10 Upcoming Releases Most Likely To Break Box Office Records

It's an extremely exciting time in the world of movies. This year alone sees some absolutely huge blockbusters set to hit cinema screens around the world. Now, more than ever, movie studios are announcing long terms plans that give audiences an idea of what to expect for years to come in terms of huge cinematic offerings -especially given the meteoric rise of the "expanded cinematic universe" concept.

With that in mind, there's a good chance that box office records will be repeatedly broken in the coming years. Currently, the highest-grossing movie of all time is 2009's Avatar. The innovative, part-live action, part-animation epic has pulled in an astonishing $2.788 billion at the worldwide box office and it is followed by Titanic with $2.187 billion and The Avengers with $1.512 billion. With inflation taken into consideration, Gone With The Wind tops the list, with Avatar in second place and the first Star Wars movie in third.

The following are ten upcoming movies that have the potential to top them all, and includes both some that are real outsider shots which might surprise and some that are odds on to be right up there with Avatar in terms of box office records.


10 Jurassic World

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This year's upcoming Jurassic World is a tricky one that really could go either way in terms of box office success. How it performs depends largely on how initial audiences receive it and word of mouth will be a very important part of its marketing.

The Jurassic Park franchise is huge and the original 1993 movie is the fifteenth highest grossing of all time with $1.03 billion brought in (eleventh when the list is adjusted for inflation). However, the two subsequent sequels were neither as good or as successful financially - with the third one outright damaging the reputation of the franchise.

That said, Jurassic World has the advantage of nostalgic value for the original movie's audience, a new young audience with no prior experience of dinosaur movies and the kicker of the park actually being open for the first time. It's also Chris Pratt's first major role since he played a huge part in the success of Guardians of the Galaxy - so let's see exactly what his new-found mega-stardom can do for this movie.

Likelihood of topping the list: 3/10

9 Frozen 2

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To put it simply, Frozen was and still is huge. Its $1.275 billion box office returns make it the highest-grossing animated movie ever made and the fifth highest-grossing movie of any kind of all time.

The 2013 movie took a while to get going - undergoing several story treatments for years before finally being commissioned in 2011 - but once it finally hit cinema screens there was no stopping it. It was visually striking, well performed and had a truly memorable soundtrack - honestly, can anyone reading this say they haven't heard "Let It Go" hundreds of times, whether they've actually seen the movie or not?

The huge following the movie has obtained is made up of people of all ages. Children love it and you only have to look at the countless parodies of the movie's songs on YouTube to realise the impact it has had on adults too. At the very least, the sequel (which has been confirmed without being given a release date yet) could overtake its predecessor to become the highest-grossing animated movie ever. With its existing audience and a new generation of fans, it could even compete at the very top of the highest-grossing list.

Likelihood of topping the list: 3/10

8 Minions

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Despicable Me was a huge (and very surprising) success when it was released in 2010, grossing $543.1 million at the global box office. The sequel, Despicable Me 2, was released in 2013 and has grossed $970.8 million, making it the 22nd highest-grossing movie ever.

The Minions are a huge part of both movies' success - in fact its safe to say they are the most popular thing to come out of them by far. The little yellow (an important colour in the success of countless popular children's characters, incidentally) babbling characters have become something of a cultural phenomenon, appearing in memes, advertisements and on all manner of merchandise around the world.

The reason is simple - they translate so well in any culture. They are bumbling, gibbering idiots who - in spite of not speaking any English (or any other known language) - are essentially understood everywhere.

Like Frozen 2, it could become the highest-grossing animated movie ever at the very least. If everyone who has ever shown any interest in the little guys goes to watch the movie this year, it could do even better than that. In a nutshell, do not underestimate the Minions.

Likelihood of topping the list: 2/10

7 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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This movie could be really serious candidates for the highest-grossing production of all time.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is huge. The franchise as a whole has grossed $7.160 billion, with Iron Man alone pulling in around $2.4 billion in his three solo movies - the third of which pulled in $1.215 billion by itself and stands as the sixth highest-grossing movie ever.

The first Avengers movie, however, is the third highest-grossing movie ever, with a worldwide total of $1.519 billion. In just less than a week, its sequel hits cinemas for the first time in certain countries.

With the same superheroes returning and a number of new additions - as well as general interest in the MCU as a whole picking up since the last move - there's every chance that Avengers: Age of Ultron could amass some serious cash.

By the time this movie's run in cinemas comes to an end, precedent suggests there's a very strong chance it could have toppled Avatar.

Likelihood of topping the list: 7/10

6 Captain America: Civil War

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While this movie is billed as a Captain America offering, it's common knowledge that its concept makes it much more than that (although the super soldier's recent movie grossed $714 million on its own anyway). This installment will see Captain America and a team of heroes going up against Iron Man and another heroic bunch in a war being waged about the enforcement of a legislative bill called the Superhuman Registration Act - essentially the biggest event to date in superhero movie history.

