Around this time last year, we published a feature all about 2015 and the crazy year it had at the box office with billion-dollar pictures left, right and centre.
2016 has been a little different. Of course, we mean in the movie world, obviously outside of the film industry everything seems to have messed right up.
2015 was the year of profit with records broken every month. Now though, 2016 will have a title... the year of Disney…
Like last year, there’s always an outcome at the end of it. In 2015, when box office records were being smashed left, right and centre; there was only one title for that blog – Profit. Now 2016 is over, we have analysed the past 12 months and below are the key things that popped out. First though, let’s have a look at some highlights.
Last year, we had three films break the billion-dollar barrier with another two just falling short by a few millions. 2015 had a mammoth year with five films breaking into the top ten highest-grossing films of all time. This year’s best effort only reached the 12th spot. The three billion-dollar pictures were Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory and Zootropolis.
A few other facts for 2016 are; four out of the top ten films this year are ‘superhero’ movies. This is the largest swing in history for superhero films. Deadpool is the biggest success story of 2016 and became the highest-grossing 18-certifcate film of all time worldwide, with $783.1 million. It also became the highest-grossing superhero film not to feature Batman, Spider-Man, or Iron Man in any capacity.
Like 2015 was defined by the huge profit margins; 2016 can also be defined - 2016 is all about Disney. The Disney Studios had an incredible 2016 and we’re pretty sure the bonuses there must have been off the chart. In 2016, the top five films were all produced by Disney, yes, ALL by Disney. We mentioned the three above but adding to that trio is Rogue One and The Jungle Book. Incredibly though, none of the five made the top ten of the highest-grossing movies of all time but Disney won’t be bothered on their personal front!
Our final two facts about Disney are impressive too. Finding Dory and Zootropolis are the 4th and 5th films respectively to surpass the $billion mark. Not only is it a record for two animation films to do it in one year; but they are also both made by Disney – an incredible feat. Finally, Walt Disney Studios became the fastest studio ever to reach $1 billion at the domestic box office; it reached this goal on the 128th day of 2016, beating Universal Studios' record of reaching the goal on the 165th day of 2015.
In context to last year’s finances, the top ten films of 2015 grossed a colossal 11.2 billion dollars. 2016 grossed an admirably and impressive 9.2 billion dollars from last year’s top ten. In the last five years, that would put 2016 just behind 2015 in the box office success department. This is of course thanks to the hefty weight of Disney clearing $5billion in one year alone.
2016 has been an eventful year in many ways; and cinema is an eventful aspect. Disney continue to dominate and box office receipts keep on printing. The movies are still as strong as ever.
From Adam Ray Palmer, the Editor-in-Chief.
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