2015 was a great year for CGI-filled films such as Jurassic World, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and of course Star Wars: The Force Awakens. One would say "It's not possible to sneak in any more huge-budget films in one year." 2016 laughs. We haven't yet realized how crowded with blockbusters the next year is going to be. I would fear for the indies, but at least they have The Academy.
Here is a list I compiled with the most likely contenders to break the 2016 box office (domestically and internationally):
22nd: The 5th Wave
29th: Kung Fu Panda 3
12nd: Deadpool, Zoolander 2
26th: Gods Of Egypt
18th: The Divergent Series: Allegiant
25th: Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
15th: The Junglebook
22nd: The Huntsman: Winter's War
6th: Captain America: Civil War
20th: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
27th: Alice Through The Looking Glass, X-Men: Apocalypse
3rd: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows
10th: Warcraft, The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist
17th: Finding Dory
24th: Independence Day: Resurgence
1st: The Legend Of Tarzan
23rd: Star Trek Beyond
5th: Suicide Squad
16th: Bridget Jones's Baby
7th: The Girl On The Train
21st: Underworld 5
4th: Doctor Strange
18th: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
16th: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
21st: Assassin's Creed
In this list I focused on films with a great amount of budget. I can't possibly predict every movie that's going to become a blockbuster next year. With star-studded films like We Are Your Friends having one of the worst box office openings in history, I decided to only mention the safest picks of 2016.
The poster doesn't include the long-anticipated animated films, Finding Dory and Kung Fu Panda 3 which are going to definitely crash the box office. I also skipped the upcoming Untitled Matt Damon/Bourne Sequel since it doesn't have an official title yet and the official US date has changed a couple of times.
With the movie ticket prices increasing at a steady rate and hitting a record high in 2015, 2016 is going to be a tough year for every faithful movie goer's wallet. I know it's going to be hard for mine. I've already sent my virtual goodbyes to a lot of Saturday night outs, new clothes and my emergency fund. But honestly, who cares. The freaking Marvel Civil War is coming.
Sofia Katsali is a Social Media & Online Community Manager, Co-Founder of the non-profit organization Echelon Donates & a Computer Science final-year student. She has been interviewed by MTV Act for her online charity work and has a great passion for all things digital, entertainment and design. You can find her in Linkedin where she occasionally shares her personal experiences.