Written by Oghomwn Toni-Osagie
Summertime and Movies are the Ying and Yang of movie lovers’ existence; they go hand in hand like Bonnie and Clyde, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, Jay Z and Beyoncé etcetera. It is always a perfect love story, but with each year a different cast and plot. Literally.
It has come to my attention that the line up of movies for the past Summer was legendary and one of the most talked about, the year opened with sexy and hot steamed movies like, Fifty Shades of Grey, which left a lot of tongues wagging and steamed up some albeit dead marriages. Fast forward to the summer, opening night for movies was all that mattered, cinema houses recording massive sales and turn overs.
The summer of 2015, saw a huge rebirth, holding up a very significant moment in history, the installation of the fourth placement of the Jurassic Park! Dinosaurs! Can you believe it? After 22years and rising this franchise was still able to set a world record and gross billions of dollars
So sit back as we cover the film industry, with the top 3 highest grossing movies of the summer!
Let’s dive in!
1. JURASSIC WORLD
Current domestic gross: $639.5 million
Directed by: Collin Trevorrow
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard
My obsession with this movie steams from the fact that they threaded where others haven’t dared! I mean, we are talking about a movie based on extinct creatures.
Biggest opening summer weekend ever at $208 million; third-biggest domestic grosser in history behind Titanic ($658m with releases) and Avatar ($760m), third largest movie ever worldwide ($1.6 billion) behind Titanic ($2.218b) and Avatar ($2.788b). What else is there to say about Colin Treverrow’s blockbuster sequel?
All in all, Jurassic World was a definite win from the get go, driven by heavy weight franchise backing and the fact that it has been going on for generation to generation. Not only appealing to the MILLENIAL kids but also to the 90’s kids, it has been a constant appetite tease.
Set twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Jurassic World takes place on the same fictional island of Isla Nublar, where a fully functioning dinosaur theme park operated for ten years. The park plunges into chaos when a genetically modified dinosaur, Indominus Rex, breaks loose and runs rampant across the island.
It definitely feeds people’s fantasies and the idea of dinosaurs running around is a crowd pleaser.
‘It was an Adventurous and great movie.’
‘Long awaited and fulfilled.’
‘Well put together.’
2. THE AVENGERS; Age of Ultron
Current domestic gross: $458 million
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth
I think everyone is bored by avengers by now, or we just don’t care for superheroes anymore. Or maybe the summer movie line up was overly exciting that the high flying franchise kinda took a backseat, but that did not stop them from racking in millions in the box office.
Avengers; Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers and the eleventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson. In Avengers; Age of Ultron, the Avengers must work together to defeat Ultron, a mechanical artificial intelligence bent on human extinction.
The sequel was announced in May 2012, after the successful release of The Avengers. Whedon, the director of the first film, was brought back on board in August and a release date was set. By April 2013, Whedon had completed a draft of the script, and casting began in June with the re-signing of Downey. Second unit filming began in February 2014 in South Africa with principal photography taking place between March and August 2014. The film was primarily shot at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England, with additional footage filmed in Italy, South Korea, Bangladesh, New York, and various locations around England.
Avengers: Age of Ultron premiered in Los Angeles on April 13, 2015, and was released on May 1, 2015 in North America, in 3D and IMAX 3D. The film received positive reviews and has grossed over $1.4 billion worldwide, making it the third-highest-grossing film of 2015 and the sixth-highest-grossing film of all time. Two sequels, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2, are scheduled to be released on May 4, 2018, and May 3, 2019, respectively.
It was surely a blockbuster season, at the end of the day it is Marvel comics.
‘Avengers is dope, makes me yearn for a new Bruce Banner movie/series because of the new side to his strength that the movie portrayed. The fight with IronMan was like the High-point of the whole movie to me.’
‘Action packed, intriguing and fulfilled all my expectations.’
‘To be honest, it is overrated.’
3. INSIDE OUT
Current domestic gross: $342 million
Directed by: Pete Docter
Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith
Prior to its release, a 3-minute clip was released to feed the viewers fantasy as to what to expect from this kaleidoscope of pure entertainment so we were all excited and very much satisfied after its release.
Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animated Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by Pete Docter, the film is set in the mind of a young girl – Riley Andersen (Kaitlyn Dias), where five personified emotions —Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) —try to lead her through life as she moves with her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLauchlan) to a new city. The film was co-directed and co-written by Ronnie Del Carmen and produced by Jonas Rivera, with music composed by Micheal Giacchino.
It was everything we want in an animation movie; Pete really put his best foot forward in making this massive hit that swept box office off its feet. It is definitely one of the best movies this year and counting and it is also a summer favorite, think watching it on a road trip with friends and family, roof top down and natural wind.
Pete Docter started developing this monster movie in early 2009 after noticing changes in his daughter personality. So you understand why this movie is so crisp and original, as it is told from his personal experience with interpersonal personality ‘disorder’.
It has grossed over $747 million nationwide.
‘Such a fun watch’
‘My baby brother loved it; it’s really refreshing and relatable.’