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Biggest Movies Of 2015 - Business Insider





These Will Be The 12 Biggest Movies Of 2015

avengers age of ultron captain america thorDisney/MarvelDisney may have one of the best movie lineups next year.
2015 is going to be one of the biggest years at the box office in a long time.
Not only are we getting a new "Star Wars" movie, but we'll finally see the next "Avengers" grouping, which has been nearly three years in the making. 
Those two movies alone have the potential of being billion-dollar films.
In comparison, 2014 only had one movie gross $1 billion — "Transformers: Age of Extinction."
Through plenty of sequels and reboots, we're counting down the movies that will be the biggest at theaters next year. It's going to feel like the early '90s with Arnold Schwarzenegger back as the Terminator and dinosaurs roaming around in "Jurassic World."
Mark these dates down in your calendar.

12. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (Universal/Focus Features)

12. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (Universal/Focus Features)
Universal/YouTube
Dakota Johnson will star in the "Fifty Shades" trilogy.
Release date: 
Feb. 13, 2015
Why it will be huge: This will be the movie every guy will be dragged to see.
The best-selling book series dubbed "mommy porn" is making its big screen debut Valentine's Day weekend. There couldn't be a better release date for the erotica film about a naive college girl (Dakota Johnson) who becomes involved in a BDSM relationship with a billionaire named Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).
While the film's trailer was the most-viewed all year, there are two reasons "Fifty Shades" is lower on our list. 1. Big blockbusters rarely come out in this month. "Passion of the Christ" currently holds the record for largest Feb. gross ($611.9 million). 2. Erotica movies are usually a niche group. 1992's "Basic Instinct" is the highest-grossing film in the genre making $352.9 million worldwide.

11. 'Ted 2' (Universal)

11. 'Ted 2' (Universal)
Universal
Release date: 
June 26, 2015
Why it will be huge: "Ted," featuring Seth MacFarlane's foul-mouthed teddy bear and Mark Wahlberg, became the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy ever in 2012. It surpassed the record previously held by the first "Hangover." "Ted" made $549 million worldwide.

10. 'Inside Out' (Pixar/Disney)

Release date: 
June 19, 2015
Why it will be huge: Pixar's reputation speaks for itself. The studio hasn't made a bad film yet (except perhaps the poorly-reviewed "Cars 2"). Regardless, none of them have been bombs and the majority of Pixar's animated movies make at least $500 million worldwide at theaters. 
Buzz about its next animated picture, "Inside Out," is already growing. While the movie's concept about the inner workings of the brain and our emotions may sound a bit confusing, an early sneak peek of the film was very well received at the Animation Film Festival in France back in June.

9. 'Terminator: Genisys' (Paramount)

Release date: 
July 1, 2015
Why it will be huge: The fourth "Terminator" film starring Christian Balewas supposed to kick off a new franchise in 2009. Paramount hopes to do it again next year with "Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"), and Matt Smith ("Doctor Who").
Although Schwarzenegger's last few original films have bombed at theaters ("Sabotage," "The Last Stand"), his ensemble films, particularly "The Expendables" franchise, perform well. His return to the "Terminator" franchise and the storyline of the original 1984 James Cameron film should help unite original fans with a new, younger generation. 
The highest-grossing "Terminator" movie was 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" making $519 million worldwide.

8. 'Mission Impossible 5' (Paramount)

8. 'Mission Impossible 5' (Paramount)
Paramount
Release date: 
Dec. 25, 2015
Why it will be huge: The last "Mission Impossible" film became both the highest-grossing in the franchise and Tom Cruise's highest-grossing movie ever making $694 million worldwide. Details on the fifth film are scarce right now, but it will reunite Cruise and Jeremy Renner again.
"MI5" also has the advantage of debuting after "The Avengers" sequel in which Renner will star.

7. 'Jurassic World' (Universal)

Release date: 
June 12, 2015
Why it will be huge: One name. Chris Pratt.
The "Parks and Recreation" star is becoming a huge name in Hollywood. He appeared intwo of 2014's biggest movies: "The LEGO Movie" and surprise hit "Guardians of the Galaxy." The former grossed $468 million while "GotG" grossed over $772 million worldwide. 
Universal hopes to successfully reboot the beloved-dinosaur franchise. The first film has grossed over $1 billion. Pratt's popularity will definitely help carry the fourth film.

6. 'Minions' (Universal)

6. 'Minions' (Universal)
Universal
Release date: 
July 10, 2015
Why it will be huge: If we had to pick one surefire animated movie for next year, it's going to be Universal's "Despicable Me" spin-off movie that focuses on the adorable silly yellow minions.
Yes, Pixar has a new movie coming out that looks awesome, but it's not part of an existing franchise. Universal's "Despicable Me 2" made nearly $1 billion at theaters, and you just can't argue with those numbers. 

