Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

It's hard to believe but we are half way through the movie year already, and we have been treated to some great films.

Not only have we seen some terrific movies hit the big screen, but we have seen quite a few really perform well.

We take a look at the movie that are the highest grossing in 2014 so far... but will they be there at the end of the year?

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $710 million

Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been one of my favourite films this year, as Chris Evans returned to the title role once again.

The Winter Soldier is the second standalone film for Captain America, and comes three years after the first.

Anthony and Joe Russo took over the director's chair, while Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L Jackson, Anthony Mackie & Robert Redford were all also on board.

The movie took $95 million in its opening weekend in America: which was an April opening-weekend record.

As well as raking in the money, The Winter Soldier has enjoyed a great critical response - many have called it Marvel's best movie to date.

2. The Amazing Spider Man 2 - $701 million

It was back in 2012 when the Spider-Man franchise was rebooted and two years later, Peter Parker is back.

Andrew Garfield reprised the role of Spider-Man, while Marc Webb was back in the director's chair for the film.

A terrific cast has been assembled for the film, as Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field are all also on board.

The film may have not won over the critics, but fans have flocked to see the film - it looks set to jump over Captain America, and become the highest grossing film of the year so far.

The film enjoyed a huge opening weekend in America, as it grossed an impressive $92 million: which was $30 million more than the first film.

However, the movie still falls short of the $757 million posted by its predecessor in 2012.

3. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $662 million

X-Men: Days of Future Past is the summer film that I have enjoyed the most so far, as Bryan Singer returned to the X-Men franchise for the first time since X2.

The movie is a sequel to X-Men: First Class, but saw stars of the new and original franchise come together for the first time.

Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, & Nicholas Hoult were joined by Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, & Ian McKellen - it really is one of the best cast lists of 2014 so far.

The movie jumps between the past and the future, and gives fans of the film franchise the first real look at the Sentinels.

Days of Future Past was one of the most anticipated films of the summer, and it really did live up to all the hype. It is the most successful film in the X-Men franchise so far.

4. Rio 2 - $468 million

Rio 2 is the most successful animation film of 2014 so far, as Blu and Jewel returned to the big screen.

Rio 2 comes three years after the success of the first film, and sees Jesse Eisenberg & Anne Hathaway back to bring Blu & Jewel to life.

There was also no change in the director's chair, as Carlos Saldanha was back at the helm for a second time.

This may have been another film with mixed reviews, but that has not stopped it from enjoyed success worldwide.

It has grossed in excess of $468 million at the global box office, and is closing in on the $484 million the first film grossed.

5. The Lego Movie - $466 million

One of the unexpected hits of 2014 came in the form of The Lego Movie back in February.

The movie saw Phil Lord & Christopher Miller back in the director's chair as they brought together a great voice cast.

Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman & Jonah Hill are all on board.

As well as commercial success, The Lego Movie was also a critical hit. A sequel is already in the pipeline.

6. Godzilla - $439 million

Godzilla was another of the hugely anticipated films of the summer, as this iconic monster returned to the big screen.

The movie saw Gareth Edwards in the director's chair, in what was his first film since his debut Monsters.

He brought together another terrific cast, as Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins are all on board.

The film opened with $93.2 million in the U.S. - breaking records for the highest weekend debuts for a disaster film and a creature feature.

Other movies that have performed well so far this year include Maleficent, Noah, and 300: Rise of an Empire.


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