HOLLYWOOD, CA (FOX44) – 2011 was the year of the sequels. It was also the year of the lowest movie attendance since the mid-nineties. But which movie was number one at the box office this year? FOX News correspondent Anita Vogel wraps up this year's top films.
With the most sequels released ever at 28, 2011 relied on franchise recognition, instead of fresh originality to bring in crowds, maintaining a good, but not stellar year in movies.
Here’s what Paul Dergarabedian with Hollywood.com had to say: “2011 was a very tough year at the box office with attendance at the lowest since the mid-90s and we certainly will not have a record at revenue either at $10-billion that's the 3rd year in a row at $10-billion but almost a ½-billion dollars down from 2010.”
Without an "Avatar" to set records, the last installment of "Harry Potter" topped all with more than $381-million domestically and $1.3-billion worldwide, followed by "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1"
Dergarabedian says: “I think the expected winners were Harry Potter, Twilight, Cars 2, Thor, Captain America, those are the films that usually do well and bring up the box office. “
Among the year's surprise hits, "Bridesmaids", "The Help", "Super 8" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" all scored big with fans. And as award season kicks off it looks as though many smaller films that stand the best chance to gain recognition. Meanwhile the rest of Hollywood is looking forward to 2012 hoping to bring the big ticket blockbuster magic back into a theater near you.