Could 2015 Be the Biggest Movie Year Ever?

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With this weekend’s holiday comes the official close of the 2013 Summer Movie Season.  We’ve seen our share of flops (The Lone Ranger), hits (Iron Man 3), and surprises (Now You See Me), and while there are definitely some exciting films on tap for next year, keen fans have already started looking excitedly at 2015.  Why skip over an entire year, you ask?  Well, if all goes according to plan, 2015 will see a perfect storm of sorts, as a crazy number of massive franchises are poised to launch some highly anticipated properties.  Two years from now, The Avengers follow-up will square off against Batman vs. Superman, and a brand new Star Wars film is poised to open alongside the long-promised Jurassic Park sequel.

As the Labor Day weekend is normally a time of relaxation, we thought it might be fun to look ahead to the craziness that will ensue two years from now.  Hit the jump as we run down the nutty release schedule for 2015, including what we know about each film thus far.

One thing to keep in mind before we get started: these dates are not set in stone.  As we’ve seen countless times before, studios shift release dates around or scrap them altogether.  As such, at least one of the following films will probably be pushed or shifted around between now and 2015, so don’t view this list as final.  That being said, here’s a look at the planned 2015 release date calendar as of right now.

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THE FANTASTIC FOUR

Release Date: March 6, 2015

What We Know So Far:  Chronicle helmer Josh Trank is onboard to direct Fox’s reboot, titled The Fantastic Four, and the young filmmaker has X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn onboard as a producer.  We still don’t have a firm start-of-production date for this one just yet, and it appears that casting has been tricky.  Miles Teller was rumored to play Mr. Fantastic but Trank shot that one down pretty quickly, and there have also been rumblings of Elizabeth Olsen and Girls star Allison Williams possibly playing Susan Storm and Michael B. Jordon lighting up as the Human Torch.

Whomever Trank finally enlists as his core castmembers, it’s clear that he is going young.  Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer) came on to do a polish of the script in February, but expect filming on this one to get underway sometime early next year.

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CINDERELLA

Release Date: March 13, 2015

What We Know So Far:  Disney appears to be on a kick of reimagining its classic animated films in live-action form, and Cinderella will be the second one out of the gate after 2014’s Maleficent.  Though Mark Romanek was originally attached to direct and went so far as to cast Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother, he eventually departed the project over creative differences and Thor director Kenneth Branagh now takes the helm.

Blanchett is still onboard as the evil stepmother, while Downton Abbey actress Lily James plays the titular role.  The cast is rounded out by Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as the handsome prince, Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) and Holliday Granger (The Borgias) as the stepsisters, Stellan Skarsgard as the king’s advisor, Hayley Atwell (Captain America) as Cinderella’s biological mother, and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother.  Filming is currently underway in London.

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TED 2

Release Date: April, 2015

What We Know So Far:  While anticipation for Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane‘s directorial debut Ted was certainly high, few could have imagined that the R-rated comedy would go on to gross a whopping $549 million worldwide.  Obviously Universal was itching for a sequel, but MacFarlane opted to shoot his Western comedy A MillIon Ways to Die in the West first.  That film is currently in post-production and a recent report has the Ted sequel pegged for April 2015.  The date could certainly change as the film hasn’t even entered pre-production yet, but MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg are both game to return so it would appear the the only obstacle is scheduling.  Again, not much is known just yet and the sequel could eventually hit theaters a little later, but make no mistake: Ted 2 is indeed coming.

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THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Release Date: May 1, 2015

What We Know So Far:  Marvel’s superhero sequel comes with massive expectations, but the studio is doing everything in its power to live up to the promise of the first film.  Joss Whedon is back onboard to write and direct, James Spader is playing the villain, and new Avengers team members include Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch (both of whom are currently in negotiations with Marvel).  Tom Hiddleston’s Loki will not be appearing in the follow-up, as the Avengers will instead face off against the evil robot Ultron—to be played by Spader in a bit of truly inspired casting.

Whedon has said that Ultron’s origin story will be changed for The Avengers 2, so don’t expect to see Hank Pym aka Ant-Man make an early appearance.  Whedon has also revealed that Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is “a huge part” of the follow-up, and has plans to expand Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye role as well.  Filming begins the first week of March on what will act as Marvel’s capper to its Phase Two lineup of films.

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ASSASSIN’S CREED

Release Date: June 19, 2015

What We Know So Far:  In 2015, we will likely see two films try to break the curse of video game feature film adaptations.  First up will be Assassin’s Creed, which will star Michael Fassbender in the lead role.  Fassbender is producing the film as well, but beyond that we don’t really know much.  English playwright Michael Lesslie penned the initial script, but Minority Report scribe Scott Frank was recently brought on to perform a rewrite, so Ubisoft and Fox appear to be moving forward full-speed ahead.  With the summer release date looming, we should expect to hear a director announcement in the coming months.

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INSIDE OUT

Release Date: June 19, 2015

What We Know So Far:  The first of two Pixar films slated for release in 2015, Inside Out is the next feature film from Up and Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter and takes place inside the mind of Riley, an 11-year-old girl who recently moved with her family to San Francisco.  Instead of centering on Riley, however, the central characters in Inside Out are Miley’s emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).  With both a wonderfully original story and a pitch perfect voice cast, Inside Out could serve as a breath of fresh air amongst the franchise onslaught of the summer.

