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.
Directed by Christian Ditter with a screenplay by Marc Silverstein, Dana Fox and Abby Kohn, the film received mixed reviews from critics and is currently at 49% on Rotten Tomatoes. That being said, the film has earned $111.3 million Worldwide and $46.8 million domestically. With a budget of just $38 million, that’s an incredible return-on-investment for the producers and studios involved.
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.
Tim Story returns to the franchise to direct, but much like the original Ride Along, the sequel was universally disliked by critics. It has an abysmal 15% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, with a budget of $40 million, and a Worldwide gross of $124.2 million, $46.8 million domestically, it’s doubtful anyone involved with the picture is loosing sleep over some negative reviews.
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.
Gods of Egypt managed to secure $142.2 million Worldwide and $31.2 million domestically. However, they did spend $140 million on the film’s budget, making it profitable, but not by much. The film has been called unnecessarily long, and has been criticized for not including Egyptian actors in a movie that’s set in Egypt. It’s currently rated with a 12% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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.
Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the film was produced with a budget of $115 million and earned an astounding $154.3 million at the Worldwide box-office. Much like the original film in the franchise, Winter’s War was poorly received by critics, earning a measly 17% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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.
The films budget was set at $110 million, and did well in earning $159.9 million Worldwide and $65.9 million domestically. Unfortunately, much like the others films in the franchise, critics tore Allegiant apart, leaving it with an embarrassingly low 12% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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.
London has Fallen has a surprisingly low $60 million budget, but managed to surpass expectations, earning over $195 million Worldwide with $62 million coming from domestic grosses only. Despite it’s impressive financial accomplishments, it only managed to get good reviews from a small group of critics, earning itself a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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).
The third film in the Kung Fu Panda franchise reached an astounding $516.6 million in Global earnings, $142 million of which came from domestic sales. With an impressive 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was extremely well received by critics, much like the other films in the franchise.
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.
Given the fact that it was marketed as an R-rated Superhero movie, people weren’t sure what to make of Deadpool, or whether or not it would be a failure at the box-office. What Deadpool was able to achieve is unprecedented in Hollywood, as the film managed to surpass anyone’s expectations by earning over $760 million Worldwide and $362 million domestically. On top of that, the film became something of a cultural phenomenon, managing to garner as much critical success as financial profitability, earning an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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).
Jon Favreau’s re-imagining of the classic children’s story captured the imagination of audiences and critics alike with its impressive visuals and captivating screenplay written by Justin Marks. It currently holds a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has earned over $831 million globally and $314 million domestically.
3 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Although it managed to do good business both globally and domestically, earning $870 million and $328 million respectively, it came nowhere close to putting up the numbers that were expected of it considering its $250 million budget, likely because of the notably negative reception it received from both critics and fans. With a lowly 27% from Rotten Tomatoes, both long-time comic book fans and casually movie-goers were left disappointed by a film that ended up being all sizzle, with no steak.
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.
With an all-star cast lending their voice-acting talents, as well as the many talented people at Disney Animation at the helm, it’s really no surprise that Zootopia found both financial and critical success the moment it arrived in theaters. With a budget of $150 million, Zootopia raked in over $970 million in Worldwide sales, and currently holds a nearly perfect critical rating with a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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.