Last week we told you about the sci-fi flicks that were among 2011's biggest flops, but in spite of those failures, it was a good year for genre lovers. For proof, just take a look at the sci-fi-heavy list of the 20 top-grossing films of the year.
Yes, it was definitely a big year for lovers of science fiction and fantasy, and an even bigger year for sequels. The top-grossing film of the year was a sequel, but it wasn't a second or a third or even a fourth film. It was an eighth.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was the top blockbuster of 2011, bringing in a whopping $1.3 billion worldwide. On the way, it earned the record for highest single-day gross of all time ($92.1 million just on its first Friday) and the largest worldwide debut of all time ($481.5 million). It's also now the number-three top-grossing film of all time, right behind Titanic and Avatar.
Number two on 2011's list was also added to the all-time list, right behind Potter at number four. Transformers: Dark of the Moon became the biggest film of its franchise this year, pulling in $1.1 billion. Right behind it, with about $1 billion even, was yet another genre film: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. That film is now number eight on the all-time list.
Other genre films on the 2011 top 20 list include The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, which came in fifth with $648 million. The Smurfs finished eighth with $562.4 million. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was 11th with $481.2 million. Thor came in 12th with $448.5 million. Right behind it was Captain America: The First Avenger with $368.4 million, and right behind that was X-Men: First Class and its $353.6 million. Rounding out the list for sci-fi are Puss In Boots at 15 ($331.3 million), Real Steel at 17 ($276.4 million), The Adventures of Tintin at 18 ($274.9 million so far) and Super 8 at 19 ($259.9 million).
So just how dominant was genre cinema at this year's box office? Let's break it down. Of those top 20 films, 13 of them were genre flicks, and that number goes even higher if you decide to count fantasy-tinged animated flicks like Kung Fu Panda 2 and Cars 2. Altogether, those 13 films grossed a total of roughly $7.4 billion.
That's a lot of genre love last year, but it could even bigger in 2012. This year we've got The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus, to name just three. Who thinks we can top those numbers this year? Check out the full 2011 list, including non-genre flicks, below.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - $1.3 billion
2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon - $1.1 billion
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - $1 billion
4. Kung Fu Panda 2 - $663 million
5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - $648 million
6. Fast Five - $626 million
7. The Hangover Part II - $581.5 million
8. The Smurfs - $562.4 million
9. Cars 2 - $551.9 million
10. Rio - $484.6 million
11. Rise of the Planet of the Apes - $481.2 million
12. Thor - $448.5 million
13. Captain America: The First Avenger - $368.4 million
14. X-Men: First Class - $353.6 million
15. Puss In Boots - $331.3 million
16. Bridesmaids - $288.4 million
17. Real Steel - $276.4 million
18. The Adventures of Tintin - $274.9 million
19. Super 8 - $259.9 million
20. Rango - $245.1 million
(via The Hollywood Reporter)