The biggest movies 2014 includes toys as heroes, heroes as heroes, mile-high lizards losing to heroes and a flick with a love of air bags.
The biggest movies 2014 shouldn’t really come as a shock since most were big budget movies with A-list stars but a couple flicks on the list are surprising because of the specific audience.
Neighbors, for example, involved top names like Seth Rogen and Zac Efron and was projected to perform well but the movie raking in $146 million is impressive for a raunchy, frat-humor centric film.
The biggest movies 2014 list will change in the next few months with Transformers 4, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Hercules and Guardians of the Galaxy on the horizon. For now, these are the biggest movies of 2014.
Biggest movies 2014
Rio 2 — $127,535,324
The colorful bird flew out of theaters with over $127 million in his beak. A group of A-list voices doesn’t hurt, especially during promotion time, and Rio 2 is a family-friendly movie with a successful predecessor which usually means a respectable box office count.
Ride Along — $134,202,565
One of the biggest movies 2014 involved one of the hottest comics of the year — Kevin Hart — and the versatile Ice Cube. Cube pops up again later in this list in another of the biggest movies of 2014 and Hart had two other movies top the $30 million dollar mark.
Neighbors — $146,114,145
Who knew that potty humor — literally humor about air bag exploding toilet — would crush at the box office. The Seth Rogen and Zac Efron movie about a family moving next door to a frat house pulled in $146 million. Imagine the toga party that money could buy.
Divergent — $150,253,842
Based on the popular novel of the same name, Divergent was released in March 2014 and, despite mixed reviews, grossed over $268 million worldwide. A budget of $85 million means the film was a financial success and lands on our list of the biggest movies 2014.
Maleficent — $189,943,593
An iconic movie villain from a fifty year old Disney story gets her own movie. Would it work? The Disney magic is still alive at the box office with Maleficent making over $189 million dollars and introducing a new generation to the story of Sleeping Beauty. Turning Angelina Jolie into the hottest movie villain ever didn’t hurt either.
Godzilla — $195,576,736
A reboot of a reboots, Godzilla looked more like a movie about a virus than a massive monster in the trailers. The movie performed well, crushing the box office for a couple weekends, and grossed $189 million at the box office.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — $199,695,402
He does whatever a spider can but can a regular spider spin a web of $199 million dollars? Probably not. Oddly enough, the movie actually underperformed and didn’t make as much money as the Marvel folks hoped but a person doesn’t need spider sense to realize there will be an Amazing Spider-Man 3 in the next few years.
X-Men: Days of Future Past — $218,579,891
Imagine being tasked with taking iconic characters of past and present day and putting them in a movie that would all make sense. X-Men: Days of Future Past did it and did it well. Audiences responded by dropping down $218 million to watch Wolverine, Professor X and the gang battle it out across decades in one of the biggest movies 2014.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier — $256,690, 279
Fall out, soldier. The comic book hero money train just keeps chugging along with Captain America: The Winter Soldier dominating the box office for a chunk of 2014. Over $256 million dollars is a mission accomplished for this Marvel hero movie.
The Lego Movie — $256,770,706
LEGO might be for kids but The Lego Movie was a movie programmed for viewers young and old. The Lego Movie grossed over $256 million domestically to top the list of the biggest movies 2014.