Cinema: the successes and failures of the summer at the box office

Cinema: the successes and failures of the summer at the box office

Despite good weather and a seventh wave of COVID-19 that no one saw coming, dark rooms were popular this summer in Quebec. The abandonment of sanitary measures and the strong comeback of Hollywood productions have notably allowed cinemas to reconnect with attendance levels comparable to those before the pandemic. These are the hits and misses of the summer at the global box office.

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Top Gun: Maverick

It is without a doubt the great blockbuster of the summer. Since its theatrical release at the end of May, the sequel to the 1986 cult film has rewritten the box office record book. In the U.S, Top Gun: Maverick has just risen to 7th place among the most lucrative titles in the history of the North American box office, just behind titanic. In Quebec, the new top gun became the first film to cross the $10 million mark at the box office since The Lion Kingin 2019. Globally, the Tom Cruise-starring film has grossed over $1.4 billion to date and doesn’t seem to be slowing down nearly three months after its release.

Jurassic World: Domination

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Despite wildly mixed (if not disastrous) reviews, Dinosaurs once again had crowds pouring into theaters this summer. Still showing in various major markets, the third part of the saga jurassic world is expected to soon surpass the $1 billion milestone in worldwide revenue, a feat only two films (Top Gun: Maverick Y spiderman: no return) have achieved since the start of the pandemic.

Doctor strange in the multiverse of madness

The second part of the adventures of Doctor Strange hit the screens with a bang as soon as it hit screens, grossing an impressive $450 million at the worldwide box office, including $185 million in North America, during its first days in theaters. The superhero movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch was also a hit in theaters across the province, posting the best start to the pandemic at the Quebec box office with revenues of $2.1 million during its first three days in theaters.

Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru

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Either Top Gun: Maverick was the most popular movie among young (and older) adults this summer, the new installment of Minion Adventures was the most popular among children and young families. Launched on screens on the first day of July, Les Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru has grossed nearly $800 million at the worldwide box office to date, making it the fourth most popular film of 2022, ahead of superheroes like Batman and Thor.


Forty-five years after his death, Elvis Presley continues to exert great fascination among the general public, as evidenced by the success of this brand new biographical drama directed by renowned filmmaker Baz Luhrmann (Red windmill). Even if he had to compete against several big Hollywood productions with budgets twice his own, Elvis grossed over $263 million at the box-
world office this summer. The movie about the King is also doing very well in Quebec with revenues of $1.8 million raised to date from theaters in the province.

Thor: love and thunder

Like his Marvel colleague Doctor Strange, Thor has also made superhero movie fans happy this summer. With its explosive mix of action and comedy, Thor: love and thunder it earned more than $723 million at the worldwide box office (including $5 million in Quebec) in just six weeks.

High-speed train

The Little Train Goes a Long Way… With revenues of over $120 million grossed in just two weeks, this action comedy starring Brad Pitt is off to a great start at the worldwide box office. High-speed train (Bullet train) has also been the most popular movie in Quebec theaters for the last two weeks.

Well, no

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American filmmaker Jordan Peele caused quite a surprise in 2017 with the thriller Salt, his first feature film shot on a very modest budget (approximately $4.5 million) which had grossed over $255 million at the worldwide box office. Although it was made with much more means, his third film, Well, no (Boop), it is unlikely to be as successful. But $116 million in revenue for a horror movie is still a very respectable result.

Downton Abbey: A New Era

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Released in 2019, the first spin-off film of the popular British series had achieved massive box office success, amassing nearly $200 million worldwide. Its sequel, released in late May, didn’t generate the same buzz, grossing just $92 million at the worldwide box office.

Bob’s Burgers: The Movie

Apart from minions 2 Y DC Superdog KryptoIt’s been a pretty rough summer for animated family movies at the box office. Released in theaters at the beginning of the summer season, the film spins off the hit animated series Bob’s Burger it was a success at the box office.


For most movies, a worldwide box office of $225 million would be considered a huge success. But for an animated film from Studio Pixar derived from the lucrative saga toy story, is rather a disappointment. Remember the 4th movie toy story grossed over $1 billion at the box office in 2019.

confessionsthe quebec champion

Despite strong competition from Hollywood, several Quebec films performed well in theaters across the province during the summer season. This is especially the case with suspense. confessions, the biggest hit of the summer in Quebec, which to date has grossed nearly $1.2 million at the box office. the thriller Arsenal and sons also did well with a gross of $438,000, while the political comedy Arlette continues its strong momentum with earnings of $427,000 after just two weeks in theaters. The comedy lines of flight follows with receipts of $312,000.

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