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TERMINATOR

Release Date: June 26, 2015

What We Know So Far:  While another Terminator film has been in development for years, Annapurna Pictures and Paramount are finally pulling the trigger on a reboot that is planned as the first film in a new trilogy.  It’s still unclear whether Arnold Schwarzenegger will indeed be back, but the official press release describes this film as “a rebooted Terminator movie,” so it wouldn’t be a shock if the pic featured an entirely new cast of characters.  Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier wrote the screenplay, and we should hopefully hear official word about a director any day now.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 

Release Date: July 3, 2015

What We Know So Far:  Director Roland Emmerich is coming back to annihilate your Fourth of July weekend once again.  Will Smith is not returning for the sci-fi sequel to Emmerich’s 1996 blockbuster Independence Day, but plenty of destruction is planned for the follow-up.  Emmerich previously revealed that the story takes place 20 years after the original and centers on retaliation efforts by the alien race after their initial plot to conquer Earth failed.  Bill Pullman is poised to reprise his role in the follow-up, and while there was initially talk of filming two sequels back-to-back, Fox wants to focus on only Independence Day 2 for now.

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5

Release Date: July 10, 2015

What We Know So Far:  The inevitable fifth entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will grace screens during the heat of Summer 2015.  Johnny Depp will of course be reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will be taking the helm in an attempt to inject fresh blood into the franchise after the forgettable On Stranger Tides.  The full title for Pirates 5 is rumored to be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but that has yet to be confirmed.  Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) wrote the screenplay, and filming is poised to get underway late this year or in early January.

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MAN OF STEEL 2/BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN 

Release Date: July 17, 2015

What We Know So Far:  Batman vs. Superman.  That’s it.  That’s all you need to know.  The as-yet-untitled Zack Snyder superhero film aka Batman vs. Superman aka Man of Steel 2 is likely to be the can’t-miss movie of July, and fan speculation is already at a fever pitch before a frame of footage has even been shot.  Ben Affleck will portray a Batman/Bruce Wayne who is “older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter,” while Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman.  David S. Goyer is penning the script based off an idea he developed with Snyder, and Christopher Nolan—who produced Man of Steel—has stepped back to an executive producer role on this follow-up instead of his more hands-on involvement with the first film.

Filming on the untitled pic is poised to get underway in early 2014, with a large amount of location work to be done in Detroit and other Michigan citiesAmy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane are confirmed to reprise their characters from Man of Steel, but we still have no conformation with regards to who the villain will be or whether Batman and Superman will be allies or adversaries.  However, this is the first time the DC Comics characters will appear onscreen together in a major feature film, so audiences will likely turn out in droves regardless of the story particulars.

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ANT-MAN

Release Date: November 6, 2015

What We Know So Far:  Brilliant filmmaker Edgar Wright has been attached to direct this Marvel property for years, and the script—written by Wright and Joe Cornish—has been locked for quite some time.  After pushing the project back in order to make the excellent The World’s End, Wright is finally set to tackle Ant-Man as his next film.  Pre-production begins in October in anticipation of a 2014 shoot, but beyond that details are pretty non-existent.  Wright and Marvel will likely zero in on their lead actor later this year, so hopefully we have firm word regarding who’s playing Ant-Man by early next year.

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  • Aditya Nugraha

    Shut up and take my Damn Money!!
    Where’s my time mechine?
    and the flying hoverboard??

  • TJW

    I think 80% of these will disappoint.

    • http://themoviedoc.tumblr.com/ themoviedoc

      You’re generous!

    • Tom

      And that’s why people walk out from theather disappointed by thinking like this and excessive expectations.

      • TJW

        Lol. If anything, I have lowered my expectations, so no.

        If I had said “WOW THESE ARE ALL GONNA BE AMAZING OMG 2015 AMAZEBALLS” it would be different.

    • Nanner Bux

      Thanks Debbie Downer! wah wah wah waaaaaaaaahh

  • Bruno Silva

    Probably the best movie will be Ant-Man but it will also be the worst in the Box-Office. Edgar Wright should be more recognized…

    • JJJ

      I can’t imagine it doing worse than Assassin’s Creed or WOW unless those two movies end up being surprisingly good. I think Edgar Wright so far has appealed to more of a niche audience but after Ant-Man he’ll be more universally recognized as a talented filmmaker

      • ThisGuy01

        Honestly, I don’t think anyone outside of the people who actually care about movies (or are comic book nerds) know who the hell directs any of the Marvel movies anyways. I mean they don’t really market the filmmakers who make their movies, they market the Characters from teh comic books. I expect a lot of people will go see Ant-Man, like it & not even know it’s by Edgar Wright until after the fact.

      • Strong Enough

        WOW is going to flop so bad

      • Kampbamsen Ove

        It’s 5-6 years to late at least. When the game exploded onto the scene in 2004 they should’ve started working on the film right away. By now you could have great movies accompanying each new release, each type of media feeding on the popularity of the other.
        Instead, when the fire is burning out, it comes.
        Will probably make money though as old players who have long since stopped playing the game still probably want to see the movie; but it could have been great. Now it probably wont be.

