Into the Storm, a disaster flick about a town that is ravaged by a series of devastating tornadoes, blows into theaters on August 8. Per the synopsis provided by the film’s website, “Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, ‘Into the Storm’ throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.”
Into the Storm is the second feature film directed by Steven Quale, who previously helmed the horror movie Final Destination 5. While Quale has a short résumé when it comes to director credits, he was a second unit director for two James Cameron-directed films, including Titanic, the king of all disaster movies. Quale also co-directed the undersea documentary Aliens of the Deep with Cameron and delved once again into the natural disaster genre with the 2002 made-for-TV movie Superfire.
Disaster movies that feature storms have ranged from the unbelievably ridiculous — like last year’s made-for-TV cult hit Sharknado — to the tragically true, like 1996’s White Squall. Whether the story of a film is stupid or serious, one of the most important measures of any movie’s success is its ability to rake in the dough. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five commercially successful titles that also feature big storms.
The movies are ranked according to total domestic gross, since that is the typical measure of a film’s box office success. However, in the interest of full disclosure, each film’s total worldwide lifetime gross is also provided.