Highest-Grossing Movies of 2022, Ranked – MovieWeb

With Wakanda Forever and Avatar 2 set to challenge the top spots, we thought we’d take a look at the biggest, highest-grossing movies in 2022 so far.
With Marvel’s hotly-anticipated Black Panther: Wakanda Forever set for theatrical release on 11th November, and James Cameron’s sequel to the record-breaking 2009 Avatar, in the form of Avatar: The Way of Water, both have the capacity to not only challenge this year’s highest grossing movie but the highest grossing movies of all-time. Before the aforementioned films make their bid to become the 2022 box office’s biggest earner, we thought we’d take a look at the biggest movies that have been some of the largest grossing in 2022 so far…
Mads Mikkelsen took over from Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald following Depp’s ongoing civil case with ex-partner Amber Heard. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the third chapter of the Harry Potter spin-off, grossing $405 million at the box office, though this signified a drop-off in popularity, with both preceding movies grossing considerably more. That wasn’t the only thing the previous episodes of the franchise had over their newest sibling — they were also in receipt of a greater critical reception.
The Secrets of Dumbledore goes right back to the roots of Dumbledore and the evil Grindelwald’s struggle for power, and their relationship prior. As Grindelwald grows both his support and might Dumbledore enlists the help of Newt Scamander (reprised by Eddie Redmayne) to help him fight off Grindelwald.
Chris Hemsworth returned as Donald Blake after the 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok won both critics and fans of the MCU over alike. Naturally, the announcement that Thor would be heading back to the silver screen with Thor: Love and Thunder was met with much delight and anticipation.
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However, it was no match for its Marvel cousin, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, when it came to box office earnings, with Thor: Love and Thunder pocketing a respectable $760 million. On a journey of self-discovery and inner peace, Thor doesn’t take a trip to Bali, or South-East Asia, but rather into an early retirement. However, these plans are quickly derailed by Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) who is on the hunt to bring extinction to all the gods.
After the staggeringly successful tenures of Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale that took Batman to stratospheric levels, propelling it beyond the rat-ridden realms of Gotham, attention was very much glued to the new directorial/acting partnership of Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson. The film had worldwide takings of $770 million dollars, the fifth highest-grossing film of 2022 so far.
Reeves’ take is one that is heavily stylized, and Pattinson’s portrayal is as moody and eerie as Batman has ever been, along with the charismatic Paul Dano as Riddler, we are treated to a spectacular showdown between the caped crusader of few words and Dano’s deviant presentation of Riddler, as Batman seeks to neutralize another parasite on the metropolis that is Gotham City.
Reprising the role of Dr. Strange, the monumentally talented Benedict Cumberbatch headlined the massive Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Following on from 2016’s Doctor Strange, Stephen Strange and a teenage girl, America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) who appears in his dreams, pair up and traverse the multiverses to nullify threats, which happen to include varying versions of himself from other universes that could kill millions throughout the multiverse. Marvel has developed the biggest cinematic franchise in the world, so it is no surprise that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness grossed an eye-watering $995 million internationally.
Place the name ‘Jurassic’ next to any word, namely ‘Park’ or ‘World,’ and it is a surefire way to guarantee people will flock en masse. Giant in name, and literally giant in nature, the franchise has enjoyed booming success over a 30-year lifespan. Jurassic World Dominion, the third installment of the celebrated Jurassic World films took home a purported $1 billion, the second highest-grossing movie of the year. Though that is probably the furthest this film will reach in any list. Despite its stellar ensemble cast, with the glittering names of Jurassic Park’s Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, and Laura Dern returning alongside the stars of today in Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World Dominion was a critical flop, with an unflattering Rotten Tomatoes score of just 29%.
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The movie follows on from 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and the destruction of Isla Nublar. With dinosaurs now reintegrated into the world, living alongside humans, the film details the struggle between the species for power, as humans battle for their supremacy.
Joseph Kosinski and Tom Cruise teamed up to bring us arguably the definitive blockbuster of the year thus far, Top Gun: Maverick. The long-awaited sequel to the iconic 1986 Top Gun amassed a whopping $1.45 billion dollars placing it just shy of the top 10 highest-grossing movies of all time. It has, however, topped the standings for the highest-grossing film of the year so far, though Cruise, Kosinski, and the film's other creators will be looking over their shoulders at James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water set to be released in December, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever set for release in November.
With Cruise reprising the role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, it was always going to be the case of pushing the movie’s action scenes to the absolute limit, with the stunts all filmed on actual Navy fighter jets. The follow-up movie to the incredible, albeit cheesy original, tells the story of Maverick and his graduation into the position of instructor, training up Top Gun’s latest fighter pilots for a special mission against an unspecified enemy in this 21st-century version of military propaganda.


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