      • http://newworld.ac/ Steve Foerster

        Come on, I’m sure they’ll be as awesome as the Dungeons and Dragons movie…

        …uh oh.

      • Joe

        If the cinematography is similar to LOTR and the plot, storyline, and action is just as good and deep as LOTR then WoW is gonna be great and I’m not even a WoW fanboy….nor a LOTR fanboy, but I did think the LOTR movies were really good.

      • http://newworld.ac/ Steve Foerster

        Call me a hater, but somehow I doubt that the plot and storyline of a WoW movie would rival that of a series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s magnum opus. The source materials don’t even slightly compare.

  • Tey

    Man of Steel 2/ Batman vs Superman is my most anticipated! I am sure that there are quite a number of people who shares my view too.

    • bad

      lol……….no

      • Tey

        Ok.. I guess my wishful thinking got the better of me.

      • Film Fan

        Well, Chris Nolan’s SPACE CORN: THE MOTION PICTURE is coming out in 2014 and people will flock to it. I mean who doesn’t want to see an entire film about people on a quest to find corn!

      • Film Fan

        Also, does anybody know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like CORN. ;-) Lulz!

      • deep batman voice

        WHERE’S THE SPACE CORN!!!!!!!!! WHERE IS IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Daniel Ronczkowski

      Not really

    • Tom

      I’m also wainting to see this sequel, but I’m definitely more curious about beginning of new trylogy of Star Wars.

    • Strong Enough

      Mine too

    • Wiredwizard

      Yeah…. no. I’ll probably fish it out of the clearance bin at WalMart for $5 just to keep my Batman movie collection complete, but that’s about it.

  • derek

    The country will be completely negatively broke by then. Who knows how many people will turn out.

    • scififan

      Yes, you sir, need to stop watching CNN and Fox*snicker*”News” so much.

      • derek

        This country is doomed. And so is hollywood. they will slowly but surely be reducing the amount of big budget movies per year. No family can afford to go see a movie every weekend, and no theater can afford the rent space. Yes the summer of 2015 should be a good one, but, its not realistic to have so many tentpole movies week after week. There is only a certain amount of money circulating within the lower and middle class. All these movies will average a good box office. but not great.

      • Kevin

        Like any year, people will pick and choose what movies they will go see. Some of them will still make a hell of a lot of money. And from what I’ve heard, the economy is getting better.

      • lanmanna

        …Except, the US is doing better and better each day.

  • jackjack

    It’ll be a year of the biggest condensation of stupidity in Hollywood history, that for sure.

  • Harry Palm

    Looks like a whole bunch of crap to me. It’s a bunch of pointless cash-grab sequels. Maybe “Antman” will be good, but I couldn’t care less about any of the others. Hopefully, this will be the ‘Summer That Hollywood Implodes’ and it’s so disastrous that studios collapse and the Industry is destroyed like it was in the 60′s and then we get another Renaissance of talented filmmakers making great, intelligent movies like we did in the 70′s.

    • Jason Richards

      There were a shitload of shitty films back in the 70′s. You’re just picking the good ones from that decade.

      • Hey…HEY!

        Filmmaking costs are so prohibitively high now that studios put all their eggs in a few baskets and don’t budget for more smaller quality films. In the 70′s that wasn’t the case. There’s always going to be shitty films. Take for example every film mentioned in the article.

      • Kevin

        Just curious, what are some of your favorite films?

      • Nerdgasm

        I am trying to figure out how you know all these films are shitty… I mean I am no scientist or brain whiz but… none of these films have even been fully filmed or filmed at all. So I am curious how you were able to see them… if you could give me your secret cause I’d love to see Avengers 2 and Ant Man like tomorrow. So please please please tell me Merlin what is your secret?

      • Jason Richards

        So films you’ve never seen before are shitty films in your book? Interesting logic.

      • lanmanna

        Did you come from the future? I mean, you know these movies are already crap. I’d really would like to see some of these films. Please take me to 2015!

      • Sten

        That is not true. Ben Affleck (the Director) and Clint Eastwood still do their middle-to-low-budget films, so do Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, George Clooney (the Director), Martin McDonagh, etc.
        Not to forget all the really cheaply budgeted Horror and comedy films.

        It is true though, that the tentpole movies get bigger and bigger. And for flops like RIPD, Lone Ranger, soon joined by: 47 Ronin and Seventh Son, there have to be more and more unrisky hits. Mind you: all four of the before mentioned are kind of new, no remakes, no sequels. They wanted new franchises, but it didn’t work. So Pirates 5, Jurassic Park 4 and so on again to gain enough money for the next possibly franchise starters.

    • ThisGuy

      If the point of Show *Business* is to make money, then no, these sequels will not be pointless. Plus, Hollywood feeds the international pipeline, and these 3D tentpoles make gajillions of dollars overseas. Just accept it…..ain’t slowing down anytime soon.

    • -

      These are just the big-budget sorts of films, though. Obviously most of the actual good films aren’t going to be included, it doesn’t mean there aren’t any.

