Though the movie industry has been struggling a bit lately, this past summer saw one of the highest grossing box offices of all time. It looks like Hollywood has gotten a bit of its mojo back. With the return of some of our favs, and Marvel’s upcoming slate of films, 2016 is shaping up to look like a really fantastic year for film. As we say goodbye to 2015, here are the 13 films that will crush the box office in 2016. (We’ve listed the films in order of release date.)
Release date: February 18, 2016
This might seem out of the box in terms of predictions, but the the trailer for Zoolander 2 already broke records as the most viewed trailer online for a comedy film. After 20 years, people want Derek Zoolander back, and they want him now! Not only does this sequel look even more insane than the first one, it’s riddled with celeb cameos and Ben Stiller‘s classic faces. We’d be astounded if this didn’t do big numbers for Paramount Pictures.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Release date: March 25, 2016
Despite Warner Bros. somewhat ghastly decision to cast Ben Affleck as Batman, we’re hoping Henry Cavill as Superman saves Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. After all, 2013’s Man of Steel brought home $668 million. Since there was so much controversy surrounding the casting, people are are probably going to show up to at least see what this film is all about. More than anything, we’re just super hype about seeing Khal Drogo aka Jason Momoa as Aquaman. Now that’s a superhero worth watching.
The Jungle Book
Release date: April 15, 2016
Disney’s live-action films have been pretty kick ass so far, but The Jungle Book looks like it’s going to be a whole new beast visually. Not only does the teaser trailer look like a stunning masterpiece, it’s taking a beloved classic and putting it on a whole new playing field. With a cast that includes everyone from Lupita Nyong’o to Bill Murray, we’d bet that The Jungle Book is going to come roaring into the theaters.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Release date: April 22, 2016
We’ll just go ahead and say it, we’ll watch anything with Chris Hemsworth in it. Though The Huntsman: Winter’s War doesn’t have Kristen Stewart‘s Snow White, we honestly doubt that she’ll be missed. The first film pulled in almost $400 million worldwide (and had a bit of salacious scandal), so we’re going to just guess that sequel will at LEAST match those numbers. Like we said, a Hemsworth can do ANYTHING and we’ll happily pay our coins to watch it.
Captain America: Civil War
Release date: May 6, 2016
Honestly, we are willing to bet that Cap’ and Iron Man will make Captain America: Civil War the biggest film of the year. Though it’s a spin-off of sorts, things are about to get very real among the Avengers and people always show up to watch conflict. Captain America: The Winter Soldier grossed a whopping $714 million, which was nearly double what Captain America: The First Avenger brought home. Still, the real draw for Civil War is the fact that we’re going to be getting a glimpse of Black Panther and Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man. We’d even go out on a limb and say that whatever Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice rakes in might look like pennies compared to Civil War.
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Release date: May 27, 2016
We love Tim Burton, but we’re just going to go ahead and admit that Alice in Wonderland was a bit lost on us. However, the film still did very well in the box office, grossing $1 billion worldwide. If people are still obsessed with Johnny Depp‘s portrayal of the Mad Hatter, we don’t see why Alice Through the Looking Glass wouldn’t also be an epic success.
Release date: May 27, 2016
20th Century Fox has stumbled quite a bit with their Marvel superheros, but with X-Men they seem to continuously hit the nail right on the head. Last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past brought in an astounding $748 million which proved that people were still heavily invested in the franchise after 15 years. With the Avengers and the DC superheros having their time to shine earlier on in the year, we’re sure people will be pleased to tune into X-Men: Apocalypse just before summer. It doesn’t hurt that the cast is pretty kick ass.
Release date: June 17, 2016
Disney/Pixar ought to be ashamed of themselves for having us wait 13 years for this! Seriously, the wait for Finding Dory had nearly become unbearable when they finally announced the film’s release date. Still, anticipation is always good for box office numbers especially when our favorite person ever, Ellen DeGeneres is involved. Finding Nemo brought in $864 million in 2003 (BEFORE 3D!!!). It may be a tad tricky for the film to reach a new generation of children as well as the millennials who loved the original who are now grown-ups, but honestly, we doubt it’ll have much trouble. With any luck, our beloved Dory will knock Frozen out of the top spot for being the highest-grossing animated movie of ALL TIME.
Release date: July 15, 2016
Who run the world?! (Beyoncé voice). With all of the goings on with the wage gap and the attacks on Planned Parenthood, ladies could definitely use a win. What better way to there to say F U to the establishment then by making the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters a blockbuster hit. With the classic story behind it, and an ingenious cast that includes Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy we can’t see why it wouldn’t at least rack in Bridesmaids numbers (which was nearly $300 million). Chris Hemsworth as the Ghostbusters’ receptionist would just be the eye-candy on top.
Release date: August 5, 2016
Warner Brothers doesn’t care what we think about their choice in Batman, and they’re going to prove us all wrong with Suicide Squad. Batman and The Joker together is pretty much guaranteed box office gold and that’s just a piece of the puzzle. Suicide Squad has an amazing cast from Will Smith and Viola Davis to Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Even if Batman v. Superman is somehow a hot mess, Suicide Squad’s late summer release should redeem things.
Release date: November 4, 2016.
Marvel is pretty much box office magic. Though Ant-Man, Marvel’s first sub-genre film didn’t hit the box office as hard as the Avengers, it was still a stellar film, and Doctor Strange will probably be as well. With an amazing cast, and the horror twist in the plot, we wouldn’t be surprised if this is a hit. Doctor Strange also has the added advantage of premiering two weeks before Fantastic Beasts comes racing in. Let’s wait and see if we all adore Benedict Cumberbatch as much as we all claim to.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Release date: November 18, 2016
In our opinion, films only need to have two words involved with it to be box office smash hits. Those two words are “Harry Potter.” (YES WE SAID IT.) J.K. Rowling‘s HP prequel looks just as tantalizing as the original eight films, and we can guarantee that wannabe witches, wizards and squibs are going to flood the movie theaters. The first eight films brought in a stunning $7.7 billion worldwide, and quite frankly they are films that NEVER get old. With Eddie Redmayne starring in the project, and the film’s screenplay actually penned by Rowling herself, we’re sure this film will do magic at the box office. Our wands and our spirits are ready.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Release date: December 16, 2016
Whether your an avid fan or not, you have to know that any mention of Star Wars means money. With the uber highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters in the coming weeks, fans will be thirsty for more of their favorite galaxy next fall. Star Wars fans have been waiting for a reboot of the franchise for ages, and now that Lucasfilm is delivering, they are sure to gobble up everything that is put out. There is nothing people love more than nostalgia, and since Rouge One is a prequel to the original trilogy, its going to perfectly satisfy that craving. Depending on The Force Awakens‘ performance (which we’re sure will be extraordinary) Star Wars may just be top dog two years running.
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