Captain America will be anti-registration and will probably be joined by the likes of Falcon, the Winter Soldier and Black Widow, while Iron Man will be pro-registration and will likely be joined by the likes of War Machine and Vision. The inclusion of Hydra, S.H.I.E.L.D. and various individual villains will also add spice to proceedings.

With that in mind, there's every chance it could achieve phenomenal box office success - and that's without even mentioning something extremely important; the Spider-Man effect.

The movie will see the Marvel Cinematic Universe debut of the Webbed Wonder and the potential impact of that shouldn't be underestimated. He's one of Marvel's most famous heroes and his own movies have done well under Sony's guidance. Alongside established heroes in the MCU, he could send box office takings into the stratosphere.

Likelihood of topping the list: 8/10

5 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Spider-Man may be Marvel's biggest character, but DC has two that are arguably even bigger in Batman and Superman. The two legendary heroes practically go hand in hand in the comic books and have enjoyed huge success in their individual movies over the years, but 2016 will see the first live action coming together of the icons.

Since Christopher Reeve starred in the first true blockbuster superhero movie as Superman in 1978, comic book movies have become more and more prominent, with two more actors having taken on the role since then, and Batman having had no less than five actors don the black cape (including Ben Affleck, that is).

When Affleck's Batman meets Henry Cavill's Superman next year, there's every chance the movie could smash box office records. In spite of the movie's controversies (Affleck's casting, for instance, was much-maligned), the fact is it will star the two most popular superheroes in the world - with Batman alone having two movies that have earned more than $1 billion at the box office.

With that in mind, there's every chance that this movie - which will also include numerous other key DC characters played by top actors - will perform incredibly.

Likelihood of topping the list: 6/10

4 The Justice League Movies

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If Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a shot at becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time, then it really goes without saying that either (or both) of the confirmed Justice League movies could perform as well or even better upon their release.

Part One of the two-parter will be released in 2017, with Part Two following two years later. The movies will see the official coming together of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Lantern and Shazam to face a common foe (most likely Darkseid) in the same way the Avengers did in their first movie.

Of course, the success of these movies depends entirely on how well the likes of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman perform before them, as not everyone is convinced by DC's shared movie universe yet. If the films that come before them perform well, there's a good chance this one could start to give Marvel some serious competition and maybe even blow away every movie that ever came before it when it comes to box office returns.

Likelihood of topping the list: 7/10


3 Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 & 2

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Everything that has happened so far in the massively successful Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise will culminate in a huge war between good and evil in the Avengers: Infinity War movies.

There will be two parts - in 2018 and 2019 respectively - that will see the titular team joining forces with other heroes, including the likes of the Guardians of the Galaxy, against an Infinity Gauntlet-wielding Thanos and whichever other villains the Mad Titan decides to bring along for the ride (Loki is a dead cert).

It's what the fans have been waiting for since Nick Fury first turned up in 2008's Iron Man and, in particular, since Thanos turned to face the camera in the mid-credits scene of 2012's first Avengers movie.

Either one or both of these movies could top the highest-grossing list very easily - bearing in mind that the franchise already boasts two $1 billion+ grossing movies, that these will be the biggest it has seen by far, and that a number of popular individual movie brands will come together for it (Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy etc).

Likelihood of topping the list: 8/10

2 The Avatar Sequels

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The highest-grossing movie of all time has two announced sequels - surely there is every chance that both of them could end up toppling it or any other movie that might be top of the list following their releases.

That highest-grossing movie was, of course, Avatar - a movie that has grossed $2.788 billion at the worldwide box office and is even still second, only behind Gone With The Wind, when inflation adjusted figures are taken into consideration.

Avatar was so successful because of how innovative it was. It was visually stunning, portraying the land of Pandora - a planet that humans had essentially invaded to mine its resources - in vivid colour, and combined live action with animation brilliantly. It also showed off superb 3D effects and had a brilliant story.

Movies two and three in the franchise are expected to hit cinema screens in 2017 and 2019 respectively and they will surely be odds on favourites to break every box office record ever set.

Likelihood of topping the list: 9/10

1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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In a nutshell, very few movie franchises are quite as big as Star Wars. The first movie was released in 1977 and, even then, amassed a stunning worldwide gross of $775.4 billion and, subsequently, the five live action movies that have followed it have amassed a further $3.54 billion - including a standalone effort of $1.027 billion from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

This year, episode seven in the saga is hitting global cinema screens, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens set for a Christmas release, and it has garnered almost unrivalled attention since J.J. Abrams was announced as its director in January of 2013.

Recently, images, clips and trailers from the movie have driven the internet crazy. Traffic to pages/articles focusing on the movie have exceeded anything before them and, subsequently, the movie is set to be a huge success.

After the relative disappointment of the prequel trilogy, this new sequel (and the confirmed but as yet unnamed/unscheduled movies that will follow it in the franchise) has huge expectations on its metaphorical shoulders. It will garner a ridiculous amount of interest and there is a very good chance that, this time next year, it will be sitting as the highest-grossing movie of all time (even though very little is actually known about it at this stage).

Likelihood of topping the list: 9/10

Sources: IMDB, Wikipedia, Alexa


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