    • scififan

      Okay, this is the kind of talk that I want to both support and trash at the same time. Yes, if studios keep releasing massive budget films that flop, they will start to rethink spending $200 million+ on a single film. HOWEVER, the talks of all major studios collapsing because of it is insanely stupid. The truth is, most “flops” are not truly flops – people tend to forget to check the international totals earned by a movie, and not just the domestic market. For example, Disney released “John Carter” and it was looked at as a massive flop, but in the world markets, it made its money back and then some. It was a risky movie, but at least they took the risk. This year, they released “The Lone Ranger”, and got the same results. My bets are that Disney won’t release a live-action pg-13 period-piece action film set in the desert next year. They learn from mistakes.

      The notion that major studios will make the entire movie industry collapse is so short-sighted and based on the notion that we will always drive off a cliff even when we see it coming for decades. The cliff just doesn’t exist. There will always be a road, so to speak, for the film industry to travel along. I used to be against sequels but these movies make money, more often than not – and the more money studios bring in, the more they can make, and the more they can take risks. Also, these huge studios all own smaller art-house studios, and they all make lower budget films… so wishing the big studios collapse is also wishing that dozens of small companies collapse with it.

      What Hollywood needs is better writers. That is the biggest problem. Let’s face it – a movie is only as good as that first step in getting it made. Scripts need to be better, or else movies will under-perform.

      The last movie I saw was “Elysium”, and I had high hopes for it, but never expected them to take an interesting concept and reduce it to a (beautiful looking) magnifying glass focused on the huge, central-themed plot hole. Perfect example of how a script failed the production – it just amazes me that these movies get made based on scripts that are so weak.

      • Liderc

        Stopped reading at “John Carter wasn’t a flop.” Yes, yes it was. The film cost $250 million to make, another $100 million to advertise. The theaters get 40-50% of the box office, which was $282 million (so $140m) worldwide. Disney even reported a loss of over $200 million due to the film to their shareholders during that quarter.

        So you can see, it flopped terribly and so did The Lone Ranger. Which cost over $250 million in production costs + nearly $200 million in advertising. Making its budget $450 million and it made $231 million worldwide. Another $200+ million loss for Disney.

        Not sure you’ve quite grasped box office vs what studios actually get back. They don’t just get everything you see reported on box office sites, that’s what the films made total, before theaters got their cut. And advertising is never shown in a film’s budget and most big budget films are seeing between 50-150 million in marketing campaigns.

      • Dante287

        so you didn’t really stop reading at ‘John Carter wasn’t a flop.”

      • Sten

        The writers aren’t the problem, the re-writings are. And the test screenings. And the PG13 route. And the Star power some people have over the Directors. Best example for all cases in one film: World War Z. Or the new Die Hards. Or 47 Ronin.

        It is a good thing, when a first time blockbuster Director hits it big (Batman Begins, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Matrix, Men in Black, Star Trek, Iron Man). After that he can take a big budget vanity project, which somtimes also hits big (Inception, Super 8). Sometimes it doesn’t (Speed Racer, Cowboys & Aliens). And then they do the sequels, sometimes with more or less effort.
        Interestingly Warner Brothers seems to believe in these Directors longer than the other studios. Take Guillermo Del Toro for example. Blade 2 was his only big budget hit, but he still got Pacific Rim made. Or Zack Snyder, whose Watchmen wasn’t that successful, but they let him do Man of Steel. And just recently Alfonso Cuaron. I’m intrigued for his next project, as he might do whatever he wants to do next, now that Gravity hit big. It’s not that bad, although lots of my personal favourite Directors fell through in Hollywood. They got burnt and mostly went back to their home countries. People like Jean-Pierre Jeunet, John Woo, Paul Verhoeven and Andrei Konchalovsky. Sometimes it was a good thing (Amelie and Mathilde wouldn’t been made, if Alien 4 had hit big). But the studios still give first timers a chance. Duncan Jones might get burned with Warcraft, but his lesser budgeted films might be better in the end. Same with Edgar Wright.

  • Kryptonian Knight

    I counted 6 movies that are locks to break 1 Billion world wide alone. Avengers, Pirates, Star Wars, Bond, Finding Dory and yes Superman Vs Batman and there are always surprises but with ticket sales rising and these kind of movies I have no doubt it will be.

    • sith lord

      Are you crazy? Star wars will gross 1 billion only in Europe! Add new markets like China and India and Star Wars easly will gross 2 billion and now depend in US how close to 3 nillion will be.

      • NO

        Star Wars in Europe grossing 1 billion? No way. Europeans are not so naive as americans. Apart from that, there were only 2 movies which crossed 2 billion ever. Those were Avatar and Titanic. Star Wars doesnt stand a chance, especially because it will obviously have big competition.

      • cKHAVIKk

        Unless you’re American, you’re unqualified to comment on how naive we are.

        Period.

      • Sten

        2015 will be the year that Avatar and Titanic will be enthroned. And in 2016 James Cameron will strike back, hopefully again with the biggest movie ever, again. For the third time then… Marvel and Star Wars might win the race in the end, but I’m intrigued to see it all play out. It is the best time for a movie buff ever!

    • Norbert Korzus

      And given the market size 80% of them will fail

    • -

      I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Superman v. Batman grossed $2bn.

