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Website The Mary Sue has written an article summarizing the world’s top grossing films of 2014. They opted to call it now despite only another week left in the year, figuring not much will change. The number one film globally? “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” a film that’s only the fifth-highest ranking entry (as of this writing) on the domestic box office chart.
The reason for the success of “Transformers”, of course, is overseas audiences, who apparently can’t get enough of giant robots blowing stuff up, as long as it’s specific brands of giant fighting robots, per “Pacific Rim” vs. “Transformers.” Other factors for the film’s success might include the film’s heavy marketing in China (part of the film’s set in Hong Kong).
The top ten films of 2014 in terms of global box office (from The Mary Sue):
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction: $1,087,404,499
2. Guardians of the Galaxy: $772,257,316
3. Maleficent: $757,752,378
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past: $746,045,700
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier: $714,083,572
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2: $708,982,323
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: $708,279,489
8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1: $639,856,110
9. Interstellar: $635,535,531
10. How to Train Your Dragon 2: $618,909,935
The second place entry, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” isn’t even close to “Transformers,” being $300 million behind. The other nine films, however, clump together fairly closely. They also consist of films held in higher regard by critics than “Transformers.” The only animated entry in the top 10 is “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” in tenth place. Hopefully this will ease concerns about DreamWorks’ box office prospects in the long term, per the so-so performance of “Penguins of Madagascar” and “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.”
I’ll write my own post on the top-grossing domestic films of 2014 after the year is fully out, as there could still be a few last-minute changes; for one, “Big Hero 6” is only a few million away from tenth place.