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The 15 Biggest Films Of 2014… And How Much They’ll (Probably) Make
We predict this year’s breakout hits

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The Lego Movie has started 2014 with a bang, banking over $360m worldwide to date. But what films will join or even surpass it at the box office this year? Well, it’s mostly going to be the usual suspects – blockbusters, sequels, sequels to blockbusters – but we thought we’d gather the likeliest of the bunch in no particular order in one handy guide. If you are an unabashed populist who only goes to the cinema once or twice a month, these are the movies to bookmark. And if you want to know more about this year’s biggest films, check out the Megazine, onsale now…

WORDS HELEN O'HARA, BEN KIRBY
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GODZILLA

Release date: May 16
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn

Why is it going to be big?
Well, there’s the sheer size of Godzilla himself, a whopping 300ft tall. Then there’s the fact that Edwards, who brought us a touching love story in his debut Monsters, seems to have nailed the mix of huge spectacle and human-scale emotion that something like this needs. That trailer, and footage screened for press, has yet to put a gigantic lizard foot wrong.

Seriously, how big are we talking?
In box-office terms, something in the order of $600m would seem a minimum. The 1998 version made $379m worldwide and it was pretty terrible (the trailer was admittedly spectacular, which may have helped it); if this is as good as it looks, sky’s the limit!

What to say:
“This looks Kraken!”
 

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Who cares how much they make I thought this was a film magazine, what's with the dollar preoccupation? More

Posted by hi charlie on Tuesday March 18, 2014, 20:54

2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles......
I know it might very well not be the absolute bestest ever film we've ever seen, but surely millions of fans of the turtles (both oldies from back in the day, and all the youngsters and newbies reeled in by the frankly brilliant new Nickelodeon TMNT cartoon series) will be flocking to check out what a modern interpretation of Mo-Cap Turtle People look like on the big screen? Surely this movie is a glaring omission from this list? I just felt I needed to add my two pennies! More

Posted by Homemadehenry on Monday March 17, 2014, 19:11

3 My Thoughts
Godzilla: If the critics say yay, than $900 million. if they say nay, that its gonna BAUMB!. The Amazing Spider Man 2: Agree with empire. Captain America: The Winter Solider: 400 million, enough to be a winner. The Hobbit: There and back again. 1 billion. DUH! I just see LOTR fans crossing their fingers praying that this well be their franchises Revenge Of The Sith. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: Whatever how much the second one made. either + or - some 100 million. X-Men DOFP: 600 million. at the most, probably 700 million. Interstellar: I'd say 750 million. Dawn of the Planet of the apes: about + 150 million more than the first. Guardians of the Galaxy: No more than $550 million. and no less than $430 million. Transformers: Age of Extinction: Teens these days, eating up any loud, brainless slop that they run into. I however, will not take part in making transformers 4 a 1-billion-dollar big hit. cause i have logic when it comes to movies, and teens tMore

Posted by Darren47 on Monday March 17, 2014, 12:09

4 APES WILL RULE!!
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes wil be a cerebral sc fi blockbuster and will be MASSIVE !!! More

Posted by galenurko on Sunday March 16, 2014, 12:09

5 Hard to Predict
While I am looking forward to seeing quite a few of these, I can't help but think at least one of these is going to flop hard, or at least be considered a relative flop, given what happened to the likes of The Lone Ranger, John Carter and After Earth in recent years. It's hard to predict which one(s), but if I had to guess I would say Jupiter Ascending looks most likely to me, but wouldn't be surprised if Amazing Spider Man 2 or X-Men: DOFP take a lot less than expected, especially given how dull Amazing Spider-Man was. I''m not sure the Cruiser is as popular in the States as he used to be either because of the gossip mags. I'm still a fan of him myself. Preferred the name All You Need is Kill for his new flick though. More

Posted by chrispdaniel on Thursday March 13, 2014, 21:41

6 Rodents
Hi, Raccoons aren't rodents, they are Procyonids. Cheers. More

Posted by David77C on Thursday March 13, 2014, 09:29

7 Sequels and Shit!
It's becoming a clishe to say it but it's still true. More

Posted by Pelle on Thursday March 13, 2014, 07:20

8 RE: Words Beginning With “In” Trilogy
L: Hank Didn't Nolan also direct Insomnia?... ou are quite right; I have amended the copy accordingly. Thank you! More

Posted by Helen OHara on Wednesday March 12, 2014, 16:12

9 Re: same old tosh
What exactly did you expect from a list of Movies that will make loads of dosh? There will no doubt be plenty of cool and interesting indie/foreign/low-budget/documentary unexpected gems throughout the year too. At some point(around festival season) I'm sure Empire'll do us a list of the likely contenders. More

Posted by manufan on Wednesday March 12, 2014, 15:06

10 Same old Tosh
Yawn, another year of sequels, remakes and throwing money at the screen. The usual mix of incredible super heroes ( again) fighting implausible foes in CGI that are about as believable as a politician telling the truth. I feel another subscription to Netflix coming on. More

Posted by Don Pheramone on Wednesday March 12, 2014, 13:52

11 Words Beginning With “In” Trilogy
Didn't Nolan also direct Insomnia?... More

Posted by Hank on Wednesday March 12, 2014, 13:04

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