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The 50 most successful movies of 2015


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Hundreds of movies come out every year, but only a fraction become hits. Business Insider decided to rank the most successful movies of 2015 based on global box-office performance, critic reviews, and fan ratings.

We started with a group of the 150 highest-grossing films of the past year through the weekend ending Dec. 20 — culled from Box Office Mojo — and then subtracted their production budget to arrive at a box-office profit figure. We also compiled critic ratings from review aggregator Metacritic (scale: 0 to 100) and fan ratings from IMDb (scale: 0 to 10). We combined these three metrics by taking their geometric mean and ranking the movies based on that composite score. We included some films on our list that technically opened in 2014, as their wide-release box office run took place primarily in 2015.

Our top 50 grossed a combined $19 billion worldwide at the box office. Many were reboots or extensions of a franchise, including Vin Diesel's action blockbuster "Furious 7," which claimed the top spot thanks to strong reviews from fans and critics as well as an expectations-shattering $1.3 billion box-office profit worldwide.

With only one weekend under its belt, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" vaulted to No. 9 after a record-breaking $529 million opening weekend; it will likely ascend higher in the final days of 2015.

Read on to see the 50 most successful films of 2015:

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50. "Woman in Gold"

Global box office sales: $61.6M

Production budget: $11M

Box office profit: $50.6M

Critic rating: 51

Fan rating:7.3

In "Woman in Gold," Helen Mirren plays a World War II survivor trying to reclaim her family's possessions that were stolen by the Nazis — including a valuable painting — with Ryan Reynolds serving as her lawyer. Critics were lukewarm about the treatment of this true-to-life tale, but audiences were more forgiving.

49. "Black Mass"

Global box office sales: $94.6M

Production budget: $53M

Box office profit: $41.6M

Critic rating:68

Fan rating:7.2

Detailing the rise of notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, "Black Mass" earned approval as one of the best gangster movies in years. And after a string of curious, underwhelming film decisions, Johnny Depp is once again in prime form in the lead role as the kingpin.

48. "Still Alice"

Global box office sales: $43.9M

Production budget: $5M

Box office profit: $38.9M

Critic rating: 72

Fan rating:7.5

Still among the best actors in the business, Julianne Moore proves it once again in "Still Alice," in which she plays a Columbia University linguistics professor stricken by early-onset Alzheimer's. Released in time for the 2015 award season, Moore won an Academy Award — she had been nominated three times previously — and a Golden Globe for best actress, likely helping the film secure a nice profit at the box office during its wide release this year.

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Take a look inside Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s $3.5 million home that just went up for sale


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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has put his Seattle-area home up for sale for roughly $3.5 million, according to the LA Times.

The house, listed on Redfin, has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, including more than 4,000 square feet of open space.

"Clean lines and sleek steel anchor the free-flowing layout," Redfin writes to describe the house.

Let's take a look inside the place Nadella lived for the last 15 years:

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Nadella bought this house for roughly $1.38 million back in August 2000.

The house was built in 1963, but has been renovated to a more modern style.

It has floor-to-ceiling windows across the property, giving you beautiful views.

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Stars like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are flocking to this resort in the middle of the Utah desert


The Amangiri Resort is located near a canyon in the middle of the Utah desert. It's pretty isolated, which is why it's a Hollywood hot spot. Stars like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Gordon Ramsay have all vacationed there.

The resort plans to add houses to the complex as well. According to The Hollywood Reporter, you can buy one for $7.5 million — and it'll come with a BMW and 100 hours of private jet time.

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The model who quit Instagram explains the lies behind her most popular photo


Australian Instagram model Essena O'Neill, 19, went viral after calling social media "fake" and saying it made her "miserable."

"I spent hours watching perfect girls online, wishing I was them," she explained in a YouTube video. "Then, when I was 'one of them,' I still wasn't happy, content, or at peace with myself. Social media is not real life."

O'Neill tried proving her point by breaking down one of the most popular photos she had posted on Instagram: a photo of herself at the beach.

While it may have looked like a simple snap captured by a friend, O'Neill explained that "there were probably 100 pictures, and this one was my favorite," adding that she edited it to make herself look "effortless."

