I was a little disappointed in 2014's theatrical offerings leading up to the Oscar season but with a lot of strong contenders beginning to release I can say that it was a solid year. We saw the quick return of some indie fan favorite directors in Alejandro González Iñárritu and
Neill Blomkamp and Wes Anderson as well as an obscure 3rd tier Marvel title turn into a nearly $800,000,000 tentpole, but more than any other had the greatest desperate between traditional studios and independents.
Let's take a look at the quality of the top grossing films this year:
- Transformers: Age of Extinction $1,087,404,499
- Guardians of the Galaxy $771,454,000
- Maleficent $757,723,217
- X-Men: Days of Future Past $746,045,777
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier $714,083,572
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $708,982,323
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $708,266,226
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 $618,849,989
- Interstellar $542,290,000
- Godzilla $524,976,069
Of those films 7 were certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes but only 3 were in the top 25 but to be fair they were the type of movies that either score near perfect or completely bust in that they were comic book movies (X-Men and Guardians) and animated (HTTYD2). I'd say you'd be hard pressed to find someone who would admit that any of these were they're favorite movie with the exception of Guardians because its very nature was to be a prototypical fun summer blockbuster.
With all that being said, here are my top movies of the year.