Recap of movies in 2015

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There some movies that surprised us both good and bad. Some of the movies that we had expected to make millions at the box office, underperformed, like Mockingjay part 2, Fantastic Four, and Pan. The good surprises came from The Martian, Straight Outta Compton, and Creed. Each movie had expectations that were made and had a lot of pressure to meet those expectations. The best movies that came out this year were the reboot Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not a big surprise there.

Jurassic World may have surprised some people with its success, but when you add dinosaurs with Chris Pratt, it’s only expected to be successful. The best part is that they redeemed the T-Rex from the first movie (sorry spoiler alert for the five people who haven’t seen it) and were able to get the fans to root for the raptors (BLUE!). Star Wars: The Force Awakens was easily the most anticipated movie of the year and thankfully it lived up to expectations. The movie was able to relate to this generation fans while paying homage to the fans that have loved the series since the 70’s. It’s a timeless story that we will get to see unfold for years to come.

It was a good year for the female director. Both Elizabeth Banks and Sam Taylor-Johnson. Banks, who directed Pitch Perfect 2, and Taylor-Johnson, who directed Fifty Shades of Grey, proved that female directors can make a movie just as good (if not better) as a man can do. They are going to set the road for other female directors in the future. It was the year that women fought for equality in Hollywood which got a lot of attention after Sony’s emails leaked and Jennifer Lawrence wrote a letter in Lena Dunham’s newsletter about how she was underpaid compared to the other actors in the movie American Hustle.

Things are going to be competitive next year with a lot of big name movies set to come out, especially from the comic book universe. There are eight movies set to come out from DC Comics or Marvel. The biggest one is coming in the Spring where Batman V. Superman will face off against Captain America: Civil War at the box office. Captain America has been getting a lot of hype with all the cameos that are expected (plus the introduction of the new Spider-man) but Batman V. Superman is hoping to get the same attention as it tries to match points with Marvel.

Below is the top ten movies that came out in 2015. You can view the total box office for all the movies that came out in 2015 by going here.

10. Spy

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Jude Law
Box office: $110.8 million

One of those not-so-big surprise movies that did well at the box office. The surprise was see Jason Statham in comedic role. He shows that he can be more than just someone who can kill you with his bare hands. But now he can do it so that you want to want to laugh as he does it.

9. Cinderella

Starring: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skarsgard

Box office: $201.1 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/cinderella-an-enchanting-story-that-pays-homage-to-the-classic

Another surprise, but shouldn’t have been surprisingly, hit from Disney. Cinderella saved Disney in the 1950’s, and maybe once again in movies of this generation. They were able to prove that they can do more than just theme parks and animated movies, but live movies as well.

8. Mockingjay part 2

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland

Box office: $259.3 million (still in theaters)

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/prepare-to-be-blown-away-by-the-hunger-games-finale-mockingjay-pt-2

One of the most anticipated movies of the year may have not reached the expectations at the box office, but it was certainly a satisfying ending for the fans. Yes there were things that things that we wish could have been different, but it still left the fans with the resolution that we wanted.

7. Furious 7

Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez

Box office: $353 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/review-furious-7-one-last-ride-for-paul-walker

This was a bittersweet movie for the fans of the series. We got to say good-bye to Paul Walker while honoring him in his last movie. The movie made everyone cried during the credits (you are lying if you say you didn’t). But more than that, it reminded us that there is more to life than fast cars and money, but friendship and family. Which has been a theme for the movie since day one.

6. Trainwreck

Starring: Amy Schumer, Brie Larson, Bill Hader

Box office: $110 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/amy-schumer-proves-she-s-no-trainwreck

Amy Schumer was one of the many ‘it’ girls of this year. She not only did well with her comedy tour, but her show on Comedy Central as well, winning her first Golden Globe this year. The movie was a hit as well with the fans as it was a nice change of pace to see the roles reversed in this romantic comedy as she is able to relate to not only females, but males as well as both sides struggle with finding love.

5. Inside Out

Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader

Box office: $356 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/inside-out-gives-you-a-bad-case-of-the-feels

Yet another Pixar classic. This movie once again reminds us why Pixar is the master at creating animated movies. They know how to reach deep down inside of you, grab your heart, and rip right out in such a way that has you thanking them for doing it. The movie touched on depression in children, which is relevant to the kids in today’s world.

4. Pitch Perfect 2

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow

Box office: $184.4 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/pitch-perfect-2-bellas-prove-that-sequels-can-be-as-good-as-the-original

This was a surprise his, for me at least. I was weary with the sequel as many people are with movies that they love (look at the sequel for Mean Girls). Sometimes trying to capture lightening in a bottle twice can leave you burned. This time it worked out for the girls and it may have a lot to do with Elizabeth Banks as the director. She kept the focus on the girls and the music. The movie had a lot of heart and of course those pesky quotes that we like to integrate to everyday life.

