The film industry, like many industries, was hit hard by the recent global pandemic.
However, with cinemas reopening and the blockbusters returning, many of us have made the pilgrimage back to our local movie theatre for some quality cinematic experiences.
As June comes to a close, we have officially reached the halfway point of 2022.
And what better way to mark the first six months of this year than to look back on the films that have dominated our cinema screens so far, according to Box Office Mojo.
10. Too Cool to Kill
Worldwide Gross: $217,254,604 (£177,092,917)
Coming in at the top of this list this comedic Chinese action film that amassed an astounding $110.5 million in its opening weekend. It's based on the Japanese film The Magic Hour (2008).
9. The Bad Guys
Worldwide Gross: $238,609,000 (£194,499,740)
This animated film is based on the hit children’s book series by Australian author Aaron Blabey.
It boasts a talented voiceover cast, including the likes of Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina and Craig Robinson.
8. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Worldwide Gross: $400,924,000 (£326,809,189)
Following the success of 2020’s Sonic The Hedgehog, this family-adventure comedy has become a massive hit.
The sequel has impressively become the highest grossing video-game film adaption of all time.
7. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Worldwide Gross: $401,109,523 (£326,960,416)
The third instalment of the Fantastic Beasts series racked up $42.2 million on its opening weekend alone.
The film was met with much love and enthusiasm from fans despite the boycott and controversy surrounding the film.
Worldwide Gross: $401,636,252 (£327,389,774)
Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg starred in this action-adventure blockbuster that is based on the video game of the same name.
5. Water Gate Bridge
Worldwide Gross: $626,571,280 (£510,743,313)
The second film made by the Chinese film industry to make our list, this war movie commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party.
The film has been a huge success with China, making $154 million on its opening weekend alone.
4. Jurassic World Dominion
Worldwide Gross: $746,664,000 (£608,635,692)
The final film in the Jurassic World trilogy and sixth overall instalment in the Jurassic Park Franchise has already made over $746 million dollars despite only being released in June.
Suffice to say, it’s clear fans think this film is dino-mite.
3. The Batman
Worldwide Gross: $770,345,583 (£627,939,498)
The first superhero film of the list is Robert Patterson’s The Batman.
The film was by far one of the most anticipated films of 2022, having been delayed from release twice because of the pandemic.
It became the second film since Covid-19 to gross more than $100 million on its opening weekend.
2. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Worldwide Gross: $947,014,432 (£771,949,344)
Of course, it couldn’t be a ‘top grossing films’ list without any Marvel movies.
The first Marvel movie released this year certainly made a splash at the box office, earning $42 million in pre-sales alone.
Up until this week, Doctor Strange 2 remained the highest grossing film of the year, but has finally been overtaken by…
1. Top Gun: Maverick
Worldwide Gross: $1,006,423,000 (£820,375,644)
Over the weekend, Top Gun reached $1.06 billion at the box office.
It's become the first movie from 2022 to do so, and only the second film since Covid-19 emerged (the other film being Spider-Man: No Way Home).
Tom Cruise’s revival of his iconic character Maverick is clearly already a fan favourite.
With even more movies to be released in the second half of the year, such as Elvis, Avatar 2, and an array of Marvel films, it’s hard to tell which film will take the crown for the highest grossing film of the year.
One thing’s for sure though, there will be plenty of great movies to catch on the big screen!
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Topics: TV and Film