Why Summer 2014 Never Had a Shot at the Box Office

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The holiday box office totals are in and, frankly, they’re not good.  We had three new wide releases make their way into over 3,000 theaters this weekend, but they still couldn’t top last weekend’s top contender, Transformers: Age of Extinction.  As noted in our weekend box office recap, Tammy took $21.2 million, Deliver Us From Evil claimed $9.5 million and Earth to Echo kicked off its run with just $8.3 million.  Even if you add up all three of those opening totals, that’s only about $39 million and even that pales in comparison to last year’s Independence Day weekend top earner alone, Despicable Me 2, which posted an impressive $83.5 million to start.

Sure, you could blame the weak holiday weekend on the fact that the new releases aren’t all that good or perhaps because July 4th fell on a Friday, but this isn’t the only problematic weekend of summer 2014.  The box office is down significantly for the summer season overall.  Why is that?  The answer is actually pretty obvious.  Find out what it is after the jump.

transformers-4-box-officeAccording to Variety, the summer box office is down almost 20%.  By this time last year, the summer box office had already accumulated roughly $2.8 billion.  This year, we’re at just $2.3 billion so far.  That’s a pretty big dip, but anyone could have predicted it.  Just compare the summer 2014 lineup to what we got last year.

The most anticipated movies of the summer season will differ from person to person, but if we just consider the films that tend to crack the $60 million mark – superhero movies, action franchises and animated films – summer 2013 had a better shot at breaking records simply because it had more of them.  If we stick to those categories, at this point in 2013, we had seen the following:

1. Iron Man 3
2. Star Trek Into Darkness
3. Fast & Furious 6
4. After Earth
5. Man of Steel
6. Monsters University
7. World War Z
8. White House Down
9. Despicable Me 2
10. Lone Ranger

Now of course, some of those movies didn’t wind up doing as well as one might have hoped, but if we go back to, let’s say, early 2013 or even before that, when these titles were nothing more than a genre, studio, some famous faces and possibly a highly anticipated sequel, they were the potential summer tentpoles.  If we play the same game with summer 2014, here’s what we get:

the-amazing-spider-man-2-box-office1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
2. Godzilla
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past
4. Maleficent
5. Edge of Tomorrow
6. How to Train Your Dragon 2
7. Transformers: Age of Extinction 

How is summer 2014 possibly supposed to compete with summer 2013 when it’s got three less wannabe big earners?  Perhaps the quality of the films hitting theaters this weekend had a little something to do with the low holiday numbers, but it’s also because Tammy, Deliver Us From Evil and Earth to Echo are not traditional high-earning summer fare.  And this won’t be the last time we find ourselves in this position this summer either.  At this point last year, there were seven heavy hitters left.  This year, we’re down to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Hercules, Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That’s it.

Godzilla is still in theaters yet has earned more than Star Trek Into Darkness did during its entire run, X-Men: Days of Future Past is hovering around Fast & Furious 6’s domestic grand total and Transformers is already well beyond the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office.  Our summer 2014 superhero/action-heavy/franchise films are doing just fine.  There’s just less of them this time around.  I have no problem getting The Fault in Our Stars, Neighbors and even Earth to Echo-type films in place of some more traditional summer tentpoles, but even when one of those movies hits it big, like Fault in Our Stars for example, it’s still not going to come close to producing earnings that are high enough to make this summer another record breaker.

Summer 2015, however, will be a different story.  With Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Tomorrowland, Monster Trucks, B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, San Andreas, Jurassic World, Fantastic Four, Inside Out, Terminator, Minions, Ant-Man and the new Peter Pan film all scheduled to hit theaters during the summer season, it’s almost a guarantee that this time next year, the box office will be up.

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  • zac

    Hang on a second…wasnt this the problem last year?? People were complaining that too many blockbusters were crammed in and everyone was cannibilizing each other. The whole arguement was everyone needed time to breathe. Well thats what happened this year. Studios spaced themselves out. Also you forgot 22 jump street!? The problem is there isnt enough counter programming. We had neighbours and thats it…no chick flicks? So to be fair you are way off…

    • T

      You’re right, this writer is absolutely wrong and idiotic. It’s good that box-office is down. It produces better products when the schmucks at studios are worried about their jobs. “Remakes don’t work!” “Casting a white actor in an originally Japanese role doesn’t work!” “We lost money on Spidey 2″ YES! Thank god! That’s what I’ve wanted all along! YES! Keep losing money you cowardly, racist, pathetic suits. I hope your heads roll! Hopefully Collider hires better writers but then Goldberg would have to be intelligent and he’s not. OWNED!

