Ups and downs of summer

Despite the good weather and a seventh wave of COVID-19 that no one saw coming, dark rooms have been popular in Quebec this summer. In particular, the abandonment of health measures and the strong comeback of Hollywood productions have enabled cinemas to achieve a comparable number of admissions as before the pandemic. Here are the summer’s tops and flops at the global box office.

Top Gun: Maverick

It is without a doubt the big hit of the summer at the box office. Since its theatrical release at the end of May, the sequel to the 1986 cult film has rewritten the cinema record books. In the USA, Top Gun: Maverick just climbed to the 7th highest-grossing title in North American box office history, just behind titanic. In Quebec, the new top gun was the first film to surpass $10 million at the box office since then The Lion Kingin 2019. Globally, the film starring Tom Cruise has grossed more than $1.4 billion to date and doesn’t seem to be slowing down nearly three months after its release.

Jurassic World: Domination

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Despite very mixed (if not disastrous) reviews, Dinosaurs had once again stormed theater crowds this summer. The third part of the saga is still showing in several major markets jurassic world is expected to soon surpass the billion-dollar global grossing milestone, a feat surpassed by only two films (Top Gun: Maverick and Spider-Man: No Return) have reached since the beginning of the pandemic.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

The second part of the adventures of Doctor Strange hit the screens as soon as it arrived, grossing no less than $450 million at the worldwide box office in its first cinema days – including $185 million in North America. The superhero film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, was also a hit in provincial theaters and recorded the best start of the pandemic at the Quebec box office, grossing $2.1 million in its first three days in cinemas.

Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru

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If Top Gun: Maverick was the most popular movie with young (and old) adults this summer, the new Minion adventure part was the most popular with children and young families. read Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru has grossed nearly $800 million at the global box office to date, making it the fourth most popular film of 2022, ahead of superheroes like Batman and Thor.


45 years after his death, Elvis Presley still continues to fascinate the general public, as does the success of this extravagant biographical drama directed by acclaimed filmmaker Baz Luhrmann (red mill). Even if he had to compete against several big Hollywood productions with a double budget, elvis raised more than $263 million on the pits –
World Office this summer. The King’s film is also doing well in Quebec, with $1.8 million in cinemas in the province to date.

Thor: Love and Thunder

Like his Marvel co-star Doctor Strange, Thor has been making superhero movie fans happy this summer. With its explosive mix of action and comedy Thor: Love and Thunder earned more than $723 million at the worldwide box office (including $5 million in Quebec) in just six weeks.

high speed train

A small train goes a long way… Grossing more than $120 million in just two weeks, this Brad Pitt action comedy got off to a flying start at the worldwide box office. high speed train (fast train) has also been the most popular film in Quebec cinemas for the past two weeks.

well no

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American filmmaker Jordan Peele caused quite a surprise in 2017 with the thriller go out, his first feature film, which was made on a very modest budget (about $4.5 million) and grossed more than $255 million at the worldwide box office. Although it was made with a lot more resources, his third film Well no (boop), probably won’t be as successful. But grossing $116 million for a horror film remains a very respectable result.

Downton Abbey: A New Era

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Released in 2019, the first film derived from the popular British series had achieved huge success at the box office, grossing nearly US$200 million worldwide. Its sequel, which launched in late May, didn’t garner the same buzz, grossing just $92 million at the global box office.

Bob’s Burgers: The Movie

Apart from minions 2 and DC Krypto Super Dog, it’s been a pretty rough summer for animated family films at the box office. The film, which will be released at the beginning of the summer season, is based on the hit animated series Bob’s burger was a hit at the box office.

light year

For most films, a worldwide gross of $225 million would be considered a major hit. But for a Studio Pixar animated film stemming from the lucrative saga toy story, it’s more of a disappointment. Remember that the 4th movie toy story Grossed more than $1 billion at the box office in 2019.

confessionsthe Quebec champion

Despite stiff competition from Hollywood, several Quebec films managed to do well in the province’s theaters during the summer season. This is particularly the case with Suspense. confessions, Quebec’s biggest hit of the summer, which has grossed nearly $1.2 million at the box office to date. The thriller Arsenal & Sons The political comedy also did well, raising $438,000 Arlette continues its strong momentum with grossing $427,000 after just two weeks in theaters. The comedy vanishing lines follows with earnings of $312,000.

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