Dec 29
FOREIGN FILM RELEASES IN 2011 by Jose N. Carreon  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Thu, Dec 29, 2011

Foreign film releases in 2011—a total of 146 mainstream films and 5 art house films—was still almost double than local films exhibited in cinemahouses last year.

The same five major distributors which hogged the lion’s shares of the 2010 foreign film output also accounted for ninety percent of the total foreign films released this year.

Warner had 32 films released (2010 total, 31). Pioneer, which previously carried the name of Cinestar, chalked up 30 films (2010 total, 38). Columbia had 27 releases (2010 total, 29).

UIP released 23 films (2010 total, 18) while Viva Films accounted for 17 films (2010 total, 18).

Warner, UIP, Columbia and Pioneer together brought to Philippine cinemas 43 of the 50 top grossing films in the US in 2011. Hereunder are the list of films distributed by the four major companies and their ranking in the table of top grossers:

UIP released the second top-grossing film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon of Michael Bay with Shia LeBeouf; (6) Fast Five of Justin Lin with Vin Diesel; (8) Thor of Kenneth Branagh with Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman; (10) Captain America of Joe Johnston with Chris Evans, Samuel Jackson; (12) Bridesmaids of Paul Feig with Kristin Wiig, Rose Byrne;

(13) Kung Fu Panda 2 (animaton) of Jennifer Yuh Nelson; (16) Puss in Boots (animation) of Chris Miller; (18) Super 8 of J.J.Abrams with Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler; (19) Rango (animation) of Gore Verbinski; (22) Hop (animation) of Tim Hill; (23) Paranormal Activity 3 of Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman with Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler;

(26) Cowboys and Aliens of Jon Favreau with Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford; (35) Tower Heist of Brett Ratner with Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Caset Affleck; and (43) The Adjustment Bureau of George Nolfi with Matt Damon, Emily Blunt.

UIP also released Mission Impossible 4: The Ghost Protocol and the Adventures of Tintin before the Metropolitan Manila Film Festival.

Warner released the top-grossing film of 2011, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows of David Yates with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson; as well as (4) Hangover 2 of Todd Phillips with Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis; (9) Rise of the Planet of the Apes of Rupert Wyatt with James Franco; (14) X-Men First Class of Matthew Vaughn with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender; (15) Rio of Carlos Saldanha;

(20) Horrible Bosses of Seth Gordon with Jason Bateman; (21) Green Lantern of Martin Campbell with Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard; (29) Crazy, Stupid Love of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa with Steve carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore; (36) Contagion of Steven Soderbergh with Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law;

(39) Dolphin’s Tale of Charles Martin Smith with Morgan Freeman Ashley Judd, Henry Connick Jr.; (42) Mr. Popper’s Penguins of Mark Waters with Jim Carrey, Angela Lansbury; (45) Water for Elephants of Francis Lawrence with Robert pattinson, Reese Witherspoon; and (47) Happy Feet 2 (animation) of George Miller.

December releases of Warner included New Year’s Eve.

Columbia’s highest-grossing release was the fifth running Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides of Rob Marshall with Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Penelope Cruz. It also released (7) Cars 2 (animation) of John Lassiter and Brad Levis;
(17) The Smurfs of Raja Gosnell with Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Jonathan Winters; (24) Just Go With It of Dennis Dugan with Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston;

(25) Bad Teacher of Jake Kasdan with Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake; (27) Gnomeo and Juliet (animation) of Kelly Asbury; (28) The Green Hornet of Michael Gondry with Seth Rogen, Jay Chou;

(30) Real Steel of Shawn Levy with Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goya; (31) Battle: Los Angeles of Jonathan Liebesman Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez; (33) Zookeeper of Frank Coraci with Kevin James, Rosario Dawson;

(49) Friends with Benefits of Will Gluck with Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake; and (50) I Am Number 4 of D. J. Caruso with Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron.

Pioneer (formerly Cinestar) released the third highest-grossing film in 2011, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 of Bill Condon with Kristin Stewart, Robert pattinson, Taylor Lautner; (32) Immortals of Tarsem Singh Dhandwar with Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt; (34) Limitless of Neil Burger Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish; and (46) The Lincoln Lawyer of Brad Furman with Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Philippe.

Based on wikipedia facts and figures, the year 2011 is notable for the release of the most film sequels in a single year with
a total of 28 such films.

The 10 top-grossing films in the U.S and their respective gross are as follows:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $381 M
2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon $352 M
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 $268 M
4. Hangover 2 $254 M
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $241 M
6. Fast Five $210 M
7. Cars 2 $191 M
8. Thor $181 M
9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes $177 M
10. Captain America: The First Avenger $177 M

The last Harry Potter film actually grossed $1.3 billion world-wide. It is the ninth film to have surpassed the billion dollar mark, the third highest grossing film of all time, and the highest-grossing film in the Harry Potter franchise.

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