5. 'Spectre' (Sony)

5. 'Spectre' (Sony)
Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
Release date: Nov. 6, 2015
Why it will be huge: The last Bond film, "Skyfall," grossed $1.1 billion, so expectations for "Spectre" are definitely high. 
Despite a stellar cast — Christoph Waltz and Andrew Scott ("Sherlock") are joining — we've lowered this one on the list in light of the ongoing Sony leaks. According to emails uncovered by Gawker, Sony execs were not happy with the film's ending and called for rewrites right before the movie started filming in Dec. The movie is also reportedly way over budget, costing upwards of $300 million.
Previous installments featuring Daniel Craig as 007 have grossed under $600 million worldwide.

4. 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' (Lionsgate)

4. 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' (Lionsgate)
Murray Close/Lionsgate
Release date: 
Nov. 20, 2015
Why it will be huge: Sure, "Mockingjay: Part 1" wasn't as big as everyone thought it would be. While the movie has the largest opening weekend of the year, it fell short of estimates believing it would hit the $150 million mark. (Then again, the movie was basically a giant trailer for the final film of the series.)
It’s worth noting that the first movie in a two-series ending has never performed as well theatrically as the final installment. Just look at the two final “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” movies. 
Our final adventure with the girl on fire should be another big win for Lionsgate. The biggest "Hunger Games" movie, "Catching Fire," has made over $864 million worldwide.

3. 'Furious 7' (Universal)

3. 'Furious 7' (Universal)
"The Fast and the Furious"
Release Date: April 3, 2015
Why it will be huge: The seventh installment was pushed back from July 2014 after star Paul Walker was killed in a car accident Nov. 2013.
Fans will undoubtedly want to bid farewell to Walker. This will be his last onscreen appearance.
Since Walker's death, the entire "Fast and Furious" cast, including Tyrese and Ludacris, has really pulled together with an emphasis on sharing set videos and pictures from the previous and future film on social media. Vin Diesel has gained an enormous fan following on Facebook where he continues to share news of "Furious 7." 

2. 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' (Disney)

2. 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' (Disney)
Disney/Marvel
Release Date: 
May 1, 2015
Why it will be huge: The reteaming of Marvel's superhero group is easily one of 2015's most-anticipated movies. Fans have patiently waited three years for a sequel to "The Avengers.
The first film not only became one of the highest-grossing movies ever, making over $1.5 billion worldwide, but also holds the record for largest opening weekend with $207.4 million.
Since its release, every subsequent Marvel movie — "Thor: The Dark World," "Iron Man 3," and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" — has seen a big bump in its box-office returns. 

1. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (Disney)

1. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (Disney)
Disney/Lucasfilm
Release Date: 
Dec. 18, 2015
Why it will be huge: The 88-second trailer teaser for the seventh film that debuted over the Thanksgiving holiday is quickly becoming one of the most highly watched trailers with 81 million views on YouTube.
Disney CEO Bob Iger recently made a comment at a Variety event reiterating how huge the seventh "Star Wars" movie is for the company. 
"I keep telling [director] J.J. Abrams this is a $4 billion movie," said Iger. "We need to treat this very special. It’s an unbelievable privilege and unbelievable responsibility to take a jewel and treat it in a way that is respectful of its past but brings it into the future."
Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion and is planning to incorporate the new franchise into its theme parks in the future.


Must-See Winter Movies - Business Insider





14 Movies To See This Winter

tauriel the hobbitWarner Bros./MGMEvangeline Lilly returns in the final installment of "The Hobbit."
As we roll into the final month of the year, Oscar season is nearly upon us. 
We’ve gathered the winter movies you should see, including blockbuster hopefuls from directors Ridley Scott and Peter Jackson along with award-worthy performances from Matthew McConaughey and rising star Benedict Cumberbatch.

"Whiplash"

Released: Oct. 10
Why to see it: One of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year, the film follows a young musician (Miles Teller) as he trains under his teacher (J.K. Simmons) to do whatever it takes to become a top jazz drummer. Early reviews from Sundance called Simmons' performance the "role of his career." Teller blew audiences away in "The Spectacular Now," and it's refreshing to see him in another meaty role following a stringof juvenile romantic comedies

"Interstellar"

"Interstellar"
Paramount Pictures
Release Date: Nov. 7
Why see it: Director Christopher Nolan's latest is one of the smartest movies of the year — and one of the most ambitious — as it launches audiences through wormholes and black holes with Matthew McConaughey in the driver's seat. Fans were won over by a humorous monolithic robot named TARS and an unexpected cameo from a big star more than halfway through the film. Sure, the space epic came out in November; however, it's playing in IMAX theaters until the release of "The Hobbit" sequel later this month. This is one that will leave you thinking long after you leave the movies.

"The Theory of Everything"

"The Theory of Everything"
Focus Features
Wide release date: Nov. 7
Why to watch: See this for Eddie Redmayne's performance as Stephen Hawking alone. The film will undoubtedly leave you with some questions about Hawking's life; however, Redmayne gives a miraculously moving performance as the theoretical physicist that will move you to tears. Felicity Jones is also exceptional as Hawking's wife Jane.