  • Leo Spaceman

    Well there would have been one more summer blockbuster if you know, Paul Walker didn’t die.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Well there would have been one more summer blockbuster if you know, Paul Walker didn’t die.

  • HE1NZ

    At least some of the summer movies were actually good. Excellect Edge of Tomorrow, pretty good X-Men and okay Godzilla. Last year everything was crap.

  • HE1NZ

    At least some of the summer movies were actually good. Excellect Edge of Tomorrow, pretty good X-Men and okay Godzilla. Last year everything was crap.

  • Ryan DiBenedetto

    Personally I thought this summer was one of the best ones we had in a long time in a long time. I absolutely loved How To Train Your Dragon 2, Godzilla, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Neighbors, and even Transformers 4, as far as a summer movie spectacle goes. I thought The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was pretty good, defiantly not the best superhero movie released this year (that honor goes to Captain America 2). It’s not even the best Spider-Man movie, but it was good. Edge of Tomorrow and Jersey Boys were decent. I haven’t seen 22 Jump Street yet but I heard great things about it. The only bad movies I saw this summer were Maleficent, A Million Ways To Die In The West, and The Fault In Our Stars.
    A far as box office grosses go, this summer is disappointing. I’m actually really surprised on how poorly How To Train Your Dragon 2 is doing. I actually thought it would be the highest grossing movie of the summer.

    • Manuel Orozco

      So far last year is better since it gave us 3 great movies Man of Steel Star Trek into darkness and DM 2

      • Ryan DiBenedetto

        Pacific Rim was the best film released last summer.

      • Xum

        Pacific Rim is one of the most overrated movies in the past 10 years. Complete CGI crap with lousy acting and predictable story.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I’ll see it what time

      • Ryan DiBenedetto

        Pacific Rim was the best film released last summer.

  • Ryan DiBenedetto

    Personally I thought this summer was one of the best ones we had in a long time in a long time. I absolutely loved How To Train Your Dragon 2, Godzilla, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Neighbors, and even Transformers 4, as far as a summer movie spectacle goes. I thought The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was pretty good, defiantly not the best superhero movie released this year (that honor goes to Captain America 2). It’s not even the best Spider-Man movie, but it was good. Edge of Tomorrow and Jersey Boys were decent. I haven’t seen 22 Jump Street yet but I heard great things about it. The only bad movies I saw this summer were Maleficent, A Million Ways To Die In The West, and The Fault In Our Stars.
    A far as box office grosses go, this summer is disappointing. I’m actually really surprised on how poorly How To Train Your Dragon 2 is doing. I actually thought it would be the highest grossing movie of the summer.

  • Manuel Orozco

    I knew from the beginning this summer was going to be crazy so far with all these blockbusters competing for the moolah

  • Rob

    I don’t think its fair to say this has been a weak box office year, considering that 2013 set all-time records with a combined box office of $4.6 billion. Maybe this year things fall a bit short, but honestly there are other entertainment options out there, and maybe the glut of releases last year changed audience viewing habits to only see what they feel is worth their money.

    • Manuel Orozco

      For once I agree on this subject

    • Zoboo

      If my Box Office Mojo reading is correct, it’s actually substantially down from 2012 as well? I think the article’s really just stating that the reason they’re making less money is they’re making less money makers. Whether the movies do well or not is irrelevant. You can’t make money off a movie if you don’t make the movie.

    • Zoboo

      I’m entertaining the possibility that the World Cup has impacted things, but otherwise, I’m not sure what entertainment options are out there.

    • Zoboo

      I’m entertaining the possibility that the World Cup has impacted things, but otherwise, I’m not sure what entertainment options are out there.

  • https://twitter.com/BrianByrdman Brian Byrd

    “How is summer 2014 possibly supposed to compete with summer 2013 when it’s got three less wannabe big earners?”

