Summer 2011 Movies: The Best, The Worst, & Some Surprises

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 6th, 2011 at 5:22 pm,

Best Blockbuster – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 featurette Summer 2011 Movies: The Best, The Worst, & Some Surprises

The eighth and (for now) final Harry Potter movie was truly a historical cinematic event. It didn’t matter if you’d never been a fan of author J.K. Rowling’s book-turned-film cash cow – or had grown up while watching the young Potter franchise stars… well, grow up too – the end of a decade where a new Harry Potter movie was being released on almost a yearly basis meant something to everyone (if nothing else than “We’re on the last one – FINALLY!”).

It’d be a lie to say that everyone loved Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. Many a fan of the original novels were once again annoyed by changes from the source material and some people felt it failed as a truly epic conclusion, given the seven films’ worth of buildup. However, the majority of Potter fans seem to agree: Deathly Hallows: Part II is as action-packed and emotionally-satisfying a finale as one could ask for.┬áSo – here’s to hoping that no one tries to reboot this blockbuster franchise, yes?

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On that note – here are the current top 10 U.S. moneymakers of the Summer 2011 Movie Season (via Box Office Mojo):

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II – $374.6 million ($1.3 billion worldwide)

2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon – $350.3 million ($1.1 billion worldwide)

3. The Hangover Part II – $254.3 million ($581.3 million worldwide)

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $240.5 million ($1 billion worldwide)

5. Fast Five – $209.8 million ($606.9 million worldwide)

6. Cars 2 – $188.6 million ($540.8 million worldwide)

7. Thor – $181 million ($448.5 million worldwide)

8. Captain America: The First Avenger – $171.5 million ($336.6 million worldwide)

9. Bridesmaids – $168.5 million ($281 million worldwide)

10. Kung Fu Panda 2 – $164.8 million ($650.3 million worldwide)

There’s our view of the Summer 2011 movie season. This year’s top 10 box office movies earned $2.3 billion in U.S. ticket sales and a worldwide total of $6.8 billion. Last summer the 2010 season’s top 10 films brought in $2.9 billion in the U.S. and $7.6 billion worldwide, for whatever that’s worth.

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  1. No no not green lantern… Did you see Thor… That movie was trash

  2. i agree that green lantern should have been a better movie.

    green lantern is a hero that did not need anyone knowing his

    secret identity.although when making superhero movies,the director/

    producers always show the fans their version of the superheroes

    origin instead of following whats inside the comic book. no one

    wants to watch every thing from comicbook to screen because the directors/

    producers cannot. the movie will be 3 to 4 hrs long. if there is

    another green lantern movie,it should be without certain characters

    and show us that green lantern can be an awesome movie. the fans would

    agree with me.

  3. The Green Lantern movie would have been more enjoyable had the director and screenwriters used the Silver Age Green Lantern comics as their main source of inspiration. Those particular issues were the products of people who were avid science fiction fans. Ryan Reynolds should have portrayed Green Lantern as a more resourceful and stoic hero.

  4. I will most likely not watch this year’s televised Oscar presentation but I can’t wait to see the ratings it generates in the North American market.I wonder how many Harry Potter fans will be willing to watch an awards event that ignores Alan Rickman’s outstanding performance in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, Part 2. The final installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy might have won a whole slew of Oscar statuettes but the last of the Harry Potter movies featured fine performances from the people who appeared in it.

  5. I wonder what was the percentage of those filmgoers who disliked last summer’s Thor movie because it was based on Marvel’s superhero character instead of the actual Norse god? And, I wonder how many of those people who wanted to watch a based that was based on the Norse legends are actually white supermacists? I tend to suspect that those Hollywood types who openly disparaged TRANSFORMERS 3 also disliked such movies as HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, part 2 and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES,too.

  6. From the point of view of someone who has never read comics, nor cared to (as I’m a 32 year old single female), yet enjoys a good action flick, this movie was just fine. I won’t claim that it is the very best movie I’ve ever seen but it’s a solid 3.5-4.0 out of 5.0, in my opinion. It seems the biggest complaints are from those who are fans of the comics, but when you think about it, most of the world doesn’t faithfully follow comics, so if you’re able to separate the comic from the movie you’re likely to be satisfied with the film. In fact, I am looking forward to a sequel.

    • THE AVENGERS is a well made, satisfying movie although it borrows more from the animated TV series of the same name and less from the actual comic book stories. However, I personally think that the Avengers movie actually improved upon the origin story which appeared in the first issue of The Avengers comic book.That issue first appeared on the newsstands around June 1963. By comparison, many baby boomers tend to revere George Pal’s 1960 adaptation of H.G. Wells’s novel THE TIME MACHINE although there were film critics who disliked that movie when it was initially released since its story deviated from the novel from which it based.