"Foxcatcher"

Release Date: Nov. 14
Why see it: Every single one of director Bennett Miller's ("Moneyball," "Capote") films has been nominated for multiple Oscars, and "Foxcatcher" is poised to continue his impressive streak. Based on the true life of Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), the movie follows the athlete as he teams up with the eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. After a lengthy delay, the film debuted at Cannes to tons of praise last May. 

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1"

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1"
Lionsgate
Release Date: Nov. 21
Why see it: Jennifer Lawrence is captivating once again as a broken girl on fire in the darkest "Hunger Games" yet. Donald Sutherland returns as Katniss' cold and calculating foe while the late Philip Seymour Hoffman dazzles in one of his final onscreen performances. The first of a two-part finale, "Mockingjay" holds the title for highest-grossing opening weekend of the year.

"The Imitation Game"

Release Date: Nov. 28
Why to see it: Fresh off his Emmy win, Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock") stars as Alan Turing, the English mathematician responsible for cracking the Enigma code during World War II. The script was featured on 2011's Black List, a yearly compilation of the best unproduced screenplays, so we've been waiting a while for this one. 
Also starring Keira Knightley, the biopic opened to rave reviews at Telluride and is already being considered an Oscar shoo-in

"Exodus: Gods and Kings"

"Exodus: Gods and Kings"
20th Century Fox/Exodus Trailer
Release Date: Dec. 12
Why to see it: We're interested in director Ridley Scott's next potential blockbuster because it reunites him with "Alien" actress Sigourney Weaver for a third time and shows Christian Bale in another brooding, heroic role, this time as Moses. So far, the biblical epic has mixed reviews, and Scott has received some flak over having a mostly white cast in the film. "Breaking Bad" fans can get excited for Aaron Paul in a starring role, too. 

"Inherent Vice"

"Inherent Vice"
Warner Bros/YouTube
Release date: limited Dec. 12; wide release Jan. 9
Why to see it: The latest from director Paul Thomas Anderson ("There Will Be Blood") is a fun, goofy crime comedy that follows Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix), a hippie private investigator, who looks into the disappearance of an ex's boyfriend. "Inherent Vice" reunites Phoenix with "Walk the Line" costar Reese Witherspoon while also starring a huge cast including Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro. 
Critics agree it's a psychedelic stoner noir that could very well become a cult favorite.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"
Warner Bros./MGM
Release Date: Dec. 17
Why to see it: Director Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, based on the children's book of the same name, comes to an end in December. If you skipped out on the first two "Hobbit" installments, this is the one in which all of the action goes down. As the title hints, the film will feature an all-out 45-minute battle.
We're looking forward to the real scene stealer: more of Benedict Cumberbatch's motion-capture performance as the villainous dragon Smaug. He'll double as another villain, The Necromancer, who appeared briefly in the previous film as well.

"Into the Woods"

"Into the Woods"
Disney
Release date: Dec. 25
Why to see it: Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play revolving around a couple rendered childless from a witch's curse, the Disney musical is from the minds of Rob Marshall ("Chicago") and Stephen Sondheim ("West Side Story"), and it also has an all-star cast including Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, and Oscar-winner Meryl Streep. If you're not convinced, check out Streep singing as a devilishly wicked witch.

"Unbroken"

Release date: Dec. 25
Why to see it: Angelina Jolie's second turn as a director is already gaining Oscar buzz. The World War II film focuses on the true-life story of Olympic track star Louis "Louie" Zamperini who survives both a plane crash and living on a raft for over a month before being held as a Japanese prisoner of war.

"Selma"

"Selma"
Paramount Pictures
Release date: limited release Dec. 25; wide release Jan. 9
Why to see it: The film, about Martin Luther King Jr.'s marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, is being called one of the best films of the year. The premiere showing of the film, which was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt, in Los Angeles received a standing ovation. British actor David Oyelowo is the main draw as King. So far, the film is sitting at 100% on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

"A Most Violent Year"

"A Most Violent Year"
A24
Release Date: Dec. 31
Why to see it: The film follows Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) and his wife, Anna, (Jessica Chastain) as they immigrate to the US and try to expand their heating oil company in New York City in 1981, considered the most violent year in the history of the city. Early reviews for the crime drama praise director J.C. Chandor ("All is Lost"for giving a brutally gritty and honest look at a couple trying to achieve their American dream.

For the kids: "Big Hero 6"

For the kids: "Big Hero 6"
Disney
Release Date: Nov. 7
Why to see it:  One word: Baymax. The cuddly, white robot seen in every preview ad for Disney's latest provides both laughs and heart to a film that otherwise may feel like a kid's Avengers setup. Loosely based on the comic with the same title, "Big Hero 6" takes place in a fictional hybrid of San Francisco and Tokyo and focuses on a young robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada and his group of friends as they plan to take down a mysterious villain.
Make sure you stay after the credits for a bonus scene with Stan Lee