      • Nerdgasm

        Superman/Batman won’t hit 2billion. Man Of Steel underplayed atleast here in the states. Supe isn’t as big a pull as Batman so My guess is they will market the fuck outta bats and he’s dwarf Supes for sure but in the film itself? If he’s not in it very much that’ll spread and people won’t see it. Not to mention people are hating Ben Affleck with the role. I personally am excited to see him but my bet is on Avengers 2 taking the pot that summer. Hands down.

      • Liderc

        Unlikely, Man of Steel only made $650 mil worldwide, and it had one of the most aggressive advertising campaigns I’ve ever seen. Add that to a $225 million dollar budget and the most recognizable superhero ever, and that’s not the greatest results.

        I would honestly be surprised if Superman VS Batman crossed 1 billion worldwide. I think it may pass 1 billion, but just BARELY and most likely will be in the 8-900mil range.

        The first film didn’t resonate with audiences and Ben Affleck isn’t going to bring many people to the theater. He’s more known for his directing now than his acting, although I think he’ll do fine as Batman.

      • WhereDidYouTrain? ON A FARM?!

        That depends on how he looks and sounds in the actual suit first.

    • theseeker7

      Yea, Pixar has been on a bit of a sequel kick the last few years, EXCEPT, of course, the one friggin movie that everyone actually WANTS a sequel of, The Incredibles.

  • Sam Wick

    Kung fu panda 3? are you kidding?

    • Bob

      U do realize the box office for both the 1st and 2nd are pretty big right? The 3rd will be nothing but bigger…

  • Sam Wick

    is the year of the battle between ‘Man of Steel 2′ and ‘Avengers 2′

    • scottish_punk

      The last thing we need is another ego-stroking DC/Marvel battle.

    • Reality Check

      Star Wars is a way, way bigger deal than either. Adjusted for inflation Avengers isn’t even close to any of the Star Wars films.

      • Jason Richards

        Star wars is a dead franchise that should of ended with the first three films. I think the franchise is overrated and set a deadly precedent of what blockbuster films are today.

      • sith lord

        star wars is greatest franchise in HISTORY of hollywood! No one other franchise has star wars fan base ALL OVER THE WORLD! Star wars will beat avengers and superman with BILLION $ margin if not more

      • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

        because there aren’t comic book fans all over the world, right? you’re demented. Star Wars episodes 1, 2 and 3 only just scraped over a billion all together in the US. One new Star Wars movie is not going to do that no matter how big of a fan base there is. Comic book movies have been dominating for the past 10 years, the new Star Wars movie will not make more money than Avengers 2 and Batman vs Superman combined, simple.

      • Nerdgasm

        Pretty much gunna call a Batman begins syndrome on star wars right now. episodes 1-3 left a bad taste in all our mouths like Batman and Robin. So the only way that Star Wars will break records is that if Ep. 7 is good and it gets people to see ep.8 much Batman Begins did to set up Dark Knight. ohhhh and someone has to die in the cast to get bigger hype. [Kidding aside.] Ep 7 won’t make a huge amount of money but if it’s good Ep. 8 will break records.

      • sith lord

        Are you sane? Star wars without 3D, China market and now big markets like korea, india and russia is grossing as much as avengers year ago with inflation bonus.

      • Liderc

        The majority of moviegoers don’t care about Star Wars anymore though and the ones who do remember it remember the last three terrible films. It’s unlikely to gain as much traction as Disney was hoping.

        Sorry Sith Lord, you’re alone here.

      • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

        Harry Potter, James Bond, Marvel and the Tolkien movies have all made more money than Star Wars. So I wouldn’t say Star Wars is the “greatest franchise in history” at all.

      • Only Box Office Forgives

        Look at domestic total you fucking idiots. Star Wars is #2 adjusted for inflation all time in domestic box office and Avengers and all the rest aren’t even close. Making a billion world wide in the 2000 isn’t the same because they didn’t even count domestic box office then. God you all are so fucking stupid it makes my head hurt. In a direct comparison, the only one we can muster with the available data, Harry po po and all the rest don’t come within striking distance of Star Wars. GRAB A FUCKING BRAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • lanmanna

        Harry Potter, Marvel, and James Bond had more movies. Just saying.

      • TheMonarch

        Only “a deadly precedent” if you’re tallying every lifeless blockbuster that has come out since and then fingerwagging at Star Wars.

      • sith lord

        avengers gross 1.3 billion $! Star wars n 2005 WITHOUT counting inflation, 3D, China, India, Korea and Russia gross 1 billion $!

      • Guest

        worldwide gross profit for Star Wars Episode 3 didn’t make it to $1billion. I don’t know where you’re reading your facts but they’re wrong. It made $380million in the USA, add that to the rest of the world and it made almost $850million in total. Google it, Wikipedia it, check it out on BoxOfficeMojo(dot)com. they’ll all tell you the same. (Star Wars episode 1 is the only Star Wars movie to make more than $1billion worldwide)

      • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

        adjust for inflation and there’s only one Star Wars movie to make more than Avengers worldwide and that’s A New Hope, ($775m in 1977 is roughly $2.9b in 2012). The only other to come close is Empire Strikes Back, which, adjusted for 2012, made $11m less than Avengers.

