Top Movies for 2014 – Shows What America Wants

Guardians_Of_The_Galaxy_TRC0060_comp_v.JPGOnce again, family movies have proven to be the top draw at the box office. Below is the list of top grossing movies in the U.S., from 2014, according to

1. Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) $333.0 million
2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (PG-13) $323.9 million
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13) $259.8 million
4. The LEGO Movie (PG) $257.8 million
5. Transformers: Age of Extinction (PG-13) $245.4 million
6. Maleficent (PG) $241.4 million
7. X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13) $233.9 million
8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) $208.6 million
9. Big Hero 6 (PG) $204.6 million
10. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PG-13) $202.9 million

Notice, there isn’t a single R-rated movie in the top 10. The highest was 22 Jump Street at #13. I’m not against R-rated movies as a whole. But, I am bothered by the disturbing trend of R-rated movies that push the boundaries of the rating with extreme violence and X-rated sex. I’ve noticed, over the past year, that those kind of movies were more numerous than ever before. There were so many, in fact, that it would seem to be a trend that was driven by box office success. A glance at this list, and even the top 30, shows that’s definitely not the case. What’s my point? The values of a significant part of the Hollywood system are not the same as the values of most of America. They are not, as they would claim, giving us what we want. Rather, it’s more of a case of them giving us the kind of sexual and violence pornography that they enjoy. Here is a partial list of these Almost X-rated movies that came out in 2014: The Interview, 300: Rise of an Empire, Gone Girl, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Neighbors, The Purge: Anarchy, Sex Tape, Sabotage, That Awkward Moment, Tammy, Wild, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, … and the list goes on and on.

One thought on “Top Movies for 2014 – Shows What America Wants

  1. In defense of those screen writers, there can be an echo chamber effect in any closed system such as Hollywood. “Everyone knows” that the public wants more violence and sex, so writers, editors, directors and producers all feel a push to “sex it up” or “blow it up.” It takes clout and strength of will for creators at any level to resist such pressure.

    I’m reminded here of the Indiana Jones movies. The first was so successful, but the film makers misunderstood what people liked about Raiders of the Lost Arc and gave us Temple of Doom, replete with human sacrifice, misogynistic comedy, and people walking barefoot on bugs. Yuck, yuck, and yuck again!

    Even though “everyone knows” something, it is still possible to badly mis-read an audience.

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