Top 10 movies of 2015 in Malaysia
Writer: Casey Lee
Did you watch any of these top 10 movies?
With 2015 coming to an end, it's that time of the year to make a countdown of our favorite movies that made 2015 memorable. This list is taken from our poll results where we asked for your most favorite movie of 2015 and the results are in!
So here are the top 10 movies according to you, and no "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and other titles are not in this list yet! Stay tuned for more updates after the movies/or final box office collections are released!
Stranded at our 10th spot is Ridley Scott's adaptation of "The Martian". Often praised as the return to form for the director after taking a painful beating for "Prometheus", "The Martian" has shown that the director still has a few more in the tank when it comes to making movies set in space and desolate planets, even if it's just the environment that is out there to kill you. It has set the bar for his upcoming installment to his "Aliens" franchise. Graced by a stellar cast, but carried wonderfully by a cheeky and intellectual Matt Damon who can science himself out of anything, "The Martian" may not reach the heights of "Interstellar" or "Gravity", but it will very well to be the space story of 2015, while making RM8.1 million from the Malaysian box office.
Anticipation was surely high for the 24th Bond film after "Skyfall" and with director Sam Mendes back at the helm, it was surely looking to do better than being on the 9th spot of our list. Perhaps it was the lackluster reveal of the Spectre organisation or Christoph Waltz' poor menace as Blofeld, or the almost non-presence of Lea Seydoux's Bond girl, but "Spectre" did bring out a more cunning Bond who had to mostly improvise without the proper backup from MI6. Whether we will see Daniel Craig again the next Bond film is still unknown to this date, but he won't soon be forgotten for stealing RM22.5 million from our box office.
2015 has been blessed with not one, but two Pixar films. While "The Good Dinosaur" is still roaming freely in our cinemas, "Inside Out" has already left a strong impression that this year was another good year for Pixar. Able to get into the inner minds of children, but still speak deeply to an adult audience, "Inside Out" is by far one of the most emotional pieces put out by Pixar. So it is a little sad to see it on our 8th spot. Never reaching the top of our charts since it opened, "Inside Out" will remain as a core memory for making RM8.1 million in Malaysia.
It's an achievement for a Malaysian movie to even be on this list and it became an amazement for "Polis Evo" to make it to our 7th most favorite movie of the year. Technically efficient and cast with strong bankable leads, "Polis Evo" is proof that the missing ingredient in making an overall entertaining experience for our movies is the writing, even if it takes a writing crew to get it right. Director Ghaz Abu Bakar deserves all the praise and the RM17.3 million plus (although we estimate it is around RM19 million now) box office credit that made "Polis Evo" the highest grossing Malaysian movie to date, beating out "The Journey" that only held the record for just less than a year, and for that we are hoping to see brighter days for the Malaysian genre films (or perhaps a sequel?).
Just slightly edging over "Polis Evo" to finish at our 6th spot is the second installment of the "Maze Runner" series, "The Scorch Trials". While the first "Maze Runner" didn't launch with a good start, it most definitely step up this time around, as the conspiracy and the larger world is revealed. This series is looking to become stronger, now that "The Hunger Games" has ended, and the "Insurgent" series is reaching its last legs, and unless director Wes Ball keeps up with the momentum for "The Death Cure". The interest in this series is slowly gaining, running away with a box office take of RM23 million in Malaysia.
Locking in on our 5th spot is a tie, and it goes to "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation". Despite being the winding down of Phase 2 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this last assembly of the original Avengers did have its critics that showed the seams of the universe that Marvel Studios is trying to build, and tearing out director Joss Whedon from ever doing another Marvel movie. Still, it managed to rule the Malaysian charts for 3 consecutive weeks that brought in an amazing RM53.7 million.
Meanwhile, "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" proved itself to be the winner in this year of spies, outmatching even the grandfather of them all in his own game. From the more shadowy Syndicate, a familiar cast given more attention, and even a memorable female character than a Bond girl, "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" completes its mission with RM25.1 million from the Malaysian box office.
The biggest attraction of the year came out to be the highest grossing movie of the year so far (until "Star Wars: The Force Awakens") but it had only captured the 4th place on our list. Director Colin Trevorrow may have delivered the best movie of the franchise since the original with new iconic moments (from that magnificent pose to running heels), but where can the series go from here would be the bigger question (just don't bring back talking dinosaurs. Ever. Again). Having one of the biggest releases in the Malaysian box office, the park eventually closed with RM49 million in the bank, becoming almost one of the biggest movies to open in our cinemas.
Bet that "Avengers: Age of Ultron" would be the only Marvel superhero to be on this list? But even to our surprise, it turns out you like the little heroes more than the big boys of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Or maybe you are just a little tired of the heroes from Phase 1, and it's now time to see a new batch of Marvel superheroes take the spotlight.
The tiniest superhero from the franchise takes our 3rd spot, despite making only a tiny amount of RM28.5 million at our box office, but we think Paul Rudd's Scott Lang gives "Ant-Man" a big heart from the humor to his redeeming qualities as a thief, with enough set pieces to remind us a little of "Iron Man" in a much smaller scale.
With barely a compelling plot to attract that mainly revolves around cars driving across a desert, "Mad Max: Fury Road" would have felt like it came out of nowhere and burst into the scene. Out of the numerous franchises being revived after decades (looking at you "Terminator: Genisys"), director George Miller is the only one who is able to inject new life into his own and the results are nothing short of spectacular. From the wicked cars to flaming guitars, we witnessed and ate up that delicious cinematic madness so did you to put it on our 2nd spot for movie of the year. Unfortunately, the success of "Mad Max: Fury Road" was so unexpected that we weren't able to find any figures of how much it made in the Malaysian box office, but consider yourself lucky to have seen what literally could be the best movie of the year.
So what could be a bigger movie than "Mad Max: Fury Road"? Well, according to you, we may love loud cars and spectacular stunts, but we are a loyal fanbase when it comes to our favorite franchises. So when it is time to say goodbye to one of its most cherished character and actor, no one was shy about shedding a few tears. Punching out a tremendous RM66.9 million from the Malaysian box office alone, it is the biggest opening our cinemas has ever seen and for that it rightfully deserves to be your most favorite movie of the year for 2015!
Cinema Online, 12 December 2015
Box office collection figures derived from Box Office Mojo.