Best of 2016: Biggest Movies at the Box Office

Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory
Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory

Biggest Movies at Box Office – From Deadpool to Finding Dory

Animals and action. That’s the formula for box office success from 2016 with the top movies featuring critters who swim, crawl and slither and comic book characters who can’t stop fighting. Here are the top films from 2016 at the domestic box office, along with behind-the-screen interviews and special features from Made in Hollywood.

5. Deadpool – $363 million

Could an R-rated comic book movie succeed? “Deadpool” proved it could and a whole lot more, taking the traditional elements from the Marvel cinematic universe — heroes, villains, superpowers, special effects set pieces — and adding racy language, steamy sex, astute satire, sharp-edged irony, nifty acting by Ryan Reynolds, and laugh-out-loud comedy to create a unique blockbuster.

4. The Jungle Book – $364 million

Shot in a blue-screen studio in downtown LA, this CGI extravaganza brings the animated class to life, the tale of the boy raised in the jungle infused with lush landscapes and creatures so authentic — and sometimes so scary — you can practically feel their fur. Big names like Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray and Lupita Nyong’o provide the voices, but the star of “The Jungle Book” is really director Jon Favrea who pulled off this amazing blend of art and science.

3. The Secret Life of Pets – $368 million

So that’s what they do all day when we’re not around. This animated romp stars a spoiled terrier voiced by Louis C.K. and a bad-attitude bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart) on a mission against the humans who’ve done them wrong. After watching “The Secret Life of Pets” you’ll never forget to refill that food bowl again.

2. Captain America: Civil War – $408 million

It had to happen sooner or later. The Avengers break down into warring factions pitting Chris Evans’ Captain America against Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man — with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson” and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) caught in the middle. If you didn’t see the Big Fight to the Finish coming in this second Marvel movie in the Top 5, well, you must be losing your own super powers.

1. Finding Dory – $486 million

They say sequels are never as good as the original. Well, they haven’t seen “Finding Dory.” The long-awaited followup to the 2003 smash “Finding Nemo” has the world’s favorite forgetful blue tang fish Dory (voiced again by Ellen DeGeneres) embarking on a journey with her friends Nemo and Marlin to find her parents.