MOVIES: The Winners and Losers of the 2011 Summer Movie Season

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The first day of Fall has arrived, which means, the summer movie season is officially over.  There were a large number of pop culture related movies released this season, and we’ve got the rundown of the highly anticipated movies, and how they fared.

While summer officially started on June 21, 2011, we rolled back the clock to include the opening weekends considered to be part of the big summer movie season.  Sadly, we did include Dylan Dog, based on the Italian Sergio Bonelli Editore comic, later translated by Dark Horse, which only brought in $4.5 million for its entire 21 day run.  The big winner, by far is the final installment of the Harry Potter series.  Considering how popular this franchise has become, it wouldn’t surprise me that in the next 10 years we see the films getting remade for a whole new audience.

What is most surprising is the first true comic book movie to appear on the list is The Smurfs, who were able to bring in $483 million to date, prompted mostly by the international market.  Even when compared to the daily average, The Smurfs continue to do well, even outdoing Pirates of the Caribbean.  Of course, there’s no way The Smurfs will outdo Pirates billion dollar plus box office take, but it is interesting to note that the little blue guys have been holding their own.

There are five movies on the list, who as of this writing, haven’t made their production cost back.  Save for Dylan Dog, which we can assume cost more than $5 million, the other movies are still in release world wide, so we can give them some leeway when talking about box office failures.  Though one could argue that Conan: The Barbarian won’t be able to make up the loss only through box office sales.

Title
Release Date
Opening Weekend
To Date (World wide)
Production Cost (Est.)
Days in release
Average per day
Fast Five Apr 29, 2011 $86,198,765 $609,484,033 $125,000,000 105 $5,804,610
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Apr 29, 2011 $754,779 $4,634,062 N/A 21 $220,670
Thor May 6, 2011 $65,723,338 $448,512,824 $150,000,000 112 $4,004,579
Priest May 13, 2011 $14,953,664 $78,014,960 $60,000,000 40 $1,950,374
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides May 20, 2011 $90,151,958 $1,039,511,325 $250,000,000 122 $8,520,585
Kung Fu Panda 2 May 26, 2011 $47,656,302 $659,146,003 $150,000,000 119 $5,539,042
The Hangover Part II May 26, 2011 $85,946,294 $581,464,305 $80,000,000 113 $5,145,702
X-Men First Class Jun 3, 2011 $55,101,604 $352,598,595 $160,000,000 108 $3,264,802
Super 8 Jun 10, 2011 $35,451,168 $256,093,138 $50,000,000 104 $2,462,434
Green Lantern Jun 17, 2011 $53,174,303 $219,813,708 $200,000,000 97 $2,266,121
Cars 2 Jun 24, 2011 $66,135,507 $550,079,088 $200,000,000 84 $6,548,561
Bad Teacher Jun 24, 2011 $31,603,106 $211,277,321 $20,000,000 87 $2,428,475
Transformers Dark of the Moon Jun 29, 2011 $97,852,865 $1,117,601,953 $195,000,000 85 $13,148,258
Horrible Bosses Jul 8, 2011 $28,302,165 $201,133,812 $35,000,000 76 $2,646,498
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Jul 15, 2011 $169,189,427 $1,325,066,054 N/A 69 $19,203,856
Captain America: The First Avenger Jul 22, 2011 $65,058,524 $359,038,557 $140,000,000 62 $5,790,944
The Smurfs Jul 29, 2011 $35,611,637 $483,360,857 $110,000,000 55 $8,788,379
Cowboys and Aliens Jul 29, 2011 $36,431,290 $162,955,841 $163,000,000 55 $2,962,833
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Aug 5, 2011 $54,000,000 $391,945,588 $93,000,000 48 $8,165,533
Final Destination 5 Aug 12, 2011 $18,400,000 $130,993,570 $40,000,000 41 $3,194,965
Fright Night Aug 16, 2011 $7,714,388 $28,311,514 $30,000,000 31 $913,275
Conan the Barbarian Aug 19, 2011 $10,021,215 $48,680,241 $90,000,000 34 $1,431,772
DonÕt Be Afraid of the Dark Aug 26, 2011 $8,525,728 $25,477,270 $25,000,000 27 $943,603
Apollo 18 Sep 2, 2011 $8,704,271 $22,834,785 $5,000,000 20 $1,141,739
Contagion Sep 9, 2011 $22,403,596 $51,853,592 $60,000,000 13 $3,988,738
Drive Sep 21, 2011 $11,340,461 $14,700,930 N/A 6 $2,450,155

 

 

So there you have it, the winners, and the losers from the summer 2011 box office season.  Where did your favorite movies fall, and what other data do you find most interesting in this list?