This year has proven to be pretty sweet thus far. We got the biggest January since 2010, with over one billion dollars earned among films in that month alone, only the third time in history that figure has been hit in January, while being the third biggest ever, around 12.3% more than what 2014 managed, all thanks to American Sniper. Then came February, which didn’t come close, but regardless, it managed the biggest February accumulative gross since 2012, with $765.7 million, or 6.86% behind the record-setting $818.2 million which we encountered 3 years ago. Still, it was the third biggest February ever. Then March came, and disappointed real bad. The month’s accumulative earnings barely passed $700 million, which is shockingly lower than February, certainly not the norm for quiet some time already. It was the lowest March since 2011, a huge blow to the record-setting pace that 2015 had been building upon up till that point. It was down 12.6% from March 2014, and March has seen a consistent drop for 4 years already by now. Then came April, which once again proved that the results in the month prior were only an anomaly, and nothing to worry about, when all the films combined earned $777.9 million, which might only be 0.7% ahead of 2014’s numbers, but still its the second biggest accumulative gross April has ever seen, behind 2011’s $792.6 million, and that’s mostly thanks to Furious 7. Then May came, and continuing what seems to be a trend, became the second biggest May of all time, with $1074.4 million, well ahead of 2014’s $1009.1 million, but slightly behind 2013’s $1141.8 million, thanks to the beast that is Avengers: Age of Ultron, having a grand share of 39.8%. And now comes June, which definitely isn’t lagging behind either.
June’s accumulative box office was at $1,232.6 million, making this the second biggest June of all time (as if it wasn’t expected). Had Jurassic World and Inside Out not over performed though, we wouldn’t be seeing such a remarkable achievement. Jurassic World had a 41.7% market share, whereas Inside Out had a 16.3% market share. In other words, had Jurassic World performed as widely speculated, with +-$300 million, and had Inside Out performed in line with other Pixar films, the numbers would definitely have lagged behind 2014’s $1,044.2 million, and perhaps fells below the billion dollar mark for the first time since 2007. Yes, that’s how important those two films were, for no other films managed above $100 million. That’s the least number of films which earned at least $100 million in those 30 days, with there being 5 last year. Regardless, box office this year is up by 18.0% as compared to 2014’s June, in which last year’s crop earned $1,044.2 million, which itself was the lowest figure since 2011. Meanwhile, only 2013 was ahead, with $1,246.1 million. That’s a difference of barely $14 million.
Anyway, Jurassic World was tops for the month of June. It earned $513.37 million during that month, after opening on 12th June, and is now easily on its way to becoming the third biggest film domestically of all time, ahead of Avengers, and just behind Titanic and Avatar. It obliterated a long list of records over its opening week, easily scoring the biggest opening weekend gross of all time ($208.8 million). I’m not going to cover them again, as like I said it’s a really long list they got there, so I’ll just simply bring you to the box office report which I wrote for its opening weekend and second weekend, which you can access by clicking here and here respectively. Whatever it is, it further propelled Universal Studios up the rankings, allowing them to lead all other studios in their race to become the studio with the biggest earnings of the year, for the first time ever (hopefully). The film also showed how nostalgia multiplied with a hot trending celebrity will bring you all the riches in the world. Moving on, second wasn’t any bad either, with Inside Out earning over $200.844 million over the slightly under 2 weeks it had in June since opening. This film also broke a ton of records, including the biggest film to not open in first over its opening weekend, bringing in $90.44 million over its first three days. Pixar, with this, gets their second biggest opening ever, just behind the heavily buzzed about Toy Story 3, showing that as long as you’re Pixar, nobody cares what you produce, as long as you prove to us that it has all the things we want, and of course lots of quality. More details in this link, which will likewise bring you to the box office report of the film which I wrote over its first weekend.
Disappointingly, apart from these two behemoths, June was rather quiet, with less blockbusters than usual. Yes, there was a Ted 2 which opened on the last weekend of the month, but it underperformed, and was widely regarded as a disappointment. In truth, almost all the films this month kind of failed to meet expectations. In third was Spy, which despite having glowing reviews and comedy duo Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy, failed to meet expectations, underwhelming with ‘only’ $29 million over its opening weekend. Well, it earned $90.5 million over the course of the month, which isn’t bad. I mean, despite having Jason Statham on board for this, it isn’t going to come close to what The Heat managed in 2013, with $159.6 million. I doubt it’s going to surpass Identity Thief either, which closed off with $134.5 million, despite this film having a prime summer spot without much competition.
When you get a holdover that really isn’t that big to begin with taking fourth on the monthly gross chart, you’re in big trouble. That pretty much shows the predicament the new releases are in. San Andreas was next on the charts, with $88.7 million brought in over the long 30 days it had a chance to play with. Insidious Chapter 3 was fifth, with $50.4 million. All other films will be in my table below, and I won’t be covering them, for none of them hit $50 million.
Enough with my rant. Here’s the top 10 of the month. This isn’t based on the film’s final gross, instead, it signifies how much each film earns over the course of the 30 days in June. Here you go, and as a form of comparison with 2014, I have left it below for you as well:
(Non-holdovers/films which opened in the month of June will be bolded)
|Rank||Film (2015)||Gross||Film (2014)||Gross|
|2||Inside Out||$200,844,477||22 Jump Street||$142,719,235|
|3||Spy||$90,477,299||How to Train Your Dragon 2||$124,225,932|
|4||San Andreas||$88,733,974||The Fault in our Stars||$110,899,436|
|5||Insidious Chapter 3||$50,368,393||Transformers: Age of Extinction||$110,542,664|
|6||Ted 2||$41,030,250||X-Men: Days of Future Past||$85,128,021|
|7||Pitch Perfect 2||$33,991,830||Think Like a Man Too||$71,296,303|
|8||Entourage||$31,568,722||A Million Ways to Die in the West||$49,208,336|
|9||Mad Max: Fury Road||$31,127,202||Jersey Boys||$29,245,685|
And here’s the overall gross managed by all the films combined, in the month of June. Once again, versus 2014:
|2015 Accumulative Gross||2014 Accumulative Gross||Change|
And that’s about it. Check back next month for my recap on July’s box office.