2016 Hits!

Happy New Year Folks! I’m sooooo excited about 2017. Something tells me that it’s going to be a prosperous one for us, recession or not. I can just feel it in my bones *cheeky grin* But before we start putting up those New Year Resolutions, I think it makes sense that we first evaluate ourselves against last year by asking:

How many of our set down goals were we able to achieve?

– If quite a lot, how? If not that much, why not?

– How do replicate the last year’s successes and double our efforts for more results. Translating the good feeling in      my bones into reality.

And once we’ve done that, we’re headed in the right direction to making sure 2017 is definitely better *dancing*

That’s enough pep talk for now, on to the subject we love the most. The movie industry had another beautiful year in 2016 as it raked in over $11.1 billion in global ticket sales, surpassing last year’s record figure. To quote someone; reasons included Marvel, a guy in red tights, and animated movies. Lol!

Disney was the biggest contributor, with over $7 billion at the worldwide box office thanks to “Captain America: Civil War,” “Finding Dory,” and “Zootopia,” all earning over $1 billion worldwide. Five of the top 10 worldwide box-office earners of 2016 are Disney titles (domestically it gets six out of the top 10).

There was also 20th Century Fox’s “Deadpool” (shocker), raking in the big bucks. And Warner Bros.’ DC Comics movies “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” which also took in impressive figures even with terrible reviews.

Let’s point out that “Rogue One” will knock off the film currently occupying position 10th position on the Top Ten Box Office Hits. Reasons being it’s still a new release, it has worldwide gross of $635 million and the latest “Star Wars” movie is rising up the box-office charts on a daily basis.

And to start off our countdown we’ve got:

10. “Doctor Strange” with a $656.4 million worldwide gross. Not to sound like a broken record, but still haven’t gotten what the fuss was about this movie. Anyways “Rogue One” will definitely see Strange off the list.

9. “Suicide Squad” — $745.6 million
Domestic: $363 million

Despite bad reviews, this DC movie held on tenaciously. Lol! After having the biggest opening weekend of all time for an August release and then sales dropping almost 67.5% in its second weekend domestically, it held it’s own. It also helped that it earned $400 million internationally.

8. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — $746.1 million

Domestic: $217.3 million

Though still in theaters “Harry Potter’s” spin-off movie isn’t making anything close to the “Potter” franchise, but still came in as the studio’s third-highest earner of the year domestically.

7. “Deadpool” — $783.1 million
Domestic: $363 million

The biggest shocker of the year, if you ask me was wise ass, dirty talking comic character “Deadpool” which broke records for 20th Century Fox like the biggest winter, President’s Day, February, and R-rated opening of all time of $132.4 million.

6. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” — $873.2 million
Domestic: $330.3 million

Even with the negative reviews, moi inclusive (See post Hero or Horror Movie), the movie still broke the record for biggest Easter, March, and spring opening weekend of all time with $166 million domestically. It was Warner Bros. biggest earner of the year.

5. “The Secret Life of Pets” — $875.4 million
Domestic: $368.3 million

The animations have been having a ball at the box office for a while now and “The Secret Life of Pets” was another fun story told perfect animation. And Universal is appreciative, after a record-breaking year at the box office last year.

4. “The Jungle Book” — $966.5 million
Domestic: $364 million

Remaking the classic cartoon of a “man-cub” and his adventures with the wild animals turned out another huge success for Disney, with $600 million earnings overseas. Go Disney!

3. “Zootopia” — $1.023 billion
Domestic: $341.2 million

I loved this animation! It would appear that Disney seems to have gotten the hang of what a good animation should be all about.

2. “Finding Dory” — $1.027 billion
Domestic: $486.2 million

The long-awaited sequel to “Finding Nemo” back in 2003 was a huge hit for Disney/Pixar, as it’s currently the top domestic earner of the year. Though it’s been said that “Rogue One” should pass it by the first week of January 2017. It had the highest-grossing opening for a PG-rated movie ever ($135 million) and it’s the highest-grossing PG movie in the US ever.

1.Captain America: Civil War” — $1.153 billion
Domestic: $408 million

Marvel hit the jackpot in this movie where we get to watch “The Avengers” split into Team Blue and Team Red battle it out with each other. Though critics say it felt more like an Avengers sequel than Captain America’s. Who cares? It was awesome fun (see post Marvel’s M.O.).  While “Rogue One” seem to be inching closer to over-seating its no. 1 position, but for now Captain America owns this mountain. Hurray!

Now while I celebrate with this box office hits of 2016, I thought I should also sympathize with the “none hits” as well. Below is top ten films that tanked at the box office last year.

10. “Hail, Caesar!” — $30 million
Reported budget: $22 million

9. “Zoolander 2” — $28.8 million
Reported budget: $50 million

8.The Finest Hours” — $27.5 million
Reported budget: $80 million

7. “Ben-Hur” — $26.4 million
Reported budget: $100 million

6. “Bridget Jones’s Baby” — $24.1 million
Reported budget: $35 million

5. “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” — $23 million
Reported budget: $35 million

4. “Keanu” — $20.5 million
Reported budget: $15 million

3. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” — $10.9 million
Reported budget: $28 million

2. “Popstar: Never Stop Stopping” — $9.4 million
Reported budget: $20 million

1. “The Brothers Grimsby” — $6.8 million
Reported budget: $35 million

I truly feel for you guys (super sad face). Better luck next time. This is where I wrap it up today guys. See you on Friday for the 1st “Movie Review of the year and next Tuesday for a spotlight on the “Must Watch Movies” of 2017. Cheerios!

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