So we’re getting a ton of these movies this year and I think we should try and predict all we can about them.
So here are the contenders Contenders:
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Captain America: Civil War
- X-Men: Apocalypse
- Suicide Squad
- Dr. Strange
Most financially successful domestically – Deadpool
- We already saw how big of an opening Deadpool had. So far it is surpassing all expectations. It already broke the record for highest weekend box office revenue by an R-rated movie with $150 million. Who knows how many more records Deadpool with break in America. In foreign territories, however, Deadpool’s R-rated bragging rights turns into a major disadvantage because some countries do not allow R-rated movies to be released.
Most financially successful worldwide – Captain America: Civil War
- Captain America: the Winter Soldier was a surprise hit that no one saw coming. The movie turned Cap from being no one’s favorite Avenger to everyone’s favorite Avenger. The game-changing storyline and universal themes dealing with a post 9/11 world appealed to a huge global audience. If the Captain America films perform like the three Iron Man films ($585, $623, and $1,215 million respectively), Civil War could be looking at a one billion dollar box office success. This is almost secured considering Iron Man is the main antagonist of the film and his franchise is Marvel’s most successful non-Avengers one.
Highest Rated Movie by Rotten Tomatoes – Captain America: Civil War
- This is the movie Marvel has been leading us up to for years. The concept of “superheros fighting superheroes” is just really interesting. I really liked the Russo brothers’ direction of Winter Soldier and I think they are going to knock it out of the park with this one, especially given the hype that this movie has.
Lowest Rated Movie by Rotten Tomatoes – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- For some reason, I think this movie is going to be crowded, overblown, and excessive with little narrative structure or focused plot. Director Zack Snyder has a history of movies that are visually pleasing (Watchmen and 300), but his movies tend to lack substance. I also think that the trailer spoiled too much and that might leave critics less impressed when certain characters reveal themselves). This movie will have Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman (for the first time ever), Lex Luthor, Doomsday, and brief cameos by all the Justice League members. If this movie was a true struggle between titans as the name suggests, it shouldn’t focus more on the “Dawn of Justice” part of the name. Maybe this movie can prove me wrong considering writer Chris Terrio won an Oscar for Argo in 2013.
Least financially successful domestically – X-Men Apocalypse
- I was really debating between X-Men: Apocalypse and Dr. Strange for this one. Both have their positives when it comes to performing off the box office. The X-Men franchise is coming fresh off of its huge success with Deadpool and the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) will be raking in potentially a billion dollars with Civil War. Both movies have great casts – Apocalypse has Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Sophie Turner, and Rose Byrne (just to name a few), and Dr. Strange has Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Mads Mikkelsen. Both of these casts are stacked with great actors, but I went with Apocalypse because of the release date. Dr. Strange faces competitors including Inferno, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Moana – that’s not too bad. However, X-Men has to go up against Angry Birds, Neighbors 2, Alice Through the Looking Glass, TMNT 2, The Conjuring 2, Now You See Me 2, Warcraft, Finding Dory, and Independence Day: Resurgence. I’m sure the movie will be great, but there’s just so much stuff coming out in May and June that I don’t think X-Men will be able to last long at the box office whereas the little known Dr. Strange might.
least financially successful worldwide – X-Men
- I was debating between X-Men, Suicide Squad, and Dr. Strange for this one, but I’m going with X-Men again because off all the reasons listed above (Suicide Squad doesn’t have as much competition). Also, Dr. Strange makes it out of this one because Benedict Cumberbatch alone has a huge appeal in the U.K. and I think foreign audiences will go to see him primarily.
Worldwide Box Office Ranking Predictions:
- Captain America: Civil War – $1.3 billion
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – $1.1 billion
- Deadpool – $800 million
- Suicide Squad – $650 million
- Dr. Strange – $600 million
- X-Men Apocalypse – $550 million
So what do you think about these predictions? Do you agree or disagree? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below! Thanks!