Mad Max: Fury Road

2015 has been another bumper year for blockbusters - some have been a sure-fire hit, while some have been a little bit of a miss.

Having said that, there has been plenty to choose from as comic-book movies, science fiction films, and action blockbusters all jostled for box office dominance this summer.

We take a look at some of the standout blockbuster films of 2015 - do you have a favourite?

- Ant-Man

Ant-Man was the second of two Marvel films to hit the big screen this year and brought Phase 2 of Marvel movies to a close in fine style.

Ant-Man was the latest franchise launch since the huge success of Avengers back in 2012 and saw Paul Rudd take on the title role of Scott Lang aka Ant-Man for the very first time.

Ant-Man may have been a movie that had to switch directors due to creative differences and was released in the shadow of Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it is a terrific movie that really is a lot of fun.

Peyton Reed took over the director's chair from Edgar Wright in what was to be the first Marvel film of his career. An impressive cast was also lined up as Rudd was joined by Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Michael Pena and a terrific cameo from Anthony Mackie as Falcon.

Ant-Man is action packed and is as funny and character driven as all of the other Marvel films that have gone before it. While Ant-Man may not be the most well-known character in the Marvel Universe, this is a great introduction to this character and sees Rudd give a very charming central performance - it is great to see him move away from comedy to blockbusters. This really is the biggest film of his career to date.

While Ant-Man did have as big an opening weekend as some of the other Marvel films, it has so far grossed over $518 million at the global box office and the sequel - Ant-Man and the Wasp - is already in the pipeline. Rudd and Lilly are set to return as the title characters and Reed will also be back in the director's chair.


- Mad Max: Fury Road

It was back in 1979 when we were introduced to the Mad Max franchise for the first time and it was 1985 when the last film in the series hit the big screen. But all that changed this year when Mad Max: Fury Road was released back in May with George Miller in the director's chair.

Miller had been behind the first three Mad Max movies and this was his first feature film since Happy Feet 2 back in 2011. The movie also saw Tom Hardy take over the central role for the first time.

Hardy is a big favourite here at FemaleFirst and Mad Max: Fury Road has been another big movie hit for the popular actor as he teamed up with Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult for the first time.

The Mad Max franchise well and truly roared back to life with Fury Road and was one of the most action-packed and exhilarating movies of the year. It truly is an assault on the eyes and the ears and was one of the standout blockbusters of 2015 - seriously, nothing else like it has hit the big screen in the last twelve months.

Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the summer and went on to gross over $375 million at the global box office. A sequel is already in the pipeline and will see Miller and Hardy return. However, it looks like Theron will not be back as Imperator Furiosa.

Mad Max: Fury Road

- Jurassic World

When it came to blockbuster films, Jurassic World was one of the most anticipated and talked about this year. It was back in 2001 when the last Jurassic Park film hit the big screen - in the form of Jurassic Park III - and this new film took us back to Isla Nublar.

Set twenty years after the events of Jurassic Park, John Hammond's dream of a dinosaur theme park has been realised and is now up and running on the island where it all started.

Colin Trevorrow was in the director's chair this time around while Steven Spielberg was on board as executive producer. Chris Pratt is one of the most in-demand actors around and Jurassic World provided him with another major blockbuster role. He took on the central role of Owen and came a year after his star rocketed with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy.

A great cast was assembled around Pratt as Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B.D. Wong, and Irrfan Khan were all also on board.

While Jurassic World didn't quite live up to the original for me, it was still a great summer movie that was as action packed as it was visually stunning. It is an incredibly entertaining film and really is the birth of a new chapter in this popular franchise.

Jurassic World was the second film of the year to gross over $1 billion at the box office - and it had grossed $1.669 billion by the end of its theatrical run. It is currently the highest grossing film of 2015.

Jurassic World

- Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

It was back in 1996 when Tom Cruise took on the role of Ethan Hunt for the very first time in Mission: Impossible... nearly twenty years on, he was back for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.

Rogue Nation was the fifth film in the popular action franchise and the first since the success of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol back in 2011. Christopher McQuarrie took over the director's chair for the franchise for the first time as he reunited with Cruise; the pair had previously work together on Jack Reacher in 2012.

Cruise was not the only familiar face on the cast list as Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Ving Rhames all reprised their roles as William Brandt, Benji Dunn, and Luther Stickell. But there were some new faces to watch out for as Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, and Sean Harris all joined the franchise for the first time.

Cruise is known for performing his own stunts and Mission: Impossible has featured some unforgettable moments over the years... Rogue Nation continued that fine trend as the stunts are, once again, top notch. Who can forget Cruise hanging off the side of an airplane?

Rogue Nation showed that Mission: Impossible is a franchise that still had legs and remains a lot of fun. Cruise also showed that he is still one of cinema's biggest and most daring action film stars.

The movie grossed over $682 million at the global box office and is the second highest grossing film in the franchise - second only to Ghost Protocol. A sixth film is in the pipeline and McQuarrie is set to return to the director's chair.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

- Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Ever since it was announced that a seventh Star Wars film was in the pipeline it has been one of the most talked about films... December 2015 saw the wait finally come to an end.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith was the last Star Wars film to hit the big screen in 2005 and it is has been a long ten-year wait for fans. the Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams take over the helm of the franchise for the first time and is set thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi.

While franchise favourites Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Peter Mayhew are back as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Leia, and Chewbacca, there are plenty of new and exciting faces on the cast list.

Daisy Ridley and John Boyega take on the central roles of Rey and Finn and are joined by Adam Drive, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Other blockbusters movies that have hit the big screen this year, include Avengers: Age of Ultron, Fast & Furious 7, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 and Terminator Genisys.

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