1. Avatar: Way of the Water
Landing at number one is the highly anticipated Avatar: The Way of Water. The first movie was released in 2009. The world premiere of the sequel took place at the end of last year. By this time, the movie had already grossed $1.9 billion at the box office - a record amount among all films released in 2022. In addition, Avatar scored four Oscar nominations, including the Best Picture category. The ceremony is scheduled for March.
2. Top Gun: Maverick
Top Gun: Maverick is a sequel to the cult American action movie Top Gun, which was released in 1986. As in the first movie, Tom Cruise reprised his starring role of a fearless naval aviator nicknamed Maverick in the sequel. Maverick soared past Cruise's previous top hit, Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Thus, Top Gun: Maverick became the highest-grossing movie in the entire career of the Hollywood actor. The sequel grossed $1.5 billion at the global box office.
3. Jurassic World: Dominion
In 2022, moviegoers watched the final installment of the Jurassic World saga. The sixth action movie in this franchise earned more than $1 billion at the global box office. Despite the commercial success, the sequel turned out to be the most disastrous in the history of the franchise. "Jurassic World: Domination" received the worst ratings from both viewers and critics. The film was scolded for the lazy writing, the nonsensical plot lines, as well as the lack of creativity in the big action set pieces.
4. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Doctor Strange is a popular Marvel superhero. He appeared in many films in the Marvel universe. So far, there have been two solo movies about him. The first film about Doctor Strange played by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch was released in 2016. So, 6 years later, its sequel was made. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness received positive reviews and broke Fandango’s 2022 first-day ticket sales record. It grossed $956 million, up by $280 million compared to the first movie.
5. Minions: The Rise of Gru
The animated film Minions: The Rise of Gru is the fifth movie in the Despicable Me franchise. However, the new part is not a sequel but a prequel. The events unfold in the 1970s when the main character of the franchise, Gru, was only 12 years old. He pursues his dream to become the world's greatest supervillain. Minions: The Rise of Gru was full of cracking jokes like its predecessors. However, it was unable to break the box-office record of the third part. It grossed $939 million while Despicable Me 3 crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.
6. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is another movie from the Marvel cinematic universe, which was released last year. It is a sequel to the movie Black Panther made 5 years ago. Marvel fans saw the new chapter in the story of King T'Challa despite the fact that Chadwick Bozeman, who played the main role, tragically died in 2020. The showrunners rewrote the script. The film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which became a sumptuous elegy for Chadwick Boseman, grossed $790 million at the box office.
Batman, which was released last year, is not a continuation of previous superhero films from the DC universe. This is a standalone story. This time, Robert Pattinson portrayed Batman - the alias of Bruce Wayne striking fear into the hearts of criminals and bringing them to justice. Pattinson became the second youngest actor to play a superhero after Christian Bale. At the time of the shooting, which took place in 2019, he was 33 years old. Batman collected more than $770 million at the box office.
8. Thor: Love and Thunder
MCU fans called this film, which is part of the franchise, the worst project released in 2022. The audience criticized the plot, special effects, and acting. Chris Hemsworth was the leading actor in this film. He starred in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok movie released in 2017. Despite a lot of negative reviews, the sequel about the Scandinavian superheroes broke the box office. It reeled in over $760 million.
9. The Battle at Lake Changjin II
This is a Chinese war film, which is the sequel to The Battle at Lake Changjin. A new part is also based on real events. The story tells about an epic confrontation between the forces of Chinese volunteers and UN troops, which unfolded at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. The patriotic action movie was a huge success in China, breaking the box office and entering the top 10 of the world’s highest-grossing films. Overall, the movie earned $626 million.
10. Moon man
Chinese sci-fi comedy Moon Man completes the top 10 highest-grossing films of last year. This is a post-apocalyptic story that takes place in 2033. The main protagonist of the film is astronaut Dugu. He believes that he is the last man on Earth. The film received good reviews and became a blockbuster in China. At the box office, Moon Man grossed more than $460 million.
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