With the Summer movie season upon us, it’s time to take a look back at some of the highest grossing films to come out of Hollywood in 2016, so far. By the end of the year, expect to see a few Summer Blockbusters and Fall Oscar-bait prestige films crack the top grossing films of 2016 list, but until then, these 12 films deserve some credit for dominating the box-office in the first half of the year. While many of the films on this list failed to garner much critical success, with some even being ripped apart by critics and audiences alike, it’s hard to argue that they haven’t managed to find a significantly large audience judging by their worldwide and domestic financial success.
A number of films, including the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, Pixar’s Finding Dory, X-Men Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, and the long-anticipated Star Wars prequel Rogue One, will definitely make a big splash at the box-office when they hit theaters, and any of them could crack the #1 spot for 2016, but until then, these are the films they’ll have to beat out.
12 How to Be Single
A fun Romantic Comedy starring Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson, follows Alice (Johnson) who moves to New York after graduating from college and breaking things off with her college boyfriend. At her new job, Alice meets Robin (Wilson), who introduces her to the wild, unpredictable lifestyle that comes with being a single woman in New York City.
11 Ride Along 2
A follow-up to 2014’s Ride Along, the film stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, who reprise their roles as Atlanta cops James (Ice Cube) and Ben (Hart) who team up yet again to stop a crime lord who’s taken over the Florida drug trade.
10 Gods of Egypt
This fantasy epic stars Gerard Butler as Set, the god of darkness who’s taken control of Egypt and created a powerful and evil empire. A mortal known as Bek (Brenton Thwaites) teams-up with the god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to end Set’s reign of terror and restore Egypt to the prosperous empire it once was.
9 The Huntsman: Winter’s War
The prequel/sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, the film stars Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman, Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna, and Emily Blunt as Freya, the Queen’s sister. The plot deals with the origins of The Huntsman, The Magic Mirror, and other characters who had appeared in the first film in the franchise.
8 The Divergent Series: Allegiant
Shailene Woodley returns in the third installment of The Divergent Series as Tris. The film picks up where the last one left off, as Tris and her ally Four (Theo James) escape the city of Chicago to discover what lies beyond the wall that surrounds the city and encloses its citizens. What they find on the other side, however, is not what they expect.
7 London Has Fallen
The sequel to Olympus has Fallen stars Gerard Butler as the world’s leaders gather in London as a result of the death of the British prime minister. Terrorists intervene on the proceedings, bringing London to its knees and kidnapping U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart). With the Leader of the Free World in the hands of the enemy, Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler) is his only hope of rescue.
6 Kung Fu Panda 3
Jack Black returns as the fun-loving Panda, Po, in the third installment of the franchise. Once a student, Po must become the teacher and train a group of pandas in the ways of martial arts and form an army of Kung Fu soldiers to unite against the powerful warrior Kai (J.K. Simmons).
Ryan Reynolds stars as Wade Wilson, a mercenary who is diagnosed with cancer and undergoes experimental treatment which turns him into the un-killable force-of-nature Deadpool.
4 The Jungle Book
Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is sent on an epic adventure through the Jungle where he encounters a cast of characters, all the while trying to escape the deadly tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba). On his journey, Mowgli encounters the sinister python Kaia (Scarlet Johanson) and Baloo the bear (Bill Murray), as well as his old friend and protector, the panther Baqheera (Ben Kingsley).
3 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill star as Batman and Superman in this epic confrontation among two of the most popular Superheroes in our culture.
In a city occupied by mammals of all shapes and sizes, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) sets out to prove herself as the first rabbit to become a police officer. She’s partnered up with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a fox who helps her solve a case.
1 Captain America: Civil War
The 13th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the third film in the Captain America franchise, features many of the heroes we know and love from previous films, including Chris Evans as Cap and Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, as well as some new and welcomed additions to the cast, fighting it out in a globe-trotting adventure that appeals to both fans of the comics and casual movie-goes around the world. It is currently rated 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Civil War hasn’t been in theaters long and has already earned $978 million Worldwide and baring some miracle will undoubtedly eclipse the $1 billion mark before it heads out of theaters.
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