Well, here we are, knocking on the door of June 2016. As one of the most blockbuster-laden years in recent cinematic memory reaches the halfway point, there's no better time to take a look at the ten most financially-successful movies viewers have been treated to this year. Note that we will be using domestic - not worldwide - grosses, all grosses are accurate at the time of writing and are of course subject to change, and if you want to take a look at the site we got the numbers from, you can click here. Without any further ado, let's go:
#10 - 10 Cloverfield Lane
One of this years surprise hits, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a spiritual successor to 2008's Cloverfield, and has one of the most unique marketing campaigns in recent memory. Only announced two months before its cinematic debut, this mystery flick boasts a cast including John Goodman and Bradley Cooper (the latter in a voice-only role), and received plenty of acclaim for going against the mould and doing something different, making a tidy $72.1 million in the process.
#9 - The Angry Birds Movie
A rare case of a video-game movie doing well (you can read more about that here), The Angry Birds Movie is based on the smash-hit mobile game of the same name. Although it's not been a massive hit with critics (43% on Rotten Tomatoes as I write), the enduring nature of these characters, and famous voices including Jason Sudekis and Peter Dinklage, made sure this one raked in $72.3 million at the US box office.
#8 - X-Men: Apocalypse
Our first superhero entry of this list, Apocalypse picks up where 2014's Days of Future Past as James McAvoy's Professor X continues to build his super-powered team, this time taking place in the 1980s, as a cast boasting faces like Jennifer Lawrence and Evan Peters has to face off against Oscar Isaac's Apocalypse. Critical reception has been unexpectedly frosty for this one, but that hasn't stopped this earning an estimated $80 million in its first four days of release - and let's not forget it's still got a good month before the reels leave the cinemas.
#7 - Ride Along 2
This comedy sequel follows cops Ben (Kevin Hart) and James (Ice Cube) as they team up again, this time bringing down an Atlanta drug dealer. Yet again, reviewers weren't massive fans of this, but the appeal of comedic staples like Hart and a number of star-studded cameos from the likes of Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong and Tyrese Gibson ensured this made an impressive $91 million in America alone, more than double its budget.
#6 - Kung Fu Panda 3
2016 really is the year of sequels, as the third entry in Jack Black's animated family series landed and made around $143 million in the States. Featuring a cast with household names such as Bryan Cranston, Jackie Chan and Angelina Jolie, it's no surprise this one was a massive hit, and unlike a lot of the films on the list so far, the critics lapped this one up, currently holding a Certified Fresh 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.
#5 - Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
One of the most polarising and divisive films in recent memory, you either love of you hate this one: nearly three hours of comics' biggest heroes at each other's throats. With a fantastic cast including Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Jesse Eisenberg, this had the second-highest opening weekend of the year, but an equally record-breaking drop-off, currently sitting on a $329 million domestic gross. That said, with rumours of an extended edition hitting cinemas this summer, don't be surprised if this climbs the list by the end of the year.
#4 - Zootopia
This one really might come as a surprise. Holding an astounding 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, this animated Disney caper is set in a city inhabited by walking, talking animals and was an unexpected smash-hi., Having the fifth-highest March opening weekend of all-time and becoming the seventh highest-grossing computer-animated film of all time, this made a formidable $336 million.
#3 - The Jungle Book
Another Disney hit, this John Favreau-helmed live-action remake of the animated classic was a massive success thanks to its cast, with famous faces like Bill Murray and Idris Elba, impressive CGI and the timeless story of a young boy's journey of discovery. At $341 million domestically, it's the highest-grossing family remake of all time, and judging by its acclaim, it's not hard to see why.
#2 - Deadpool
Nobody could've seen this one coming. Trumping Batman, the Angry Birds and Mowgli comes Fox's Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool. The only R-rated film on this list, this is a bloody, sweary and ultra-violent rollercoaster ride, its financial success a tribute to how much fun it is. Widely considered the film to start an R-rated superhero movie trend, this made $363 million. The highest-grossing X-Men film ever and the second-highest superhero origin movie behind only Spider-Man, this one really is something special. Talking about Spider-Man...
#1 - Captain America: Civil War
Who's genuinely surprised here? Marvel Studios have been ruling the cinematic world lately, so with their latest film upping the stakes was essential. Loosely based on the revolutionary comic arc of the same name, this features Chris Evans' Captain America and Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man going face-to-face, with a sprinkling of other heroes such as Ant-Man, Black Widow, and most notably, an all-new Spider-Man. This one was always destined to smash the box office, which it did with an amazing domestic gross of $377 million.
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