Welcome to 2012! But before we get too far, let’s look back at the films we had in 2011.
It was a tricky year at the box office, topped off with a lackluster holiday season.
Originality was scarce, as sequels continued to dominate. The seven top-grossing films of 2011 were all sequels, according to Boxofficemojo.com, with the final “Harry Potter” installment at No. 1 with a $381 million total gross. The highest-grossing non-franchise films were “The Help” (No. 11 with $169.4 million) and “Bridesmaids” (No. 12 with $169.1 million).
Studios continued to hurl comic book movies at us, as well. Some were jubilant (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) and some were junk (“The Green Hornet”).
Kiddie fare also continued to perform strong, with “Cars 2” the top-grossing animated film of the year at No. 7 ($191 million), followed by “King Fu Panda 2” at No. 13 ($165 million) and “Puss in Boots” at No. 15 ($143.9 million). The highest-grossing non-franchise animated film, “Rio,” came in at No. 15 ($143.6 million).
But amid all the big-budget spectacle and star-driven projects, there were some small gems that made my top 10 list of 2011. But I had my guilty pleasures, too. Here’s my list – let me know how it compares to yours.