You might have expected Transformers: Age Of Ultron to be a long-winded summer hit but you probably didn’t about these five surprises.
The box office seems an unlikely place to discover surprises and anomalies, but it’s actually almost always full of them.
From those having a bit of a moment (faith-based movies, Shailene Woodley) to those definitely not (horror movies, star-driven indies), here are five quirky and unexpected stories at the domestic box office of 2014 so far.
1. Grander than the Grand Budapest.
Thought The Grand Budapest Hotel was the biggest indie movie of the year? While no slouch at US$58mil (RM185.6mil), it was actually beaten out by a couple of movies you may have never heard of: faith-based dramas Son Of God (US$59mil/RM188.8mil) and God’s Not Dead (US$60mil/RM192mil), as well as animated comedy The Nut Job (US$64mil/RM204.8mil).
2. Believing in God trumps believing in ghosts.
Faith-based dramas far outgrossed horror movies in 2014 thus far, with Heaven Is For Real leading the pack with US$90mil (RM288mil) and Son Of God and God’s Not Dead both near the US$60mil range. The highest grossing horror movie of the year? Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which has only made US$32mil (RM102.4mil).
3. Star power can be a tricky thing.
Indies headlined by big stars were no guarantee of box office success this year. Indies like Locke (starring Tom Hardy), The Rover (starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson) and Under The Skin (starring Scarlett Johansson) were all trounced at the domestic box office by a Polish film called Ida, which came in just shy of US$3mil (RM9.6mil).
4. Meet the new queen of YA (young adult).
Shailene Woodley is currently the only person this year – male or female – to headline two films that have made over US$100mil (RM320mil) at the box office: Divergent (US$150mil/RM480mil) and The Fault In Our Stars (US$115mil/RM368mil and counting).
5. Audiences want more of the same.
It’s definitely the age of sequels, remakes and reboots. Of the top 10 movies of 2014 thus far, only Neighbors, coming in at #10 with US$148mil (RM473.6mil), isn’t based on a pre-existing property. — Reuters