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

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. So – 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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