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Harry Potter, Paramount Pictures Takes Box Office Crown

However, the top 10 films finished well below last year's numbers

Paramount Pictures, with the help of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and it's soon-to-end partnership with Marvel, claimed the box office crown in 2011.

The studio, which is also behind the Star Trek movie franchise, earned just under $1.9 billion at the box office this year, according to The Numbers, despite the fact that perennial winner Warner Bros. Studios had the year's top movie.

That move, of course, was "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," which captured $381 million at the box office. That topped "Transformers," which had $352.4 million. Both easily beat Summit Entertainment's "Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn, Part 1," which grabbed $279.1 million.

Paramount's take beat out the $1.8 billion earned by Warner Bros. However, Paramount was able to accomplish that feat with far fewer films. In fact, Paramount earned $81.5 million per film on average, while Warner Bros. took in $45.8 million for every release.

The top 10 films earned $2.4 billion at the box office. Yet, that was down from the $3.1 billion earned from the top 10 last year, in releases that included "Toy Story 3" and "Avatar," which each earned more than $400 million domestically.

Overall, 1.24 billion tickets were sold at North American theaters, earning $9.9 billion. That was down from last year when 1.33 billion tickets were sold earning $10.5 billion.

Top-Grossing Movies of 2011

1.    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2    Warner Bros.    $381.0M
2.    Transformers: Dark of the Moon    Paramount    $352.4M
3.    Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1    Summit    $279.1M
4.    The Hangover 2    Warner Bros.    $254.5M
5.    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides    Walt Disney    $241.1M
6.    Fast Five    Universal    $209.8M
7.    Cars 2    Walt Disney    $191.5M
8.    Thor    Paramount    $181.0M
9.    Rise of the Planet of the Apes    Twentieth Century Fox    $176.8M
10.    Captain America: The First Avenger    Paramount    $176.7M

Top-Grossing Studios of 2011 - Per Picture - Audience Share

1.    Paramount Pictures    $1.87B    $81.5M    18.96%
2.    Warner Bros. Pictures    $1.79B    $45.8M    18.06%
3.    Sony Pictures    $1.25B    $43.1M    12.64%
4.    Walt Disney Pictures    $1.21B    $68.4M    12.28%
5.    Universal    $1.02B    $56.8M    10.36%
6.    Twentieth Century Fox    $919.2M    $48.4M    9.30%
7.    Summit Entertainment    $403.3M    $40.3M    4.08%
8.    Relativity    $227.8M    $25.3M    2.30%
9.    Weinstein Co.    $211.0M    $15.1M    2.13%
10.    Lionsgate    $183.4M    $15.3M    1.86%

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Michael Hinman is the founder and editor-in-chief for Airlock Alpha and the entire GenreNexus. He owns Nexus Media Group Inc., the parent corporation of the GenreNexus and is a veteran print journalist. He lives in Tampa, Fla.
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