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2011 Bad Year For Movie Attendance


In 2011, more and more people chose to go somewhere other than the movie theater for entertainment. Movie attendance this year was at its lowest since the 1990s, E! Online reported.

This year’s estimated number of tickets sold domestically, below 1.3 billion, marks the lowest attendance since 1995, with 1.26 billion in admissions, according to Paul Dergarabedian, Hollywood.com analyst.

Although “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” made it to third place on the list of top grossing movies of all time, with $381 million in domestic gross, overall the industry saw a downturn as revenues lagged 4 percent behind last year’s.

Especially starved for viewership were animated movies: while last year five of them surpassed $200 million domestically, this year none did.

Contributing to lagging attendance are better quality home equipment, video on-demand, the economy, and the low quality of movies offered, according to Moviefone.

Here’s a list of the year’s top movies, courtesy of E! Online via figures by BoxOfficeMojo.com. How many did you see this year at the theater?

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2, $381 million
2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, $352.4 million
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1, $268.2 million
4. The Hangover Part II, $254.5 million
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, $241.1 million
6. Fast Five, $209.8 million
7. Cars 2, $191.5 million
8. Thor, $181 million
9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, $176.7 million
10. Captain America: The First Avenger, $176.65 million

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