Hello! Welcome to another awesome week and the weekend was even better with Christmas 2000 times better. Yeah, we feed 2000 families this season as planned with each family getting a food hamper and a live chicken (yeah…real life chickens were involved)… lol. Jollyhood would like to say a big thank you to everyone that made it a reality. God bless you real good.
Back to what we love the most, here are some incredible stats for 2015: worldwide, the year saw the release of four of the 10 highest-grossing films of all time, tied with 2012 for the greatest number of films to gross more than $1 billion, and set the record for the greatest number of films crossing the $1.5 billion mark. 2015 also has the most number of films to be among the top ten highest-grossing films of all time. Wow right! Not a bad year for filmmakers. Let’s find out these blockbusters as we take a look at the top ten box office hits for 2015.
On number 1 spot with a worldwide gross of $1,668,984,926 is Jurassic World. This makes the fourth release of the franchise the current highest grossing film for 2015. Jurassic World grossed $524.4 million worldwide in its opening weekend, surpassing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ($483.2 million in 2011). Jurassic World also grossed $208.8 million in North America in its opening weekend, beating the previous record held by The Avengers ($207.4 million in 2012) and holds the current position of the third highest-grossing film of all time. Yay, give it up for the dinosaurs!
On number 2 spot is the latest of the Fast & Furious franchise, Furious 7 also from Universal Pictures with a gross of $1,515,047,671. Furious 7 became the fastest film to accrue $1 billion in tickets sales worldwide, doing so in 17 days. This record was later surpassed by Universal’s own Jurassic World two months later, accruing the same amount in 13 days. Furious 7 is currently the world’s fifth highest-grossing film of all time. Who says you need great dialogue to become a box office hit? The Fast & Furious series definitely say otherwise.
Number 3 is Avengers 2: Age of Ultron from Marvel Studios with a gross of $1,405,035,767. The sequel currently holds the position for the sixth highest-grossing film of all time. The Marvel Cinematic Universe also became the highest grossing film franchise with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, surpassing the Harry Potter franchise ($7.723 billion, 2001-2011), and becoming the first franchise to gross over $8 billion. Not bad for a sequel.
Number 4 spot goes to Minions. You remember them; the wacky banana like creatures from Despicable Me Series. “Minions” became the first non-Disney animated film and the third animated film after Toy Story 3 (2010) and Frozen (2013) to gross over $1 billion, is currently the second highest-grossing animated and the tenth highest-grossing film of all time. The adorable beings helped Universal/Illumination Entertainment gross in $1,157,275,017 at the box office.
Number 5 spot is Inside Out, a Walt Disney/ Pixar production with $851,633,930. It’s the tenth animated film to gross more than $800 million, and is currently the tenth highest grossing animated film and 43rd highest-grossing film of all time. I thought the movie was ingenious and brilliant; having your emotions take on real live form and experience the world outside of you. Nice one Disney!
Up next on 6th spot is Spectre, the fourth movie of Daniel Craig’s “James Bond” with $836,843,795 by MGM/Columbia. Someone’s take on the movie involved falling asleep while watching; that doesn’t sound good. My guess is it means it’s time for Daniel to bow out. Beef abi? You may be right cos I never really did like his Bond character.
On number 7 spot is another franchise (the franchises seem to be having a great year) and the 5th in the series, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. A Paramount Pictures venture, the movies grossed in $682,330,139 worldwide.
On number 8 spot is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 by Lions Gate Entertainment with a worldwide gross of $595,581,457. I’m surprised it made the cut. If “Spectre” was boring, this movie was way worse for me.
Finally on number 10 spot is the twisted, sadistic tale/love story “Fifty Shades of Gray” also from Universal Pictures with a gross of $570,489,358. Overly surprised it made it to the top ten. Well it just confirms what I’ve always know, that sex and violence make box office hits.
That’s it for the top ten hits and Universal Pictures seems to have done well with three films released in the same year and all three grossing over $1 billion. Two of which also grossed over $1.5 billion and over $1 billion outside of North America. Universal is the first studio thus far to achieve $6 billion at the global box office in one year.
You might also be interested to know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens, broke all pre-sale ticket records and grossed $529 million in its opening weekend, making it the highest-grossing worldwide opening of all time, taking the record from Jurassic World ($524.4 million on 12-14 June 2015). Force Awakens also grossed $248 million in North America in its opening weekend, beating the previous record held by Jurassic World ($208.8 million). Thanks to Star Wars, Disney will cross the $5B in global box office in a calendar year for the first time, surpassing the previous full-year record of $4.73B set in 2013. Which means Star Wars is definitely knocking off the “Fifty Shades of Gray” stuff of the top ten list.
That’s it for the top ten box office hits. Do have a…no white Christmas in naija so have to make do with… Harmatanish Christmas…uh? Just have a great Christmas guys and let’s make sure we watch all the movies we can. Cheerio!