“Smile” and 9 more surprise hits of 2022, according to Box Office Mojo

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever may be dominating theaters now, having smashed the box office record in November, but it wasn’t just big blockbuster films that made an impact at the box office this year. In fact, 2022 was a great year for low-budget films.

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movies like to smile and The black phone surprised audiences and box office professionals around the world by massively exceeding expectations. This is great news for cinema overall as it should prompt studios to fund more original films knowing they can have a box office impact.


‘To smile’

Caitlin Stasey smiles eerily for the camera in

The horror genre is often a relatively safe bet for film studios. Movies made for low budgets often turn a profit given the genre’s incredible popularity, but rarely does a horror film do so well to smile. The chilling flick, which was filmed for just seventeen million dollars, has grossed over $200 million at the worldwide box office.

Written and directed by Finn Parker, to smile was a hit with audiences and critics alike. People seemed to respond to the film’s fast pace and down-to-earth characters in particular, although some found the ending a little disappointing. Outstanding but will not be disappointed. But on the contrary.

‘The Lost City’

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Rom-coms haven’t done particularly well at the box office in recent years, with most cinemas skipping them entirely and going straight to streaming sites. The Lost City, but hit theaters earlier this year as a reminder to audiences how much fun the genre can be when done right. The star-studded film made just under $200 million on a budget of just $68 million, making the film a resounding success.

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Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum are perfectly cast as opposites that attract in a life-or-death situation. Daniel Radcliffe is also superbly cast against guy as the film’s villain, ensuring there’s enough comedy to offset the romance. We hope the city’s success signals the return of rom-com. We really missed her.

“The Black Telephone”

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The combination of director Scott Derrickson and author Joe HillSon of the Horror Icon StephenKingguaranteed The black phone would be one of the scariest movies of the year. With terrific performances and a truly frightening script, the film grossed nearly $160 million at the worldwide box office on a budget of just $18 million.

flower house is known for making terrifying horror films that stand out from the crowd, so it’s not exactly a huge surprise that the film comes with a spooky Ethan Hawke achievement, made a profit. What is surprising, however, is that the film was able to gross almost ten times its budget. Another win for Blumhouse.

“Top Gun: Maverick”

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The surprise here isn’t that the criticism is celebrated Top Gun: Maverick money made; The surprise is how much money the long-awaited sequel brought in. Despite a career of great films, Tom cruise had never broken the billion dollar mark before. But all that changed with me lonerwhich made just under $1.5 billion on a healthy budget of $170 million.

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Paramount had an incredible year at the box office, however Top Gun: Maverick is undoubtedly the jewel in her crown. The death-defying stunts, epic nostalgia, and excellent performances helped make the film easily the highest-grossing film of the year. Welcome to the billionaire film club, Mr. Cruise.


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That a film is as visually appealing as barbarian could be made for as little as $4.5 million is a testament to the writer/director Zach Cregger. The twist-filled, fast-paced horror film has grossed almost ten times its budget at the worldwide box office and has received rave reviews from almost everyone who has seen it.

A lot of barbarians The success is the result of a clever marketing campaign that kept most of the plot and the revelation of a well-known actor completely hidden. This ensured viewers walked into the film without knowing what to expect and were therefore shocked by the brutal horrors that lie beneath the Airbnb.

‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

The first Sonic the Hedgehog The film was a bit of an anomaly in that it opened just before the pandemic closed theaters, meaning the true potential of the franchise was unknown. The second film grew in every way imaginable, introducing beloved new characters and adding huge set pieces, and audiences responded with sheer glee.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which grossed an estimated $110 million, grossed just over $400 million at the worldwide box office, marking another smash hit for Paramount. Expect plenty more Sonic action in the years to come as well, as a third installment is planned alongside a Knuckles-themed TV series (Idris Elba).


Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley might be the king of rock and roll, but that wasn’t a guarantee he’d dominate the box office. However, paired with a number of incredibly strong performances Baz Luhrmanns distinctive directing style guaranteed elvis was a complete success. The $85 million film grossed $286 million at the worldwide box office, proving that Elvis’ popularity is still as strong as ever.

Austin Butlers The title character’s sensational performance has garnered plenty of Oscar buzz, and we expect the film to be a major player when awards season kicks off in a few weeks.


Jenna Ortega in Scream (2022)

Make another installment in the Scream franchise without Wes Craventhe man responsible for making the franchise the cultural phenomenon it is has been a mammoth task, however Matt Bettinelli-Oplin and Tyler Gillett managed to continue the series with class and blood galore. Audiences flocked to theaters to see the slasher film, which grossed just under $150 million on a budget of just $24 million.

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The legacy sequel brought back the series’ most iconic characters and embedded them with a cast of younger characters to move the franchise forward, appealing to both die-hard fans of the franchise and newcomers alike. Now we just have to see if they can recapture the magic scream 6.

“Ticket to Paradise”

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Few actors share such an amusing natural chemistry as real friends George Clooney and Julia Robertswhich probably explains why her latest film Entrance ticket to paradise, made such an impression on the audience. The hilarious, aesthetically pleasing rom-com has more than doubled its $60 million budget to gross over $150 million at the global box office, proving that certain movie stars still have enough clout to garner massive audiences to attract.

Clooney and Roberts bounce off each other with ease in a film that provides both of them with plenty of moments to shine, whether it’s pulling out a few old-school moves or sharing a heart-to-heart conversation with their only daughter. The rom-com is back. Long live the rom-com.

“Everything everywhere at once”

Evelyn Wang in Everything, Everywhere at Once.

Everything everywhere at once is probably the biggest surprise story of the year. The A24 Multiverse-Bending Indie is the definition of a sleeper hit. After opening on the heels Spider-Man: No Way HomeThe touching film went from strength to strength at the box office, eventually becoming the first A24 film to gross over $100 million at the global box office.

Although most films rely on their opening weekends to amass the bulk of their box office, Everything everywhere at once benefited from an incredibly strong word of mouth that resulted in box office earnings improving almost week after week. The film is one of the most original films of the last decade and really underscores how refreshing it is to experience something completely unique in a cinema. It’s absolutely no surprise that this gem of a movie is considered one of the best movies of 2022 so far.

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