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.

What was your favorite movie from this year

 

‘Ted 2’ can’t match ‘Jurassic World’ in opening weekend

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There was two movies that were set to come out this week with the loveable teddy bear, Ted 2, trying to grab the top spot for the box office, but was unable to take down either Jurassic World or Inside Out.

Jurassic World makes it three straight weeks at the top of the box office bringing in an estimated $54.2 million. The movie now has over $500 million domestically and now holds the record for the fastest movie to get to that mark getting there in 17 days compared to The Avengers (2012) which got there in 23 days. The movie has some ways to go to become the highest grossing film of all time, but at this rate, it’s possible.

Inside Out just misses beating out Jurassic World for the second straight week with it’s estimated $52.1 million. The movie continues to do well, as it should cross over the $200 million mark by the end of next week. At this rate, it should give Toy Story 3 a run for the top Pixar movie, but with Minions set to come out in a few weeks, it might effect it’s chances.

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The premiere of Ted 2 had high expectations, but was unable to meet them with it’s estimated $33 million opening. The first movie was a surprise hit that opened at $54 million, but this movie not only had a lower opening, but also has lower ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

The other new movie this week was Max which premiered with an estimated $12.2 million. Rounding out the top five is Spy with an estimated $7.8 million.

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

There are two big movies set to come out this week with Terminator: Genysis and Magic Mike XXL. These two movies are sure to knock Jurassic World for the top spot next week, as the will battle for the top spot. Magic Mike might have the advantage because of the type of movie that it is.

What movie did you see this weekend?

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“Jurassic World” chomps out “Inside Out” for the top of the box office

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There were two new movies to come out this week and one them gave Jurassic World a run for their money for the top spot, but was unable to top win it at the end.

Jurassic World grabs the top spot for the second straight week bringing in an estimated $102 million. This puts the movie at $398 million domestically and $981 million worldwide. The movie is well on it’s way to shatter the highest box office total and set a new standard for future movies.

Pixar’s latest movie, Inside Out, almost reaches $100 million, but falls just short with an estimated $91 million. This is the second highest opening for a Pixar movie and the highest since 2010’s Toy Story 3. The movie, which currently has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, should do well at the box office and give Toy Story 3 a run for it’s money for the highest box office for a Pixar movie.

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Spy falls down the chart to number three with an estimated $10 million. The movie currently has $74 million domestically and should cross the $100 million mark before the end of it’s run.

Rounding out the top five is San Andreas with an estimated $8.2 million and the other new movie for this week Dope with an estimated $6 million.

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

There is really only one big movie coming out this week in Ted 2. If it does as well as the first one it’s opening weekend, it should top the list but if it’s not as good then it might fail to grab the spot from Jurassic World.

What movie did you see this weekend?

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Top 5 movies coming out in June

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#5 – Entourage
Starring:  Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara
Out: June 5th

This HBO fan favorite show is going to the big screen (just like in the show) and it’s going to be of epic proportions. This movie has been getting a lot of hype and there is going to be cameo galore. The movie is going to be bigger (and hopefully better) then the TV show as we get to live in nostalgia.

#4 –  Ted 2
Starring:  Liam Neeson, Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman
Out: June 26th

This may be one of the best comedies or the worst comedies of the year. The first movie was a surprise hit but the last Seth McFarlane movie (A Million Ways to Die in the West) was a bust. This movie will probably be filled with cameos (look out for the Ryan Reynolds one) and will have a lot to prove considering how high the bar is set after the first movie.

#3- Inside Out
Starring:  Diane Lane, Amy Poehler, Kyle MacLachlan, Mindy Kaling
Out: June 19th

In this latest Disney movie, we follow all the emotions in our brain so that we can finally understand how it all works. This movie is going to prove why Disney is the best at what it does because only they can create a movie that any one person at any age can love.

#2- Spy
Starring:  Jude Law, Raad Rawi, Melissa McCarthy, Jessica Chaffin

Out: June 5th

Anything with Melissa McCarthy in is going to be box office gold. Add to the mix that Jason Statham is doing a comedy and you got yourself a date for Friday night. Like any other Paul Feig movie, this is going to have a lot of slap stick humor (mostly in the form of Melissa McCarthy) but with an underlying meaning.

#1- Jurassic World
Starring:  Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard
Out: June 12th

Yes it is true. There is another reboot being made to yet another classic. But this one, just might be ok. Steven Speilberg returns back to his movie and brings along the new ‘it’ boy in Chris Pratt. The story looks interesting and with the graphic update that has occurred over the last decade, expect it to be more lifelike then before. This is going to be one movie that you won’t mind paying the extra money to see in IMAX.

