Top Grossing Films in US in 2011 – Most Depressing List I’ve Seen All Day


Here they are, with US box office grosses, via Pajiba:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: $381 million
2. Transformers Dark of the Moon: $352 million
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1: $275 million
4. The Hangover Part II: $254, million
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $241 million
6. Fast Five: $209 million
7. Cars 2 $191 million
8. Thor: $181 million
9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes : $176 million
10. Captain America: The First Avenger: $176 million
11. The Help $169 million
12. Bridesmaids: $169 million
13. Kung Fu Panda 2: $165 million
14. X-Men: First Class: $146 million
15. Puss in Boots: $145 million
16. Rio: $143 million
17. The Smurfs: $142 million
18. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol: $134 million
19. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: $132 million
20. Super 8: $127,004,179
21. Rango: $123 million
22. Horrible Bosses: $117 million
23. Green Lantern: $116 million
24. Hop: $108 million
25. Paranormal Activity 3: $103 million

I count 6 movies out of 25 that are neither sequels nor based on comic books.  You have to get down to #11, The Help, to find a film targeted at an adult audience – that’s if you don’t count the R-rated Hangover II.  (Frankly, I’d sooner sit through Hangover II again than The Help.)  I’ve seen 15 out of these 25 and enjoyed some of them well enough I suppose but still, it’s a pretty vacuous list of escapist crap.

It should be noted that 2011 represented the lowest box office performance in the US since 1995.


7 thoughts on “Top Grossing Films in US in 2011 – Most Depressing List I’ve Seen All Day

  1. Skippy-san

    Your expertise here is far greater than mine-but I have to agree. US films seem to lack any originality anymore, they just re-make good films from the 70’s and the 80’s badly these days.

    One moving I did enjoy was the Martin Sheen movie about the pilgrimage of El Camino.


    I have not seen any of this movies & I have big doubts that I really missed “something important” !

  3. Robert Burr

    I would tend to agree. I have nothing against sequels prequels or reboots but on that front only Planet of Apes really offered anything interesting to me.

    What I did find interesting was the lack of work from any of the/my top directors. No Speilberg, although Tin Tin, which I liked came out late in 2011. Nothing from Lynch, Scorsese, the Coens, Cronenberg, Tarantino, Ridley Scott, Sam Rami, Peter Jackson, or Clint Eastwood. I also see that Tree of Life from Malik doesn’t appear, but maybe that was a 2010 release.

    Maybe it was a year off for the big guys

    1. Spike Post author

      Scorsese, Cronenberg and Eastwood had 2011 films. Tree of Life was a 2011 release. Those just weren’t top grossers for the year.

  4. Mark

    What a frightening list of those that I have seen the only one I rated highly was Rise of The Planet Of The Apes which I thought was really good. I am hoping that there will be a sequel!

  5. Robert Burr

    Thanks for the comment. You are technically right! haha. Eastwoods release was J Edgar which has not released until November (Feb 2012 in Hong Kong) and thus didnt make the list. Scorsese had a documentary, and Cronenbergs study on Freud was so niche that it has a niche within a niche.

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