    This is like pretending a college football team is great because it beat three teams in the preseason top 25 that weren’t ranked at the end of the year. It doesn’t much matter what films are expected to earn. It matters what they actually earn.

    You list 10 movies for 2013 and seven for the current year. Three of the 10 for 2013 — Lone Ranger, After Earth, and White House Down — were huge flops. Conversely, just one from 2014 — Edge of Tomorrow — can really be considered a failure. Hell, only four of the 10 films listed from 2013 actually finished in the top 10, while five of the seven from 2014 are there now, which would seem to negate your thesis.

    • Zoboo

      I think his point is, basically, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. They’ve taken fewer shots, thus scoring less. I don’t think he’d argue, though, that obviously GOOD movies are fairly important to making a lot of money, too. Maybe just pointing out a factor that’s going unnoticed?

    • sasa

      Edge of Tomorrow is a not a failure, you idiot. It will wind up around 370 million finally, add to it the video satellite sales, and it will be a break even situation for WB.

      • https://twitter.com/BrianByrdman Brian Byrd

        It was a massive failure. The movie has earned $90M domestically on a $180M budget. It won’t be among the 30 highest grossing movies of the year. That’s horrific for a Tom Cruise summer action film.

        Every movie is profitable when including all revenue streams. Barely breaking even is a disaster. You find anyone with any credibility who opines that Edge of Tomorrow was a hit, link it here. Otherwise, stop.

  • Raptor Jesus

    People are getting tired of gigantic CGI movies with silly plots and boring, one-dimensional characters?

    Who could have seen that coming.

    • Zoboo

      Hah, I felt so special and smart in predicting that Edge of Tomorrow was going to suffer in the BO because it felt like it was released after a string of big movies. It just felt like … enough.

      • Neo

        Edge suffered because its a bit too smart a movie for today’s cinema-goers. Just look at the Transformers4, did they suffer too?

      • milo

        I think a lot of it is Cruise, he just hasn’t had a hit in years other than sequels (mostly Mission Impossible). With someone else as the lead it may have had a better shot.

      • Zoboo

        Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of comments suggesting Tom take a back seat for a change. It does feel on some level that he really only knows one role.

      • Minh

        It’s sad that it has come to this in our world. People spending money to see the SAME SH!T again instead of watching something new/fresh. If Transformers 4 is the biggest box office movie this year….It’s going to be very sad. Here’s to hoping Dawn of Apes does amazing, cuz it looks like a masterpiece. And here’s to hoping for Nolan’s Interstellar, I hope it’s another surprise hit that everyone will go see, we might have an amazing fall for box office.

      • Zoboo

        I guess what I’m saying is, leading up to Edge, there was Godzilla, then XMen, then Maleficent. Going into Transformers it was comedies and animated movies for two weeks. Really, there’s probably a ton of reasons it didn’t do well. For me it was a couple of action-exhausting movies in a row, followed by an action movie about time travel. I felt like I didn’t have the energy to go through that. Esp. time travel.

      • Zoboo

        Time travel is such a pain to do correctly. I still think the Time Machine is the only thing i can think of (at the moment) that’s done it well.

      • Neo

        Edge suffered because its a bit too smart a movie for today’s cinema-goers. Just look at the Transformers4, did they suffer too?

    • Zoboo

      Hah, I felt so special and smart in predicting that Edge of Tomorrow was going to suffer in the BO because it felt like it was released after a string of big movies. It just felt like … enough.

  • bidi

    this summer was oddly top-heavy as well. i feel like the big stuff is evenly spaced from May through August. this year it seems like all the big ones were released in May with a few released in June, and now only a small handful in July and August. not that that’s causing lower numbers, i just found it odd

