What will top the box office in 2015?

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2014 was a great year for movies. It brought many interesting and successful films to the big screen. Some definitely out-played their competition.
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By Brady Wesp
Staff Writer/Spectator

From the far reaches of the galaxy to the districts of Panem and from the lands of Middle-Earth to the vast ends of the Marvel universe, 2014 gave us fantastic Hollywood blockbusters that floored us with extraordinary and record-breaking performances.

This year we will see some exciting and highly anticipated films such as “Star Wars Episode VII” and the conclusion of the monumental Hunger Games series; however, these along with the majority of other films will not be premiering until almost summer vacation.

Whereas current movies out this first part of the year are not the most wellknown or mass-appealing titles, 2015 is already showing very impressive boxoffice numbers.

Currently atop the box office this year is the film adaptation of E.L. James’ magnet of controversy “Fifty Shades of Grey.” 

While given only a critical rating of 4.2 out of 10, the erotic film has whipped up an utterly shocking $135 million at the national box-office.  Most of the movie’s profits were obtained during its opening weekend release, which now holds the fourth highest record for an opening weekend rated-R debut with an astounding $85.1 million.

To put it into perspective, “Fifty Shades of Grey” has made more in its opening weekend than Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” and Zack Snyder’s “300,” taking the fifth and sixth spot respectively.

Following close behind in second place on the charts is “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” 

In this movie, SpongeBob and company obtain superpowers and try to retrieve the Krabby Patty recipe from a thieving pirate played by a comical Antonio Banderas. 

As of the weekend of March 1, SpongeBob raked in a rather impressive $128.4 million. 

It seems this fry cook can still soak up the money even after blowing bubbles on our screens since 1999.

In a slightly distant third place is Liam Neeson’s “Taken 3,” where he is pinned for his wife’s murder and has to use his “particular set of skills” to hunt down the real killers while protecting his daughter, the only thing left in his life that matters. 

The final installment in this “Taken” series debuted with a $39.2 million opening weekend and has currently grossed $87.7 million dollars as it heads into March.

The fourth spot on the chart goes to “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”  Drawing in $72.5 million and counting, “Kingsman” shows great promise in drawing bigger box-office numbers, more than doubling its $36.2 million opening weekend in just its second week.

The fifth slot goes to “Paddington,” a family comedy about a little bear that has a love for everything British who travels to London in search of a loving home. 

Developed by the Weinstein Company, this little bear is going strong with a total $68.2 million accumulated so far at the box office.

Now although most of these movies are not very popular or recognizable, with the probable exception of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the box-office is already off to a fantastic start. 

With these top five films alone, the 2015 domestic box-office has already brought in just shy of half a billion dollars.  

Yes that is a billion with a “B” and it is not even April yet. Even though March has a few good releases coming out with “Chappie” and “Insurgent,” the big cash flow is not going to happen until April hits. Then “Furious 7” revs up the box-office engines and brings in the cash.

The big picture is that 2015 is already seeing great success early on with some smaller, less hyped box office hits. This summer we’re going to see “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Furious 7,” “Jurassic World,” “Ant-Man” and even a new and improved “Fantastic Four.” The year will finish out strong with “Spectre,” the newest entry from James Bond, Jennifer Lawrence in her final role as Katniss Everdeen in “Mockingjay – Part 2” and of course the epic return of Star Wars in “Episode VII: The Force Awakens” on Dec. 18. There is a lot of excitement to be had at the movies this year, although there is one impending question. With some of our favorite stars and franchises fading from the silver screen at the end of this year, what is to happen next? 

There will undoubtedly be more projects that Marvel can concoct in far off future after their loads of other projects currently in the works are released. 

There will most definitely be a followup in 2016 for the next segment in the Star Wars universe, hopefully. James Bond almost feels destined to put out its 25th installment either next year or the year after. 

Another question that fans want to have answered is whether or not this will be the end of “The Fast and the Furious.” 

I guess we will all have a better idea come April. 

Either way that choice is going to be bittersweet. If you want to keep track on how your favorite movie is doing at the box office this year, you can check it out at boxofficemojo. com. 

Have fun and be sure to check out these movies when they come to your area. 

As Caesar Flickerman said, “we have never seen anything like it…and we will never see anything like it again.” 

Don’t you want to say that you were there the night the world witnessed something incredible?  How will you write your movie experience?

Brady Wesp is a staff writer for the Spectator. He can be reached by ae.spectator@gmail.com