2015 in film
|Years in film|
2015 in film is an overview of events, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies, festivals, and a list of films released and notable deaths.
Evaluation of the year
Richard Brody of The New Yorker described 2015 as, "one of Hollywood’s worst years" but also stated that it was also "a terrific year for movies over all". He emphasized that, "The anticipated Oscarizables have mainly ranged from the blandly enjoyable to the droningly disastrous. Partly, the problem is merely one of scheduling: most of Hollywood’s inspired directors, the ones whose images have a natural musical sublimity and complexity, weren’t on call this year. My list reflects the unfortunate accident of a calendar year with no release by many of the best American directors working in or out of the Hollywood system, such as Martin Scorsese, Sofia Coppola, Wes Anderson, Miranda July, Terrence Malick, James Gray, David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh, and Paul Thomas Anderson."
The top 10 films released in 2015 by worldwide gross are as follows:
|1||Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Disney||$2,068,223,624|
|4||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Disney||$1,402,805,868|
|6||Spectre||Sony Pictures / Columbia / MGM||$880,674,609|
|8||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||Paramount||$682,714,267|
|9||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2||Lionsgate||$658,344,137|
Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed over $2 billion, the third film to surpass that milestone, and the third highest-grossing film of all time. Jurassic World, Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Minions have each grossed over $1 billion, making them among the highest-grossing films of all time. Spectre and Inside Out grossed more than $850 million.
Minions became the first non-Disney animated film and the third animated film overall after Toy Story 3 (2010) and Frozen (2013) to gross over $1 billion, and is currently the fifth highest-grossing animated film of all time.
2015 notable box office records
2015 is the first year that a single studio (Universal Pictures) released three films that each grossed over $1 billion, the first year that a single studio released two films that both grossed over $1.5 billion, and the first year that a single studio released two films that both grossed over $1 billion outside of North America.
- Universal also generated $2 billion and $3 billion in a single year at the international box office faster than any studio before, doing so on June 10, June 14, and July 17, 2015 respectively. The previous records was held by 20th Century Fox when it reached $2 and $3 billion on June 15 and July 30, 2010 respectively. Universal previously grossed $2 billion in 2013, reaching the milestone on September 17 of that year. Furthermore, the studio also broke the record for fastest studio to generate $1 billion in the United States and Canada (on June 14, 2015), beating the previous record ascendance achieved by Paramount Pictures on June 22, 2008, and $2 billion (on August 16, 2015), beating the previous speed record of December 25, 2009 held by Warner Bros., and the fastest to $3, $4, and $5 billion worldwide (It achieved the $5 billion milestone on July 17, 2015, breaking the record previously held by Fox near the end of November 2014). Universal is also the first studio to achieve $6 billion at the global box office in one year.
- Walt Disney Studios became the first studio to release three films within a single franchise — the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) — that each grossed over $1 billion, with Avengers: Age of Ultron joining 2012's The Avengers and 2013's Iron Man 3. The MCU also became the highest-grossing film franchise with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, surpassing the Harry Potter film franchise ($7.723 billion, 2001–2011), and becoming the first franchise to gross over $8 billion. With the subsequent release of Ant-Man, the MCU also became the first franchise to gross over $9 billion.
- Furious 7 became the fastest film to reach $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide, doing so in 17 days; this record was later surpassed by Universal's own Jurassic World two months later, accruing the same amount in 13 days; this record was in turn surpassed six months later by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which accrued $1 billion in 12 days. Furious 7 also became the first American film ever to gross over ¥2 billion (amassing ¥2.426 billion) at the Chinese box office.
- Jurassic World grossed $524.4 million worldwide in its opening weekend, making it the highest-grossing worldwide opening of all time, surpassing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($483.2 million in 2011). Jurassic World also grossed $208.8 million in North America in its opening weekend, beating the previous record held by The Avengers ($207.4 million in 2012). Both records were later surpassed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the same year. It also became the highest-grossing film that was not the highest-grossing film of its year, surpassing Iron Man 3.
- Terminator Genisys became the first American film to earn $400 million worldwide without also grossing $100 million in North America. The only other production to hit that threshold before was the French film The Intouchables (2012).
- Minions became the fastest animated film to $1 billion in 49 days, surpassing Toy Story 3 (75 days).
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke all pre-sale ticket records and grossed $529 million in its opening weekend, making it the highest-grossing worldwide opening of all time, surpassing Jurassic World ($524.4 million on 12–14 June 2015). The Force Awakens also grossed $248 million in North America in its opening weekend, beating the previous record held by Jurassic World ($208.8 million). The film subsequently became the first to exceed $800 million in the domestic box office on January 9 and $900 million on February 5. It also became Disney's first film to gross over $1 billion at the foreign box office, as well as the third film to ever gross over $2 billion worldwide. This makes it the third highest-grossing film of all time.