  • Guest

    Ehhhh…

    1) Star Wars (500+)
    2) Finding Dory (423)
    3) Avengers (408)
    4) Super/Bat (350)
    5) Bond 24 (280)
    6) Independence Day 2 (250)
    7) Penguins of Madagascar (240)
    8) Pirates 5 (220)
    9) TBA Hit Comedy (218)
    10) Inside Out (216)
    11) Ted 2 (200)
    12) Kung Fu Panda 3 (198)
    13) Jurassic Park 4 (197)
    14) Ant-Man (185)
    14) TBA Oscar Bait (179)
    15) Warcraft (173)

    • Neven

      Ehhh…. no. At least one third of these will be Box Office flops.

    • enzofloc

      You forgot Sleeper No-Budget Horror, and Late-Summer Old Folks Comedy. Also Harvey Weinstein Entry, but that’s probably what you mean by Oscar Bait.

      Hopefully in 2016, #1 will finally be a fresh and original story that springs out of nowhere because people will finally be sick and tired of sequels and re-treads.

    • Atlasshruggedmyass

      You do know that Jurassic Park was the first film to nearly hit
      1 billion right? You seem to have it a little to low.

      • Liderc

        No exactly, it was re-released, so that’s why it’s just barely over 1bil now. It was also in theaters for freaking ever. Think my dad took me 4-5 times throughout a year.

  • max

    Didn’t they miss out M:I 5 ? I swear that had a 2015 release date

    • MarvelWatch

      They haven’t announced a date yet.

      But it’s still early enough that you can’t rule out them scheduling that for late 2014.

  • George

    Total budget for all of these films: $800,000,000,000.
    Not including reshoots for Superman Vs. Batman, Jurassic Park IV and Terminator.
    It is both a blessing and a curse to work in film right now.

  • krstphr

    One original story idea. One.

    • MarvelWatch

      Most of the original films won’t be scheduled until next spring.

      • krstphr

        Good point.

    • Kevin

      What original ideas have hype trains? lol

      • krstphr

        Seriously? Pacific Rim and Avatar are two that come to mind immediately. Why are you loling?

      • Nerdgasm

        I fail to see how Noah, Avatar [which was crap. sure it made money but it was only good to look at] and Pac Rim are Original ideas? And all were hyped because of the director behind them – Avatar had the 3D thing. But that doesn’t help your argument.

      • AVB

        Eh….Neon Genesis Evangelion and Pocahontas came to mind?

      • krstphr

        If you want to get that technical, nothing is original. The point, which is pretty clear, is that Pacific Rim and Avatar aren’t directly adapted from other source materials and neither are sequels.

      • tonymatthews

        NGE and Pacific Rim? Pfft. They’re like cats and dogs, both have 4 legs and a tail (Big robots & monsters).

      • Drake

        Ummm, Inception.

  • JJJ

    I think Disney ought to save Star Wars for 2016. Besides the fact that this year is completely overcrowded, it will give them enough time to make sure that JJ Abrams and company don’t screw it up. If Star Wars VII sucks it will be a massive letdown

  • Sean

    @Adam Chitwood Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is going to start filming in February 2014 -> http://www.craveonline.com/film/interviews/559607-exclusive-interview-joachim-ronning-and-espen-sandberg-on-kon-tiki-and-pirates-5/2 .

  • Norbert Korzus

    Most of them will be expensive but only a few of this excite me. Most of them are sequels to good but not amazing franchises, none seems to have the potential to be really memorable. So nothing new copared to 2013. I’m more excited for 2014.

    • Bob

      Avengers AOU, Ant-Man, Superman vs. Batman, Star Wars 7, and Warcraft all seem like they could be very memorable.

      • Norbert Korzus

        Superman wasn’t memorable eve if it was enjoyable. Why would the sequel be anything more?

        Why would warcraft be memorable? It’s a typical lets buy something very popular it must sell. I’m worried for Duncan Jones. I think the movie will be killed in studio notes, I’d rather see him do an original feature and have more creative freedom so Warcraft isn’t another Elysium.

        Antman will probably be a very good movie but it will probably end up like Scott Pilgrim.

        Star Wars 7? I hope it will but I worry it will be Star Trek 2.5 since the new star trek is basicly star wars lite.

        They all seem like something a lot of people would want to see but they are easy choices. I’d much rather see more movies that suprise me with their quality. With fresh new characters and stories. Without building on a franchise you have much more creative freedom. That’s why I’m waay more hyped for Noah than any of the films mentioned.

  • sith lord

    Star wars 7 will blow off all 2015 films and easy will be highest grossing movie of all time at least until avatar 2!

    • Nerdgasm

      The last Star Wars films left a bad taste in our mouths so this won’t be true. If it’s good it’ll be like Batman BEgins. Decent opening and then word of mouth will get more people in and it’ll blow wide. and then epsiode VIII will break the records. But VII won’t. It’ll probably break 1Bill world wide. But Avengers 2 has the most going for it right now to break records and take the year.

      • MEY

        Yes, it’s a difficult question. Who knows? I can imagine that SW 7 will be a big surprise. The fact that Leia, Luke and Han will return can change the picture. Plus the story will reveal their descendants, which can be a significant factor of the production making the movie more attractive for more people, more generations.

      • Roy Batty

        wrong. the bad taste left in our mouths from the prequels is what will drive everyone to go see this film with the hope that it will be better. this film will open in wide release from the get go. 100 million dollar opening weekend, at least. you are forgetting about IMAX and 3d reciepts. even if its not that good, it will be the highest grossing film(avengers will be close) until avatar 2, bet on it.

