The Ten Highest-Grossing Films That I Haven't Seen (as of 21 May, 2012)
That's world-wide box office, mind you; the domestic list (which I include as an appendix) is far less interesting.
All figures come from Box Office Mojo. I present them in increasing order of box office take, along with their rank on the all-time list.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked ($338,706,642, #213)
Why I Skipped It: It didn't go to #1 at the box office, and having forced myself through The Squeakquel the week prior, I wasn't about to revisit that well just because I could. These movies are too awful without being fun-bad to endure them for no reason.
I, Robot ($347,234,916, #206)
Why I Skipped It: Whatever affection I have for Will Smith, Movie Star (it was less in 2004 than it is today), it certainly did not outweigh my profound disinterest in seeing the work of Isaac Asimov, a writer I care for very deeply, abused and insulted.
Basic Instinct ($352,927,224, #196)
Why I Skipped It: Because at 10 years old, I wasn't in a position to engage with the controversy back in 1992, and I've never really been driven towards it since then, though due to my recent explorations into Paul Verhoeven's pre-American work, I've grown curious.
Notting Hill ($363,889,678, #180)
Why I Skipped It: It took Erin Brockovich the following year to convince me that hating Julia Roberts might not be a good idea. And while I've never hated Hugh Grant, I've never really sought him out, either.
Hitch ($368,100,420 #177)
Why I Skipped It: Not my preferred mode for Will Smith even a little bit. And my allergy to Kevin James is strong enough that if I found out he had a part in the new Terrence Malick film, I'd have to give serious thought to whether or not I wanted to see it.
What Women Want ($374,111,707, #166)
Why I Skipped It: Between Helen Hunt, romantic lead-style Mel Gibson, writer-director Nancy Meyers, and the groaning, gender stereotyping concept, I think the question is why I wouldn't skip it, but here's a fun story: my mom and granmother went to see it while my dad and I saw Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at the same time. My dad and I were happier.
The Bodyguard ($410,945,720, #145)
Why I Skipped It: As with Basic Instinct, I was too young when it came out. In the years since, neither my complete indifference to Whitney Houston nor my active avoidance of any Kevin Costner that I don't "need" to see have made this one anything like a high priority.
Sex and the City ($415,253,641, #141)
Why I Skipped It: I imagined that my nearly complete ignorance of the show made me a poor candidate to get any real pleasure out of the film at all. The rancid Sex and the City 2 did not call this belief into question.
The Matrix Revolutions ($427,343,298, #135)
Why I Skipped It: I would comfortably use "hate" to describe my feelings toward The Matrix Reloaded, and everybody I know who saw the series finale opening weekend described it in a way that made it seem like my problems with the second film had only been exaggerated.
The Day After Tomorrow $544,272,402, #82)
Why I Skipped It: As much as I don't really like effects-heavy disaster movies with over-stuffed casts, I like Roland Emmerich films even less. Though, truth be told, if the glowingly dumb 2012 had preceded this one the theaters, I probably would have made the effort.
Appendix: The Ten Highest Grossing Films at the U.S. Box Office That I Haven't Seen
AKA, "Tim Brayton Doesn't Like Contemporary Comedies: The List". Source: Box Office Mojo.
Grown Ups ($162,001,186, #197)
Big Daddy ($163,479,795, #193)
Three Men and a Baby ($167,780,960, #183)*
Wild Hogs ($168,273,550, #182)
Elf ($173,398,518, #169)
Hitch ($179,495,555, #155)
The Polar Express ($182,704,446, #145)
What Women Want ($182,811,707, #144)
The Day After Tomorrow ($186,740,799, #136)
Wedding Crashers ($209,255,921, #110)