- 2015 is tied with 2018 for the greatest number of films to gross more than $1 billion with five, surpassing 2012's record of four, but later was surpassed in 2019 to have nine films with that milestone. It has also set the record for the greatest number of films crossing the $1.5 billion mark with three.
The list of films released in 2015, arranged by country, are as follows:
- American films
- Argentine films
- Australian films
- Bengali films
- Bollywood films
- Brazilian films
- British films
- French films
- Hong Kong films
- Italian films
- Japanese films
- Mexican films
- Pakistani films
- Russian films
- South Korean films
- Spanish films
- Tamil films
- Telugu films
|January||1||Donna Douglas||81||American||Actress, Singer|
|4||Bernard Williams||72||English||Producer, Production Manager|
|6||Lance Percival||81||English||Actor, Singer|
|8||Patsy Garrett||93||American||Actress, Singer|
|9||Samuel Goldwyn Jr.||88||American||Director, Producer|
|10||Brian Clemens||83||English||Screenwriter, Producer|
|10||Francesco Rosi||92||Italian||Director, Screenwriter|
|11||Chic Littlewood||84||English-New Zealand||Actor|
|13||Frank Mazzola||79||American||Actor, Editor|
|14||Darren Shahlavi||42||English||Actor, Stuntman, Choreographer|
|14||Layne Tom Jr.||87||American||Actor|
|30||Geraldine McEwan||82||English||Actress, Singer|
|31||Lizabeth Scott||92||American||Actress, Singer|
|3||Mary Healy||96||American||Actress, Singer|
|4||Richard Bonehill||67||English||Actor, Stuntman|
|4||Norman Yemm||81||Australian||Actor, Singer|
|11||Roger Hanin||89||Algerian-French||Actor, Director, Screenwriter|
|12||Movita Castaneda||98||American||Actress, Singer|
|14||Louis Jourdan||93||French||Actor, Singer|
|16||Lesley Gore||68||American||Actress, Singer|
|20||Patricia Norris||83||American||Costume Designer, Production Designer|
|21||Bruce Sinofsky||58||American||Director, Producer|
|27||Leonard Nimoy||83||American||Actor, Director|
|March||1||Daniel von Bargen||64||American||Actor|
|5||Albert Maysles||88||American||Director, Cinematographer|
|5||Dirk Shafer||52||American||Actor, Director, Screenwriter|
|10||Richard Glatzer||63||American||Director, Screenwriter|
|14||Ib Melchior||97||Danish-American||Director, Screenwriter|
|15||Sally Forrest||86||American||Actress, Dancer|
|20||Walter Grauman||93||American||Director, Producer|
|28||Richard L. Bare||101||American||Director, Producer, Screenwriter|
|28||Gene Saks||93||American||Actor, Director|
|30||Robert Z'Dar||64||American||Actor, Producer|
|April||1||Robert Walker||54||Canadian-American||Animator, Director|
|2||Manoel de Oliveira||106||Portuguese||Director, Screenwriter|
|5||Richard LaSalle||97||American||Composer, Conductor|
|5||Julie Wilson||90||American||Actress, Singer|
|7||Eugene Louis Faccuito||90||American||Dancer|
|7||Stan Freberg||88||American||Actor, Singer|
|10||Paul Almond||83||Canadian||Director, Producer, Screenwriter|
|May||1||Stephen Milburn Anderson||67||American||Director, Producer, Screenwriter|
|1||Grace Lee Whitney||85||American||Actress|
|2||Michael Blake||69||American||Director, Screenwriter|
|2||Norman Thaddeus Vane||86||American||Director, Producer, Screenwriter|
|4||Ellen Albertini Dow||101||American||Actress|
|14||B.B. King||89||American||Actor, Singer|
|15||Michael Campus||80||American||Director, Screenwriter|
|17||Claude Carliez||90||French||Actor, Stuntman|
|20||Mary Ellen Trainor||62||American||Actress|
|26||Claudio Caligari||67||Italian||Director, Screenwriter|
|30||Julie Harris||94||English||Costume Designer|
|June||1||Katherine Chappell||29||American||Visual Effects|
|2||Alberto De Martino||85||Italian||Director, Screenwriter|
|5||Seth Winston||64||American||Director, Producer, Screenwriter|
|6||Ronnie Gilbert||88||American||Actress, Singer|
|7||Christopher Lee||93||English||Actor, Singer|