      • Liderc

        Avengers 2 won’t even come close to Avatar, it’s so far beyond what is attainable it’s ridiculous. Avengers 1 made 1.5 billion, you really think it’s going to make 1.28 billion more than the first one? That’s nearly double what the first film made. Which just goes to show, “the masses” are idiots.

    • SubSumeYou

      Really? Unfortunately, who are the target audience? The 7 and under? Kathleen Kennedy kept saying of bringing the movie back on the idea of nostalgia, I don’t think she knows what she’s talking about.

  • sith lord

    Star wars 7 will blow off all 2015 films and easy will be highest grossing movie of all time at least until avatar 2!

  • junierizzle

    Only Ant-man and Star Wars get me excited. This list doesn’t seem to imply biggest year in terms qualit either.

    • Nerdgasm

      Why cause you didn’t enjoy the originals? But you are banking on Star Wars turning a new leaf? yeah okay that makes sense….not.

      • junierizzle

        What you wrote made absolutely no sense to me.

  • Bob

    Looking foward to Avengers:AOU, Superman vs. Batman, Ant-Man, Star Was 7, Warcraft, Assasins Creed, and Inside Out.

  • Bob

    Oh, and my prediction is Avengers:AOU will be the box office king of the year possibly breaking the Titanic barrier. Superman vs. Batman will prob be DCs biggest film in terms of what it makes at the box office. And Star Wars 7 Im still not sure on. It will for sure break 1 billion but I have to see casting and trailers to really know if it can beat Avengers or Sup/Batman.

    • sith lord

      star wars gross 1 BILLION with ep 1 witgout CHINA and now big markets like India korea and russia. ANd without 3D! Today with 3D only in Europe where Star Wars is BEST movie and europeans are in love with star wars will gross 1 BILLIOn! Mark my word only in EUROPE! China nobody really know but will be big

  • cineast4

    Two pieces of original sci-fi from Nolan and Pfister next year ( Even Wachowskis will crop up, might be awful might be not. Noah could be good aswell, though technically thats a franchise fare ;) I’ll happily call next year the biggest for american cinema eva…

  • Chris Diaz

    You left out Star Trek 3 which is probably going to be a disaster without JJ

    • Bob

      Thats supposed to come in 2016. I hope they push it back further to 2017 so they can get J.J. back.

      • Adam Heatherly

        they wont get him back even if the do that viii is scheuled for 2017 and ix for 2019

    • Adam Chitwood

      We stuck to films that have officially been given release dates (or at least the year) by the studio. Star Trek 3 doesn’t have an official release date yet.

    • Dev1359

      They should do what they did in between Mission Impossible 3 and 4 and replace him with Brad Bird. Bird is easily a better director than Abrams imo, he could do the ST franchise a lot of justice

      • Roddenberry

        There is still hope in mankind :)
        Brad Bird would definitively do better job on Star Trek then that overhyped JJ. At least Brad Bird knows what Star Trek actually is. JJ thinks its Star Wars lite.

    • Roddenberry

      How can Star Trek be a bigger disaster then now with this crappy everything-is-starwars idiot director JJ?

  • sith lord

    low budget horror movies are new gold mine now.

  • edenL

    not at all. I doubt it.

  • agus

    Snow White and the Huntsman is not going to be released in 2015?

  • Josh Kaye

    While I’m excited about 2015, I’m fairly certain 2015 will absolutely destroy Hollywood.

  • Raptor Jesus

    MOS was pure crap so I could care less about BVS.

    STID was pure, unadulterated, steaming crap, so I could care less about Star Wars.

    Looking forward to Avengers 2, though.

    • GunzOfNavarone

      It’s supposed to be “I couldn’t care less” – because I have no interest. “I could care less” means there is some interest, dumb ass.

      • SubSumeYou

        LOL

    • GunzOfNavarone

      It’s supposed to be “I couldn’t care less” – because I have no interest. “I could care less” means there is some interest, dumb ass.

  • Tyler

    And most of those movies are probably going to suck…

  • Radulno

    Looking forward to 2015 : many of these big movies attract me. But in 2014 too so I don’t want to pass it ;)

    The biggest tentpoles will not fail :
    - Avengers 2 will smash the box-office (between 1.5 and 2 billions $ WW)
    - Batman/Superman will cross the 1 billion mark : I see it around 1.3/1.4 billion for it (TDK/TDKR made a lot of money without 3D)
    - Star Wars 7 is a wild card I think. We know little of it so it’s hard to predict but it will do 1 billion $ minimum for sure. But if it’s good, with a nostalgia and curiosity effect, it can cross 2B$, maybe even more
    - POTC5 will make his 1B$ thanks to overseas markets
    - Finding Dory will be the biggest animated success of all time passing Toy Story 3 easily (Nemo has made an still impressive score with no 3D and smaller OS markets)
    - Bond 24 will do great after Skyfall and with Mendes returning but without 3D, 1B$ isn’t sure (it won’t have the hype of Skyfall with the Olympics buzz and Adele’s song everywhere)
    - Mockingjay part2 can also do its 1B$ but with no 3D and without knowing how many Catching Fire and MJ part 1 will make, it’s ahrd to tell
    - Jurassic Park is also a wild card (smaller than SW anyway) : if it’s great, it can make many $ (but not 1 billion) but I doubt it (CGI dinosaurs aren’t anymore impressive)

    But this overcrowded year will mean danger for risky tentpoles : Terminator (reboot after a shitty episode 4), Assassin’s Creed/Warcraft (video game adaptation curse), …. I hope that they will do great (I really expect some of them) but if someone will suffer of the overcrowded year, it won’t be the biggest ones.

