Cinema: the tops and flops of the summer at the box office

Despite the good weather and a seventh wave of COVID-19 that no one saw coming, dark rooms were popular this summer in Quebec. The abandonment of health measures and the strong comeback of Hollywood productions have notably enabled cinemas to reconnect with attendance levels comparable to those before the pandemic. Here are the tops and flops of the summer at the global box office.

• On the other hand: A new dinosaur film made in Montreal

• On the other hand: “Grease” back in American cinema in honor of Olivia Newton-John

Top Gun: Maverick

It is without a doubt the big success 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 box office record books. In the USA, Top Gun: Maverick has just risen to 7th place among the most lucrative titles in North American box office history, just behind Titanic. In Quebec, the new best gun became the first film to break the $10 million mark at the box office since The Lion Kingin 2019. Globally, the Tom Cruise-starring film has grossed over $1.4 billion to date and doesn’t appear to slow down until three months after its release.

Jurassic World: Domination

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Despite very mixed reviews (even disastrous), the dinosaurs, once again, had the crowds running in the cinemas this summer. Still showing in several major markets, the third part of the saga jurassic world Expected to soon cross the billion-dollar mark worldwide, a feat that only two films (Top Gun: Maverick and Spider-Man: No Return) were accomplished after the onset of the pandemic.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

The second part of the adventures of Doctor Strange hit the screens hard as soon as it arrived, raising no less than $450 million at the worldwide box office – including $185 million in North America – during its first days in theaters. The superhero film starring Benedict Cumberbatch also hit theaters across the province, recording the best start of the pandemic at the Quebec box office with receipts of $ 2.1 million during its first three days in theaters.

Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru

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yes Top Gun: Maverick summer the most popular film with young (and not so young) adults this summer, the new minion adventures summer the most successful film with children and young families. Launching on screens on the first day of July, Les Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru the extra to date has grossed nearly $800 million at the global box office, which places it in 4th place among the most popular films of 2022, ahead of superheroes like Batman and Thor.


Forty-five years after his death, Elvis Presley still exerts a great fascination on the general public, as evidenced by the success of this flamboyant biographical drama directed by the renowned filmmaker Baz Luhrmann (red Mill). Even if he had to compete against several big Hollywood productions with budgets twice his own, Elvis raised more from $263 million at the box-
office around the world this summer. The film on the King is also doing very well in Quebec with receipts starting at $1.8 million shown to date in theaters in the province.

Thor: love and thunder

Departing Marvel’s fellow son Doctor Strange, Thor is also delighting superhero movie fans this summer. With its explosive mix of action and comedy, Thor: love and thunder garnered more than $723 million at the worldwide box office (including $5 million in Quebec) in just six weeks.

High-speed train

Little train goes a long way… With revenues of more than $120 million raised in just two weeks, this action comedy aired starring Brad Pitt to get off to a flying start at the worldwide box office. High-speed train (high-speed train) has also been the most popular film in Quebec theaters for the past two weeks.


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American filmmaker Jordan Peele added quite a surprise in 2017 with the thriller get out, his first feature film shot on a very modest budget (approximately $4.5 million) which sold for more than $255 million at the worldwide box office. Even if it was made with much more means, his third film, Well no (Nope), is unlikely to be as successful. More rebates of $116 million, for a horror film, that’s still 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 great success at the box office, accumulating pre-revenues of $ 200 million worldwide. Its sequel, launched at the end of May, did not generate the same enthusiasm, collecting only $92 million at the worldwide box office.

Bob’s Burgers: The Movie

Apart from Minions 2 and DC Krypto Super-Dog, it’s been a pretty tough summer for animated family movies at the box office. Launch in the show at the beginning of the beautiful season, the film derived from the hit animated series Bob’s Burger downright badass at the box office.

light year

For most movies, a $225 million worldwide box office would be seen as a big hit. More for a Studio Pixar animated film derived from the lucrative saga toy story, it is rather a deception. Remember that the 4th film toy story raised more than $1 billion at box office in 2019.

confessionthe Quebec champion

Despite the strong competition from Hollywood, several Quebec films have dreamed of doing well in theaters across the province during the summer months. This is especially the case with suspense. confession, the biggest Quebec hit of the summer, which to date has earned close to $1.2 million at the box office. The Thriller Arsenault & Sons also did well with a collection of $ 438,000, while the political comedy arlette continues on its fine run with earnings of $427,000 after only two weeks in theaters. the comedy smart lines costume with takings starting at $312,000.

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