The year 2015 is quickly coming to a close. There have been a ton of movies this year that can be considered blockbuster. Marvel brought us Avengers: Age of Ultron and Antman. There was another Mission: Impossible and Fast and Furious. Both Terminator and Jurassic Park were reintroduced to the world. Disney and Dreamworks battled it out for animation supremacy with Inside Out and Minions, respectively.
Universal Studios has set a box office record in 2015 with its slate of movies. Just eight months into 2015, Universal had already grossed $3.83 billion. That eclipsed the previous mark of $3.73 billion set by 20th Century Fox in 2014 as reported by Variety.
The records may not stop there either. In September, Yahoo! reported that 2015 is on pace to see the highest-grossing box office receipts in the history of cinema. They spoke with Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst with Rentrak. They track total viewership in the movie industry.
“It could be the first $40 billion year ever worldwide… and that’s pretty impressive considering the competition by the small screen, including Netflix, Hulu and HBO.”
The worldwide number is not the only record that might be broken. He expects box office receipts in the United States to reach $11 billion alone.
“I’m expecting the North American box office to exceed $11 billion after a $10.9 billion record in 2013.”
With Star Wars:The Force Awakens and Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 still yet to come, it is easy to see why all of the analysts are looking at this as easily setting a new record. However, those two movies are not the only ones that can expect to help the box office reach its record-setting goal. In fact, here are three more movies that should do well this holiday season that do not have Star Wars or Hunger Games in the title.
Okay, this may be cheating. Spectre is the next James Bond title set to hit screens on November 6. This Bond film is the most notable because it will likely be the last time Daniel Craig will play 007. His recent quotes show beyond a shadow of a doubt he is ready to move on from the super spy.
“Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
Spectre continues to look into Bond’s history. A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends 007 spanning the globe. He ends up in a secret society meeting where he learns quickly that the group is up to no good. However, there may be more linking Bond to the villain than he even knows.
The Peanuts Movie
Just after The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and right before A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Peanuts characters get a theatrically released movie. The timing is perfect, and the hope is that this will breathe new life into Charles M. Schulz’s much beloved characters. Snoopy reprises his role as a flying ace. This time Charlie Brown has a quest of his own to complete. The Peanuts Movie will hit movie theaters on November 6. The same day that Spectre opens.
The Good Dinosaur
Rarely do we see Pixar release two movies in a single year. The Disney-owned company has already had a hit with Inside Out, but Disney movies have owned the animation spots in November the last few years. Who can forget the smash hit Frozen from a couple of years ago? Add Wreck It Ralph and Big Hero 6 to the mix, and it is easy to see why the House of Mouse would want to continue releasing movies late in the year.
The Good Dinosaur asks the question, “What if dinosaurs had not gone extinct?” The movie follows an Apatosaurus who is trying to find his way home. He befriends a human along the way whom he aptly names Spot. This movie has been in production for quite a while, and it has had its share of problems getting to the big screen. However, Pixar delivers with every movie, and it is expected this will do the same. The Good Dinosaur will hit theaters on November 25.
The potential hits do not stop with just these three movies. Creed, a continuation of the Rocky franchise, is coming in November. The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino’s next film debuts in December, along with Leonardo DiCaprio’s next film, The Revenant. Which one of these films has you the most excited?