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1. Summer 2011 at the movies saw the release of well-made, well-received, intriguing and entertaining comic-to-film projects. Green Lantern was also released. In terms of domestic revenue, what was the final box office order for these projects?
#1 Captain America: The First Avenger; #2 Thor; #3 X-Men: First Class; #4 Green Lantern
#1 Thor; #2 Captain America; #3 X-Men; #4 Green Lantern
#1 Captain America; #2 X-Men; #3 Thor; #4 Green Lantern
#1 Thor; #2 Captain America; #3, in an upset, was Green Lantern, leaving #4 X-Men in a pool of mutant tears
By way of explanation.....
Thor finished with $181 million, with Cap not far behind with $172 million. X-Men took in $146 million, while at least 150 children naive in the ways of the movie studio system had their lunch money stolen by Hollywood for Green Lantern.
2. One storyline from summer 2011 box office was the lack of films holding on to the #1 spot for multiple weeks. Of these, which was the only film to win more than one consecutive week?
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Fast Five
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
X-Men: First Class
By way of explanation.....
The reign of Pirates, Fast Five and X-Men were cut short by the openings of The Hangover: Part II, Thor and Super 8, consecutively. Transformers had the top spot for two weeks.
3. Meanwhile, The Help was an unexpected surprise. After initially being the runner up to this film, The Help held the top spot at the domestic box office for the following three weekends:
Cowboys & Aliens
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Captain America
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
4. Which summer 2011 release earned the most without being released in 3D?
The Hangover: Part II
X-Men: First Class
Cars 2
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
By way of explanation.....
Cars and Potter were 3D releases; The Hangover's final take far exceeded X-Men's
5. One of the many records that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows tied or set was Fastest to $1 billion worldwide. How long did it take HP 7.2 to reach this incredible mark (hint: it shares the record with Avatar)
19 days
25 days
15 days
22 days
6. Deathly Hallows Part II kicked all sorts of Death Eater heinie to win the domestic box office crown. Which of the following does not belong in the final top 5 of the summer?
Cars 2
Captain America
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
By way of explanation.....
Harry Potter ended with $375 million; Transformers was not far behind at $350 million; next came Hangover II with $254 million; Pirates brought in $240 million and Cars 2 finished with $189 million; Captain America finished in 7th with $174 million.
7. Which of these two openers finished the weekend in an apparent tie for first at the domestic box office?
The Hangover: Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2
Super 8 and Judy Moody and the Not Bummer summer
Cowboys & Aliens and The Smurfs
Bridesmaids and Priest
By way of explanation.....
When all the pennies were counted, Cowboys & Aliens won the weekend with $36.4 million, with The Smurfs just behind with $35.6 million
8. The summer's first blockbuster was Fast Five, bro. Which is true of this year's Vin Diesel/Paul Walker joint?
Fast Five's opening fell just $2 million short of Fast and Furious
Fast Five and Fast and Furious opened to (virtually) identical weekend figures. What are the chances of that, bro?
Fast Five's opening was $15 million better than Fast and Furious
Fast Five's opening was $25 million better than Fast and Furious
By way of explanation.....
Fast and Furious opened to $70.95 million. Fast Five gunned some serious NOS to open the summer to the tune of $86.2 million
9. After The Hangover: Part II, the largest domestic earner among (non animated/CGI) comedies was:
Horrible Bosses
Bad Teacher
By way of explanation.....
This wasn't even close. Bridesmaids finished the summer in the top 10 with just shy of $169 million; Final takes for the others: Bosses: $115 million; Teacher: $99 million; Zookeeper: $78 million;
10. The long weekends for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July saw a pair of _________ bow, opening to $85.95 and $97.85, respectively.
Rated R films
3D releases
Animated features
By way of explanation.....
We're talking here about The Hangover: Part II and Transformers: Dark of the Moon
11. Location, location, location. Which of the following opened in the fewest venues? (Hint: the other three opened very close to, if not more than, 4,000 venues)
The Smurfs
Cars 2
Kung Fu Panda 2
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
By way of explanation.....
The Smurfs assaulted movie-goer sensibilities on a mere 3,395 screens; Cars 2 opened on 4,115 screens, Kung Fu Panda 2 on 3,925 and Transformers 2 on 4,013.
12. Not Bummer? Not. Bummer! Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer's weak $6 million opening was worse than which of the following?
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
Winnie the Pooh
Monte Carlo
All of them
By way of explanation.....
That's right, Spy Kids ($11.6 million), Pooh ($7.8 million) and even Monte Carlo ($7.4 million) opened better than Judy Moody. Bummer!
13. Were you aware that Glee: the 3D Concert Movie was released this summer? Neither were we! At any rate:
Gleek upon Gleek descended on theaters, propelling the film to win its weekend
The film got slushied to a mere $6 million opening weekend
Fans of the franchise didn't stop believin' until the film took in $25 million in its first three days
A Sue Sylvester must have been stationed at each theater door, as the film made less than $4 million its first frame
14. If you're a film that earned more than $100 million this summer, please step forward. Not so fast there....
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8
Green Lantern
Mr. Popper's Penguins
By way of explanation.....
Final tallies: Apes: $162 million; Super 8: $126 million; Lantern: $116 million; Penguins finished with only $67 million
15. Meanwhile, each of these
  • Bad Teacher
  • Final Destination
  • Cowboys and Aliens
made at least $50 million domestically by the end by the end of Labor Day weekend, right? Right??
Wrong - Bad Teacher did not
Wrong - Final Destination 5 did not
Wrong - Cowboys and Aliens did not
By way of explanation.....
Bad Teacher took in nearly $99 million; Final Destination saw the air go out of its franchise as it only made $41 million; Cowboys and Aliens took in almost $97 million
16. The Hangover: Part II led a rather short list of rated R openers, with a $86.5 first frame. Which of these was the second highest opening rated R film of the summer?
Final Destination 5
Bad Teacher
Horrible Bosses
Friends with Benefits
By way of explanation.....
Final Destination scared up only $18 million; Bad Teacher took in $31 million. Horrible Bosses claimed $28.3 million and Friends with Benefits opened to $18.6 million
17. Only one of the following managed to scare up more than $10 million worth of business in its opening weekend. That dubious honor goes to:
Shark Night 3D
The Change-Up
Our Idiot Brother
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
By way of explanation.....
Shark Night nibbled $8.4 million from moviegoers' pockets; The Change-Up managed $13.5; Idiots forked over $7 million for Our Idiot Brother, while Don't Be Afraid of the Dark scared up merely $8.5 million
18. As you might have inferred, 2011 was not a good summer for horror at the box office. Late summer horror releases were especially weak. Which of Apollo 18, Fright Night, and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark opened the "best" at $8.7 million?
Apollo 18
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Fright Night
The one released in 3D
By way of explanation.....
Openning weekend figures: Apollo 18: $8.7 million, Fright Night: $8.1 million, Don't be Afraid of the Dark: $8.5 million; If you remembered that Fright Night was released in 3D, that would have helped you narrow your guess
19. At the time of this quiz's publication, the worldwide take of Cars 2 puts it ______ on the list of Pixar film's earnings (not adjusted for inflation)
By way of explanation.....
Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo, Up, The Incredibles and Ratatouille have earned more than Cars 2's $540+ million figure
20. Which was the latest summer release to open to $100 million domestically?
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Captain America: The First Avenger
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
By way of explanation.....
Transformers opened two weeks before Harry Potter, which was the last $100 million opener of the summer. Captain America ($65 million) and Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($54 million) fell well short

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