Hirsch80USActor
28Joe Viterelli66USActor
29Mary-Ellis Bunim57USWriter, ProducerThe Real Cancun
February 4Michael P. Moran59USActor
8Robert F. Colesberry57USProducer
10J. C. Quinn63USActor
11Hugh Cecil90UKActor
11Tony Pope56USVoice Actor
12Martin Jurow92USProducer
15Jan Miner86USActress
23Carl Anderson58USSinger, Actor
23John Randolph88USActor
26Russell Hunter79UKActorTaste the Blood of Dracula
26Ralph E. Winters94USFilm Editor
28Ken Carter60USActorDon't Go in the Woods
March 2Mercedes McCambridge87USActress
5Walt Gorney91AustriaActor
6Frances Dee94USActress
7Michael Stringer79UKProduction Designer
7Paul Winfield64USActor
8Robert Pastorelli50USActor
10Wilhelm von Homburg63GermanyActor
15René Laloux74FranceAnimator, Director
15John Vallone50USProduction Designer
18Richard Marner82RussiaActor
21Ludmilla Tchérina79FranceActress, Choreographer
24Richard Leech81UKActor
25Robert Arden81UKActor, Producer
26Jan Sterling82USActress
27Peter Diamond74UKActor, Stuntman
28Peter Ustinov82UKActor, Director
29Simone Renant93FranceActress
April 1Carrie Snodgress58USActress
4Ralph Kemplen91UKFilm Editor
4Austin Willis87CanadaActor
7Victor Argo69USActor
17Bruce Boa73CanadaActor
18Frances Rafferty81USActress
19Tim Burstall77AustraliaDirector, Screenwriter
19Philip Locke76UKActor
21Mary Selway68UKCasting Director
24Lia Laats78EstoniaActress
24Robert McBain71UKActor
May 1Nelson Gidding84USScreenwriter
3Anthony Ainley71UKActor
4Hugh Gillin78USActor
5Vern Taylor71USActor
6Virginia Capers78USActress
9Tommy Farrell82USActress
9Alan King76USActor
14Anna Lee91UKActress
17Tony Randall84USActor
23Trudy Marshall84USActress
27Patience Cleveland73USActress
28Irene Manning91USActress
29Jack Rosenthal72UKWriter, ProducerYentl
June 3Harold Goodwin86UKActor
4Charles Correll60USCinematographer
4Nino Manfredi83ItalyActor, Director
5Virginia North58UKActress
5Mark Northover54UKActor
5Ronald Reagan93USActor, 40th President of the United States
6Judy Campbell88UKActress
7Donald Trumbull95USVisual Effects
9Barbara Whiting Smith73USActress
10Ray Charles73USSinger, Actor
14Max Rosenberg89USProducer
18Doris Dowling81USActress
18George Buck Flower66USActor
18Frederick Jaeger76SpainActorIce Cold in Alex
19Colin McCormack62UKActor
26Muriel Angelus92UKActress
July 1Marlon Brando80USActor
6Eric Douglas46USActor
6Jimmie Skaggs59USActor
9Carlo Di Palma79ItalyCinematographer
9Isabel Sanford86USActress
11Dorothy Hart82USActress
12Jeff Morris69USActor
13George Mallaby64AustraliaActor
17Pat Roach67UKActor
18Richard Ney87USActor
21Jerry Goldsmith75USComposer
23Serge Reggiani82FranceActor, Singer
27Sam Edwards89USActor
28Eugene Roche75USActor
31Laura Betti77ItalyActress
31Virginia Grey87USActress
31Robert James80UKActorCaptain Kronos – Vampire Hunter
August 1Vivian Austin84USActress
8Paul Garner95USActor
8Fay Wray96CanadaActress
12Peter Woodthorpe72UKActor
13Julia Child91USTV Chef, ActressWe're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
14Neal Fredericks35USCinematographerThe Blair Witch Project
18Elmer Bernstein82USComposer
18Hugh Manning83UKActor
22Daniel Petrie83CanadaDirector
25Donald M. Ashton85UKProduction Designer
27Larry McCormick71USActor, Production Manager
27William Pierson78USActor
30Bob Sherman63UKActor
September 5Fritha Goodey31UKActressAbout a Boy
6Elly Annie Schneider90GermanyActress
7Frank Thomas92USAnimator
9Caitlin Clarke52USActress
10O. L. Duke51USActor
11Michael A. Carter77UKSound Re-Recording Mixer
15Bernard Gribble77USFilm Editor
17Evi Rauer88EstoniaActress
18Russ Meyer82USDirector
24Tim Choate49USActor
30Michael Relph89UKProducer
30Ignatius Wolfington83USActor
October 3Janet Leigh77USActress
5Rodney Dangerfield82USActor
8Irina Demick67FranceActress
10Christopher Reeve52USActor
17Julius Harris81USActor
26Patricia Knight89USActress
30Peggy Ryan80USActress, Dancer
31Mari Aldon78LithuaniaActress
November 6Robert Lang70UKActor
6Elizabeth Rogers70USActress
7Howard Keel85USActor
11Dayton Allen85USVoice Actor, Actor
12Norman Rose87USActor
13Carlo Rustichelli87ItalyComposer
13Don Sharpe75UKSupervising Sound Editor
15Helmut Griem72GermanyActor
20Anna Keaveney55UKActress
27John Drew Barrymore72USActor
28Molly Weir94UKActress
December 4Carl Esmond102USActor
9Jean Tournier78FRACinematographer
10John Monks Jr.94USScreenwriter
15Maria Perschy66AustriaActress
16Stefano Madia49ItalyActress
21Richard Hamilton83USActor
28Jerry Orbach69USActor
29William Boyett77USActor
29Liddy Holloway59New ZealandActress

Film debuts


  1. "2004 Worldwide Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 8, 2009.
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