Transformers 3, Harry Potter 8, and Pirates 4 Crosses the $1 Billion Mark

Sequels, sequels, sequels. What are they good for? Oh right, crossing the $1 billion dollar mark, that’s what. In 2011 alone, three films — all sequels — have joined the once-exclusive $1 billion dollar club. Remember when a film reaching this milestone was a big deal? Not so much now, apparently.

The three films in question are “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (the third in the franchise), “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (the eighth in the franchise), and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (the fourth in the franchise). Of the three, “Harry Potter” was the fastest to reach the mark, surpassing $1 billion in worldwide box office in just three weeks of release. By comparison, Michael Bay’s “Dark of the Moon” took five weeks, while Johnny Depp’s “On Stranger Tides” took the most time.

With the exception of “Potter”, both “Dark of the Moon” and “On Stranger Tides” received middling to terrible reviews, thus proving once again that mainstream movie critics who demand “Citizen Kane”-like plotting and acting from movies involving transforming robots from outer space or pirates in search of the fountain of youth are as needed as E! Channel reality TV “stars”. Which is to say, not so much.