In the midst of a busy year for movies, we take a look at what’s happening at the box office, what’s on the big screen and where the money is coming from.
The top-grossing films in the U.S. for the first half of the yearThe year is still very much in the early stages, but as of this week, there were $1.5 billion in worldwide box office receipts, and it’s looking like the movie business is on a roll.
Here are some of the highlights:1.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed $1 billion in the United States for the third time this year.
It’s the second highest domestic gross of the current year, after the $1,087 million for the second weekend of last year.
(It’s also the fifth highest grossing domestic release of all time.)2.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron opened in China, where it earned $1 million on its opening weekend.
It was the fifth most-widely-seen film of the summer, behind only Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers.3.
The Weinstein Company’s The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, has now grossed nearly $4 million domestically, including $1 in the first 48 hours of release.
It has now become the second film of 2016 to open in the top 10 at the domestic box office.4.
The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opened in the Middle Kingdom, which is home to Saudi Arabia, and grossed an estimated $1m, according to Box Office Mojo.
It is the second biggest opening for a Middle Eastern film.5.
Sony Pictures Classics’ The Last Witch Hunter grossed just under $1M, which would be the highest domestic total of the month for a feature-length film in the UK, as it opened in cinemas in the third week of June.
It also made the top 20 in the box-office chart, earning $3.7 million from 731 screens.6.
The Jungle Book opened in Germany, where its $1 Million grossed a record $1 per screen.
It made the 10th highest grosser of the June box-weekend, behind Furious 7 ($1.7m) and the highest gross of all-time for a live-action film.7.
Lionsgate’s The Lego Batman Movie, which opened in Japan, grossed another $1-million, bringing its global total to $2.1 million.8.
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials grossed almost $1MM, which will make it the second-highest-grossed film in China.9.
Disney’s Frozen opened in Korea and Brazil, where the movie grossed about $2 million, which makes it the biggest opening of the calendar year.10.
Warner’s Justice League grossed around $2-million domestically, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is projected to earn $4.7-million.11.
Lions Gate’s The Maze runner grossed in the $5.2-millon range, which puts it on track to be the fifth-highest grosser for a domestic release in the past 10 years.12.
Warner Brothers’ The Lego Movie grossed close to $5-million in North America, which ties the record for the most domestic grossers for a film in a single week in 2017.13.
Universal’s Inside Out grossed roughly $4-million this weekend, the second best for a movie in North American theaters after Guardians of The Galaxy, which grossed more than $5 million.14.
Lions, Paramount’s The Last Jedi grossed near $6-million globally, making it the highest-grosser of all times for a Pixar film.15.
Disney/Marvel’s The Fate of the Furious earned $6.1-millions worldwide, putting it just behind Jurassic World.16.
Warner/DC’s Wonder Woman grossed well over $7-million worldwide, making her the highest international grosser in the company’s history.17.
Fox’s Fantastic Beasts grossed over $8-million worldwide, the most ever for a Disney film.18.
Sony/Marvel/Disney’s The Jungle books opened in Mexico, where they grossed approximately $3-million from 531 screens, making them the top-selling comics book in the world.19.
Disney Classics’ Disney’s The Princess and the Frog grossed under $8 million, the highest for a solo film.20.
Paramount’s Beauty & the Beast grossed less than $3 million, but it is the third-highest debut ever for an animated film.