The dearly departed: Summer's best deaths
The grisly execution-by-coin of Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) in X-Men: First Class.
EW.com Readers’ Fave Death
By a wide margin, voters chose Molly Weasley’s (Julie Walters) Ripley-esque takedown of Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.
Most Valuable Cadaver
Colin Farrell, who is shot to death in Horrible Bosses and staked in Fright Night. What an overachiever!
Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), who heroically sacrifices himself…and then comes back to life to save the day. Talk about having your cake and eating it, too.
Ella (Olivia Wilde) in Cowboys & Aliens, who dies, comes back to life naked… and then dies again.
Best Death That Proves the PG-13 Rating Has Failed
Optimus Prime ripping off Megatron’s head with his bare hands at the end of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The sight of the Decepticon’s robo-spine bleeding 3-D robo-spinal fluid will now disturb children for life. Thanks, MPAA!
Oddest Trend: Homicidal Superheroes
So much for brighter, gentler comic-book movies. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) kills seven Frost Giants with one hammer toss, and Captain America (Chris Evans) offs a Nazi soldier by kicking him into a propeller.
Most Groan-Inducing Death
Darwin (Edi Gathegi), who explodes in the middle of X-Men: First Class. It’s 2011 and the black guy still dies first?
Most Hilarously Unlikely Death
The gymnast (Ellen Wroe) in Final Destination 5 who can’t quite stick the landing. By which we mean: She snaps her spine backward.
Most Anticlimactic Death
Green Lantern’s ring can do anything. So how does he defeat the cosmically powerful Parallax? By punching him into the sun with a really big fist.
Most Inspiring Death
In Conan the Barbarian, the hero’s pregnant mom (Laila Rouass) demands a battlefield C-section. Ah, the circle of life.
*Body count as of press time. Click here for an updated tally based on upcoming releases like Shark Night 3D.
(Reporting by Annie Barrett, Mandi Bierly, Michael Bruno, Hillary Busis, Darren Franich, Sandra Gonzalez, Jeff Labrecque, Adam Markovitz, Aly Semigran, Adam B. Vary, and Kate Ward)