2015 Reeled in Good Movies

Jurassic World, Moonlight through the mouth of the Indominus rex.

Jurassic World, Moonlight through the mouth of the Indominus rex. Photo courtesy by Google

A few of the top grossing movies for 2015 are Jurassic World, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Inside Out, Furious 7, American Sniper, Minions, The Martian, Cinderella and lastly Pitch Perfect 2.

Out of all those movies who would have thought Jurassic World would be number one on the list and make a whopping $652,198,010 and sell 77,920,909 tickets.

Jurassic World, highest grossing movie of 2015, is a sci-fi film and it takes place on a made up island of Isla Nublar off the pacific coast of Central America. When Indominus rex, a genetically modified dinosaur, breaks loose from her enclosure and goes on a bloody rampage across the island. This film was supposed to be released in 2005 for the summer, but due to issues with the script revisions, it took a decade for the film to come out.

As well, there were changes made to the production of the movie overall. The movie was then released on June 10, 2015 in over 60 countries and received positive reviews from many film critics. Gaining a record-breaking opening weekend with $500 million worldwide, Jurassic World is planning to release a sequel on June 22, 2018.

 Avengers: Age of Ultron, As a force all the marvel characters unite and defeat Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron, As a force all the marvel characters unite and defeat Ultron. Photo courtesy by Google

Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is an action movie, based off the Marvel comics, reached top ten on the charts bringing in $459,005,868 with 54,839,410 tickets sold. This is the sequel to the original movie, The Avengers. In this movie, the Avengers have to join forces to defeat Ultron, who is the supervillain in the comics and is also recognized as the foe of the avengers.

The premiere was held in Los Angeles on April 13, 2015 and was later released to North America on May 1, 2015 in IMAX and 3D. This movie received over $1.4 billion worldwide and coming out with not one, but TWO sequels. The name is The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 on May 4, 2018 and Part 2 on May 3, 2019.

Inside Out, the five personified emotions living in Riley’s head.

Inside Out, the five personified emotions living in Riley’s head. Photo courtesy by Google

The animated comedy-drama film, Inside Out, takes places in the mind of a young girl named Riley Andersen. Five personified emotions in her head try to lead her through life with her parents, due to them moving to a new city. The movie ranked in $356,158,534 and 42,551,796 ticket sales. Director Pete Docter based the movie off of his daughter as she began to grow older.

The movie premiered at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in May and was then released in theaters June 19, 2015. Due to the vocal performances and concept, the film was praised by critics and accumulated over $851 billion in box office revenue. During opening weekend the film made $90.4 million and this was one of the two feature films released by Pixar in the same year.

Main cast of Furious 7, In memory of Paul Walker.

Main cast of Furious 7, In memory of Paul Walker. Photo courtesy by Google

Furious 7 grossed $397.6 million during the first days of it being released, but the film overall made over $1.5 billion worldwide. The film premiered on April 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, was released in Australia on April 2, 2015 and then released in the United States on April 3, 2015. As well, director James Wan plans to release a sequel on April 14, 2017.

One of the main characters, Paul Walker, died in a single car accident during the time of filming. The film had to be put on pause and was only half filmed at the time. In order to complete the film, they had to replace Walker with his brothers, Caleb and Cody. Although Walker died, the film was still a success and sold 41,939,415 tickets.

American Sniper, U.S. soldier Kyle (Bradley Cooper) the deadliest marksman.

American Sniper, U.S. soldier Kyle (Bradley Cooper) the deadliest marksman. Photo courtesy by Google

American Sniper was originally released in 2014 and premiered on November 11, 2014 at the American Film Institute Festival. American Sniper was theatrically released in theaters on Christmas day in 2014 and widely released on January 16,2015. It is technically the highest grossing film of 2014, but was still released in theaters in 2015, causing it to be ranked on the top ten grossing movies of 2015. The film made $347,897,084 for the year of 2015 and sold 41,564,765 tickets.

The film is based on the life of an American soldier named Kyle, who became the deadliest marksman the U.S military history. Kyle’s tours during the war took a heavy toll on his personal life and his family. Bradley Cooper plays the star role of Kyle and the film was nominated for Best Picture and won an award for Best Sound Editing.

Minions, the main minions Kevin(middle), Stuart(left) and Bob(right).

Minions, the main minions Kevin(middle), Stuart(left) and Bob(right).

The animated family oriented comedy; Minions served as a prequel to the Despicable Me franchise. This film was foreshadowed in Despicable Me 2 during the end where the main three minions, Kevin, Stuart and Bob, were auditioning for this film. The film premiered in Leicester Square, London on June 11, 2015 and was released in theaters in July 10, 2015. The film earned over $1.1 billion worldwide and made it to be the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film. Minions made $335,632,780 for 2015 and sold 40,099,495 tickets.

The Martian, Matt Damon; the astronaut who survived on Mars.

The Martian, Matt Damon; the astronaut who survived on Mars. Photo courtesy by Google

The Martian is a sci-fi film based on Andy Weir’s novel The Martian in 2011. Actor Matt Damon plays the star astronaut who is assumed to be dead and left behind on Mars, but then fights to survive. The film took 70 days to produce and was filmed on the largest stage in the world in Budapest, Hungary.

The film was premiered September 11, 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in theaters on October 2, 2015 in 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D and 4DX. As well the film grossed over $487 million worldwide and sold 25, 452, 740 tickets.

Cinderella with the infamous glass slipper and baby blue dress

Cinderella with the infamous glass slipper and baby blue dress. Photo courtesy by Google

Cinderella is a remake of the animated folktale and uses many elements from the animated version. This film debuted a world premier on February 13, 2015 at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. It was released the theaters exactly a month later after it had premiered at the festival. Cinderella is Kenneth Branagh’s, director, highest grossing film to date. This Walt Disney drama sold 24,032,419 tickets for 2015 and grossed over $542 million worldwide.

Musical comedy film Pitch Perfect 2 is the sequel to Pitch Perfect and arose from Mickey Rapkin’s non-fiction book, Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Book. The film is about the all-female a cappella group, The Bella’s, who attend Barden University and compete in a cappella competitions.

Pitch Perfect 2; Sequel will be released August 4, 2017, Pitch Perfect 3.

Pitch Perfect 2; Sequel will be released August 4, 2017, Pitch Perfect 3. Photo courtesy by Google

The film was released in theaters on May 15, 2015 and is supposed to be having a sequel released on August 4, 2017, Pitch Perfect 3. The film out beat School of Rock, which is a musical comedy from 2003 starring Jack Black. This sequel out beat the original film, $115.4 million, with a gross of over $286 million in just five days and sold 21,957,636 tickets for 2015.

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