Box Office Success

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2015 was a successful year for movies. – (Flickr, Anterto)

By Daniel Bonge

This past year has been a memorable year with all of the great movies that came out, and these movies have had much success. Star Wars finally came out with their seventh movie, The Force Awakens, and it was a very profitable, making $247,966,675 in just the opening week. The first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, only made $1,554,475 in their opening week. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was not the only movie that had success this year. Another highly anticipated movie was Jurassic World, a sequel to Jurassic Park. It also had a very successful opening week, making $208,806,270. This made it the #2 ranked movie most profitable movie in 2015 and of all time. Previous Jurassic Park movies only made at most $50,000,000 in their opening week. Sequel movies these days seem much more popular, and make more money than than movies in the past.

There were quite a few other movies that did very well and made money, including Avengers: Age of Ultron. Many Americans loved the first Avengers movie, but wanted to see the new one even more, and that shows a significant change in who exactly is coming to see movies. Terminator is another all time favorite movie for many Americans. The first Terminator made only $4,020,663 but the new movie, Terminator: Genisys, made $27,018,486. Although the new Terminator made more money in the opening week, the original had much better reviews than the new one. Newer movies have lower ratings than previous ones, but more and more movie theaters are springing up in countries that used to not have them, so more people are able to see these movies. The fact that more people these days have the opportunity to see movies is great of course, but it does skew the numbers.  

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