Hit: Super summer box office

In a victory for comic book geeks everywhere, this summer's slate of action and superhero flicks dominated the big screen and the box office. Marvel's <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011283" title="Thor (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/thor-%28movie%29-ENMV0011283.topic">"Thor"</a> and Disney's <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011336" title="Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/pirates-of-the-caribbean%3A-on-stranger-tides-%28movie%29-ENMV0011336.topic">"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"</a> kicked off the genre trend in May, swiftly followed by <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011391" title="Super 8 (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/super-8-%28movie%29-ENMV0011391.topic">"Super 8"</a> and "<a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/06/movie-projector-x-men-first-class-hangover-part-ii.html">X-Men: First Class</a>," both of which received <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/09/entertainment/la-et-super-8-20110609">glowing reviews</a> from critics. Despite the loss of leading lady <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB00005031" title="Megan Fox" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/megan-fox-PECLB00005031.topic">Megan Fox</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011400" title="Transformers: Dark of the Moon" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/transformers%3A-dark-of-the-moon-ENMV0011400.topic">"Transformers: Dark of the Moon,"</a> was No. 1 at the box office <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/07/box-office-transformers-horrible-bosses-zookeeper.html">week after week</a>, becoming the top-grossing film of the franchise. The trend continued through the summer with blockbuster hits such as <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011408" title="Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/harry-potter-the-deathly-hallows%3A-part-2-%28movie%29-ENMV0011408.topic">"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,"</a> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV00010782" title="Cowboys and Aliens (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/cowboys-aliens-%28movie%29-ENMV00010782.topic">"Cowboys & Aliens,"</a> and "<a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/07/box-office-captain-america-friends-with-benefits-harry-potter.html"><a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011413" title="Captain America: The First Avenger" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/captain-america%3A-the-first-avenger-ENMV0011413.topic">Captain America: The First Avenger</a></a>." For more genre movie coverage, check out <a href="http://herocomplex.latimes.com/category/movies/">Hero Complex.</a>

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In a victory for comic book geeks everywhere, this summer's slate of action and superhero flicks dominated the big screen and the box office. Marvel's "Thor" and Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" kicked off the genre trend in May, swiftly followed by "Super 8" and "X-Men: First Class," both of which received glowing reviews from critics. Despite the loss of leading lady Megan Fox, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," was No. 1 at the box office week after week, becoming the top-grossing film of the franchise. The trend continued through the summer with blockbuster hits such as "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "Cowboys & Aliens," and "Captain America: The First Avenger." For more genre movie coverage, check out Hero Complex.

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