2016 was the most lucrative year for Hollywood in its entire history. Now much of it is attributed to the rapid expansion of the industry and increasing global appeal and not the quality of the movies because this was a somewhat mediocre year when it comes to quality of the movies. But, nonetheless, many movies were able to gross a lot of money this time around. So, which of them racked up the most bucks? Here are the top five worldwide grossing movies from 2016:
5. The Secret Life of Pets- $875 million
With regular movies not being up to the mark, this year the animated movies stole the show with Moana, Zootopia and Finding Dory doing exceptionally well. The Secret Lives of Pet was also a creative masterpiece that enthralled not just kids but people from all age groups. It was a story that was just created for the big screen regarding the secret lives of all sorts of pets that they hide from humans. If you love cute animals, you would have definitely seen this one.
4. Jungle Book- $965 million
The classic Disney cartoon was rebooted this year and while it cannot be called animation, the breathtaking special effects and the artistry behind the scenes mean that the cinema goers were amazed by how it played out. It has a slightly different story than the original and hence it was somewhat of a surprise as well. It was both critically and commercially a successful movie and now ranks among the top five earners of this year. I have my fingers crossed for a sequel but it should be just as good.
3. Zootopia-$1.023 billion
Another Disney movie steals the show here and it helped make the studios the highest earning entity in cinema last year with over 6 billion in cinema money rolling in. The animated movie was also a critical success since it dealt with stereotypes in the society and how it affects the young ones around us. It is a much watch for the children and animation lovers from across the world and while it will be difficult finding it on screens now, do take it on DVD or live stream the movie on our website!
2. Finding Dory- $1.029 billion
We all fell in love with Nemo and Dory in the original Finding Nemo from 2003 and since then there was talk about a possible sequel on the cards but it was delayed for over 13 years and finally we were able to see the Disney/Pixar movie that didn’t disappoint. Now this time it was Finding Dory, who is played by Ellen Degeneres and has a memory of about ten seconds so it was pretty interesting imagining it in my head and even more fun seeing it on the big screen. The ocean is back and this time, the special effects are even better and the reefs and the fishes look real, except when they open their mouth and show their weird accents. Most of the old cast is back along with a few up and comers and it is the same amazing experience once again. Overall, really solid production and currently stands number two on the highest grossing movies of 2016.
1. Captain America: Civil War- $1.2 billion dollars
Now it was less of a Captain America movie and more of an Avengers movie minus the Hulk and Thor. This time all the cocky bullshit is gone and the movie takes a much more serious tone and the storyline is really solid for once, something Marvel isn’t exactly famous for. There are two teams this time around that start forming after a difference of opinion between Tony stark aka Iron Man and Captain Steve Rodgers aka Captain America but it is not that simple.
It is an ideological difference between the two and how the see the future of Avengers and whether or not, leaders of the world would have any control over their operations. It soon gets darker and someone gets hurt and then we are just gripped by the story. Having an ensemble cast is not an easy thing, but the director does it so well, giving each individual character ample time and action sequence. We learn a lot about the Winter Soldier as well.
Anyway, top of the line action, well-knit story and some great directing made it into the biggest blockbuster yet. We say yet because until this article was written, Rogue One: A Star Wars movie was doing great on theatres with some solid figures and it may well take out the Civil War from the top of the standings for last year. But since it was released just fifteen days prior to the end of this year and is still going strong, I wouldn’t consider it a movie of 2016 at all. It has racked up $800 million worldwide already. You can stream all of these movies in good prints over here.
The cinema industry has flourished before our very eyes to such an extent that instead of one or two gigantic free streaming movies per annum, we get scores of them made.
Our lives have become so encompassed with them that it seems as even if we watched one movie a day, there still would be multitudes of them left after the 365 day time period.
Sadly though, most of us cannot utilize that luxury as things like work, home maintenance. Social as well as familial obligations surround us. Hence, there is little time for watching hd movies.
That’s why it is absolutely mandatory to narrow down the list of free streaming movies that one might watch to be amongst the “in crowd”. Dawn of Justice Here, we have compiled a list of Top Ten must follow with megamovies.cc to watch online movies free for 2017 that will surely be a part of every single conversation taking place in 2017.
And if you’re anything like us, you’d want to be a part of it.
So let’s begin;
1. RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER
First up in our list of must watch free streaming movies for 2017 is the Sci-fi Action/Horror film that has been a constant part of our zombie addicted brains for the past decade.
It is the sixth and last installment in the Resident Evil series based on the videogame of the same title.
