Talking of the earlier times, war films, musicals and historical dramas have been the most popular genres but franchise films have been among the best performers in the 21st century. A major interest has been recorded in the superhero genre namely Batman and Superman from DC Comics, and Spiderman & X-Men from Marvel Comics Brand. James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic are the only films in the top ten that are not adapted from a pre-existing property or a sequel. Animated family films have been consistently performing well with Disney films enjoying the success of Frozen and Pixar brand celebrating the huge success of Toy Story and Finding Nemo. The Shrek, Despicable Me and Ice Age are no wonders amongst the top animated films.
AVATAR – This 2009 American epic science fiction film directed, written, produced, and co-edited by James Cameron, is set in the mid-22nd century where humans are colonising Pandora, a lush habitable moon in the Alpha Centauri star system, in order to mine the mineral unobtanium, a room temperature superconductor. Its filming was planned after the 1997 Titanic but Cameron believed that necessary technology was not yet available to achieve his vision of the film. During its run, breaking several box office records and surpassing Titanic, it became the first film to gross more than $2 billion.
TITANIC – This epic romance- disaster film also directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron, recorded an initial worldwide gross of over $1.84 billion, and was the first film to reach the billion-dollar mark until Avatar took over. Its 3D version, released on April 4, 2012, to commemorate the centennial of the sinking, earned it an additional $343.6 million worldwide, pushing the film’s worldwide total to $2.18 billion. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, the movie gives a fictionalised account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic and conveys the emotional impact of the disaster.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – This 2015 epic space opera film directed, co-produced, and co-written by J. J. Abrams, and seventh addition to the main Star Wars film series, received an overwhelming response breaking many box office records and becoming the highest grossing film in North America and the third highest-grossing film of all time with a worldwide gross of over $2 billion. It received five Academy Award nominations and four British Academy Film Award nominations, where it won Best Special Visual Effects. Two sequels, Episode VIII and Episode IX, are scheduled for 2017 and 2019 respectively.
JURASSIC WORLD – A 2015 American science fiction adventure film and the fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park Series. It was directed and co-written by Colin Trevorrow produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley, and stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, the movie takes place on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, where a theme park populated with cloned dinosaurs has operated for ten years. The park plunges into chaos when a genetically created dinosaur breaks loose and goes on a rampage across the island. After a record-breaking opening weekend that had the film grossing more than $500 million worldwide, Jurassic World has generated over $1.6 billion in box office revenue, standing as the fourth highest grossing film of all time without inflation adjustment, as well as the second highest grossing film of 2015 and the highest in the franchise.
THE AVENGERS – This 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, was written and directed by Joss Whedon. The film’s development began when Marvel Studios received a loan from Merrill Lunch in April 2005. The film won numerous critical awards and nominations, including Academy Award and BAFTA nominations for achievements in visual effects. The movie witnessed the biggest opening weekend in North America.
FURIOUS 7 – Alternatively known as Fast & Furious 7, it’s a 2015 American action film directed by James Wan and written by Chris Morgan. Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell and Jason Statham, the film marks the final film appearance of Walker, who died in a single vehicle crash on November 30, 2013, with filming only half-completed. Upon release, the film became a big-time success, with appreciation aimed at the film’s action sequences and its tribute to Walker. The film grossed $397.6 million worldwide in its first five days of release, which is the fifth-highest grossing opening of all time. The film has grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film in the franchise after just twelve days.
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – Written and directed by Joss Whedon the movie features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor- Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stella Skarsgard, James Spader and Samuel Jackson. It pictures a fight against Ultron, an artificial intelligence obsessed with causing human extinction. It grossed over $1.4 billion worldwide, making it the seventh highest-grossing film in history and the fourth highest grossing film in 2015. The critics enjoyed its action sequences judging them to be extravagant.
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