2015 In Cinema, Part 2: Where Did They Come From?

Posted: January 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

Today we’re dealing with that ugly little monster that keeps saying that Hollywood is losing its creativity. Listen, its not the movie studios’ fault if you choose to ignore good films you’re not familiar with. Known commodities will nearly always win box office battles, because its easier to get people in the seats, but profit and box office receipts don’t equate to quality, and in this age of Netflix, Amazon, and Redbox, there’s honestly no excuse for not seeing the amazing new films and ideas out there. So…

Where Did They Come From?

There are four categories: Originals, Adaptations, Sequels (which include Prequels), and Remakes.

To be fair, I’m only listing films that made it to wide release. If they have already announced wide release dates for early 2015, but have been out already in limited release, then they have been counted. If I counted limited release films as well, the original films would be the clear winner.




Using the same qualifiers that the Academy Awards use, Original Films are films that are new screenplays, and not based on previously existing material such as novels, plays, television shows, etc. Basically, “Original” means not connected to any pre-existing work in print, screen, or stage.

Films based on events, but not creative works, are still original films. Last year there were 49 original films released. This year, there were 61.

The Top Five Original Films at the worldwide box office in 2015 were:

(* = still in theaters, +/- signs indicate how much more or less money the film made to its counterpart on this list last year.)

  1. Inside Out – $856.1M (Written by Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, and
    Meg LaFauve).  +$181M {Interstellar}
  2. San Andreas – $473.8 468M (Written by Carlton Cuse) +$5.8M {The Lego Movie}
  3. The Good Dinosaur – $243.8M (Written by Meg LeFauve) -$219M {Lucy}
  4. Spy – $237.7M (Written by Paul Feig) -$30.5M {Neighbors}
  5. Tomorrowland – $209M (Written by Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof)   -$13.9M {Non-Stop}




Adaptations are all films based on already existing material, which can include novels (The Martian), comic books (Ant-Man), short-films (Pixels), plays, TV shows etc.

Reboots are classified as adaptations because they are not sequels to existing material, but new versions of adapted material.

With 38 total adaptations, they were the second most common film in 2015.  Last year there were 50. Its still important to note that most adaptations have never been translated to the big screen, so they are mostly new material, aside from anomalies like Mockingjay.

The Top Five Adaptations at the worldwide box office in 2015 were:

  1. The Martian –  $596.3 772.5M (Adaptation of the novel “The Martian” by Andy Weir) -$176.2M {Guardians of the Galaxy}
  2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2*– $635.9M (Adaptation of the novel “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins) -$121.9M {Maleficent}
  3. Cinderella– $542.7M (Adapted from the Disney Cinderella animated film) -$129.2M {The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1}
  4. Ant-Man – $519.3M (Adapted from various Marvel Comics comic book series) -$61.4M {The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies}
  5. Kingsmen: The Secret Service – $414.4 477.2M (Adapted from the Icon Comics limited series “The Secret Service”) -$62.8M {Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles}



In this category are films that are sequels or prequels to other films. Spin-offs like Minions are also included. There were 23 sequels in 2015, that’s an increase of three from last year. And in 2015, sequels ruled the box office.

The Top Five Sequels/Prequels in 2015 were:

  1. Jurassic World – $1.7B <— Yes, billion. +$600M {Transformers: Age of Extinction}
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5B, +$769M {X-Men: Days of Future Past}
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens* – $1.5B, +$785M {Captain America: The Winter Soldier}
  4. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4B, +$691M {Amazing Spider-Man 2}
  5. Minions – $1.2B, +$491.7M {Dawn of the Planet of the Apes}

Side note: The new Star Wars film being in theaters currently, it will likely eventually secure the #1 spot.


This category includes all remakes of feature films regardless of their country of origin. There were only 3 remakes in 2015, the same amount as last year. Here are their international box office totals.

  1. Poltergeist – $95.4M (Remake of 1982 film of the same name)
  2. Point Break* – $80.2M (Remake of 1991 film of the same name)
  3. The Loft – $10M (Remake of 2008 film Loft)

In Conclusion


After one year out of the lead, original films are once again leading the charge in Hollywood. Of course, the big money is in sequels, but that’s only natural, because they have the biggest fan bases.

Again, there’s plenty of fantastic original films out there for everyone to see, so go see them in 2016!


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