Now that the end of the year is upon us, and everyone who was going to watch The Interview have watched it, it is time to look back at 2014 and see what studio ruled them all.
It was an interesting year for movies, with a number of comic book and pop culture properties vying for box office dollars. From Godzilla to The Maze Runner, and The Hunger Games to The LEGO Movie, those participating in movie box office challenges had a nail biting time. Box Office Mojo has updated its 2014 domestic grosses, and for United States of America audiences, Guardians of the Galaxy was the top of the charts bringing in $332,749,244 since August.
|1||Guardians of the Galaxy||BV||$332,749,244||4,088||$772,349,244|
|2||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1||LGF||$306,656,000||4,151||$669,656,000|
|3||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||BV||$259,766,572||3,938||$714,083,572|
|4||The LEGO Movie||WB||$257,760,692||3,890||$468,060,692|
|5||Transformers: Age of Extinction||Par.||$245,439,076||4,233||$1,087,404,499|
|7||X-Men: Days of Future Past||Fox||$233,921,534||4,001||$746,045,700|
|8||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||Fox||$208,545,589||3,969||$708,279,489|
|9||The Amazing Spider-Man 2||Sony||$202,853,933||4,324||$708,982,323|
|11||Big Hero 6||BV||$199,933,000||3,773||$320,833,000|
|12||22 Jump Street||Sony||$191,719,337||3,426||$331,333,876|
|13||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)||Par.||$191,204,754||3,980||$477,204,754|
|15||How to Train Your Dragon 2||Fox||$177,002,924||4,268||$618,909,935|
|16||The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies||WB||$168,522,000||3,875||$573,622,000|
Interestingly, when it comes calculating in the international box office receipts, Transformers: Age of Extinction, slaughtered Guardians of the Galaxy. To date, Guardians has only brought in $772, 349,244, while Transformers made over a billion dollars worldwide – $1,087,404,499 to be exact. So, if you are wondering why Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg are excited about a new Transformers movie, you know why – international box office make a huge difference in the way the studios operate.
There is going to be a lot of talk about how popular Guardians of the Galaxy was this year – and it was for the United States, but when it boils down to which studio had the most movies in the top 20, Buena Vista (Disney) and Fox tied with four movies each.
The other thing theater owners will want to share to justify the increased ticket and concession prices will be the total gross for the year. Compared to 2013, ticket sales slipped 5%. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but when sales drop nearly $700,000,000 someone is going to take notice.
When looking at this data, is there anything that really stands out to you?