According to NPR, nine of the top ten money-making movies of 2011* were "kiddie" films—movies based on YA books, comics, toys, or pulp fiction. I'm unconvinced by that definition (pulp fiction is automatically for kids now? Has anyone informed Stephen King?), but I'm even less clear on why this qualifies as a surprise. There were virtually identical numbers for 2010 (the top ten included six movies based on children's stories, three non-book-based animated pictures, and Inception) and they're likely to hold true for 2012. Guess what, NPR? People like to watch fun stuff, and comic books and children's stories are actually pretty solid sources of fun material.
*As of mid-December, anyway.
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