3. The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson

Box office: $459 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/review-the-avengers-age-of-ultron-bigger-and-better-then-the-first

The Avengers changed the way that superhero movies are made and it did it again in this movie. The stakes were higher, but the movie was able to reach all the stakes with no problem. While the movie may not have done as well as the first one (with all the records that one broke) it did well with the fans, and that’s really where it counts.

2. Jurassic World

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio

Box office: $652.2 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/jurassic-world-is-a-fun-ride-that-everyone-will-enjoy

Initially, fans of the original Jurassic Park were nervous about the reboot. With good reason. Have you seen the history of reboots? This movie was able to prove that yes, sometimes reboots are a great idea. Especially when that reboot has Chris Pratt. He was this year’s ‘it’ boy for movies and proved that with his role in this movie. It did so well that is was able to get a sequel in the works so prepare for more Chris Pratt and dinosaurs.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Starring: Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford

Box office: $391 million (still in theaters)

Everyone in the world and their mother went to see this movie. At least once. Some more than others. People camped out weeks in advance so that they could get the best seat in the theater, all wanting to be one of the first ones to see the movie. And they were not disappointed. The movie sits as one of the highest ratings of the series and looks like it sparked a new generation of fans for the series.

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“Hot Pursit” doesn’t have what it take to beat “Ultron” at box office

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There was only one new movie to come out this week, but it was no match for the second Avengers movie.

Age of Ultron remains in the top spot for the 2nd straight week with an estimated $77.2 million. The movie has now made $312 million domestically and is currently the 2nd highest movie of 2015. It should be close to take the lead by next week only $26 million shy of Furious 7.

The only new movie to come out this week was the comedy with Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vegara, Hot Pursuit. The movie took in an estimated $13.4 million in its opening weekend despite the mixed reviews.

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The Age of Adeline drops one spot from the number two spot. The movie took in an estimated $5.6 million. The movie has done decently well with an estimated $31.2 million so far.

Rounding out the top five is Furious 7 with an estimated $5.2 million and Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 with an estimated $5.1 million.

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

There are two big movies set to come out this weekend. Ultron should have some stiff competition as both movies have what it takes to top the box office. The action reboot of Mad Max might be this summer’s surprise hit. The sequel to the 2012 surprise hit, Pitch Perfect 2, is set to come out and will challenge the theory that sequels shouldn’t be made.

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“Age of Ultron” beats out “Furious 7” at the box office

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There was only one movie that came out this weekend, but it was a doozy. The sequel to one of the biggest movies made, came out but fell short of expectations.

Age of Ultron opened to an estimated $187 million, falling short of expectations. The movie was expected to open to a bigger weekend then the first one, but it fell short by a bit. The first Avengers took in $207 million in the first weekend before going on to gross $623 million domestically. It’s going to be an uphill climb if it wants to beat out the first movie and lack of competition may help.

The second Avengers movie also fell short of the highest opening day, bringing in only $84.4 million opening day. 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 still holds on to the record with its $91 million opening day.

Age of Adaline moves up to the #2 spot with an estimated $6.2 million just beating out Furious 7 with an estimated $6.1 million. This is the first time that Furious 7 is not in the number one spot in five weeks.

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Rounding out the top five is Paul Blart 2 with an estimated $5.5 million and Home with an estimated $3.3 million.

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

There is only one new movie that should get into the top five next week in Hot Pursuit, but it’s doubtful that it will challenge Avengers for the top spot.

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“Age of Adaline” can’t take down “Furious 7” from the top spot

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There was two new movies that came out this week and only one of them was able to get into the top five at the box office.

Furious 7 continues to hold down the top spot at the box office for the 4th straight week with an estimated $18.2 million. The movie has now crossed over the $1 billion worldwide currently standing at $1.3 billion. This is the highest box office for the franchise and is currently the 5th highest movie worldwide.

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 remains in the number two spot with an estimated $15.5 million. The movie continues to surprise at the box office considering it only has a 4% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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The only new movie to get in the top five is The Age of Adaline with an estimated $13.3 million. The other new movie to come out was Little Boy which only took in an estimated $2.8 million in its opening weekend.

Rounding out the top five is Home with an estimated $8.3 million and Unfriended with an estimated $6.2 million.

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

Furious 7’s reign at the top is surely going to come to an end this weekend as The Avengers Age of Ultron is set to come out Friday. Age of Ultron should remain at the top of the box office for the rest of May and the beginning of June until the new Jurassic Park movie comes out.