  • Nomis1700

    I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the big pics will move their films a whole year up, afraid of competition. I think Ant-Man will move instead of Bond.

  • Reina

    Where is Mockingjay Part 2 ?
    Its bound to be HUGE.

  • Django9000

    I see a lot of big dumb & stupid on this list. But only two qualified nerdy flicks (A2 & Antman). All others will be qualified surprises if they don’t blow all their money & waste all their energy on hype, instead of substantial storytelling.

    Yes, I’m looking at you Hack Zdnyder.

  • LEM

    There looks like a few giant flops there.

  • LEM

    Avengers, Antman, Assassins Creed (if they do it right) all could be great but the rest will just be first week openers that fade away.

    • lanmanna

      You honestly believe Star Wars and Finding Dory (a freaking Pixar movie), will just fade away after a week?

  • Btbcc12859

    First i am disappointed that Hunger Games is split in two parts, it rarely ever works (matrix two and 3). however lets come back to this list in a year, and see what films have actually started filming. The potential is high but so is the disappointment level.

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  • theseeker7

    Could anyone else give less of a crap about Jurassic Park 4? How can this thing seriously seem new? Let me guess… there are a group of humans on an island that holds genetically cloned dinosaurs, but something goes wrong, and the humans start to get attacked and eaten by the dinosaurs. Yep, that’s totally original. I mean it’s not even like there’s anywhere groundbreaking to go with the FX. The dinos already looked impossibly real in the first film, nevermind the third.

  • brett1368

    Zero interest in Superman vs Batman.
    Can’t wait for Avengers 2 and Star Wars 7. Avengers 2 I’m most psyched for since they announced James Spader — It’ll be the first time Spader and Downey jr have been onscreen together in almost 2 decades!
    Very Excited!

    • Supermanisbetterthanyou

      Yeah.. ok you’ll be the first one at the midnight show with your Batman Superman tshirt extra small size for your tiny muscles.

  • nne

    NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO A HACK STAR WARS PHONEY MOVIE BY THE HACK SHIT JJ ABRAHMS

    Also

    Terminator remake – NO!

  • nne

    NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO A HACK STAR WARS PHONEY MOVIE BY THE HACK SHIT JJ ABRAHMS

    Also

    Terminator remake – NO!

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  • lanmanna

    To all you people complaining about how there’s nothing original (boo hoo), this article only talks about movies that, by their predecessors, have a tract record of being a smash hit. There will be more movies in 2015 then the ones listed here.

  • Amanda Marvell

    Avatar 2?

  • That crazy nigga

    PLEASE STFU, people say that every year, and those movies usually suck on 5 of them are decent and the rest are just reboots. I gave up on movies this year, tv sows are more interesting and most of them are original, not something we’ve seen 5 years ago

  • Mattie

    Not one original title, wow just wow (and I don’t mean warcraft)

  • kalish

    None of this tease me.

  • Richard Boutet

    You forgot the biggest of all…AVATAR

    • YourMommaSoFat

      That’s 2016 and I doubt it will make that date. Will probably get pushed back to 2017 or summer 2018. James Cameron is a control freak and is shooting three Avatar movies back to back

  • cKHAVIKk

    2015 made my head explode.

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  • gggggg

    “on Lucas’ existing ideas”

    If Lucas’s ideas are anything like the first three, we are in for disappointment and trouble.

  • gggggg

    “on Lucas’ existing ideas”

    If Lucas’s ideas are anything like the first three, we are in for disappointment and trouble.

  • Ace

    You should have seen my face while reading this.

    Dramatization:

    1. ._.
    2. *_*
    3. :)
    4. *o*
    5. (*O*)/ – WHY MUST YOU TOURTURE ME LIKE THIS!?

  • Nameless Monster

    Other than Ant-Man and Avengers, I don’t care for any of these. Super disappointed these are all sequels or remakes.

    • Manofsteel1975

      Avengers is a sequel..so you should be dissapointed in that I guess.

  • Jon-Luke Willemsen

    Warcraft really? Of all video games to adapt to film it had to be Warcraft?

  • Tinderbox

    The answer is no. What a pathetic litany of sequels. There will never be a “best year for movies” ever again, because the youth of today are incapable of telling a story or having an attention span.

  • Tinderbox

    The answer is no. What a pathetic litany of sequels. There will never be a “best year for movies” ever again, because the youth of today are incapable of telling a story or having an attention span.

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  • Wiredwizard

    =meh= Movies I’d actually go & see out of this lot? 4/18 If that’s lot is what’s going to make 2015 “the biggest movie year ever” people better start preparing for disappointment *now.

  • ricardo

    where’s wonderwoman?

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