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    The reason why is because the films that have been released this year are all mediocure at best and the marketing proved that w the exception to Edge of Tomorrow and X-Men. Deliver Us From Evil had the most potential to be great but it was a let down when the bad reviews started pouring in – the opposite of why The Conjuring did great last year is that it matched what was advertised. TASM2 had bad marketing and the reviews matched most people’s expectations – not a bad film just unnecessary as it brought nothing new to catch people’s attention. After 5 movies you need to find a new story to tell that will excite people instead of retreading over the same things we’ve seen before. With the exception to HTTYD2 & Edge of Tomorrow I think all the films released got exactly the return on their investments based on the product they put out there. My hopes is Dawn, TMNT and GOTG will help deliver some BO returns.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    The reason why is because the films that have been released this year are all mediocure at best and the marketing proved that w the exception to Edge of Tomorrow and X-Men. Deliver Us From Evil had the most potential to be great but it was a let down when the bad reviews started pouring in – the opposite of why The Conjuring did great last year is that it matched what was advertised. TASM2 had bad marketing and the reviews matched most people’s expectations – not a bad film just unnecessary as it brought nothing new to catch people’s attention. After 5 movies you need to find a new story to tell that will excite people instead of retreading over the same things we’ve seen before. With the exception to HTTYD2 & Edge of Tomorrow I think all the films released got exactly the return on their investments based on the product they put out there. My hopes is Dawn, TMNT and GOTG will help deliver some BO returns.

  • Person

    If Edge of Tomorrow had performed to expectations, that would have easily narrowed the gap. Dragon 2 has also been a bit of a financial disappointment. Audiences are just moving further towards franchises and are only seeing these movies once, maybe twice (that these movies are becoming so long probably has to do with it, too).

    Also, if Capt. American had opened in the actual summer instead of early April, the numbers for 2014 would be way higher. The movie itself may have earned a little less, but the overall number for the summer would certainly be higher.

    But the bottom line is that the movies have been worse. Spider-Man was not well received by audiences, Godzilla crashed big after its huge opening, and Transformers is not only mediocre but way too long. Rise and (hopefully) Guardians should remedy this, but so far the only movie that’s an indisputable critical and commercial hit is X-Men.

  • Alan Grant

    Ironman 3 was last years biggest disappointment, Godzilla was this years most disappointing. Pacific Rim was my favorite summer blockbuster last year and so far Edge of Tomorrow followed by Xmen has been my favs this summer.

    Really looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy. I think Apes will be good too and man I was hoping for TMNT but the trailers have given me low expectations for that one.

    Really looking forward to Hobbit 3, Jurassic World, Terminator, and Mad Max, and ID4-2

  • Louie Jonze

    Honestly, if Captain America had been released in the summer, it would be the biggest movie of the summer. None of the summer movies are gonna reach Cap’s box office. I don’t know exactly where Cap should be scheduled in this hypothetical scenario but I’d imagine the first weekend of May would have been perfect.
    As for the quality of the movies, Spider-Man 2 was pretty solid but unspectacular while Godzilla has two great acts and a crappy middle one that made the film just pretty good. For me, Edge of Tomorrow, X-Men, 22 Jump Street, and Fault in Our Stars were the only movies I really liked. I haven’t seen HTTYD2 yet either but I’m sure I’ll enjoy it

    • MJ

      ASM2 was horrid.

  • milo

    Pretty crazy that we’re past July 4 and the biggest movies of the year came out in March and February. Transformers might finally top those but there’s a good chance it doesn’t.

    I think there are fewer movies released this summer with the potential to be huge but we still haven’t seen them go as high. Not a single movie so far has hit 300M and we may not see that until Hunger Games late fall. The only other one that seems like it has a shot is Interstellar, and it would have to be bigger than Inception. If HG3 tops 400M (which seems likely) and the number 2 movie of the year is around 260M, that would mean a down year overall. I’d love to see Apes hit 300M but that seems like a long shot even with the great reviews.

    Same with worldwide numbers, this year could end up without any movies hitting the billion mark. At this point Transformers seems most likely but not a sure thing and it’s hard to imagine anything else hitting a billion. Maybe Hobbit but probably only if audiences really love it and feel like it saves the trilogy.

    “Godzilla is still in theaters yet has earned more than Star Trek Into Darkness did during its entire run”

    Godzilla $198M, STID $228M. Something’s not right in that sentence.

    • http://www.LittleMissCritical.com/ Perri Nemiroff

      Regarding that last little bit, I was referring to worldwide totals. Godzilla is currently at $488.9 million and Star Trek Into Darkness hit $467.4 million.

      But yeah, Apes hitting $300 million does seem like a stretch I’m pretty sure Hunger Games will crack $400 million again, but at this point, it’s hard to imagine anything else coming close to $300 million. If anything, it’ll be The Hobbit, but considering Desolation of Smaug only took $258.4 million, it seems unlikely.

