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

James

A total movie glutton, nothing is too bad or too obscure to watch, unless it's something like The Human Centipede. If you enjoyed that, there is something wrong with you. But bless you anyway - even video nasties need love...

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