There hasn’t been an MM Top 5 since January this year, so I thought it would be high-time to bring the much beloved series out of retirement for a special Christmas edition. Yes, today we will be looking at the most anticipated films of 2015.
I’ll be guiding you through what to expect, a prediction of their box-office forecasts and any other vital information you may need.
So without further ado, let’s start.
5. Big Hero 6, January 2015
Director: Don Hall & Chris Williams Voices: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter
Soundtrack: Henry Jackman
MM BOX-OFFICE PREDICTION: $500m
After being released to critical acclaim in the US back in November, Big Hero 6 shows that the Marvel cash-cow shows no signs of slowing. Their first animated feature after years of successful live-action movies, the film follows the story of a young inventor and his robot Baymax as they battle to save the world.
It all sounds pretty clichéd, but take a look at the trailer and you’ll be hooked, trust me.
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron, May 2015
Director: Joss Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth
Soundtrack: Brian Tyler
MM BOX-OFFICE PREDICTION: $1.4bn
The first Avengers film was excellent, right up until the generic battle that looked like something out of a Michael Bay picture, to me, it felt rushed and lacked the sparkle of the first two hours. Despite this it was a huge box-office success and managed to steamroll its way into the top 10 highest grossing films of all time.
Avengers: Age of Ultron looks, from the trailer, like an ultimately superior film all round. The darker tone is evident from the clips and it is obvious from other Marvel offerings like Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier that they are very much shifting into darker territory. It’s set to be a massive smash next year.
3. Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, November 2015
Director: Francis Lawrence Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore
Soundtrack: James Newton Howard
MM BOX-OFFICE PREDICTION: $800m
Mockingjay Part 1 was a decent, if not overly successful take on Suzanne Collins’ lacklustre novel of the same name. Despite stellar performances from the likes of Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Moore, the film had some horrific pacing issues which stopped it from overtaking Catching Fire as the best movie in the series.
However, Mockingjay Part 2 promises to be an exciting finale for the much-loved series and if the second parts of other young adult films are anything to go by, we can expect it to be well above the standard of the other films. Whilst I doubt it will be beat Avengers: Age of Ultron at the box-office, I’m predicting a very respectable gross of $800m when its cinema run comes to an end in December 2015.
2. Star Wars: Episode VII, December 2015
Director: JJ Abrams Starring: Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford
Soundtrack: John Williams
MM BOX-OFFICE PREDICTION: $1.8bn
The news of a new Star Wars film broke last year and despite generally good responses from fans, the sores of George Lucas’ prequel trilogy were still wide open. JJ Abrams was announced as director not long after and the majority of Star Wars die hards were happy with the choice and I’m predicting it will be the biggest film of next year.
Taking place years after the events of Return of the Jedi, this sequel follows a selection of new characters no doubt taking on the dark side of the force along with their older counterparts with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher all returning to kick some stormtrooper ass. The trailer is a little disappointing in my opinion but the sight of the Millennium Falcon using today’s amazing special effects raised goosebumps.
1. Jurassic World, June 2015
Director: Colin Trevorrow Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard
Soundtrack: Michael Giacchino
MM BOX-OFFICE PREDICTION: $700m
Those of you who know me will be less than surprised with my number one choice here, but there is more to this placing than meets the eye. Steven Spielberg said, as early as 2002 that there would be another Jurassic Park film and fans waited and waited, and waited a bit more until they finally gave up hope.
However, in 2013, newcomer Colin Trevorrow was personally handpicked by the king of blockbuster cinema to direct the next instalment of the series. Choosing a director as inexperienced as Trevorrow is a very risky move and fans are dying to see what he has done to update the franchise for a new generation of dinosaur lovers. With the brilliant trailer being released in November, there are now only a few reservations left before it hits cinemas in 2015. Will it be the biggest film of the year? No, probably not, but I believe it will have the most impact on audiences and who doesn’t want to see a fully operational Jurassic Park?
- Taken 3
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- Terminator: Genisys