Top Grossing Films of 2011 – J. A. Bove

Greetings and salutations my good friends, it’s been an interesting year.  It’s also been the first year in which I started this blogging campaign. Although this was not something I ever intended to endeavor, through some strong-armed persuasion, I gave it my best attempt. Twelve months later, I’m still at it. That stated, due to the holidays and a much-needed vacation, this will be my last post in 2011. Have no fear, I will return in 2012 with a shot of adrenaline, ready to tackle the new-year. For those of you new to the blog, please feel free to scroll though the many topics I tried to tackle over the past twelve months. I did my best to entertain.

Looking back at a number of posts published, I noticed I was heavy on the reviews; therefore I thought it best to give an assessment of the top grossing movies released this year. Granted I did not see all of the movies listed below, but I did come really close. Below I listed the top ten grossing movies of 2011 in reverse order and my thoughts about the films (the final numbers vary and may change after this post). I am happy to state that most of the movies listed below had a heavy emphasis on fantasy. I found this encouraging. It only supports the reason as to why I became a fantasy writer in the first place. Without further ado, here is the list. You may be surprised at what you see.

10) Rise of the Planet of the Apes – $175 million. This was the last blockbuster released in a year filled with summer blockbusters and frankly I thought a lackluster ending to a great summer. The idea was unique; go to the origin of how the Planet of the Apes came to be. The movie was entertaining and the actors were solid. The only reason for my possible disappointment in the film may have been both a burnout of summer films viewed over a three-month span, and some very high expectations of this movie. I just don’t think it lived up to the hype.

9) Captain America: The First Avenger – $175 million. This film barely beat out Apes by a few thousand, but the caliber was much the same. I admit I had extremely high expectations for this film, because Cap is my favorite Avenger. Unfortunately I felt the film spent too much time focusing on his past and how he came to be versus the ass-kicking action adventure hero that he is now. I know, the traditionalists will tell you that you have to start somewhere, but frankly I’m sick of seeing a hero’s intro story only to see the same exact film released again in another ten years from now (Batman, Spiderman, Superman … you get the point).

8) Thor – $179 million. Remember the thought I shared about seeing the intro story of a hero, none of that going on over here. Thor was the kick-ass super hero movie of the summer, bar none. They brought out all the big guns with this early release: star power, entertaining story, creative scenery – the film didn’t disappoint.  My only dismay was that I thought they could have done a better job with the ending. I didn’t care much for the daddy-issue route. Regardless, I would highly recommend viewing this over the other two mentioned above. Way to go super heroes, two of the top ten grossing movies this year. Keep them coming, the people will watch.

7) Cars 2 – $189 million. I saw this one with my kids, granted on Blu-Ray, and not in the theater. Regardless, I found it entertaining. I particularly liked the James Bond spin. What else do you need to know other than the kids enjoyed it. Due to its success, I’m sure there will be a Cars 3 in our future. Enough said.

6) Fast Five – $207 million. I know, I don’t get it either. No, I did not see the film, nor do I have any intention of viewing it in the future. Someone tell me why I’m wrong.

5) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $238 million. I have mixed feelings about this one. As many of you know by now, my book has a heavy Atlantean theme, mixed with pirates, the fountain of youth, etc. Therefore on the one hand I felt dejected that my idea was already out there on film. That stated, I was encouraged that this film did so well. It shows me that there is a major interest in the subject matter that I embarked upon. I was also equally encouraged that this film was terrible. Read my book and compare the stories. I think I’ll win you over.

4) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 – $244 million. I’m soooo sick of vampire films, but clearly what do I know. I considered this to be a chick-flick/teenybopper film; therefore I didn’t see it. I’m sure my girls will make me watch it with them though when it comes out on Blu-Ray.

3) The Hangover 2 – $252 million. This one, although not as good as the first, did live up to expectations. In a word – hilarious. What I loved about this film is that there was no subject off limits. Nothing was taboo and everyone was humiliated. What I don’t understand though is why the gratuitous male nudity? Know you audience. I didn’t see many women in the movie theater. Regardless, if you’re looking for a great laugh, this is a must watch. I’d rank it up there with other classic comedies like: Step Brothers, Old School, Anchor Man, etc.

2) Transformers: Dark of the Moon – $349 million. It may come as a surprise to many that I didn’t see this one as well. I’ll be frank, although I found the previous two films good mindless entertainment, I was never really a fan of the series. When I heard that Megan Fox didn’t care to come back I figured, why should I? My son saw the movie and gave it an ehh rating. I’m sure I’ll watch it … someday.

1) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – $377 million. Really, was there ever any doubt? This has been one of the most successful franchises in the history of franchises and well deserved. Both Parts 1 and 2 were excellent films and I thought they did a spectacular job of concluding this series. Harry and the gang will be missed. At least we’ll always be able to visit Hogwarts in Orlando.

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