Box Office Winners & Losers of 2011
2012 is upon us so it’s time for me to declare my winners and losers at the movies in 2011.
No one had a better year than Emma Stone. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Easy A. She scored box office and critical praise for her work in both The Help and Crazy, Stupid, Love. What makes it even more impressive is that both of those movies were released in a summer where robots, wizards, superheroes, and Smurfs ruled the box office. She’s charming, funny, and so cute. Girls want to be her and guys want to date her. She is with out a doubt this generations Julia Roberts and don’t expect her streak to slow down as she will appear in The Amazing Spiderman next summer.
I never thought a person going # 2 in a bathroom sink would get someone nominated for an Oscar but I still think even after her Golden Globe
Snub Melissa McCarthy has got a chance. If someone named Emma Stone didn’t exist Melissa McCarthy would be the big winner of 2011. She stole the show in Bridesmaids, won an Emmy for her work on Mike and Molly, and was one of the funniest guest hosts on SNL in a long time. The girl is fearless, funny, and a hot commodity for future projects. She will appear in Judd Apatow’s This is 40and if she snags an Oscar nom like she deserves, more roles should be rolling in.
I know I’m a huge marvel nut but you can’t deny what they did this summer. Thor, X-Men: The First Class, and Captain America: The First Avenger all debuted at #1 at the box office with Thor and Captain America going over over $175 million. The other major accomplishment was Marvel managed to advertise all summer long for next year’s The Avengers through secret scenes in both Captain America and Thor. The only hiccup Marvel had was losing Darren Aronofsky who was set to direct The Wolverine. Still Marvel had a great year and it will only get better with The Avengers next May.
When the year started I looked at the lineup of movies and thought Ryan Reynolds is going to have a big year. He landed the role of Hal Jordan in DC’s big tent pole movie Green Lantern and was set to star along side of everyone’s favorite straight man Jason Bateman in The Change Up. Then the problems for Green Lantern started to make headlines with special effects and a thin plot being an issue. Then things got even worse when the movie was finally released and the film was much worse than previously advertised. Most thought he would bounce back in The Change Up but it turns out people didn’t want to see another Freaky Friday or Vice Versa retread. To make matters worse he lost Scarlett Johansson during all these box office duds. I think Ryan Reynolds still has big star potential but this was tough year for him.
The Dark Knight Rises prologue
This was a tough one for me. As much as I love Marvel, what Christopher Nolan has done with the Batman franchise so far will not be matched in a long time. Both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight sit on a special pedestal for fan boys like me but the six-minute prologue had many of us fanboys worried. The action in the scene was amazing with a plane hijacking another plane in mid-flight. Then Bane began to talk and no one could understand a word he was saying. This franchise has a lot to live up to after The Dark Knight so they better get back in the audio booth and fix the voice problem because Bane is an awesome choice for a villain but that muffled voice was horrible. Luckily the trailer was recently released which was amazing. We got a glimpse of the freaking Batwing and Bane’s voice was limited to one line. In Nolan we trust, so please get this problem fixed because no one wants this trilogy to end on bad note.
Anyone who saw Transformers 3, Breaking Dawn Part 1, or The Smurfs
Shame on all of you! That’s all I have to say.