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Go inside the infamous Playboy Mansion, which just hit the market for $200 million


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If you've ever dreamed of spending a night at the Playboy Mansion, your chance is finally here.

The infamous Holmby Hills estate was just listed by Hilton & Hyland and The Agency for a whopping $200 million. What you'll get: a 5-acre property, a nearly 20,000-square-foot mansion, and the knowledge that you're the envy of every man you meet.

You'll also get Hugh Hefner, the legendary Playboy owner who has lived in the mansion for the last 40 years and has no plans to leave. The estate is currently owned by Playboy Enterprises, which leases it back to the 89-year-old Hefner, and the new owners are required to allow him to continue living on site indeterminately.

Let's take a look at the place:

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The 20,000-square-foot house is on the edge of the Los Angeles Country Club in the Holmby Hills neighborhood, right between Beverly Hills and Westwood.

The 5-acre property includes the main mansion and a four-bedroom guesthouse.

For decades, invitations to Playboy Mansion parties have been highly coveted, and stories of the wild nights here are part of Hollywood legend.

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Bevel, a popular razor startup for people of color, just launched a super precise trimmer that's backed by Nas


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Just over two years ago, an early Foursquare employee named Tristan Walker launched his own startup, called Walker & Company.

Walker & Company is the parent company of Bevel, which sells razors and shaving cream targeted to people with coarser hair and people of color.

Bevel's first product sought to improve the shaving experience for both women and men of color.

Now, Walker has announced his company's second product: the Bevel Trimmer, “the most advanced device for trimming and shaping coarse or curly hair," according to the company.

The Bevel Trimmer is sleek, ergonomic, and most importantly, it allows you to shave with more precision than ever. It works plugged in or unplugged and lets users have four hours of battery life. It's now available for pre-order, will be in stores this spring, and will cost you $179.95. The company has partnered with rapper Nas for the product launch.

Here's the Bevel Trimmer:

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And here's the Bevel Trimmer in action:

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Walker told Business Insider at the time of Walker & Company's launch that he never learned to shave the right way because he grew up without a dad. 

When he would go to the pharmacy to search for the right products, Walker says he always found himself trekking to aisle 14, reaching down to the bottom shelf, and wiping the dust off of some bizarre packaging with some 45-year-old black bald guy.

He struggled with irritated skin and razor bumps for much of his life. While he was an Entrepreneur in Residence at VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, he finally got fed up. 

"I used my magic cream shave just one too many times," Walker told Business Insider. "My wife got frustrated. I was also an electric clipper user. Even though it didn’t cut hair close enough, it irritated my skin, so I had to figure out a way."

To date, Walker & Company has raised $33 million in funding from Insight Venture Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Melo7 Tech Partners, rapper Nas, Sherpa Capital, and more.

The Bevel Trimmer isn't the only product the company is launching this year — the company is also working on a shaving line just for women, WSJ reports.

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17 'healthy habits' you're better off giving up


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We all have them — habits we think are healthy because we heard them somewhere on the news or from a health-conscious friend. And no matter how much we hate them, we just keep doing them because we think they're good for us.

Take avoiding gluten, for example. Is it really healthy?

Or taking a daily multivitamin: Healthy habit or a little bit of nonsense?

The answers to these questions might surprise you:

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Using a standing desk.

A recent long-term study looking at data on nearly 4,000 US adults found no benefit in terms of overall risk of dying from standing as opposed to sitting.

In the short-term, however, standing does burn more calories per minute, so if losing weight is all you're worried about, stand on!

Using toilet-seat liners.

Viruses like HIV and herpes are fragile, meaning they don't survive well outside of a nice, warm human body. By the time you sit down on a public toilet seat — even if it was recently shared by someone else — most harmful pathogens likely wouldn't be able to infect you.

Plus, your skin is an effective block against any microbes. Unless, of course, you have a cut or open wound there, which could allow the bacteria to get in.

Avoiding gluten.

Unless you're one of the 1% of Americans who suffer from celiac disease, gluten probably won't have a negative effect on you. In fact, studies show that most people suffer from slight bloating and gas when they eat, whether they consume wheat or not. So go ahead and eat that bagel.

