Although we are only just over halfway through 2015, it has already been a superb year for cinema. We have had countless blockbuster films hit the momentous $1 billion mark worldwide, and many legendary records shattered. Today, we’re counting down the 10 highest-grossing films of the year so far. Please note that the values will here be the domestic grosses, and our source is Box Office Mojo. Let’s get into it:
#10 – Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Also one of star Tom Hardy’s highest-grossing films (you can check his list out here), Fury Road was the fourth entry in the legendary Mad Max series, featuring high-octane action and advanced stunts. Thanks to a stellar cast – including Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult – and superb direction from George Miller, this film managed to make $150 million – the most successful in the franchise – but did better in foreign countries, however managed to break even on domestic figures alone.
#9 – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)
After the success of 2004’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which made $85 million domestically – far recouping its $30 million budget – a sequel was hotly-anticipated, and it was this year fans were appeased. In Sponge Out of Water, the underwater friends go – as the title suggests – out of the water into the 3D world we live in. Mixing live-action – with stars such as Antonio Banderas – and animation – with voice actors like Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke – Sponge Out of Water made $163 million, almost double its predecessor, rendering it a massive success.
#8 – Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Easily one of the year’s most controversial – and also arguably worst – films of the year so far, Fifty Shades of Grey followed the story of E.L. James’ hugely successful novel, starring Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, but was demolished by critics and fans alike. However, thanks to an arduous advertising campaign, it managed to make $166 million domestically, and with a sequel in the works and the home video releases currently rolling out, has done very well considering its origin.
#7 – Home (2015)
Featuring the voice talents of The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons and pop-star Rihanna, Home tells the tale of a runaway alien that meets a cat, who is on a mission of their own. Although not as well-received as most DreamWorks films, Home still managed to make $176 million, but when considering that its $135 million budget was only just recouped domestically, don’t be surprised if the film’s stars – Oh and Tip – aren’t on the silver screen any time soon.
#6 – Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Pitch Perfect was one of 2012’s most interesting films: nobody could’ve expected that a film aimed at teens and focusing on a capella singing would make much at the box office, and they weren’t wrong – it only made around $65 million in America, but thanks to its popularity on home video, a sequel was put into production. Catching up with Anna Kendrick’s Beca and Rebel Wilson’s Fat Amy, Pitch Perfect 2 made an astounding $183 million in America alone – and this is even before home video. With a third entry in production, Pitch Perfect is fast becoming one of Hollywood’s most prosperous music films.
#5 – Cinderella (2015)
Following the legendary fairy tale and reworking the Disney animated classic for 21st century audiences, Cinderella stars Lily James, Cate Blanchett, and thanks to a strong advertising campaign – including being the only place to watch the hotly-anticipated short Frozen Fever – Cinderella managed to make $201 million in America alone, proving that live-action Disney films are still in demand.
#4 – Inside Out (2015)
The presence of Disney Pixar films was greatly missed in 2014, when The Good Dinosaur was delayed, meaning there was a long wait for the next animated treat. Inside Out was not expected to be a success, especially when considering some of Pixar’s most successful films were sequels or continuations of famous franchises, but thanks to emotional storytelling and the typical Pixar charm, Inside Out managed to make $262 million domestically, one of Pixar’s most successful entries.
#3 – Furious 7 (2015)
After the untimely and tragic death of star Paul Walker in November 2013, many were concerned whether or not the newest entry in the Fast and Furious franchise – the films that made Walker the star he was – would respect his legacy whilst also being entertaining. Luckily, it managed to be all of these things, and thanks to a smash-hit lead single, successful advertising campaign and emotional moments, Furious 7 made an astounding $351 domestically, but was also the first film of the year to smash the momentous $1 billion mark worldwide.
#2 – Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
One of the year’s most anticipated films after its predecessor, Avengers Assemble, became the highest-grossing superhero film of all time, Age of Ultron met back up with the super-powered team as they strive to defeat Ultron, an AI created by Iron Man and the Hulk. Although it didn’t make quite as much as the first Avengers film, Age of Ultron still made an incredible $455 million in the USA alone, also managing to hit the $1 billion worldwide mark.
#1 – Jurassic World (2015)
After 2001’s Jurassic Park 3 tanked at the box office and derailed the Jurassic Park franchise, nobody would’ve thought that a sequel would break even, let alone succeed. However, the genius move to hire Hollywood’s favourite actor – Chris Pratt – and revamp the franchise in an interesting way thanks to fantastic CGI and good advertising definitely paid off, with Jurassic World making $569 in America alone, also smashing past the $1 billion dollar mark.
What is your favourite film of 2015 so far? What other films yet to come out do you think will make the list? Be sure to leave a comment below!