Can You Guess The Top-Grossing Movies Of 2016? (We Couldn't)

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Predicting which movies are going to do gangbusters at the box office any given year is tricky business. Just because something looks good doesn't mean it won't tank. Conversely, just because something looks terrible doesn't mean that it won't be packed on opening night and beyond, in a way that makes you scratch your head and seriously wonder whether you have bad taste or if everyone else is just crazy.

So what are the factors that help shoot a movie to the top box-office tier? Beats me.

Okay, okay, that's a cop out. The truth is that it's a combination of things, not all of them measurable by marketing metrics. But since hindsight is 20/20, even if we can't perfectly predict which movie's ticket sales will soar, we can tell you which ones did in retrospect. So if you're curious to know which movies pulled in the most dough in 2016 (which is not, by the way, the same as saying that they're the ones you should spend money to see), click on. We've got you covered.

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