Love it or hate it, one of the most important measures of success for Hollywood movies is the revenue it generates at the Box Office. Known as the collective term for movie ticket sales, the Box Office figure has traditionally determined whether a movie has been a hit or a flop, although the rise of home viewing has affected that.

2022 is going to be an important year for the Box Office with people returning to movie theatres in droves. Here are five of the highest-grossing Hollywood films of 2022 so far, according to figures based on US sales.

How box office revenue is calculated

Derived from selling private boxes for theatrical plays, the box office figure has since become the standard term for a movie’s income from cinema ticket sales. These still account for a large portion of the movie industry’s total revenue, although the arrival of Netflix and other home viewing platforms is a serious challenge.

The figure is taken on the gross sales figure for ticket sales: that is, the total income before expenses. This is why movies are referred to as ‘highest grossing’, like in the following list.

1. Uncharted ($83.1 million)

After a delayed release due to the pandemic, Uncharted has hit the big screen in a big way this year, topping the revenue chart with sales approaching $100 million.

It tells the story of fortune hunter Nathan Drake, who has resorted to pickpocketing in his lust for treasure. He’s approached by veteran hunter ‘Sully’, who tells him about an invaluable treasure from the famous medieval Magellan expedition buried in Barcelona. The duo head to the Catalan capital to continue their adventure, where an unknown fate awaits them.

The film is marked by two solid performances by Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, who played Nathan and Sully respectively. Wahlberg, in particular, shines in his role as the shady fortune seeker, a role he’s familiar with after his appearance as Jim Bennett in 2014’s The Gambler.

Yet while responsible gambling was the last thing on Bennett’s mind back then, Sully believes that he is making a calculated move by risking the wrath of fellow thieves and hunting the treasure.

Is it a risk worth taking? The film will reveal it all.

2. Scream ($79.2 million)

Originally billed to be released 25 years after the original Scream movie, Scream 5 comes after a long delay, which has only served to build anticipation among horror fans.

It’s the first in the series not to be directed by Wes Craven following his death in 2015, but it does feature several members of the old cast, including Courteney Cox and David Arquette.

Like previous films, there are elements of black comedy as a new Ghostface starts to slash a path through a fresh group of teens. Yet, despite its unoriginal plot, the new movie has ranked highly among movie critics; many of whom praised its modern feel and humorous moments.

This may explain why the film is near the top of the box office charts: favorable reviews and a famous name is a sure-fire way to attract a new generation of slasher fans.

3. Jackass Forever ($52 million)

Anyone born in the ‘80s will remember their teen years featuring Jackass’s band of ridiculous thrill-seekers and the show dedicated to their sometimes revolting, sometimes hilarious, and always entertaining antics.

The 2022 movie sees the now-middle-aged cast reliving the craziness of their youth, and the stunts are imaginative, to say the least. Without going into too much detail, here’s a few of them:

  • A scorpion sting to the lips
  • A penis is used as a beehive
  • Jumping into a bed of cactuses
  • Being shot off a ramp by large industrial fans.

If this sounds like must-see viewing to you, you’re not alone. The film had grossed over $50 million in the US alone in the first two months of 2022.

4. Death on the Nile ($32.8 million)

Adventure fans have been intrigued by this Kenneth Branagh film based on the 1937 novel by Agatha Christie.

A sequel to Murder on the Orient Express, and one of many adaptations of Christie’s books, it follows Hercule Poirot (Branagh) on a trip to Egypt, where he gets more than he bargained for. It’s a tale of romance and violence that has some twists and turns that viewers may not expect.

As well as being one of the most successful movies of the year so far, the film has attracted one important fan. James Prichard is Agatha Christie’s great-grandson and chairperson of Agatha Christie Limited, an organization created in her honor. He liked the film so much that he stated his desire for further sequels to be made in the future, with Branagh again at the helm.

5. Dog ($30.9 million)

Perhaps the surprise inclusion on the list, Dog sees Channing Tatum star in a simple tale about Lulu, a military dog whose handler has recently died. Tatum plays Briggs, the Army Ranger tasked with ensuring she gets to the funeral in time, who finds that his own Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder plays a big part in the events.

Although tackling a serious topic, Dog has various light-hearted moments that have attracted praise from many critics and a 76% rating on the review website Rotten Tomatoes.

Author: Robert K

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