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Predicting the rest of 2015's blockbusters

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Last month I speculated about the financial future of 2015, already the year with the largest amount amount of losses if you count its top 5 bombs. But even then there was a chance of it rebounding – all it needed are a few hits.

Jurassic World certainly helped fortunes and as What Culture points out, if the next Star Wars is a big hit, 2015 will be home to four of the seven highest grossing movies of all time. The site uses this as a kick-off for guessing just what may earn big at the box office during the rest of this year:

  • Pixels
    With a predicted $325 million it would make this game-themed movie Adam Sandler’s biggest hit. But I suspect all the best jokes were in the trailer.
  • Fantastic Four
    This is predicted to make at least $350 million, which would eclipse the previous FF films. Given it’s Marvel, the least it should do is crack the $300 million mark.
  • The Hateful Eight
    Tarantino is back and dishing out more spaghetti Westerns. Will he hit $375 million? Even with inflation adjusted it is much higher than Pulp Fiction or Django Unchained – much as I love Tarantino, this is a stretch for a single-location film.
  • Ant Man
    What Culture thinks this could make $500 million, which is certainly not impossible for a Marvel film. If it lives up to its marketing, Ant Man could be a big hit.
  • The Good Dinosaur
    It’s a Pixar one-two for fans this year. Seeing how well Inside Out is doing, the studio’s long-awaited tale of a boy and his dinosaur could go north of $600 million.
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
    Tom Cruise may have been suffering some misses, but the previous Mission Impossible did great. Still, $650 million for Rogue Nation? That’s a high target…
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
    This is really a no-brainer. Even the $900 million What Culture predicts the next Hunger Games will make is probably low. Katniss can’t miss.
  • Minions
    The Despicable Me spin-off is about to be released and may come very close to the billion dollar mark, matching the global earnings of the previous movie in the series.
  • Spectre
    Perhaps afraid of looking stupid, What Culture won’t predict over a billion dollars for the next James Bond. But after the response the average Skyfall had, Spectre could easily break the bank.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    This won’t simply do well – What culture expects the new Star Wars to be the year’s outright winner with $1.8 billion. That would make it the third-highest grossing movie ever.

Last Updated: July 8, 2015


  1. Kromas,powered by windows 10.

    July 8, 2015 at 11:55

    Adam Sandler and Blockbuster in the same article.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like his movies but they have never been blockbusters.


    • Kervyn Cloete

      July 8, 2015 at 12:13

      Yeah, I don’t see Pixels earning big at all. I predict a decent-ish opening weekend, mostly due to the hardcore Sandler crowd and Peter Dinklage fanboys, and also the fact that it’s not opening against any stiff competition. But with Ant-Man opening just the week before, I just don’t see Pixels being able to pull in a big enough chunk to buoy it when it loses its box office legs, which I have a feeling its going to do hard.


    • James Francis

      July 8, 2015 at 12:33

      You never know. His biggest hit was Grown Ups and that made a lot of money, even though nobody will admit paying to see it…


      • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

        July 8, 2015 at 12:37

        I am a firm fan of his older works. Billy Madison,Happy Gillmore,Wedding Singer.

        The new stuff feels a bit meh.

        Did like 50 first dates though.


    • Andre116

      July 8, 2015 at 13:24

      Back in my day, Adam Sandler used to be a funny guy. Eddie Murphy as well. True story. Go look it up.


  2. Glenn Runnalls

    July 8, 2015 at 16:26

    ….average Skyfall??? You guys are losing me here…..


    • Kervyn Cloete

      July 8, 2015 at 18:43

      Yeah, don’t worry. We don’t all have the same opinion around here. It’s what makes us so interesting! 😀


    • James Francis

      July 9, 2015 at 10:56

      Man, don’t get me started on what a lazy mess that movie is.


  3. Glenn Runnalls

    July 8, 2015 at 16:28

    Minions reviews are not great and Hunger Games is loosing its fan base based on Part 1’s Box Office. Both movies will get between $800M -$950M worldwide. Which is still amazing!


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