Friday, April 29, 2016

Box Office 2015

U.S. box office results for notable movies from 2015...(mil = million)

1. Star Wars - Episode VII: The Force Awakens ($936 mil)
After the huge success of Jurassic World, there was some doubt that the next Star Wars wouldn't top the yearly box office (which has been done before; Attack of the Clones landed in third behind Spider-Man and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in 2002).  But then it just completely exploded.  Fans are still debating if JJ Abrams was too faithful to the original trilogy...

2. Jurassic World ($652 mil)
The last entry in this series (Jurassic Park III) was released back in 2001.  So fans were ready for the unofficial reboot, and more from the suddenly heroic Chris Pratt.

3. Avengers: Age of Ultron ($459 mil)
Marvel's Avengers franchise just keeps clicking along at the box office.  Captain America: Civil War features ramifications from this as well as its own previous entry, Winter Soldier.

4. Inside Out ($356 mil)
The Pixar machine rolls along with this entry about the inner workings of a little girl's mind, personified by wacky characters.

5. Furious 7 ($353 mil)
The late Paul Walker makes his final appearance in the series with this entry.

6. Minions ($336 mil)
A spin-off of the Despicable Me franchise gives the wacky little yellow dudes their own movie at last.

7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 ($281 mil)
Interest in this saga cooled over the years, leading to a somewhat underwhelming performance for the finale.

8. The Martian ($228 mil)
Matt Damon gave a career performance in this latest astronaut disaster movie.

9. Cinderella ($201 mil)
Disney has been producing live action versions of its animated hits since 1996's 101 Dalmatians, and they remain viable box office fodder (see this year's massive success with The Jungle Book, for instance).

10. Spectre  ($200 mil)
Daniel Craig's final appearance as James Bond was a subdued success.

And selections from the rest of the list:
11. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation ($195 mil)
13. The Revenant ($183 mil)
14. Ant-Man ($180 mil)
15. Home ($177 mil)
17. Fifty Shades of Grey ($ 166 mil)
19. Straight Outta Compton ($161 mil)
21. Mad Max: Fury Road ($153 mil)
23. The Divergent Series: Insurgent ($130 mil)
24. The Peanuts Movie ($130 mil)
27. Spy ($110 mil)
28. Trainwreck ($110 mil)
29. Creed ($109 mil)
30. Tomorrowland ($93 mil)
32. Terminator: Genisys ($89 mil)
33. Taken 3 ($89 mil)
37. Ted 2 ($81 mil)
42. Bridge of Spies ($72 mil)
44. The Big Short ($70 mil)
45. War Room ($67 mil)
47. The Visit ($65 mil)
52. Joy ($56 mil)
53. Fantastic Four ($56 mil)
54. The Hateful Eight ($54 mil)
59. Jupiter Ascending ($47 mil)
60. Sicario ($46 mil)
62. Spotlight ($44 mil)
69. The Age of Adaline ($42 mil)
73. Pan ($35 mil)
75. Concussion ($34 mil)
94. Ex Machina ($25 mil)
95. In the Heart of the Sea ($25 mil)
100. Aloha ($21 mil)
111. Room ($14 mil)
117. Carol ($12 mil)
119. Strange Magic ($12 mil)
121. Self/Less ($12 mil)
156. Anomalisa ($3 mil)
186. Legend ($1 mil)

Source: Box Office Mojo


Pat Dilloway said...

This movie that made less than $700 seems to describe your blogs

Kate Larkindale said...

Amazingly huge amounts of money… It kind of blows my mind. Especially since I live in a small country where if a film makes 10 million it's a huge hit.

Tony Laplume said...

The more money movies make, the less we comprehend exactly what it means. I mean, Americans still trot out adjusted-for-inflation numbers to prop up, or at least contextualize, older hits like Gone with the Wind, but there's never any analysis about what it means. To the film studios, it means what they get to make next. To movie-goers, it largely defines what makes a good movie memory, because a lot of other people agreed that it was worth going to see (the scale of a hit largely depends on the special effects budget). And it truly boggles the mind to see people thinking like this. More and more money is pumped into making these movies, and so they have to be bigger and bigger hits. I mean, $936 million is a huge, huge amount of money, but I guarantee you that it won't even be that hard a mark to top in the none-too-distant future. But it would do a lot of people a lot of good to stop and realize what a hit movie looks like in another country, which is one of the reasons I love following your blog. Your A-to-Z this year was fascinating.

The Armchair Squid said...

Interesting list. I have seen five.

Inside Out is #1 for non-sequels.

Tony Laplume said...

Except it kind of does count as a franchise entry because it's Pixar, and there are a lot of people who will go see it because it's Pixar. The top ten is entirely made up of sequels, adaptations, and Pixar. Which is kind of disappointing, but we've been in this era for a while now, so it's also not surprising. Kind of nice to be able to see it so clearly.


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