I'm a firm believer that you shouldn't make bold predictions without following up on them. I try to do that here on the blog as appropriate.
At the beginning of May I did my annual "Vomit Inducing Summer Movie List." This list contains films that I personally have no or limited interest in and think will fall flat on their face (or should). This does has a mixture of artistic, pop culture, and blockbuster hits and every year I usually have one surprise success story that makes the list.
As to be expected, the wildly successful Harry Potter & The Death Hollows (Part 2) was a box office and critical success puts it high on the list - but it's inclusion on my list was just due to my disinterest in the franchise more than anything else.
But the real success story that warrants eating a little humble pie is the critical success and popular Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Even when I saw previews I thought this looked horrible, but "the people" spoke otherwise.
Below is a list of the films I identified as my vomit inducing films broken down by their current domestic box office gross as well as their rotten tomatoes fresh rating (in both cases, higher is better).
Domestic Box Office
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 - $375.4 million*
Rise of the Planet of the Apes -$162.4 million*
Bad Teacher - $98.8 million*
Friends with Benefits - $55.2 million
Jumping the Broom - $37.2 million
The Change-Up - $35.9 million
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D -$31.0 million*
Priest 3D - $29.1 million
Monte Carlo - $22.9 million
Conan The Barbarian - $20.1 million*
Apollo 18 - $10.7 million* [only 1 weekend so far]
Beginners - $5.7 million*
The Art of Getting By - $1.4 million
35 & Ticking - $.1 million
A Little Help - $0.09 million
Haunted 3D - $0 (no domestic release)
Rotten Tomatoes Fresh Rating
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 - 97%
Beginners - 83%
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - 82%
Friends with Benefits - 73%
Jumping the Broom - 53%
Bad Teacher - 45%
A Little Help - 45%
Monte Carlo - 40%
Conan The Barbarian - 23%
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D -23%
The Change-Up - 22%
The Art of Getting By - 18%
Priest 3D - 17%
Apollo 18 - 17%
35 & Ticking - no rating (limited release, with a September DVD release)
Haunted 3D - no rating (limited release in India only)
*Still open in some theaters, domestic box office figures should be expected to increase to some degree.