2011's Hollywood By the Numbers: THR Year in Review
8:43 PM PST 12/16/2011 by THR Staff
How much money did Nicolas Cage's stolen comic book fetch? How many millions of dollars did "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" make on its opening weekend? From record-breaking box office numbers to the minutes and seconds it took Charlie Sheen to gain 1 million Twitter followers, these are the numbers that made 2011 a year to remember in entertainment.
Total number of preview performances of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, a Broadway record. The infamously troubled production has been plagued by technical issues, cast injuries and opening-night delays. After the original director of the production, Julie Taymor, was ousted, she filed a lawsuit in New York claiming Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark infringed on her creative input.
Monthly maintenance fee Paramount chairman-CEO Brad Grey pays for the $15.5 million residence he purchased in New York City's Carlyle hotel.
Approximate value, per day, of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' 72-day marriage based on their $10 million (subsidized) wedding. After a whirlwind 6-month romance, the couple wed in a lavish ceremony in Santa Barara on August 20. Humphries and the reality star, who is worth an estimated $35 million and signed an iron-clad pre-nup before saying "I do," then managed to score an Us Weekly-subsidized post-nuptial getaway.
The record price for a comic book for Nicolas Cage's Action Comics #1. The nearly-pristine copy features the first appearance of Superman and was the first comic to sell for more than $2 million at auction.
Box-office gross of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on July 15, the largest single-day gross ever. In August, Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 surpassed The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King to become the third-highest-grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office.
Hours and minutes it took Charlie Sheen to reach 1 million Twitter followers. Sheen's eventful year included being fired from Two and a Half Men, embarking on a media tour criticizing Chuck Lorre and being the star of his very own Comedy Central Roast. Along the way, he coined "#Winning" and made "Tigerblood" and his "godesses" popular conversation topics on Twitter. Needless to say, Twitter announced that Sheen was Twitter's most-talked about actor for the year.
The number of times Melissa Leo said "f--ing" during her best supporting actress Oscar acceptance speech after winning for The Fighter. "When I watched Kate two years ago it was so [bleep] easy," Leo quipped while covering her mouth. She was referring to Kate Winslet, who won the best actress Oscar in 2009 for The Reader. After she left the stage, Oscar co-host Anne Hathaway joked about the moment: "It's the young and hip Oscars!"
The gap between the Rotten Tomatoes score for the Adam Sandler vehicle Jack and Jill (4%) and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (0%), which he co-wrote and produced. Despite the scathing reviews, the film opened to $26 million at the box office.
Days it took the video game Call of the Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to pass $1 billion in sales. It took James Cameron’s Avatar 17 days to reach that milestone. The latest edition of the Call of Duty franchise launched on Nov. 8 with a one-day sales record of $400 million in North America and the U.K.
Difference between the worldwide grosses of Johnny Depp movies Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($1.044 billion) and The Rum Diary ($21.6 million). When it opened in 2,272 theaters its first weekend, the R-rated movie grossed just $5 million, ranking fifth for the weekend and earning just $2,205 per location.
Purchase amount at auction for George Lucas’ Panavision camera used in filming Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The sale shattered the record for both Star Wars memorabilia and vintage Hollywood film cameras sold at auction. The name of the buyer was not released.
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