Ten Movies Sure to Vie for Top Box Office Gross Sales in 2014
When it comes to top-grossing films, franchises rule the box office, primarily because they already have established fanbases before they hit the screen. Another key ingredient to blockbuster level success is the release date. Top-grossing films are typically released during the summer or around holidays. Here is a list of 10 films that, because they meet one or both criteria, are expected to blow away box office numbers in 2014.
"Transformers 4: Age of Extinction"
The 4 behind the title of this movie is testament to the fact that the Transformers franchise is big business. "Transformers 4" has big shoes to fill. If history is any indication, the film will easily top 100 million domestically during its opening weekend in June of 2014. When all is said and done, its total gross domestic earnings will likely push the 500 million mark, while worldwide sales will likely top 1 billion.
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1"
It's a long wait into 2014 for the penultimate installment of "The Hunger Games" series. However, late holiday release dates combined with a very passionate fanbase has worked well for the franchise thus far. "Mockingjay Part 1" is not likely to be an exception. Like the Transformers franchise, the Hunger Games is the caliber of blockbuster that will easily push 100 million in its opening weekend. When all is said and done, worldwide gross earnings are expected to push the 1 billion mark, about half of which is likely to be earned domestically.
With "Gravity" proving that there is a huge audience for innovative space movies, "Interstellar" is sure to draw big box office numbers, especially with names like Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Matthew McConaughey attached to it. Add to the mix Director Christopher Nolan, who was responsible for "Inception," and this November 2014 release could give "The Hunger Games" a run for its money. Three hundred million in projected domestic earnings and 500 million worldwide may prove to be a conservative estimation.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
Box office audiences have proven it in ticket sales that they love Marvel. For that reason alone, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is sure to be one of the top money makers of 2014. Add to that a release date that corresponds to spring break, when parents are desperate to entertain children who are out of school for a few days, as well as big names like Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson, and domestic earnings that near the 200 million mark and international earnings that match that number are almost guaranteed.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past"
Who loves Marvel superheroes more than domestic audiences? According to ticket sales, international audiences. What distinguishes the X-Men and the other Marvel franchises is that international box office sales consistently top domestic ones. With the help of a Memorial Day weekend release date, expect "X-Men: Days of Future Past" to easily top 200 million internationally while coming in at about the 150 million mark domestically.
Director Gareth Edwards has been courting an audience with teasers of this movie for two years now. He also assembled a killer cast. The movie is being strategically released a week ahead of The X-Men in order to minimize the impact of head-to-head box office competition. Earnings for "Godzilla" are expected to match those of X-Men, coming in at around the 150 million dollar mark domestically and at least that much internationally.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has the benefit of appealing to a wide audience. Adults who have fond memories of watching the show as children are likely to be drawn in as well as children who comprise a new generation of fans. With names like Megan Fox, who helped make the Transformers franchise extremely successful, and Jonathan Liebesman, who helmed "Battle Los Angeles", attached to it, the movie is likely to be big business. Domestic ticket sales could easily top 150 million while worldwide ticket sales will likely double that number.
"The Expendables 3"
Star power tends to draw crowds, and The Expendables 3 is certainly not short on any. In fact, it would be easier to name the A-list action stars who are not in this movie. Gross ticket sales are expected to reach the 100 million mark, while international sales will likely add another 200 million or near to the film's bottom line.
"22 Jump Street"
"21 Jump Street" proved wildly popular. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have great on-screen comedic chemistry. Unlike many of the other film franchises on this list, however, "21 Jump Street" didn't appeal quite as much to international audiences. Using history as an indicator, expect domestic ticket sales to be north of 140 million and international ticket sales to add another 100 million to the film's success.
"Need for Speed"
The secret to the success of "Need for Speed" is likely to be fans' need for a Fast & Furious substitute in 2014. The death of Paul Walker pushed the latest installment of the wildly popular franchise into 2015, which means that moviegoers who live for edgy car movies are left with a craving to satisfy. Enter Aaron Paul, who is fresh off of a successful stint as Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad," and "Need for Speed." A 3D version of the movie will pad the earnings even further, since 3D tickets tend to be slightly pricier than standard admission. Domestically, "Need for Speed" should near the 100 million mark and do about the same internationally.
Only time will tell how the list of top-grossing films of 2014 will shake out. One thing is for sure, however, the films on this list are sure to be on it.