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The most popular films of 2011.

Our good friends at IMDb have just published an interesting list detailing “the most popular films of 2011″. Some predictions make sense and some seem perfectly barmy. Given the peculiar nature of the list’s composition, this is not altogether surprising. …

Mon, Dec 27, 2010, 21:16

   

Our good friends at IMDb have just published an interesting list detailing “the most popular films of 2011″. Some predictions make sense and some seem perfectly barmy. Given the peculiar nature of the list’s composition, this is not altogether surprising. As I understand it, the chart recognises internet chatter rather than any reasoned consideration of box-office power.

Don’t rule them out. They’re huge.

Anyway, here’s the IMDb 10 (at time of writing) with my musings on the likelihood of each film registering at its allotted spot in the end-of-year top 10.

1. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES

The first one was okay. The second was awful. The third should have been outlawed by the UN Council on Torture. But people still love the blasted things. Alas, this does look like number one. Expect Rest of the World to go mad for it.

2. FAST FIVE

Really? Well, the last Fast and the Furious film did take a fairly nifty $350 million. Still, I can’t see number five charting this high.

3. TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

The first one was actually quite tolerable. The second was harder to follow — and much less fun — than the Watergate hearings. Sadly, despite the franchise not skewing towards ROW, this should, indeed, figure in the top three.

4. THOR

Paramount has, for some years, secured a hold on The First Blockbuster of Summer. This year it was Iron Man 2. Last year it was Star Trek. Expect Thor to repeat the success of those films.

5. THE GREEN HORNET

I don’t buy it. I really don’t. Michel Gondry may well deliver something interesting with his take on the ancient crime-fighter, but does a mass audience really want to see “something interesting”. Where the Wild Things Are, anyone? On the other hand, in recent years, audiences have craved a hit in the year’s opening months. Remember 300 and Alice in Wonderland. It comes our way in just three weeks.

6. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1

Well, duh! Mind you, I can’t see it making more money than…

7. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2

Part 1 looks like finishing at the number three spot for 2010. But remember that Part 2 will — barring disasters — be buoyed up by the 3-D surcharge. So, I would put this much higher. None of which is to suggest I won’t be happy to see the back of the things.

8. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

Audiences are going to tire of superhero adaptations soon. I think this might disappoint — not least because, noting the sluggish performance of Iron Man 2 in Tashkent and Ouagadougou, the film is bound to flag in ROW.

9. HANNA

Really? The idea of a film about a teenage assassin starring Saoirse Ronan and directed by Joe Wright is an intriguing one. But I can’t see it playing in Tuna Fish, Iowa.

10. THE HANGOVER PART II

If we know anything, we know that the film will figure a lot higher in the Irish chart. We love comedies in general and the first film headed the domestic list in 2009.

What’s missing? I suspect The Green Lantern, a conventional piece, will take more than The Green Hornet. Also, arriving at the end of the year, Sherlock Holmes 2 should eat up the Christmas bucks. And there will be at least two digital animations on the list. The big surprise — a reassuring one — is that IMDb users show no interest whatsoever in Cars 2. Serves Pixar right. We look forward all year to their product and they decide to offer us a sequel to the only one of their films that sucks. Thanks a bunch, Lasseter. The most surprising omission, however — nowhere in the most-clicked 50 — is Steven Spielberg’s Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

Anyway, here’s my guess at the top 10. We have a long wait before I am proved right or wrong.

1. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES

2. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2

3. TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

4. CARS 2

5. ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: SECRET OF THE UNICORN

6. KUNG FU PANDA 2

7. THOR

8. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1

9. THE HANGOVER PART II

10. SHERLOCK HOLMES 2