Best of 2016 Films, Egypt and the US by Sherif M. Awad

Best Films of 2016 – Egypt and the US

Top Worldwide Box Office

1. Captain America: Civil War ($1,153 million)

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson

When the US government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, division in The Avengers results. While Iron Man stands with this Act, Captain America feels that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. The story will continue in The Avengers: Infinity War due in 2018 and 2019.

2. Finding Dory ($1,025 million)

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill

A sequel to Disney’s Finding Nemo where Dory, a blue tang fish with memory loss, embarks on an epic adventure to find her parents with the help of her friends Nemo and Marlin.

3. Zootopia ($1,023 million)

Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

In the city of Zootopia, Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force and teams up with a wily fox named Nick Wilde to enforce the law.

4. The Jungle Book ($966 million)

Director: Jon Favreau

Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley

A man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery with the help of a panther named Bagheera and a free-spirited bear named Baloo after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle.

5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873 million)

Director: Zack Snyder

Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while Lex Luthor has a plan to get rid of both. This film also features the first appearance of Wonder Woman before her solo film in 2017.

Top Egyptian Films in Egyptian Box Office

1. Laf We Dawaran (Back and Forth, 39.138 EGPs)

Director: Khaled Marei

Stars: Ahmed Helmy, Donia Samir Ghanem

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1. Laf We Dawaran

Noor, a touristic guide, meets Leila, a young woman staying in the same villa in Sharm el-Sheikh. This film marks the fifth collaboration between Marei and Helmy and was shot in just two weeks.

2. Gahem Fel Hend (Hell in India, 32,873 EGPs)

Director: Moataz El-Tony

Stars: Mohamed Adel Imam, Yasmine Sabry

Egyptian special agents, mistaken for professionals, are sent to rescue the Egyptian ambassador to India. This film follows in the footsteps of Adel Imam’s 1990 film “Geziret El-Shaytan” (Hell’s Island).

3. Hepta (26,813 EGPs)

Director: Hady El-Bagory

Stars: Amr Youssef, Yasmine Rayes

The surprise hit of the year, “Hepta” tells four interwoven stories as Dr. Mokhtar presents a final lecture on falling in love.

4. Men Talateen Sana (30 Years Ago, 22,713 EGPs)

Director: Amr Arafa

Stars: Ahmed El-Sakka, Mona Zaky

Omar returns home to divide his cursed fortune among his family members, leading to unexpected revelations.

5. Ocean’s 14 (16,993 EGPs)

Director: Shady El-Ramly

Stars: Amr Mostafa Metwaly, Mohamed Anwar

In this Egyptian sequel to the “Ocean’s Eleven” films, a group of bumbling burglars plans to steal the jewelry of Emirati singer Ahlam.

Top US Films in Egyptian Box Office

1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (13,320 EGPs)

Director: Zack Snyder

Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

The Egyptian audience favored “Batman v Superman” over “Captain America: Civil War.”

2. Suicide Squad (12,689 EGPs)

Director: David Ayer

Stars: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie

A secret government agency recruits dangerous incarcerated super-villains to save the world from the apocalypse. Behind-the-scenes stories and deleted scenes of the Joker generated significant hype.

3. The Conjuring 2 (10,806 EGPs)

Director: James Wan

Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe

Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a malicious spirit.

4. The Legend of Tarzan (9,075 EGPs)

Director: David Yates

Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Rory J. Saper, Christian Stevens

Tarzan, now acclimated to life in London, returns to his former home in the jungle to investigate activities at a mining encampment.

5. Captain America: Civil War (8,201 EGPs)

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson

In Egyptian theaters, many audience members leave before the post-credits scenes, which provide a cliffhanger for the next Marvel film, unless the projectionist shuts down the film.

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