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Highest Grossing Films of 2011

So 2011 has finished and when it comes to the world of movies it has been a really interesting year, yes we have had some brilliant movies however the top 10 highest grossing movies of the year have thrown up some real surprises.

The top 3 films have made just over £170 million so it shows you that people are still interested in the experience of going to the cinema. One third of these movies were released in 3D, and of them, only one was (partially) filmed in 3D, the rest were either computer animated or converted in post production after being shot with normal 2D cameras.

10 – Rise of the Planet of the Apes – £20.705.200

9 – Tangled (3D) – £21.268.000

8 – Bridesmaids – £24.078.200

7 – Transformers Dark of the Moon (3D) – £29.419.400

6 – Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part 1 – £29.690.000

5 – The Hangover 2 – £34.612.800

4 – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (3D) – £35.059.500

3 – The Inbetweeners Movie – £46.060.000

2 – The Kings Speech – £48.446.500

1 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow: Part 2 (3D) – £75.847.400

So that’s it for the 10 highest grossing films of the year in the UK and it turns out that the boy wizard went out with a bang beating The Kings Speech by over £27 million.

The Best Movie Scores of 2011

So some of you will be wondering, shouldn’t this be called Movie Soundtracks of the year? Well no, for those of you who don’t already know, there are two types of music related to a movie. Soundtrack is usually a collection of songs that are used in the movie, sometimes used in a scene as source music – the characters may be listening to it through a radio. These, when released on cd, are the Soundtracks.

The Score is the background music, often used to emotionally underscore the mood of the movie – it can have a whole different effect on the way the viewer feels about a scene whether it has a piece of score music on it, or no music at all. (There are some cds released which fit both categories, containing a mixture of Soundtrack and Score, but we’ll come to that later).

Then again, there are just some damned fine pieces of music written for a movie (in some cases better than the actual movie). Read the rest of this entry

Andrew’s 10 Best Movies of 2011

2011 was a year full of sequels and remakes (most of which were dreadful, some of which were not), but there were some real gems thrown in the mix which meant it wasn’t a total loss. Here is a break down of my top 10 of the year, whittling them down to just 10 was not easy. Read the rest of this entry