So what were the top movies of 2011 in gross terms?
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
4. The Hangover Part 2
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
6. Fast Five
7. Cars 2
9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
10. Captain America: The First Avenger
Only one of those films is not a sequel, Thor, but it is a part of a greater franchise that will spawn sequels of its own as well as sequels of The Avengers.
Let's take a look at the highest grossing movies of all time:
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Again, mainly franchises with the exception of Avatar and Titanic. What it does prove though is that though it may seem that audiences want more of the same winning formula, what does attract the mass audience is originality. What can be said about both Titanic and Avatar is the huge depth of character in relation to others in the list. This is a step in the right direction for writers who enjoy exploring character motives.
While it can be said that Lord of the Rings had a huge array of impressive characters beautifully drawn and portrayed, the same can't really be said of Harry Potter and Transformers while at the same time managing to keep a straight face.
Batman 3 (though it does look very good); GI Joe 2; Men In Black 3...the list goes on. The exceptions are Spiderman and The Avengers, but they are nothing new.
Where has creativity gone in the movies? Super 8 was a wonderful film and though it did well it did not reach blockbuster heights. We seem to have moved away from a time when a movie was driven by plot, character and excitement. We now seem to walking in with expectations set up from before and when that happens it is very easy to walk away with disappointment.
Grosses taken from www.boxofficemojo.com
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