2011 Summer Movies Box Office Results

Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, so now is the perfect time to look back at how the summer movies performed at the box office.  Back in May, I previewed the films scheduled to be released during the summer months.  Now, here's a look at the cash each flick pulled in. (All numbers are total, combining international and domestic, courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com)

Captain America: The First Avenger - $329,593,783
Not only did the patriotic Marvel comics superhero do well in United States theaters, it also did surprisingly well internationally.  The folks at Marvel Entertainment can breathe a sigh of relief and now start counting the days until The Avengers team-up movie is released next year.

Cars 2 - $522,294,000
Despite some critical drubbing, Pixar continues its hit streak, earning over half a billion dollars with this sequel. It wasn't one of the greats in Pixar's filmography, but it still managed to draw in moviegoers.

Cowboys and Aliens - $130,325,000
This was a surprising flop.  Director Jon Favreau, actors Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, producers Ron Howard and Brian Glazer, couldn't save this western/sci-fi mash-up. 

Green Lantern - $206,142,554
Although a sequel is allegedly already being planned, DC Entertainment is surely disappointed in the lackluster reaction to this motion picture.  They had high expectations for it, and it barely broke even.

The Hangover Part II -  $581,325,595
Another huge blockbuster in the franchise.  Expect Part III soon.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - $1,296,105,000
Those extra zeroes in the box office tally aren't a mistake.  The final Harry Potter movie raked in over a billion dollars worldwide! 

The Help - $108,025,000
My wife loved it, critics loved it, and audiences are still flocking to it.  The numbers only include the domestic box office and will surely go up once the awards start coming in and overseas numbers are added into the mix.

Kung Fu Panda 2 -  $642,450,741
Just like the original, this animated sequel is a huge hit.

Priest - $77,153,100
Not bad for a b-movie.  It made a profit although it certainly didn't set any records and likely won't be very memorable except as maybe a cult favorite.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes -  $314,687,362
This was the big surprise of the summer, both critically and monetarily, bringing new life to the decades-old franchise.

Super 8 -  $245,460,162
This J.J. Abrams film was one of my favorite movies of the summer and I'm glad it did well in the box office.

Thor - $448,512,824
I don't think anyone expected this to be as good as it was.  Its success will be tough to repeat.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon -  $1,108,506,721
Probably the best in the series, it earned a ton of cash.

The Tree of Life - $39,483,585
Some call it brilliant art, others call it artsy-fartsy crap.  It made a little more than its budget.

X-Men: First Class - $352,378,373
I think this was one of the most under-rated movies of the year.  It performed well and earned some good reviews.

And here are the results of some of the movies I chose not to list at the beginning of summer.

Final Destination 5 -  $67,927,000
As long as this horror franchise keeps making money (and it still is), they'll keep making them.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - $1,039,041,782
Add another billion dollars to the franchise.

The Smurfs - $384,828,000
I'm embarrassed to see how much money this silly (and sometimes disturbing) film made. Save us from the sequel!

For an interesting analysis of the box office results for the summer of 2011, check out Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second.  Now let's look forward to the fall season!