Cinema had an incredible 2015 for a few reasons. It had the most blockbuster movies in one calendar year by a mile and it had an impressive amount of films that were award-worthy; thus proved by many ceremonies all voting differently.
But above all that, it was certainly the year of financial gain. The producers and Hollywood stars alike must be so pleased with 2015. Below we talk the numbers…
2015 kicked off like any other year, easing us in with a few movies that were in contention for the big awards. Once we got those out of the way, the money-spinners could come on the scene (excuse the pun).
The first two blockbusters that hit the theatres were Mad Max: Fury Road and Fast and Furious 7. These two were all about the vehicle action and lavish stunts. Both were a huge success with Mad Max hauling six Oscars and Furious 7 becoming one of the highest-grossing films of 2015, but also sits sixth on the highest-grossing film list ever.
The summer swiftly followed with a group of movies that just seemed to print money. Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mission Impossible 5, Terminator Genisys, Ant-Man and the Minions were all released over the course of two months. That list defines ‘summer blockbusters’ and accumulated an incredible sum of money. Three of the six above broke the billion dollars mark and in fact, made it onto the highest-grossing film list of all time – impressive.
By the end of the year, the 24th Bond film Spectre, the climatic Hunger Games movie and seventh episode of Star Wars were all released to their adoring fans. The three pre-mentioned franchises all have hard-core fan bases so it was no surprise that they also boomed at the box office.
We decided to make this feature because we noticed that out of the eleven highest-grossing films of all time, there are five, yes five, from the year 2015. This prompted us to do a little research using the site Wikipedia. This year has been the highest-grossing year in cinema with 11.2 billion dollars collected from the top ten films of the year (top ten in terms of box office revenue). 2012 was the closest rival but it was a massive 2 billion dollars short. The last five year look like this: 2015 (11.2 billion), 2014 (7.7 billion), 2013 (8.5 billion). 2012 (9.1 billion) and 2011 (7.7 billion). That is an incredible growth since 2011 with a whopping $3.5 billion difference.
If there were any concerns that cinema was becoming too costly and people will be turned away by the price, the worries have well and truly diminished. The statistics are showing the complete opposite. If you look at the top 11 of the highest-grossing films above, only two of them are pre-2011. It’s also worth noting that to break into the top 20; your film now needs to break a billion dollars at the box office too.
With huge films looming in 2016 including Episode 8 in the Star Wars saga, JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Batman v Superman and another Captain America sequel – the box office boom doesn’t look anywhere near slowing down.
Film is just one of those art forms that won’t ever stop producing lucrative entertainment. If the money is still there, people will produce movies. And let’s be honest, the majority of humans love the cinema even if it does cost an arm and a leg. If you’re good with money and know a thing or two about film – you may want to be a producer.
From Adam Ray Palmer, the Editor-in-Chief.
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