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The 10 best-dressed guys at the Golden Globes


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With its more relaxed dress code, the Golden Globe Awards are a chance for the stars to let their hair down a little. This year's ceremony was no exception, and the men of Hollywood gave us a range of beautiful black tie ensembles.

From intricate patterns to color experimentation, we saw more variety on the red carpet than ever before.

Keep scrolling to take a look at our best-dressed men of the night.

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Aziz Ansari reminds you not to be afraid of patterns with his subtle plaid tux.

Eddie Radmayne also decided to try out a patterned tuxedo, this one designed by Gucci.

Michael B. Jordan kicked it old school with a 1920s-style low-cut vest as part of his Dior Homme three-piece.

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These are the two worst men's style trends we saw on the Golden Globes' red carpet


The stars go all-out for the Golden Globes, incorporating more variety and taking more risks than they can at stuffier award shows. Sometimes, that can pay off.

Sometimes, however, it doesn't. At all. There were two egregious examples at this year's Golden Globes: velvet jackets and sneakers.

A brush with velvet

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A few stars, namely action stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham, decided to try out velvet jackets at this year's Golden Globes.

The Rock went with a plum-colored peak lapeled version that looks much closer to the smoking jacket that originally inspired the tuxedo

Statham played it much better with a shawl-collared brown jacket that he almost pulled off, but we're going to have to say: not quite, Jason.

While we know that velvet is at least a little bit trendy these days, these two ensembles prove that it's a trend best left to the '80s (the 1880s, that is).

Sneakers? Sneakers.

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Some stars, like Jason Sudeikis and Alan Cumming, decided to pair sneakers with their black tie.

We're not really sure what made them think that this was OK. Ever the famous sneakerhead, Sudeikis paired his tuxedo with Air Jordan 11 Concord Lows, which include patent black leather detailing. The promo copy on Nike's website says the shoes "followed MJ’s insight of bringing a formal look to the court." Unfortunately, it's just not formal enough for the red carpet. 

Though Alan Cumming also wore sneakers with his tux, his, at least, were all black. Cumming is no stranger to strange red carpet footwear — he even wore Crocs to last year's Emmys.

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Turns out you've been folding your socks wrong your entire life


It turns out that you are probably folding your T-shirts and socks all wrong. Marie Kondo, an organization celebrity in Japan, shows us the folding methods that earned her a spot on Time's 2015 "Top 100 Influential People" list. 

You can learn more about her tidying methods from her book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing."

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You have a secret Tinder rating — but only the company can see what it is (MTCH)


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Fast Company has a big new profile about Tinder and its CEO Sean Rad

The interview with Rad was conducted back in November but the story was published on Monday, and it looks like the Tinder CEO is trying to rehabilitate his image.

In a followup story to the profile, writer Austin Carr also explains a facet of Tinder you've probably never heard of before: your secret Tinder score.

It's a scoring system that's only meant for internal use, but Carr was offered a glimpse of his own Tinder score during his visit to the company.

Referred to internally as your "Elo score," (yes, like the rating system used by chess players), it's described as a complex algorithmic score that takes into account multiple factors. It doesn't measure how attractive you are, but it ranks your desirability.

Since you swipe on people based on their perceived attractiveness, your score is theoretically representative of how you represent yourself on your Tinder profile overall.

"It’s not just how many people swipe right on you," CEO Sean Rad told Carr. "It’s very complicated. It took us two and a half months just to build the algorithm because a lot of factors go into it."

A lot of what goes into this complicated algorithm isn't explained. Jonathan Badeen, Tinder’s VP of product, says the Elo score is like the video game "Warcraft": "I used to play a long time ago, and whenever you play somebody with a really high score, you end up gaining more points than if you played someone with a lower score," he told Fast Company.

And a Tinder data analyst named Chris Dumler called it a "vast voting system." "Every swipe is in a way casting a vote: I find this person more desirable than this person, whatever motivated you to swipe right. It might be because of attractiveness, or it might be because they had a really good profile," he explained to Fast Company. 

Carr was shown his Elo score — 946, or the "upper end of average," according to Tinder — at Tinder headquarters, so don't expect to be offered a peek of your own score inside your Tinder app; though not much detail is provided about these scores, they appear to be used mainly as an internal analytics tool.

