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With a few days left in 2014, it is still too early to tell how the holiday movies will stack up with the rest of 2014’s big releases, but read on for the top 10 summer box office hits of 2014 according to Box Office Mojo.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy – James Gunn proved that Marvel fans will continue embracing films that don’t star Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans, where the headliners are Bradley Cooper as a talking raccoon and Vin Diesel as a talking tree. Guardians of the Galaxy was also the second big box office hit for Chris Pratt, who also starred in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Lego Movie.
2. Transformers: Age of Extinction – Michael Bay’s fourth Transformers movie swapped out Shia LaBeouf for Mark Wahlberg in the lead role, and despite being the second top-grossing summer film of 2014, the film made significantly less domestically than Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Dark of the Moon made over $352 million domestically while Age of Extinction made over $245 million. The worldwide box office gross, however, means that there will likely be more Transformers films. Whether Shia LaBeaouf or Mark Wahlberg will be headlining is still unannounced.
3. Maleficent – Disney’s big-budget take on one of their most beloved villains was a huge risk for the studio, and it certainly paid off. Domestically, the film grossed over $241 million at the box office.
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past – Bryan Singer’s return to the X-Men franchise was a smash success, despite allegations about Singer’s personal life. New characters like Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) were well-received, and the film expertly mixed cast members from the first films like Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart with new cast members from X-Men: First Class like Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.
5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – The rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise continued to perform well at the box office and was nearly universally praised by critics, earning it a 91 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – This disastrous second film in the Spider-Man reboot was a mess and a disappointment critically and financially. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made enough money to be in the top 10 films of the summer, but it still made much less than Sony was hoping.
7. Godzilla -Bryan Cranston and a classic movie monster was a successful combination at the box office, even if the film had far too little of Cranston or the title character.
8. 22 Jump Street – Phil Lord and Chris Miller had two enormous hits in 2014 with Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street. It is the only R-rated movie to make the top 10 films of the summer domestically, and it is the only comedy sequel in the top 10 as well.
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The critics hated it, but audiences still showed up for a new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
10. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – The sequel to the surprise animated hit of 2010 did not perform as well at the box office as the original film, $217 million vs. $177 million domestically. However, How to Train Your Dragon 2 added some great new characters to the world of HTTYD, pulled out a few real surprises, and left the door open for more HTTYD sequels and spin-offs.