The 10 Highest Grossing Movies of 2014
The Biggest Blockbuster films of 2014...so far!
With 2014 underway, plenty of films big and small have hit the multiplex, and some have generated big business for movie makers. This lens lists what is currently the ten highest grossing films domestically, with information provided by Box Office Mojo.
The Biggest Blockbuster films so far are a mix of comedy, cartoons and action (sometimes in the same movie). 2014 is already half over, but surely the order of the films will change as more films are released, especially during the holiday season. In the mean time, check out some of the most watched and celebrated films at the present moment.
#1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - 2014 Domestic Gross: $258,923,934
At this point any movie connected to the Avenger's universe will be a certified hit. This one is no different now that it is the number one highest grossing movie in America. Then again, this isn't exactly a small side story in the Avengers timeline as it presents crucial plot points to the Captain America storyline and the Avengers frachise as a whole.
Release Date: 4 April 2014 (USA)Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett JohanssonDirected by: Anthony Russo and Joe RussoMPAA Rating: PG-13
#2. The LEGO Movie - 2014 Domestic Gross: $257,709,556
Well this was unlikely. Who would have thought that a movie from early February would dominate the box office charts for so long? It was only recently that Captain America knocked The Lego Movie down a slot to #2, and that's still really impressive considering that we are midway through the summer. At this point it's no longer a question of if The Lego Movie will remain on the top ten of biggest blockbusters but what position on the top ten it will take at year's end..
Release Date: 7 February 2014 (USA)Starring: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks and Alison BrieDirected by: Phil Lord and Christopher MillerMPAA Rating: PG
#3. Transformers: Age of Extinction - 2014 Domestic Gross: $241,166,000
Michael Bay doesn't let haters get to him, and he even recently said They love to hate, and I don't care; let them hate.They're still going to see the movie!" Judging by the audience turn out for Transformers: Age of Extinction, it looks like he was proven right. This latest installment stars Mark Wahlberg, who Bay worked with previously on 2013's Pain & Gain.
Release Date: 27 June 2014 (USA)Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack ReynorDirected by: Michael BayMPAA Rating: PG-13
#4. Maleficent - 2014 Domestic Gross: $234,711,000
It's been about three and a half years since Angelina Jolie has been on the big screen, and I guess a film earning over $200 million is a way for audiences to say that they missed her. Ok, surely a lot of people were also interested in the origins story of Sleeping Beauty villainess Maleficent. I know Frozen's Elsa will be popular this coming Halloween, but I bet Maleficent will also have her fair share of costumed fans.
Release Date: 30 May 2014 (USA)Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Sharlto CopleyDirected by: Robert StrombergMPAA Rating: PG
#5. X-Men: Days of Future Past - 2014 Domestic Gross: $231,702,000
The latest X-Men film features an all-star cast of movie stars so I'm not shocked that it's a box office winner. But it's not just celebrity quantity but also cinematic quality: Rotten Tomatoes has given X-Men: Days of Future Past a fresh rating of 92% and initial audiences graded the movie an "A" on the cinemascore polls.
Release Date: 23 May 2014 (USA)Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Peter DinklageDirected by: Bryan SingerMPAA Rating: PG-13
#6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - 2014 Domestic Gross: $202,408,526
Andrew Garfield is a rising star. Emma Stone is a beloved starlet. Jamie Foxx is an acclaimed actor. Sally Field is a Hollywood icon. Paul Giamatti is a renowned thespian. Together they create box office gold! Are there still people annoyed that the current Spider-Man trilogy rebooted a few years after the end of the last Spider-Man trilogy? Yes, but not enough to count.
Release Date: 2 May 2014 (USA) (USA) Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie FoxxDirected by: Marc WebbMPAA Rating: PG-13
#7. Godzilla - 2014 Domestic Gross: $199,922,103
Godzilla has been redeemed. The last most people saw of Godzilla was in that absurd 1998 version featuring Matthew Broderick (I still remember that scene where Matthew Broderick's character and Godzilla looked sadly into each other's eyes). This new movie showcases an expected amount of destruction, but often films it from the point of view of the witnesses forced to deal with every disaster flung at them. This type of filming adds a bit a reality, and some terror, to this action-packed movie.
Release Date: 16 May 2014 (USA) Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston Directed by: Gareth EdwardsMPAA Rating: PG-13
#8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - 2014 Domestic Gross: $189,330,000
It's kind of amazing that the Planet of the Apes series has had such an enduring legacy from what seemed like a pretty campy premise. This latest movie takes a look at the growing tension between the super sentient apes and the anxious human population. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes seems to have won over nearly every critic (91% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and is on the cusp of beating 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes in total gross.
Release Date: 11 July 2014 (USA)Starring: Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Andy SerkisDirected by: Matt ReevesMPAA Rating: PG-13
#9. 22 Jump Street - 2014 Domestic Gross: $188,461,000
Jonah Hill flexes his comedic chops and Channing Tatum proves his acting versatility once again in 22 Jump Street. The film features the duo trying to bust a drug ring that is making it's rounds in a school. So basically it's 21 Jump Street all over again. 22 Jump Street is the highest grossing comedy of the summer and technically of this year if we're not talking about Legos (Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who directed 22 Jump Street, also directed The Lego Movie).
Release Date: 13 June 2014 (USA) Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice CubeDirected by: Phil Lord and Christopher MillerMPAA Rating: R
#10. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - 2014 Domestic Gross: $168,569,000
How to Train Your Dragon 2 just passed it's budget in the domestic box office, and made double that amount overseas, making it a solid hit. But then again, why wouldn't it be a hit? We all want to know what happened to Hiccup and Toothless, who have aged almost in real time since the events of the first Dragon movie in 2010.
Release Date: 13 June 2014 (USA)Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett and Gerard ButlerDirected by: Dean DeBloisMPAA Rating: PG
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