CinemaCon: Top 10 Movies

by IMDb-Editors | created - 29 Mar 2014 | updated - 29 Mar 2014 | Public

Box Office Mojo editor Ray Subers attended CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where the movie studios show off their upcoming slate to exhibitors. Below are his choices for the Top 10 presentations (listed alphabetically); for full coverage, see the blog posts here.

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1. 22 Jump Street (2014)

R | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman

Votes: 324,059 | Gross: $191.72M

Is it possible that 22 Jump Street breaks the comedy sequel curse? The hilarious new footage on display at CinemaCon suggests that yes, maybe it could.

2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

79 Metascore

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Votes: 393,901 | Gross: $208.55M

The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes footage was very strong. Highlights included apes riding horses and wielding human weapons; this looks like it’s going to be a huge hit this Summer.

3. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

R | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

46 Metascore

Literature student Anastasia Steele's life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson | Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford

Votes: 282,370 | Gross: $166.17M

Universal unveiled what was essentially a first trailer for the highly-anticipated adaptation. It’s not exactly in my wheelhouse, but I couldn’t help getting a bit excited about seeing the first footage, which pitched the movie as a traditional romance with only hints of less savory content.

4. Godzilla (2014)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 357,569 | Gross: $200.68M

"Nevermind Blended -- how about that f---ing Godzilla?" Adam Sandler, summing up what everyone was thinking after seeing new footage of the giant monster.

5. Inside Out (I) (2015)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

94 Metascore

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen | Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 548,991 | Gross: $356.46M

Disney presented a lengthy, unfinished clip from Pixar’s Inside Out, which hits theaters next Summer. As of now, this looks like a welcome return to the sort of out-of-the-box thinking that made Ratatouille, Wall-E and Up so popular.

6. Million Dollar Arm (2014)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

56 Metascore

A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin, Suraj Sharma

Votes: 41,370 | Gross: $36.45M

Disney screened baseball drama Million Dollar Arm during their presentation. While we aren’t supposed to say anything about it, I will go out on a limb and say this is one to keep an eye out for when it opens in May.

7. Minions (2015)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

56 Metascore

Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a supervillain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

Directors: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin

Votes: 197,435 | Gross: $336.05M

The set-up is great: Despicable Me's little yellow Minions have existed since the beginning of time, and are constantly “seeking the most despicable master.” It then shows the Minions unsuccessfully working for a T-Rex, the pharaohs, Dracula and many more historical bad guys. When the Minions find themselves without a master, three of them — Kevin, Stuart and Bob — head out on an adventure that ultimately leads them to New York City.

8. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine

Votes: 552,577 | Gross: $128.26M

A lengthy, impressive clip featured Colin Firth’s secret agent character beating up some thugs in a pub using a mix of gadgets and hand-to-hand combat. The whole bit was set to John Barry’s iconic Connery-era Bond score, which set the tone nicely. Secret Service is currently scheduled to open in October.

9. Unbroken (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 137 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

59 Metascore

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 131,874 | Gross: $115.64M

Director Angelina Jolie took the stage to present the footage, which ran around 10 minutes. With an incredible true story, strong performances, and some gorgeous cinematography from Roger Deakins, this is absolutely a movie to be excited about. While it’s obviously very early, the buzz around CinemaCon for the rest of the day was that this is a legitimate awards contender.

10. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy

Votes: 629,071 | Gross: $233.92M

This is one of my most-anticipated movies of Summer 2014, so it was great to see the first five minutes or so of the movie. The clip featured a mutant compound being attacked by Sentinels in a dystopian future setting. Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) were the familiar mutants, while a handful of new ones also took part. The action was exciting and unique, with portals factoring in heavily.

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