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One couple quit their jobs to build a new life traveling the US in a 98-square-foot tiny home


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In October 2014, Kelly Tousley and Curtiss O'Rorke Stedman vowed to quit their jobs, leave their home base in Juneau, Alaska, and see the US by "paying gas, not rent."

The couple bought a 14-by-seven-foot utility trailer and spent the next nine months converting it into what would be their new home for at least a year.

"We're proving we can spend the same amount of money (if not less) traveling across North America, than paying rent in one location," they write on their blog, "Pay Gas, Not Rent."

It's been seven months since they officially hit the road on May 31, 2015. They've been across the country and back, from Alaska to Michigan, down to Florida and around to Colorado, with stops in Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, and Alabama along the way.

The couple, both 27, spoke to Business Insider about their new lifestyle: What it looks like, the reality of working on the road, and how they afford it:

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Before "going tiny," the couple was living and working in Juneau, Alaska. O'Rorke Stedman taught high school English and Tousley worked in social services while completing her masters degree in early childhood special education.

"After four years of being 'professional adults,' we realized we wanted more out of life," they write on their blog. A passion for travel and desire to live lighter culminated in the plan to build and live out of a 98-square-foot tiny house on wheels.

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Another reason the couple hit the road was so O'Rorke Stedman could pursue his dream of playing music professionally. He says touring full-time has offered him creative freedom that wasn't possible in Juneau, where he could only play on the weekends and during the summer while he wasn't teaching.

His one man band, known as "Cousin Curtiss" blends Americana, blues, pseudo-electronica, and root-stomp sounds.

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When it came time to build the framework of their tiny house, the options were slim.

"We looked into campers and RV's and there was nothing available in Juneau," they tell Business Insider.

Access to Juneau, Alaska's remote capital, is limited. Everything coming in and out must be flown or ferried in, so it would have been incredibly expensive to ship something as large as an RV. "To get anything to us — which would have been an older model of anything — was about $10,000. That instantly limited us."

"We chose to use a utility trailer because it was feasible to build it ourselves," they write. "Not having any carpenter experience, we didn't trust ourselves to build a custom frame, like other tiny houses you may have seen. We decided to opt out of the van life because we wanted separation from our home. If we decided to camp out somewhere awesome for a week, we wanted the option to park our home and just take the truck."

They found a nearly new utility trailer in Petersburg, Alaska, just south of Juneau, and pulled the trigger.

"Without even seeing the trailer, we bought it for $4,750," they recall.

That was only the beginning. The couple spent the next nine months turning the trailer into their new home.

Above, they're pictured with their dogs Sawyer and Doug.

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2 style lessons every guy can learn from the best-dressed man at the Golden Globes


There definitely wasn't a shortage of well-groomed guys in tailored tuxedos at this year's Golden Globe Awards. 

But one man's ensemble put all of the others to shame. Rami Malek of "Mr. Robot" donned a midnight navy tuxedo that really stole the spotlight on the red carpet.

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As a whole, the tuxedo looks like a typical one-button affair with peak lapels. But as with most of menswear, the details are what sets it apart.

Malek kept it classic with traditional styling, but he injected some individuality with the midnight navy coloring and his own personal accessories. 

Here are the two main reasons Malek's tuxedo was a cut above the rest:

  • Perfect fit is crucial. Malek's tuxedo jacket fits him perfectly. And we mean absolutely perfectly with just the right amount of tug for the jacket's button. There's also a tiny bit of shirt collar peek, and the sleeves and the jacket's bottom hit at just the right place.
  • It's all about the accessories. Malek knows how to accessorize his navy tux. His watch is black leather-banded, his tie is black satin, and his pocket square is starch white. He finishes it all off with a stylish lapel pin to bring the look home.

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8 science-backed reasons to go on a plant-based diet


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How does a smaller waist, sharper mind, healthier heart, and better skin sound for a New Year's resolution?

Believe it or not, researchers have found that many of us can reap these benefits, and more, by following a simple rule: Eat more plants.

In fact, many of the top diets of 2016, according to the latest US News diet rankings report, are plant-based, meaning they focus on pairing modest amounts of lean protein, like from poultry and fish, with loads of fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

Read on to learn how a plant-based diet can help transform your body inside and out:

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Shed a few pounds on your plant-paved path to improvement.

