You could pick any random weekend in 2016, check what was playing at your local cinema, and you will probably find a comic-book adaptation playing on one of the screens. Superhero movies were still one of the most lucrative themes this year for studios, and the ‘Top 10 Movies’ of 2016 on IMDb’s list, only helps proves it.
As 2016 finally comes to a close, IMDB unveiled the Top 10 movies of 2016, at least according to popularity and/or interest. Rather than base its annual rankings on small statistical samplings, reviews of professional critics or box office performance, IMDb determines this list by the actual page-views of the more than 250 million monthly unique visitors to IMDb.
Taking the top-spot on this year’s list was “Suicide Squad,” which starred Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie. Although it wasn’t a complete hit with critics and DC fans, the film did go on to make over $745.6M at the global box-office. “Captain America: Civil War,” from Marvel, ranked at number-two this year. The film featured Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. The Captain America installment went on to make $1.15B in theaters across the globe, and was one of the most successful superhero themes that released in 2016.
Third-place went to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” another of DC’s lucrative, and mixed-reviewed, tentpoles of 2016. The film starred Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, and made over $873.26M at the box-office. Fourth-place went to the Golden Globe nominated “Deadpool,” a hit with fans and critics alike starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin and T.J. Miller. FOX made over $782.61M with the wisecracking superhero, and it was one of the most popular ‘R’ rated films of all-time.
In fifth-place was “X-Men: Apocalypse,” starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. Once again, the DC film was met with mixed-reviews, but the adaptation still pulled-in over $543.93M at the box-office.
Disney’s “The Jungle Book” was the first non-superhero film on the list, it came in at sixth-place overall on the IMDb list this year. The film starred Neel Sethi and featured the voice-talents of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Scarlett Johansson. A hit with critics, PETA, and fans of all ages, the film went on to make over $966.55M at the box-office.
Sony’s “The Magnificent Seven” came in at an appropriate seventh-place, the film featured Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. The Sony remake grossed over $161.11M at the box-office, and was a mild-hit with critics overall. Sony also landed in eighth-place overall with “Ghostbusters,” which grossed over $229.14M globally, and starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon.
The “Warcraft” film, which was based on the popular video-game MMO, came in at ninth-place on the list this year. The action-adventurer featured the talents of Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton and Ben Foster, and made over $433.53M at the box-office.
Wrapping-up the top-ten this year was “The Legend of Tarzan from Warner Bros. Pictures. The film made $356.74M across the globe and starred Alexander Skarsgård, Rory J. Saper, Christian Stevens and Margot Robbie.
“Movies adapted from comic books were the big winners in 2016,” said Keith Simanton, IMDb’s Senior Film Editor. “The top 5 slots on IMDb’s Top 10 Movies of 2016 list were films that sprang from comic books.”
“Buzz for Suicide Squad, IMDb’s #1 movie of 2016 (as determined by page views), began a year earlier when the film’s Comic-Con trailer became one of IMDb’s most viewed trailers in 2015. Anticipation continued through the year with each successive online trailer release. Suicide Squad certainly wasn’t hurt by the fact that Margot Robbie, IMDb’s #1 star of 2016 (also determined by page views), was one of the leads, the crazy-like-a-fox Harley Quinn.”
IMDb’s Best of 2016 section features a variety of additional year-end Top 10 lists as well as retrospective photo galleries, trailers, quizzes, original videos (including an In Memoriam video) and other year-end coverage.