Creating a film is a massive investment, a gamble taken on the dream that this product will exceed beyond expectations. Often then when the trailers are released, and the critics start preying on your goals, tearing it apart bit by bit, the odds against any takings for your wager gets worsened by the minute. Yet, many movies in silver screen history managed to outlive the worst predictions and exceeded beyond any expectation.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

This 2003 release was the first from Disney with a PG-13 rating. This is already creating some concern for a Disney release and their much younger crowd. Initially expected to fail, Pirates managed to spawn into a successful range in its own right. Being very entertaining as the viewer is immersed in the wildlife of the beloved Jack Sparrow. Not only was the movie a significant success, but also the beginning of many more adventures for Sparrow and an Academy Awards nomination for Johnny Depp and his brilliance in portraying his role.

Mean Girls

2004 was yet another year with teen movie releases with all the same storylines. The weird girl turns into a famous prima donna, just before the hottest hunk on the sporting team madly falls in love with the newest queen in school. Judging on the poster released in advance of opening night, that was what Mean Girls appeared to deliver. Yet, the script was surprisingly witty and intelligent, and the dialogue lends itself to various famous quotes. This became a movie being watched over and over again. It was exceeding all reasonable expectations at the box office.

The Lego Movie

2014 saw what many considered to be a joke when they first heard about the movie being under construction. Initially, it seemed like Lego is trying to reach out to a bigger audience of very young children in a serious effort to expand its market share and interest in their brand. Soon it was discovered that the dialogue was not only intelligent but also very witty, that the storyline was involved with various twists and suspense and that the animation was purely brilliant. The idea of the Lego movie might have been the laughing stock to many, but upon release, it was clear that the only ones laughing at the end of the day were Lego, the name behind a movie adorned by the masses and claiming a 97% score from the die-hard critics.

Casino Royale

2006 was the date of yet another Bond movie. The cloud of disappointment embracing its predecessors didn’t leave much to hope for when another Bond movie was due to release. Critics even swooned over the fact that this time around the handsome hunk and to many the only highlight, now turned out to be a blonde. Nothing new was expected, but Daniel Craig and a series of immaculate action scenes took Bond to the next level and gained the interest of a new generation Bond fans.