December 22, 2015


2015's 10 Most Crucial Blockbuster Movies

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Records were smashed over and over at the movies in 2015, with four films cracking the all-time global top 10 and Star Wars, just a few days ago, carving out a new best opening weekend landmark. As part of's Best of 2015 collection, we've parsed out, in chronological order, the 10 key blockbusters of the year. (Notice we said "key," not just "biggest.")

All statistics courtesy of the infallible and incomparable Box Office Mojo.

#1'Fifty Shades of Grey' (opened February 13)

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, written by Kelly Marcel

2015 domestic box office rank: 16
Opening weekend, domestic: $85.2 million
Domestic gross: $166.2 million
Global gross: $570.5 million
Records: No. 1 R-rated movie of 2015, domestically; No. 1 February opener of all time; No. 4 domestic opening weekend for an R-rated movie
Metacritic rating: 46/100
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 25 percent fresh
Lessons learned: E.L. James' mega-successful S&M romance books are going to do just fine on the big screen, particularly overseas.

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