Box-Office Facts, Figures and Flops from the First Half of 2014
Highest Grossing Movie of 2014 So Far — Captain America: Winter Soldier with $257 million has a $225,000 lead over The LEGO Movie.
Highest Grossing Movie By This Time Next Month — Probably Transformers: Age of Extinction, which grossed $100 million in its first weekend.
Highest Grossing Movie Worldwide — X-Men: Days of Future Past with $713 million, though Captain America and Spider-Man 2 have also crossed $700 million.
Much Bigger Hits Internationally than Domestic: Edge of Tomorrow has grossed $318 million, 73 percent from Worldwide sales. Spiderman 2 ($703 million) boasts 72 percent of its revenue worldwide; Robocop ($257 million) includes 76 percent of its grosses overseas. The Aaron Paul movie Need for Speed was a dud in America ($40 million) but grossed $200 million worldwide, and of the $80 million Snowpiercer has made so far, over 99 percent of that comes from overseas (likewise, 96 percent of the $117 million The Wind Rises made came internationally).
Much Bigger Hits Domestically than Internationally — Ride Along, which has made $153 million, but only 12 percent of that came internationally.
Domestic Sleeper Hits — Two evangelical films, Heaven is for Real ($90 million) and God’s Not Dead ($60 million).
Sleeper Hit, Non-Evangelical Edition — George Clooney’s Monuments Men managed $78 million domestic ($156 million internationally) despite never placing first at the box office.
Sleeper Hit, Animated Edition — Mr. Peabody and Sherman ($111 million/$268 million) despite the fact it was little discussed and mostly unknown outside of parent circles (not a bad little movie, either).
The Movie That Grossed More Than You Thought It Did — 300: Rise of an Empire, which made $106 million, and $336 million worldwide.
Box Office Disaster of the Year So Far — Winter’s Tale with a $12 million/$30 million take on a $60 million budget.
Runner-Up — Transcendence, which made $23 million domestically and $90 million once you figure in worldwide sales, on a $100 million budget.
Second Runner Up — The Legend of Hercules $18 million/$61 million on a $70 million budget.
Third Runner Up: Pompeii, which made only $23 million/$101 million on a $100 million budget
A Whole Lotta Hubbub Over Nothing — Divergent managed to put up $150 million ($268 million worldwide), which is fine, but not exactly franchise material (though, there are two more movies coming).
So Much for Relaunching the Franchise — Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit ($50 million/$135 million)
Highest Grossing Original Movie (i.e., not based on an existing property) — Neighbors ($147 million/$242 million)
Best Bang for the Buck — Neighbors ($147 million/$242 million) on an $18 million budget and Grand Budapest Hotel ($58 million/$164 million) on a $31 million budget.
There Will Probably Be a Sequel Whether We Want It Or Not — The Robocop reboot only managed $54 million domestically, but it made $242 million worldwide on a $100 million budget.
The Quietest Indie Hit — Jon Favreau’s Chef quietly put up $20 million and never ranked higher than ninth at the box office.
The Slow Death of a Franchise — The first Paranormal Activity movie made $107 million. The fifth, Marked Ones, made $32 million. However, these movies are made on $5 million budgets, so there will probably be more.
Highest Grossing Day and Date Release — The Veronica Mars Movie (I think) with $3.3 million.
Biggest Selling DVD/Blu Ray — Frozen followed by Despicable Me 2
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