The films in the inaugural AP Top 25 Movies ranking yield a host of numbers, facts, figures and trivia if examined perhaps a little too closely.
Here’s a look at the money, the minutes, the men and women, the minutiae and the many, many animals involved in the best movies of 2022.
LARGEST WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE FOR 2022: $1.5 billion
“Top Gun: Maverick” (No. 7), was the box office champ by the end of 2022, per studio figures compiled by Comscore. “Avatar: The Way of Water” (tied for No. 16) was a close second despite a December release (it surpassed “Top Gun” a few weeks into 2023).
Spotted in the “Knives Out” sequel: Angela Lansbury, Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Grant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Serena Williams, Ethan Hawke, Jake Tapper, Natasha Lyonne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt(‘s voice) and Yo-Yo Ma. Two — Lansbury and Sondheim — have since died.
ROLES FOR DONKEYS: 3
Three films on the list had significant — and tragic — roles for the furry pack animals. The name of the title donkey in “EO” is derived from the Polish take on the sound donkeys make. “The Banshees of Inisherin” features a miniature donkey named Jenny (played by a miniature donkey named Jenny, shouted out in two Golden Globes speeches). The nameless, wounded donkey in “Triangle of Sadness” (No. 21) is a mysterious howl in the night before making a brief but unforgettable appearance.
“The Woman King,” “Women Talking” (No. 9, directed by Sarah Polley ), “Aftersun,” “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” (Laura Poitras), “She Said” (Maria Schrader), “Till” and “Turning Red.”
“Top Gun: Maverick” came 36 years after the original, and the story picks up after nearly that much time has passed. While an “Avatar” sequel took 13 years, it is conveniently set 15 years later. “Glass Onion” was released in a more typical three years after the original “Knives Out.”
BASED ON A TRUE STORY: 9
Take that framing with a pinch of salt, as they vary wildly in how much truth they include. The main characters of “She Said,” “Till” and “Elvis” (No. 14) are real people. So are the two friends-turned-enemies-turned-friends at the center of “RRR,” but the events of the movie are almost pure speculation.
It’s not called “The Spielbergs,” but “The Fabelmans” is a barely veiled autobiography of its director. “Babylon,” “Woman King” and “Women Talking” stem from true events but nearly all characters — and many events — are invented. “All The Beauty and the Bloodshed,” meanwhile, is a documentary.
ANIMATED FILMS: 3
“Pinocchio” and “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” use stop-motion animation, while “Turning Red” is computer animation.
FILMS FEATURING EXCESSIVE VOMITING IN OPULENT CIRCUMSTANCES: 2
This sequel was slotted at No. 25 by two voters, putting it above the work of Oscar-nominated filmmakers David O. Russell and Noah Baumbach. Their respective “Amsterdam” and “White Noise” received just one point apiece.