For the rest of the list, you can go here.

What movie are you most excited to see this month?

“San Andreas” says ’Aloha’ to the movie “Aloha”

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There was two movies that came out over the weekend and but only one was able to get into the top five for the box office. And it’s not the one you would have probably guessed.

The latest disaster movie, San Andreas, topped the box office during it’s opening week with an estimated $53.1 million. Disaster movies have been done so many times before but it always seems to draw in a crowd. Well, that in the fact that Dwayne Johnson is starring in it.

Pitch Perfect 2 remains in the number two spot with an estimated $14.3 million over the weekend. The movie is continuing to do well at the box office and should be able to cross over the $200 million mark by the end of it’s run. If it does, it would become the 3rd movie to do that this year.

Tomorrowland drops from the top spot bringing in an estimated $13.8 million over the weekend. The movie is not doing nearly as well as Disney had hoped it would and is a long way away from it’s $190 million budget.

Rounding out the top five is Mad Max with an estimated $13.6 million and The Avengers Age of Ultron with an estimated $10.9 million. The other new movie to come out this week was Aloha with an estimated $10 million despite it’s star-studded cast.

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

There are three new movies set to come out this weekend with two of them being comedies. Entourage will surely top the box office next weekend, but the other comedy Spy should do well too. Insidious Chapter 3 should make it into the top five, but don’t expect this to make it to the top three.

What movie did you see this weekend?

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“Pitch Perfect 2” beats “Mad Max” for competition of new movies

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There were two new movies that came out this weekend and they battled it out for the top spot at the box office but it’s the sequel that beats out the reboot.

The sequel to the surprise hit, Pitch Perfect 2, topped the box office it’s opening weekend with an estimated $70.3 million. The again surprises making more money opening weekend then the whole box office of Pitch Perfect. It should surpass the $100 million mark by the end of next weekend.

The other new movie to come out this weekend was Mad Max. The reboot took in an estimated $44.4 million in it’s opening weekend, which surprises the box office. The movie surpasses any other movie in the series.

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Age of Ultron falls from the top spot to bring in an estimated $38.8 million. The movie now surpassed Furious 7 for top grossing movie of the year and is going to set the bar for the rest of the movies that are coming out this year.

Rounding out the top five is Hot Pursuit with an estimated $5.7 million and Paul Blart 2 with an estimated $3.6 million.

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

There is only two new movies coming out next weekend and they should both be able to get into the top five. The Disney movie based on a section of Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland, and the new Melissa McCarthy comedy, Spy. Spy has a chance to beat out Pitch Perfect 2 from the top spot, but it’s not likely.

What movie did you see this weekend?

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Top 5 movies coming out this month

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#5 – Tomorrowland
Starring: Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy
Rated: PG
Out: 5/22

Disney looks to try and franchise another part of it’s amusement park. Tomorrowland is a section of Disney World where Space Mountain, The Buzzlightyear Ride, and People Mover resides. Now don’t expect any of these things to end up in the movie. But there are rumors circuling that they may make a series out of the sections of Magic Kingdom if this movie does well. While this movie has high hopes a part of me would be ok with not seeing this turn into a franchise.

#4- Aloha
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski
Rated: R
Out: 5/29

When you look at the complete cast of this movie, you don’t even need to know what it’s about. At least for me. It has literally every person that I like (except a few names) but then you see the trailer and it looks better then you could imagine? Sign me up.

#3-  Spy
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne
Rated: R
Out: 5/22

Melissa McCarthy. Rose Byrne. Jason Staham in a comedy. Need I say more?

#2- Pitch Perfect 2
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow
Rated: PG-13
Out: 5/15

Initially (and still a few lingering feelings) about whether or not this movie will be as amazing as the first one. I have high hopes for it because this will be Elizabeth Banks first time directing a full length film (she did a short for Movie 43) and I am anxious to see if her awesomness comes out as a director.

#1- The Avengers Age of Ultron
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner
Rated: PG-13
Out: 5/2

In one of the most anticipated movies of the year, we get to meet up with all our favorite superheroes while they once again are called on to save the world. I don’t know if it’s possible for a movie to be bigger or better than the first Avengers. Of course, this movie probably won’t live up to the expectations, but as long as it doesn’t completely tank it (like many many many sequels tend to do) then I would be all set.

What movie are you most excited to see this month?