The good news for Hollywood bean-counters: Ticket revenue was up this summer, with 2010's grosses up $100 million over the May-to-August record set this time last year, according to the Associated Press
. The bad news: the rise came from increased ticket prices and surcharges for 3-D and IMAX screenings, not from attendance, which was actually down two percent. In fact, 11.2 million fewer tickets were sold this summer than during the last big slump summer five years ago.
Indeed, for moviegoers, this may have been one of the worst summers ever
, and many of them demonstrated their disapproval by ignoring some of the season's most highly touted movies. Still, there were some standout winners along with the notable losers. Here's a tally of who did well -- and who needs to go back to summer school.
Toy Story 3
With their beloved Andy preparing to leave for college, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen),... Read More
Iron Man 2
With the world now aware that he is Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) faces... Read More
The Karate Kid
When his mother's career results in a move to China, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) finds that... Read More
A man who delights in all things wicked, supervillain Gru (Steve Carell) hatches a plan to steal the... Read More
Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the rare ability to enter people's dreams and steal their... Read More
When Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) became a CIA officer, she swore an oath to duty, honor and country.... Read More
The death of their childhood basketball coach leads to a reunion for some old friends (Adam Sandler,... Read More