The box office battle of 2016 is now in the books, and Disney are the ones wearing the king’s crown. Their domestic totals are very impressive, and their worldwide takings are even better. As with the opening weekends, The House of Mouse holds six of the Top 10, while Warner Bros. only have two. Universal – who had a fantastic year in 2015 – haven’t made quite the impact this year with only two movies in the Top 20.
A very interesting note when comparing the overall totals to their opening weekends is the lack of legs Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had. Despite having the second biggest opening of 2016, it finds itself eighth overall in the domestic rankings. The bad reviews and dreadful word of mouth really had an impact on the movie, which has now been overtaken by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story after just two weeks of release.
However when we look back at the big titles released this year, it’s surprising not to see movies like Independence Day: Resurgence, The BFG and Star Trek Beyond higher. And the so-called Superhero Fatigue? Well, 50% of the Top 10 are comic book films, and X-Men: Apocalypse managed to crack the Top 15. With that said, it was the animated Finding Dory that toppled Captain America: Civil War despite it earning the biggest opening weekend of 2016.
Written for Flickering Myth. Read the full article here.