The past year has once again proved that superhero blockbusters and promoted franchises rule the ball in modern cinema. Hollywood is so passionate about the creation of movie comics, sequels, remakes and reboots that only two original projects managed to break into the top ten highest-grossing films of 2016 - the animation films " Zootopia " and " The Secret Life of Pets b>".|
Together, a dozen leaders in the financial rating emptied the pockets of viewers by almost $ 9 billion . The Walt Disney Empire stood out in particular, owning such valuable assets as Pixar , Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm . House of Mouse ended the calendar year with record box-office gains and was featured in the top 10 with five of its films.
The past year has given viewers the first franchise that managed to earn $ 10 billion at the global box office: thanks to the success of the films "Captain America: Civil War" and "Doctor Strange", the Marvel cinematic universe left its mark on history ... However, at the end of the year, superheroes got two serious competitors at once. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them helped film adaptations of J.K. Rowling to reach the mark $ 8 billion , and the blockbuster "Rogue One. Star Wars: Tales "allowed George Lucas's space saga to step over $ 7 billion and remove Bond from the third position in the list of highest grossing film series.
The blockbuster " The First Avenger: Confrontation " became the leader of the financial rating in 2016, which earned $ 1.153 billion at the worldwide box office. That amount put the superhero action movie in 12th place on the list of highest-grossing films in history. The First Avenger triquel is the fourth Marvel movie to reach the $ 1 billion mark, previously achieved by Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Avengers: Age of Ultron ". The movie comic about the conflict between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark lost the title of the highest-grossing North American film "Finding Dory", but was more successful in other territories. The success of Confrontation made it clear that Hollywood studios have begun to actively work in the Asian market for a reason. The hit movie with a price tag of $ 250 million could not have made a billion without the support of Chinese viewers, who contributed more than $ 190 million to its piggy bank.
On the second step of the podium is the animated hit " Finding Dory ". The Oscar-winning sequel Finding Nemo earned $ 1.027 billion , making it the 22nd highest-grossing film in history. Most of all, the fish Dory missed the residents of the United States, who left about half a billion dollars in theaters. Thanks to their support, the animation tape managed to maintain its leadership in the American box office for three weeks in a row. Believe it or not, Finding Dory was only the second Pixar cartoon after the Toy Story triquel, which managed to exchange $ 1 billion . It is even more surprising that work on one of the main hits of 2016 risked going without the participation of the famous animation studio. Ten years ago, Disney executives thought about handing the sequel " Finding Nemo " to their Circle 7 Animation department, but in the end preferred to leave the cartoon in the hands of the animators of the studio Pixar .
The third line of the financial rating is taken by the cartoon " Zootopia ", on the account of which, according to the results of the past year, there were $ 1.023 billion . The decision not to interfere with the work of Pixar turned out to be a double profit for the empire of Walt Disney . At the beginning of the 21st century, Walt Disney Animation was going through difficult times. Her cartoons did not delight critics, and sometimes they did not recoup the costs of their production. Looking at the work of the studio Pixar , employees of Disney have learned how to create their own masterpieces of computer animation. Suffice it to say that the last four Walt Disney Animation cartoons have earned more than $ 3.4 billion at the box office. As for the magnificent “ Zootopia", he has already won the prestigious Critics' Choice Award and is rightly considered one of the main contenders for the Oscar . USA animation lovers also made a significant contribution to the worldwide box office of the cartoon. In the domestic box office " Zootopia " earned almost 2.3 billion rubles, second only to "Avatar" in this indicator.
The fourth place in the ranking was taken by another project about talking animals - " The Jungle Book ". Recent advances in computer graphics have allowed the studio Disney not only to introduce the heroes of Rudyard Kipling's works to many young viewers, but also to evoke warm nostalgic feelings among fans of the 1967 cartoon of the same name. The theatrical release " The Jungle Book " finished with $ 966 million in the piggy bank. The blockbuster adventure was warmly received all over the world, and in India and Great Britain it was even lucky to become the highest grossing Hollywood project of the past year. It is only natural that within a few days after the film was released internationally, the management of Disney announced the start of work on its sequel.<
The fifth position is occupied by the cartoon "The Secret Life of Pets ", which emptied the pockets of viewers for $ 875 million . In just nine years, Illumination Entertainment has become one of the main competitors of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation . Having achieved tremendous success with the Despicable Me franchise, Christopher Meledandri's company decided to delight the audience with fresh ideas. As a result, " The Secret Life of Pets " was able to immediately enter the top ten highest grossing original film projects in history. In North America, the cartoon was released on an unprecedented 4370 screens for animation projects, which allowed him to earn more than $ 100 million on its very first weekend. His affairs were no less successful in the world box office. For instance, in USA, it only slightly lost to " Zootopia " in the fight for the title of the highest grossing film of the year.