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“Furious 7” three-peats at the top of the box office

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There were five new movies to come out this week and two of them were able to challenge Furious 7 for the top spot but they weren’t able to top it.

Furious 7 continues to dominate the top of box office with an estimated $29 million over the weekend. The movie has now surpassed the $1 billion mark worldwide and is going to continue to climb as it tries grab the top box office. It’s still got another billion to go if it wants to top 2009’s Avatar.

The two new movies to come lose to the top spot are Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 with an estimated $24 million and Unfriended with an estimated $16 million. The opening for Paul Blart didn’t premiere quite as high as the first movie but has high hopes for the total box office.

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Home is still able to bring in an estimated $10.3 million, finally moving it past it’s $135 million budget.

Rounding out the top five is The Longest Ride with an estimated $6.8 million. The movie continues to under perform at the box office, despite the fans loving the movie.

The other three movies to come out this week are Monkey Kingdom with an estimated $4.7 million, True Story with an estimated $1.9 million, and Child 44 with $600,000 (in a limited release).

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

There are two movies set to come out this week. Age of Adeline should find it’s way into the top five and Little Boy has a shot, but neither movie will be able to stop Furious 7 from making it four weeks in a row at the top.

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“The Longest Ride” can’t take down “Furious 7” from top of the box office

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There was only one new movie that came out this week but it wasn’t able to take the top from Furious 7.

Furious 7 once again finds itself at the top of the box office for the second straight week, bringing in an estimated $60.5 million. The movie now surpasses the $200 million mark and is dangerously close to the $1 billion mark. The movie should hit it by the end of next week.

Home is staying strong in the number two spot with an estimated $19 million over the weekend. With the movie being the only family friendly film, it’s going to remain to do well. The movie should surpass their budget next week, but it’s no where near where they were expected to be at.

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The only new movie is the latest adaptation from Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride. The movie brings in an estimated $13.5 million. This is the 6th highest opening for a Sparks’s adaptation. While on the surface it doesn’t mean much considering that the highest grossing film, The Notebook, only premiered at $13.4 million.

Rounding out the top five is Get Hard with an estimated $8.6 million and Cinderella with an estimated $7.2 million.

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

There are only two major movies coming out this week and they both may find their way to the top five. The thriller based on the novel by Tom Rob Smith, Child 44, is set to release on Friday along with the sequel to yet another movie that didn’t need it, Paul Blart 2. Both movies may find their way into top five, but neither will take the top spot from Furious 7.

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Review – “Furious 7” – a beautiful tribute to Paul Walker

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Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Jason Statham, Tyrese, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Lucas Black, and Kurt Rusell
Director: James Wan
Rated: PG-13
Movie Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2820852/

In the 7th installment of the series, the gang unites to say good-bye to one of their fallen friends as war is waged on by Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) as he tries to avenge his brother’s death.

This is a bittersweet movie as you watch the final movie of Paul Walker’s unfold on the screen. There are going to be some scenes that make your eyes water and it’s not because of the story. It’s because you know that this is it. This is Paul Walker’s legacy that you are watching and this is the last time that you are going to see him. The Tagline of the movie: One Last Ride is fitting for Paul Walker’s legacy in the series.

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The actors of the movie have asked that fans who have seen the movie to not spoil the tribute to Paul Walker that they do for him. TO honor that request I won’t say what it is, but you need to stay around and see it and if you walk out of the theater without getting choked up, then you have a heart of ice.

The fighting sequence definitely outweigh the fast cars, especially the final battle between Jason Statham and Vin Diesel. They have an old-fashion street fight that leads to both of them falling (but not in the way that you are thinking). Statham is a great addition to the series especially considering that he is the villain of the movie. He’s a total bad-ass that you can’t help but cheer for him just a little bit.

Not everything about the movie is perfect, even though we all wanted it to be. With action films there is a certain air of reality to the story. There are things that can happen that you just accept, but this movie goes beyond that. For example, when Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is going out to join the final fight from his hospital bed, he just happens to have all his police gear and uniform with him. I can accept some things, but this movie went a little to far.

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There are two major themes that are repeated over and over again in the movie, that is ‘One last ride’ (which is the movie’s tag line) and family. It’s no surprise that this would be the focus of the movie considering that it’s Paul Walker’s final movie. Family has always been a major theme with Diesel repeating the importance of it over and over again in the movie, especially to Paul Walker’s Brian.

The best part of the movie is Paul Walker. Knowing that this is his last role is what’s going to get a lot of people to go to the movie theaters. To honor him. He doesn’t disappoint. It’s perhaps his best performance in the series, being the dad struggling from on from his fast cars to minivans who needs the last ride before he can move on with Mia and their family. The send off is beautiful and you will be hard-pressed to find a dry eye in the theater after the movie ends.

Rating: B-

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