Worldwide Box Office in 2011: The Top 20 Films

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Find out what were the top 20 films of 2011 at the global box office. Including Worldwide Grosses and the Domestic (USA) / International (Rest of World) split.

Notables:

  • 3 movies managed to crack the magical $1bn mark. And all three of them are PG13 big budget mega budget franchise sequels based on existing properties. Harry Potter managed to bow out in style with a truly epic worldwide tally. Warner Bros deserve kudos for a franchise which has been perfectly executed since day 1.
    Harr y Potter is the blueprint for every other studio.
  • Interestingly bad reviews didn’t stop Transformers, Pirates, Twilight or the Hangover do big business. Perhaps some movies are simply too big too fail?
  • Tom Cruise shook off years of bad buzz to deliver a genuine blockbuster in MI4. Is he back for good or can he only open big with name series tentpoles?
  • 7 of the top 20 are either fully CG animated or part CG. Wonder why there are so many CG toons? This is your answer!
  • 15 of the top 20 were sequels. Can you blame the studios? People complain about lack of originality but these are the films people want to see. The majority were all based on existing IP as well… Again who can blame the studios?
  • Marvel shows DC how it’s done.. Again. 3 titles in the top 20 with two of them new IP. DC’s Green Lantern is nowhere to be seen. They need a game plan and fast or Marvel will continue to embarrass them.
  • Despite great reviews X-Men FC was a series low. But maybe this is a loss leader of sort. Fox took the hit but it means the X franchise can return stronger than ever with its next instalment. Fox had a great result with Rise of the Apes – this is how you reboot a series in a smart way.
  • Fast 5 – what a turnaround. I thought the series was headed to the bargain bin after part 3 but the franchise is now stronger than ever. It didn’t hurt that the film was a rare straight up actioner – no sci-fi or superhero in sight!
  • Outstanding domestic / international ratios for Real Steel, Tintin, Harry Potter, Pirates, Kung Fu Panda, Smurfs, Puss In Boots and Rio.

Rank

Title

Studio*

Worldwide

Domestic / %

International / %

1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Warner Bros

$1,341.5

$381.0

28.4%

$960.5

71.6%

2

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Dreamworks

$1,123.7

$352.4

31.4%

$771.4

68.6%

3

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Disney

$1,043.9

$241.1

23.1%

$802.8

76.9%

4

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Summit

$712.2

$281.3

39.5%

$430.9

60.5%

5

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Paramount

$694.7

$209.4

30.1%

$485.3

69.9%

6

Kung Fu Panda 2 Dreamworks

$665.7

$165.2

24.8%

$500.4

75.2%

7

Fast Five Universal

$626.1

$209.8

33.5%

$416.3

66.5%

8

The Hangover Part II Warner Bros

$586.8

$254.5

43.4%

$332.3

56.6%

9

The Smurfs Sony

$563.7

$142.6

25.3%

$421.1

74.7%

10

Cars 2 Disney

$559.9

$191.5

34.2%

$368.4

65.8%

11

Puss in Boots Dreamworks

$554.7

$149.3

26.9%

$405.4

73.1%

12

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Warner Bros

$545.4

$186.8

34.3%

$358.6

65.7%

13

Rio Fox

$484.6

$143.6

29.6%

$341.0

70.4%

14

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Fox

$481.8

$176.8

36.7%

$305.0

63.3%

15

Thor Paramount

$449.3

$181.0

40.3%

$268.3

59.7%

16

The Adventures of Tintin Paramount

$374.0

$77.6

20.7%

$296.4

79.3%

17

Captain America: The First Avenger Paramount

$368.6

$176.7

47.9%

$192.0

52.1%

18

X-Men: First Class Fox

$353.6

$146.4

41.4%

$207.2

58.6%

19

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Fox

$342.7

$133.1

38.8%

$209.6

61.2%

20

Real Steel Disney

$295.5

$85.5

28.9%

$210.0

71.1%

Source: Box Office Mojo

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