The sixth line was won by the blockbuster " Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ", which grossed at the worldwide box office $ 873 million . The second film in the DC universe immediately set a movie comic book record for the box office in the starting weekend. In the first days at the worldwide box office, the tape earned $ 422.5 million , which allowed it to surpass the achievement of " The Avengers ", which in 2012 reached the mark of $ 392.5 million . However, then devastating reviews from critics began to appear on the Web, because of which the superhero epic began to rapidly lose its audience. Since the production and advertising costs of Batman v Superman are estimated at $ 415 million , just to reach the level of self-sufficiency, the film had to earn about $ 830 million . To the disappointment of the management of the studio Warner Bros. , according to the results of theatrical release of the controversial project exceeded this mark by only $ 43 million .
A master class on creating profitable film comics last year was given rather unexpectedly by 20th Century Fox . The phenomenal success of " Deadpool " has shown that it is not at all necessary to spend hundreds of millions of dollars for a film's advertising campaign to be bright and memorable. The project about a chatty mercenary received a budget of $ 58 million , which was ridiculous by the standards of modern superhero action films, but was able to earn $ 783 million and the title of the highest grossing film with a rating of R in history. The triumph of " Deadpool " looks especially impressive against the background of the not-so-outstanding performance of the $ 178 million blockbuster "X-Men: Apocalypse". It is unlikely that a year ago, one of the spectators would have dared to bet on that of the two new projects about mutants, the most financially successful film in the history of the X-Men franchise will be “ Deadpool ”.
The eighth line was taken by the fantasy tape " Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ", in which there was $ 772 million . The film company Warner Bros. was so confident in the success of the prequel to the Harry Potter franchise that a month before the film's release, it announced plans to create a whole pentalogy. The opening weekend made it clear that the $ 180 million blockbuster has every chance of becoming one of the top box office hits in the world. The film about the amazing adventures of Newt Scamander aroused great interest in USA as well: in the first month of its release, five million of our compatriots watched it.
The well-publicized Suicide Squad comic strip, which earned $ 745 million , also made good profits for WB . Despite the fact that the super-villainous blockbuster studio Warner Bros. did not gain much success from critics, it quite happily paid off its $ 175 million budget. In the summer, the film met with serious competition at the box office, but managed to hold the lead in the US box office for three weeks in a row. Before " Suicide Squad ", only " Deadpool ", " Zootopia ", " The Jungle Book "and" Finding Dory ". The box office was high enough for the management of WB to launch not only its sequel, but also a spin-off in which Harley Quinn will meet the Gotham Sirens.
The tenth place in the ranking of the highest grossing films of the year was won by another high-profile project about magic and wizardry. To date, Doctor Strange has a worldwide gross of $ 657 million . If you do not take into account cameos and supporting roles, then more successfully Studio Marvel managed to present new heroes of its cinematic universe only in the film "Guardians of the Galaxy", which managed to earn $ 773 million .
The film " Star Wars: The Force Awakens " deserves special mention. At the time of last year's rating, the seventh part of the space saga was still continuing its victorious march across the screens of cinemas, which did not allow taking into account its final fees. For the same reason, we have not yet begun to add the tape “ Rogue One.” To the list of box office hits in 2016. Star Wars Stories ", which was released only a couple of weeks ago.
The excitement around the seventh part of " Star Wars " was so high that it managed to set a new financial record on the day of its premiere. No movie has ever earned more than $ 100 million in the United States on its first day of screening. The new episode of the legendary saga has completed its worldwide release with $ 2.068 billion in the piggy bank. This result put " The Force Awakens " to be the third highest grossing film in history. Ahead were only two creations of James Cameron - " Avatar " and "Titanic".
The Topic of Article: Highest Grossing Movies of 2016.