      • MJ

        You did not account for ticket price inflation when comparing STID from last year, to Godzilla from this year.

      • http://www.LittleMissCritical.com/ Perri Nemiroff

        Actually, according to Box Office Mojo, the average ticket price is lower this year.

      • MJ

        Those are only the U.S. adjustments. Ticket prices have been increasing significantly in many parts of the world, especially in China, other parts of Asia, and Russia. In fact, ticket price inflation has been such a problem in China, that the government there has been looking at movie ticket price ceilings.

  • milo

    Pretty crazy that we’re past July 4 and the biggest movies of the year came out in March and February. Transformers might finally top those but there’s a good chance it doesn’t.

    I think there are fewer movies released this summer with the potential to be huge but we still haven’t seen them go as high. Not a single movie so far has hit 300M and we may not see that until Hunger Games late fall. The only other one that seems like it has a shot is Interstellar, and it would have to be bigger than Inception. If HG3 tops 400M (which seems likely) and the number 2 movie of the year is around 260M, that would mean a down year overall. I’d love to see Apes hit 300M but that seems like a long shot even with the great reviews.

    Same with worldwide numbers, this year could end up without any movies hitting the billion mark. At this point Transformers seems most likely but not a sure thing and it’s hard to imagine anything else hitting a billion. Maybe Hobbit but probably only if audiences really love it and feel like it saves the trilogy.

    “Godzilla is still in theaters yet has earned more than Star Trek Into Darkness did during its entire run”

    Godzilla $198M, STID $228M. Something’s not right in that sentence.

  • appolox

    2014 is just the calm before the storm that is 2015

  • MJ

    “Godzilla is still in theaters yet has earned more than Star Trek Into Darkness did during its entire run.

    Not true. When you apply the 6% ticket inflation from last year, STID edges out Godzilla. And Godzilla is pretty much at the end of its run now.

    “This year, we’re down to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Hercules, Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That’s it.”

    Wrong again. Expendables 3 and The Maze Runner.

    • milo

      STID made more even without adjusting for inflation. I assume that’s a mistake.

      Godzilla $198M, STID $228M

      And congrats again on that stellar prediction of DOFP only making 195M domestic. It’s going to come close to being the highest in the series worldwide and domestic.

    • milo

      STID made more even without adjusting for inflation. I assume that’s a mistake.

      Godzilla $198M, STID $228M

      And congrats again on that stellar prediction of DOFP only making 195M domestic. It’s going to come close to being the highest in the series worldwide and domestic.

      • MJ

        The article and my response were talking about total worldwide box office figures — about $488M for Godzilla to around $467M for STID, not accounting for ticket price inflation since last year.

        As to DOFP, It lucked out domestically in that not a lot of people got to see the much better Edge of Tomorrow (check any movie review site), which brought it more business. If Edge of Tomorrow had gotten the audience it deserved, then my $195M prediction would have been spot on. This doesn’t even include though your prediction of $250M for DOFP — that did not happen either.

        Unfortunately, movies like Transformers, DOFP and ASM2 are doing very well worldwide this year. This doesn’t say much about the average intelligence level of worldwide movie goers.

      • milo

        Domestic versus worldwide would make sense, it’s not really clear what’s being compared considering that the same sentence goes on to specifically say domestic and then worldwide for two other comparisons. The 2.3 and 2.8 billion numbers are domestic so it would seem that the article is generally talking about domestic.

        Nice desperate excuse making for DOFP…so it just got lucky and Edge of Tomorrow somehow magically made less and passed that money specifically on to DOFP. But explain away about why you were wrong, that still doesn’t make you any less wrong.

        And I never predicted that DOFP would make $250M, not sure where you got that idea. Easy enough to prove me wrong though, just quote that prediction. I did think that Mojo’s range of 225-250 was reasonable and sure enough they turned out to be right (and even the high end of their range turned out to be closer than your 195M guess).

        And I think I will check any review site, how about Rotten Tomatoes. Edge of Tomorrow got 90% and DOFP 92%. Yeah, 90 is “much better” than 92. Yay for maths.

