CinemaCon: Top 10 Moviesby 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
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.
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
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.
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
Literature student Anastasia Steele's life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.
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
The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.
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
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.
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
A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.