The last day of the year is here and so it’s now time to take a look back at the biggest box office hits of 2016 in the US. To be more exact the top 10 most successful movies of the year.
Because some movies are still playing and their placement would have changed in a few weeks, I instead put them where I think they’ll eventually end up. Rogue One was a no-brainer in 1st but 10th was a problem. My solution is not exactly an elegant one but it gets the important points across. Without further ado here are the top 10 highest grossing movies of 2016 in the US.
10. Moana/Sing $240-250 million (estimate)
So right now Doctor Strange is in 10th with $229.7 million, but in a few weeks, possibly a month, Sing and Moana will overtake it. Since at this point I can’t tell for sure which one will end up ahead, I put both in 10th. Currently Moana has $203.4 million while Sing sits at $140.4 million.
9. Suicide Squad $325.1 million
Suicide Squad opened to $133,7 million in August, a new record for the month, and it was all thanks to Warner’s fantastic marketing of the movie.
8. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $330.4 million
Again Warner hit it out of the park with the marketing, getting Batman v Superman to open to $166 million, the year’s 2nd best start, despite mostly negative reviews from the press.
7. Zootopia $341.3 million
It kind of feels like Zootopia came out of nowhere to become one of Disney’s biggest animations. It ranks 7th among the studio’s biggest box office hits, and if we don’t include Pixar’s work then Zootopia moves all the way to 3rd, behind only The Lion King ($422.8 million) and Frozen ($400.7 million).
6. Deadpool $363.1 million
It’s pretty nuts that this R-rated movie Fox didn’t want to make ended up becoming by far the highest grossing X-Men film ever with more than twice as much domestically compared to the three times more expensive X-Men: Apocalypse.
5. The Jungle Book $364 million
Take a classic animation and then remake it many decades later in live-action, a recipe for guaranteed success if you’re Disney. Seriously, they seem to have this down to a T and up next for them is Beauty and the Beast which could be the biggest one yet.
4. The Secret Life of Pets $368.4 million
I’m constantly amazed by Illumination’s ability to release box office hit after box office hit. In this respect they’re second only to Pixar, which is incredible considering they’ve only been around for 9 years. Looking at their upcoming schedule I don’t think them surpassing Pixar is outside the realm of possibility. Of course I’m only talking box office here, average gross per movie to be more exact (currently $255.2 million compared to Pixar’s $264.9 million)
3. Captain America: Civil War $408.1 million
Considering this was an Avengers movie in all but name, that $408.1 million is not really surprising. Civil War is also Spider-Man‘s top grossing film in the US, plus it holds the opening weekend record for 2016 with $179.1 million. Too bad it didn’t have the box office legs I thought it deserved.
2. Finding Dory $486.3 million
Finding Dory might have disappointed a few (not me) by not quite living up to Finding Nemo‘s name, but it certainly didn’t disappoint at the box office. Dory is the number 1 animated movie of all time in North America, unadjusted for ticket price inflation. The only other animation that could hope to challenge Dory is another Pixar title, Toy Story 4, which won’t be out until summer 2019.
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $500+ million (estimate)
At the end of Friday Rogue One had $393.6 million, but right now that number is probably closer to 410 million, which would put the prequel in 2nd, behind Finding Dory. Thing is Rogue One has only been out for a bit over two weeks and it’s now guaranteed to eventually overtake Dory. So of course I pushed it to 1st. Rogue One will make more than $500 million domestically, the only question is how much more. I’ll probably have a good answer by the end of January.