The Top-25 Domestic Movies of 2011, As You Spoke With Your Wallet

by on December 30, 2011

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Cinema Static Top-10 Movies & Box Office NumbersEveryone is doing Top-10 movies from 2011 lists. Or top-10 movies that they’re anticipating for 2012. That’s all fine and dandy and I’m guessing maybe some of you like the idea of mulling things around. (Let me know if you do.) But in some regard it’s all pretty subjective, depending on who is saying what.

For instance, the connoisseur of popcorn movies might say that Transformers: Dark of the Moon was the best movie in 2011. Or the comedy movies fan might say that The Hangover Part 2 was the best of 2011. Or animated movie fans might say that Kung Fu Panda 2 was the best film of the year.

Or the art film fan might say something completely different, and claim that Drive or Hanna were wonderful artistic journey or risks taken by the director. (But don’t tell the popcorn movie fans that!!! They might say that the marketing for these movies was nothing but lies and they may never go near another movie from those directors again!)

But a more pragmatic perspective would be to take a look at who you, the movie-goer, spoke with your wallet in 2011.

Tom Cruise and Paula Patton in 'Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol'

Now obviously, there are a few movies missing from this list that should be there, but they’ve only been out a few weeks and they’re almost on the list! Those movies are Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol; Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, who are both very close to my threshold of getting past the $100 million dollar domestic mark.

And for this small exercise, I am focusing on domestic box office numbers.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2With that said, be it as it may, the top two movies that surpassed the $300M mark domestically this year, include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Pt 2 & Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1The $200M grossing collective include The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Pt 1; The Hangover Part II; Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides & Fast Five.

Those above mentioned movies were the top-6 of the top-26 movies.

And presented with numbers, as of December 30th, or just a bit shy of that date, is the compilation of the movies that you said, via attending the movie theater, were the top performing movies on U.S. soils for 2011:


RankMovieU.S. Gross
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Pt 2$381
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$352
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Pt 1$268
4The Hangover Part II$254
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$241
6Fast Five$210
7Cars 2$191
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$177
10Captain America: The First Avenger$177
11The Help$169
13Kung Fu Panda 2$165
14X-Men: First Class$146
16Puss in Boots$143
17The Smurfs$143
18Super 8$127
20Horrible Bosses$118
21Green Lantern$117
23Paranormal Activity 3$104
24Just Go with It$103
25Bad Teacher$100
26Cowboys & Aliens$100


Cinema Static Movie News and Thoughts 200wI’m not surprised Cowboys & Aliens was at the bottom, but am surprised it made this list. Green Lantern made it by virtue of the spending power of the fan-base. I thought X-Men: First Class should have done a bit better. It had a well written story with great character development. Super 8 was fun, but I didn’t think it was $127M worth of fun domestically! I went to see the movie, not a moving homage to past movies.

In an odd sort of statistic, I contributed to the No. 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 18, 21, 23 and 26 placed movies. Though there were a few I wish I had saved the bucks on. But that would have limited my personal top-10 movies to well, 10 of the 11 movies I saw in the theater!

Anyone have a fave that wasn’t on this list?

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