We’re six months into the year, so now is as appropriate a time as any to look back on the films of 2016 so far and see how they’ve fared. Surprise! Turns out most of the highest-grossing films of the year are animations or superhero films…
Warcraft was directed by David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones – the director of top-notch sci-fi movies Moon and Source Code – and focussed on the subject of the original World of Warcraft games. Although its critical reception was less than warm, fans of the game loved it.
Global takings as of July 1: $413m (£310m) – the same amount the UK government recently spent to build 15,000 homes in Ebbsfleet, Kent.
9. Finding Dory:
This animated sequel, 13 years in the making after the enormously popular Finding Nemo, focussed on Dory, the friendly sidekick of Nemo’s dad Marlin who’s voiced by US comedian and chat show host Ellen DeGeneres. It’s not yet out in the UK, but it’s already had huge success in America.
Global takings as of July 1: $423m (£318m) – the amount spent on TV advertising in the UK by motor companies last year.
8. Kung Fu Panda 3:
Another animation here – centering on the martial arts adventures of the titular herbivore and his animal buddies. Pushing it up the rankings is its enormous success in China, where it became the most successful animation film ever – it even beat Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which failed to take off so well in the country.
Global takings as of July 1: $519m (£390m) – how much it cost to build Arsenal FC’s home ground, the Emirates Stadium, in 2006.
7. X-Men: Apocalypse:
The Marvel film starring Oscar Isaac, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender was full of battling teams of superheroes, but was ultimately less successful than its (also Marvel) competitor, Captain America: Civil War. Still, it took home a pretty tidy profit.
Global takings as of July 1: $525m (£395m) – the same amount the Californian basketball team Sacramento Kings was bought for in 2013, by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen.
6. The Mermaid (Mei ren yu):
This Chinese comedy about subaquatic creatures meddling with human developers’ plans made a huge splash in China, where more than 95% of its takings have come from.
Global takings as of July 1: $553 (£417m) – You could buy the Caribbean island Spectabilis nine times over with this amount of money. The undeveloped landmass is about half the size of the Glastonbury site.
The smart-talking (and pretty dirty) superhero boshed his way into the hearts of millions earlier this year. The humour went down so well with the public that bosses of the upcoming Suicide Squad film allegedly responded by ordering reshoots of a few scenes of the film, to add more humour.
Global takings as of July 1: $781 (£588m) – the same amount of pre-tax profit Sainsbury’s has made in the last year.
4. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice:
The paunchy superhero v superhero film made by DC was a success despite some viewers finding it confusing, dark and overlong (“a sense of panic runs through it,” we said in our Batman V Superman review). More heroes = more money, it seems.
Global takings as of July 1: $873m (£657m) – The amount pet insurers paid out in claims in the UK last year. Seriously.
3. The Jungle Book:
The live-action version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic – the animals were still CGI, obviously – featured the voices of Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and Ben Kingsley. In our Jungle Book review, we said “CGI can be soulless when it’s used unimaginatively, but used here to create lush, impossible worlds and animals so real you feel you could reach out and pet them, it becomes something magical.
Global takings as of July 1: $930m (£700m) – the amount a Russian oligarch’s son, 28-year-old Said Gutseriev, is rumoured to have spent on his wedding in March 2016, where Sting, Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias performed.
In our review of Zootopia, we praised its ability to tackle sexual, racial and class discrimination while also being a really funny buddy cop comedy. With the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Idris Elba and Jason Bateman, it conquered the world – even China, where it quickly replaced Kung Fu Panda 3 as the most popular animation ever.
Global takings as of July 1: $1.02bn (£768m) – For this amount of money you and a friend could go on a legit trip to the Moon, with the Golden Spike Company.
1. Captain America: Civil War:
Here it is: the winner. Yes, it’s another movie where superheroes fight each other. But this second Marvel one is honestly quite good. We called it “supremely gripping”, and its tight plotting made it stand out from the rest; film audiences seem to agree.
Global takings as of July 1: $1.15bn (£865m) – This is the amount players of Candy Crush Saga spent on the game’s microtransactions in 2014. Terrifying.