Even though the fifth movie was released five years ago, Final Chapter will pick right up from where Retribution left off.
The movie is to be released on Jan 27, 2017 and we’ve marked our calendars to visit Racoon City for perhaps the last time.
2. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO
Continuing with the story of John Wick (2014) (which is debatably one of the best action free movies without downloading ever made) John Wick 2 is set to release on Feb 10 of the upcoming year.
Based on the classic theme of an Assassin out for revenge, the film stars Keanu Reeves as John who is trying to help his old buddies stuck in the middle of a scheme to overthrow an assassin coven.
The film is surely filled with enough gore and action to keep you glued to your seats and that is why you must watch it the coming year.
3. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
After the booming success of Disney’s life animation of the Cinderella, audiences were anticipating other beloved Disney Princesses’ real life happily ever afters.
And Disney didn’t disappoint. The fairytale of 1991 is getting revamped with a new perspective written by Stephen Chbosky and has been given the green signal to release on 27th of March of the upcoming year.
Fans are also excited to see their childhood idol Hermione Granger aka Emma Watson portraying the young and intelligent Belle as well.
4. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2
Let’s be honest, we all fell in love with the galaxy’s most “Cool” superheroes in GOTG and were hoping to get anything they’d throw our way.
This time around, the mismatched band of vagabonds featuring our favourites; Starlord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, Drax and Youndu are on the quest to unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s real parents.
The hd movies is bound to be a joyride with the arrival of Awesome mixtape #2 and will premiere on 5th May.
5. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise’s fifth installment is set to release on 26th of May and mixed response is being generated for the streaming hd movie.
Although not many details have been enclosed but the plot revolves around Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) searching for Poseidon’s trident, reportedly the most powerful thing on earth.
Orlando Bloom will be seen in his role of Will Turner as well.
6. WONDER WOMAN
Fans of the female superheroes had been pining for a female lead character centered large budget free movie for ages and their wish is finally coming true.
The story encompasses the journey of Diana Prince becoming the Wonder Woman and will fall somewhere before the Batman vs. Superman clash.
It is rumoured to be the first installment in a trilogy centered around Wonder woman and the time period passed during the fateful plane crash on the Amazonian princess’ island and present day.
The release date is June 2nd and we’re all waiting on our toes to watch the free films.
7. WAR OF THE PLANET OF APES
After the huge success of both, free movies online prior to this one in the series, War of the Planet of Apes is all set for huge success.
The Sci-fi/Action film sets off the classics in a reimagined world, starting with the aftermath of the dramatic events portrayed in the Rise of Planet Ape movie.
The plot is presently unknown but speculations regarding the plot include theories of remaining humans fighting with the apes are being considered.
The reentry of the evil ape Koba is also being theorized.
The movie will be releasing on 14th July and will set off the summer movie trend for the coming year.
8. THOR RAGNAROK
There are many of us who did not get our fill of Norse action in Thor the movie nor in the Avengers movies, making it possible for the production of sequel to the original.
The free streaming movie follows the Norse Mythology in which Ragnarok is an apocalyptic series of events resulting in the world submerging into water and it’s rebirth along with the death of gods including Thor and Loki.
The original actors portraying lead characters will be returning and the release date has been announced as November the 3rd.
9. JUSTICE LEAGUE
2017 seems to be a great year for comic fans with the release of many superhero themed flicks in store.
Justice league will pick up where Batman Vs. Superman left off; at Clark Kent’s funeral when Diana Prince and Bruce Wayne concluded the need for them to join forces.
Jared Leto will be reprising his famed role of the Joker while Aquaman and Flash are also part of the film.
Speculation regarding superman making an appearance is also being circled.
The JL movie will grace the theatres on 17th November.
10. STAR WARS: EPISODE EIGHT
The last mega blockbuster film on our top ten list is perhaps the most anticipated free online movie of 2017.
Even though we will be watching Rouge One in 2016, we can hardly wait for the eighth installment in the series that has dominated our childhood and most of adulthood as well.
The plot thickens as Rey continues her journey with Finn, Luke Skywalker and Poe.
The film will pick up where Episode Seven left off.
This is surely to be a Star wars fan’s dream come true as hopes for some questions and mysteries to answered are being pegged on the new episode.
And we must say 2017 will be going out with a bang as the movie will be released on 15th of December next year.
We can hardly wait for the next year to arrive. If you want to check out some other cool free online movies without downloading or signing up being released next year, check the links below.
And in the meanwhile mark your calendars for the golden year of filmmaking.