The Movie Industry in 2006: Money Makers Hollywood's biggest money-makers of 2006 include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, X-Men: The Last Stand, and a number of high-profile animated films, including Happy Feet.
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The Movie Industry in 2006: Money Makers

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The Movie Industry in 2006: Money Makers

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Running Away From Them All: Johnny Depp led the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel to the front of the pack in 2006. Buena Vista Pictures hide caption

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Hollywood's biggest money-makers of 2006 include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, X-Men: The Last Stand, and a number of high-profile animated films, including Happy Feet.

Dead Man's Chest came away as the top-earning movie of 2006, bringing in more than $1 billion in worldwide receipts.

But NPR film critic Bob Mondello says that films like Happy Feet will save Hollywood, as smart, well-executed animated films close in on action flicks.

Michele Norris talks with Mondello, who says there is more room than ever for a large-scale spectacle. And that's due in part, he says, to the proliferation of small screens — iPods and the like — in viewers' hands.