This was a year of hard lessons. Movie attendance and ticket sales fell. Television shows struggled and died. Book publishers faced an electronic future. And through it all, some great works of the imagination thrived. What did 2010 teach us?
1. Ruling Comic Con doesn't guarantee a winning box office. The writing's been on the wall for a long time, but now it's totally legible. San Diego Comic Con is a great place to build buzz for a new movie or TV series, but it doesn't guarantee anything. (We posted a list of films in years past that wowed the Hall H crowds and bombed at the box office here.) This year, films that were like catnip to Comic Con-goers but failed at the box office included Scott Pilgrim, Kick-Ass, Skyline, and Let Me In. And then there's Tron Legacy — which hasn't done as badly as those other films, but seems unlikely to make back its $170 million budget in the U.S. – Tron Legacy was greenlit after Hall H went nuts for a test video in 2008, and was heavily pimped at SDCC 2009 and 2010, but still failed to do as well, in its first two weekends, as last year's Sherlock Holmes.* Tron Legacy wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Comic Con, but it couldn't ride that SDCC love to box office nirvana. (Plus, we came away from SDCC 2010 with the impression that people were pretty excited about The Event.)