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2016 Box-Office

  1. Comic book franchise
  2. Animated sequel            
  3. Original animation          
  4. (mostly) Animated remake   
  5. Original animation          
  6. Comic book franchise    
  7. Part of multibillion dollar franchise          
  8. Comic book franchise    
  9. Part of multibillion dollar franchise                          
  10. Comic book franchise

Captain America Civil WarYou have probably already worked out that the above list is the top ten grossing movies of 2016 (worldwide box office).  The only two original stories in the top ten where child friendly animations (one Disney, the other Universal).  Numbers 11 to 20 are much the same with a few more comic book movies, animations and a video game adaptation. The Jungle Book

The big winner of the year has been Disney with a box office gross of around $8billion, most of which came from movies that follow the trends mentioned above (Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory, The Jungle Book, Zootopia, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Moana).  They also had a couple of smaller releases: The Light Between Oceans and Queen of Katwe.  And a few that under preformed: The Finest Hours, The BFG, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Pete’s Dragon.  Expect more of the same in 2017 with Disney releases including the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie, another Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Thor: Ragnarok, Star Wars Edisode VIII, Cars 3 and a live action version of Beauty and the Beast.Zootropolis

The problem with this?  With the number of films released by the major studios dropping by nearly half over the past decade, they are not taking many risks on new unproved properties.  Clearly production companies, whether they be major studios or small independents are in the business of making money and not art.  But maybe it is time for studios to take a few more risks on unproven properties and remember Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s official motto, “Ars Gratia Artis”, or “Art for art’s sake”.mgm logo

On a side, Sci-Fi is often considered a niche genre with a slightly geeky reputation, it is has proved to be the highest movies of the decade that are not either animated, a remake or part of an existing franchise, they include, Interstellar, The Martian, Gravity, Inception.  But making a Sci-Fi movie, isn’t a guarantee of a hit, they have also been resulted in some of the biggest flops too: Cowboys & Aliens, John Carter, Jupiter Ascending and Tomorrowland."JOHN CARTER OF MARS"

While I fully expect one of the usual suspects (Star Wars or Marvel) to top the box-office in 2017, it would be nice to see a few original movies in the top ten too. 

In case you are wondering the 2016 top ten was: 1: Captain America: Civil War, 2: Finding Dory, 3: Zootopia (Zootropolis in the UK), 4: The Jungle Book, 5: The Secret Life of Pets, 6: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 7: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 8: Deadpool, 9: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, 10: Suicide Squad.        

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