Plenty of research suggests that vegetarians tend to consume fewer calories, and thus weigh less and have lower body mass indexes than non-vegetarians.

While following a plant-based diet doesn't necessarily mean going full-blown vegetarian, opting largely for fiber-packed fruits, veggies, and whole grains in lieu of meat will likely leave you feeling fuller on fewer calories.

Feel full and get healthy at the same time.

Too many diets leave us hungry at the end of the day. But a plant-based diet means chowing down on loads of fruits and veggies that are packed with fiber, which keeps us feeling full.

The Mayo Clinic recommends that women get at least 21 grams of fiber a day while men should shoot for at least 30 grams. A single cup of raspberries will gain you 8 grams of fiber while a cup of lentils gets you 15.6 grams.

Be sure to increase your fiber intake gradually (otherwise you might suffer bowel irritation) and drink lots of water, which your body needs for fiber to function properly.

Get smoother skin from healthier eating.

Many of the vitamins, pigments, and phytochemicals (some of which are responsible for color, like the deep purple of blueberries) in fruits and veggies contribute to healthy skin.

The lycopene in tomatoes, for example, may help protect your skin from sun damage, and the Vitamin C in sweet potatoes could help smooth wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen.

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How luxury shoppers are changing the face of retail


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Luxury shoppers are highly coveted customers for brands and retailers. The top 10% of US household earners (those taking home $120,000 or more annually) account for approximately half of all consumer expenditures.

This demographic’s growing preference for online shopping is changing the face of luxury retail, and it has significant implications for how brands target luxury consumers.

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we profile the luxury shopper and take a close look at the spending habits and preferences of high-income earners — including how and where they shop.


Here are some of the key takeaways:

  • Discretionary spending among the wealthy is growing faster than for the average US consumer. Discretionary spending among those earning $120,000 a year or more is expected to increase 6.6% in 2016, reaching $406 billion, according to YouGov. Among the top 1%, it's expected to rise 10%. By contrast, discretionary spending for the average US consumer dropped 1% between 2014 and 2015.
  • Wealthy consumers are expected to spend the most next year on fashion, travel, and dining. Among these categories, spending on fashion (specifically, apparel, accessories, and handbags) will grow the most, increasing 6.9% to $37.4 billion (roughly 9% of total discretionary spending). 
  • Luxury brands are over-allocating ad spend to print media. The seven largest US luxury brands collectively spent $133 million last year on holiday ad spending, 57% of which was allocated to magazine ads, according to the Shullman Research Center. But among luxury shoppers, recall rates are higher for digital ads.
  • There are signs that luxury shopping is less brand- and status-oriented than it once was. Luxury shoppers, like the average consumer, enjoy the convenience and low prices of online retailers like Amazon vs. shopping via official brand sites. Luxury shopping may become even more price-sensitive as millennials age. 


In full, the report:

  • Sizes the market for personal luxury goods, by country.
  • Measures the effectiveness of luxury marketing channels.
  • Breaks down ad spend among luxury brands.
  • Identifies where luxury consumers shop online and in-store.


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21 crazy McDonald's menu items you can't get in America


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McDonald's has more than 36,000 locations around the world.

Internationally, the menu varies based on the region and attempts to incorporate local cuisine.

Breakfast sandwiches, desserts, and french fries take a twist on McDonald's menus around the world.

Here are 21 items you can't get at McDonald's in the US.


McDonald's Argentina — the McWrap Veggie

McDonald's Argentina offers a vegetarian option with its McWrap Veggie. Tomato, parmesan cheese, egg, and mayonnaise are rolled into one to create a light menu item. Although McDonald's in the US has attempted to offer vegetarian items, the company says they don't sell as well as other items. 

McDonald's Venezuela — Arepa with ham and cheese

McDonald's Venezuela goes local by offering three different types of arepas on its breakfast menu. Arepas are a traditional dish of Venezuela that includes a soft buttered shell that can be filled with cheese, meats and veggies. 

McDonald's Australia — guacamole and salsa french fries

French fries take a twist at Macca's or McDonald's in Australia. The menu in the land down under offers two different kinds of loaded fries: bacon and cheese or guacamole and salsa. 

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