|9||Jean Gruault||90||French||Screenwriter, Actor|
|11||Ornette Coleman||85||American||Composer, Actor|
|12||Monica Lewis||93||American||Actress, Singer|
|18||John M. Stephens||82||American||Cinematographer|
|23||Magali Noël||83||Turkish-French||Actress, Singer|
|23||Dick Van Patten||86||American||Actor|
|July||1||Sergio Sollima||94||Italian||Director, Screenwriter|
|6||Jerry Weintraub||77||American||Producer, Actor|
|10||Omar Sharif||83||Egyptian||Actor, Producer, Screenwriter|
|18||George Coe||86||American||Actor, Producer|
|19||Douglas S. Cook||56||American||Screenwriter|
|21||Theodore Bikel||91||Austrian-American||Actor, Singer|
|August||1||Cilla Black||72||English||Actress, Singer, TV presenter|
|12||Stephen Lewis||88||English||Actor, Screenwriter|
|13||Danford B. Greene||87||American||Film Editor|
|17||Yvonne Craig||78||American||Actress, Singer|
|18||Bud Yorkin||89||American||Director, Producer|
|26||Peter Kern||66||Austrian||Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter|
|30||Wes Craven||76||American||Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter|
|5||Frederick "Dennis" Greene||66||American||Actor, Singer|
|12||Frank D. Gilroy||89||American||Director, Producer, Screenwriter|
|17||D. M. Marshman Jr.||92||American||Screenwriter|
|18||Nancy Bernstein||55||American||Visual Effects, Producer|
|19||Jackie Collins||77||English-American||Actress, Screenwriter|
|20||Jack Larson||87||American||Actor, Producer|
|21||Yoram Gross||88||Polish-Australian||Director, Producer, Screenwriter|
|22||Derek Ware||77||English||Actor, Stuntman|
|26||Tino García||80||Nicaraguan-Puerto Rican||Actor|
|27||Howard A. Anderson, Jr.||95||American||Visual Effects|
|27||John Guillermin||89||English-American||Director, Producer|
|28||Catherine E. Coulson||71||American||Actress|
|29||Pat Woodell||71||American||Actress, Singer|
|5||Chantal Akerman||65||Belgian||Director, Producer, Screenwriter|
|6||Kevin Corcoran||66||American||Actor, Producer|
|7||Gene Allen||97||American||Art Director, Production Designer|
|9||Gordon Honeycombe||79||Pakistani-English||Actor, former ITV News presenter|
|10||Tex Rudloff||89||American||Sound Editor|
|11||Bob Minkler||78||American||Sound Editor|
|12||Joan Leslie||90||American||Actress, Singer|
|23||Leon Bibb||93||American||Actor, Singer|
|24||Christopher Chapman||88||Canadian||Visual Effects|
|24||Maureen O'Hara||95||Irish-American||Actress, Singer|
|27||Betsy Drake||92||French-American||Actress, Singer|
|2||Colin Welland||81||English||Actor, Screenwriter|
|3||David Graham||91||American||Casting Director|
|3||Fred J. Scollay||92||American||Actor|
|5||José Ángel Espinoza||96||Mexican||Actor|
|7||Gunnar Hansen||68||Icelandic-American||Actor, Screenwriter|
|9||Carol Doda||78||American||Actress, Dancer|
|10||Allen Toussaint||77||American||Composer, Actor|
|16||Michael C. Gross||86||American||Producer|
|22||Hazel Adair||95||English||Actress, Producer|
|25||Elmo Williams||102||American||Director, Producer, Editor|
|27||Barbro Hiort af Ornäs||94||Swedish||Actress|
|30||Eldar Ryazanov||88||Russian||Director, Screenwriter|
|4||Robert Loggia||85||American||Actor, Director|
|6||Nicholas Smith||81||English||Actor, Singer|
|6||Holly Woodlawn||69||Puerto Rican-American||Actress|
|7||Martin E. Brooks||90||American||Actor|
|10||Denis Héroux||75||Canadian||Director, Producer|
|14||Edmund Lyndeck||90||American||Actor, Singer|
|19||Louis DiGiaimo||77||American||Casting Director, Producer|
|23||Michael Earl||53||American||Actor, Singer, Puppeteer|
|25||George Clayton Johnson||86||American||Screenwriter, Actor|
|27||Haskell Wexler||93||American||Cinematographer, Director|
|29||Billie Allen||90||American||Actress, Dancer|
|31||Natalie Cole||65||American||Actress, Singer|
|31||Wayne Rogers||82||American||Actor, Producer, Screenwriter|
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