Box Office 2011: A visual breakdown


Top 10 lists, film-poll winners—the critics have had their say. With their opinions. But what about the facts? Which movies did you actually see this year? What were the trends, and who were the stars? We did the math. Several hundred man-minutes later, here are the results.

Popular Themes

What filmmakers and studios thought you wanted to see in 2011

Rising Stars

This year saw the ascendance of Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain. Here, we chart their progress:

Top 10 at the Box Office

Movies Based on Comic Books, Cartoons, or Earlier Movies ($ in millions):

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II $381
2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon $352.4
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 $261.5
4. The Hangover II
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $241.1
6. Fast Five $209.8
7. Cars 2 $191.5
8. Thor $181
9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes $176.7
10. Captain America: The First Avenger $176.7

Top 25 at the Box Office

Total gross: $4.4 billion

24% Everything Else:
The Help $169.2
Bridesmaids $169.1
Super 8 $127
Horrible Bosses $117.5
Just Go With It $103
Bad Teacher $100.3

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