        If DOFP being tops worldwide so far speaks poorly for the average intelligence of moviegoers, then it doesn’t speak well for critics either considering 92% of them liked it. You know, the guys you said to check to show that Edge of Tomorrow was a better movie. Or should we only look at the critics when they agree with your opinion of whether a movie was great or terrible and otherwise ignore them?

      • MJ

        Like I said — congratulations — your DOFP movie and Transformers and ASM3 are doing very well.

        It’s been a great movie year these awesome thought-provoking movies. All that’s missing now is another Hangover movie for you.

      • Trash Can Man

        You guys have to admit, something is wrong when a rather pedestrian and silly movie like this latest X-Men makes a lot more money that a really top-notch science fiction movie like the Cruise/Blunt film? It’s very strange. Are the same dunces who are seeing Spidey 2, buying tickets to this one?

      • MJ

        “Are the same dunces who are seeing Spidey 2, buying tickets to this one?”

        Yep! And Transformers too — see my adjacent post on this.

        No doubt, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is next on Milo’s and others’ lists. LOL

      • SirDesdichado

        I checked rottentomatoes DOFP is at %92 and Edge of Tomorrow is at %90. Really it comes down to you not liking the movie.

      • MJ

        …and now compare the box office take.

        See the disconnect now? Duh!

      • Trash Can Man

        X-Men Days of Future Past was a real yawner for me. Not a bad movie, but worse, a boring movie.
        The last X-Men movie a few years back had a lot more heart and urgency. And in this one, you could see JL with the look in each scene like she was thinking “why did I lower myself to star in this mediocre franchise?”

      • MJ

        I agree 100%. Finally, a breath of good ole fashion objectivity from someone here besides X-me fans.

      • MJ

        I agree 100%. Finally, a breath of good ole fashion objectivity from someone here besides X-me fans.

      • MJ

        I agree 100%. Finally, a breath of good ole fashion objectivity from someone here besides X-me fans.

  • MJ

    “Godzilla is still in theaters yet has earned more than Star Trek Into Darkness did during its entire run.

    Not true. When you apply the 6% ticket inflation from last year, STID edges out Godzilla. And Godzilla is pretty much at the end of its run now.

    “This year, we’re down to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Hercules, Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That’s it.”

    Wrong again. Expendables 3 and The Maze Runner.

  • Avery Merrick

    July and August have many potential films that will help Summer 2014 break even. With films like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (the 1st for-sure blockbuster, the hit of July and will gross more than 230+ million), Planes: Fire and Rescue (major family film, will grossed more than $100+ million), Sex Tape (this year’s Grown Ups 2, will grossed more than $110+ million), The Purge: Anarchy (this year’s The Conjuring, will gross $100 million), Lucy (a female focused film, this year’s the Heat, and might gross $100 million), Get On Up (this year’s The Butler, will grossed more than $100+ million), Guardians of the Galaxy (2nd major blockbuster, the hit of August), TMNT, Let’s Be Cops (this year’s We’re the Millers), and The Expendables III (PG-13 rating, wider audience potential); the second half of the 2014 summer movie will be a strong one.

  • Avery Merrick

    2015 does have a lot of potential hit films that will make it another record-breaking year (similar to 2013).
    Films like Taken 3, The Wedding Ringer, Jupiter Ascending, SpongeBob SquarePants 2, 50 Shades of Grey,The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, Cinderella, Insurgent, Home, Get Hard, Fast and Furious 7, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, The Avengers 2, Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2, Pixels, Tomorrowland, Entourage, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Ted 2, Magic Mike 2, Terminator: Genesis, Minions, Ant-Man, Assassin’s Creed, Goosebumps, Everest, Frankenstein, The Conjuring 2, London Has Fallen, Crimson Peak, The Jungle Book, Peanuts, Bond 24, Mockingjay Part 2, The Good Dinosaur, Star Wars: Episode 7, Inferno, Mission Impossible 5, and Kung Fu Panda 3.

  • Avery Merrick

    2015 does have a lot of potential hit films that will make it another record-breaking year (similar to 2013).
    Films like Taken 3, The Wedding Ringer, Jupiter Ascending, SpongeBob SquarePants 2, 50 Shades of Grey,The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, Cinderella, Insurgent, Home, Get Hard, Fast and Furious 7, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, The Avengers 2, Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2, Pixels, Tomorrowland, Entourage, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Ted 2, Magic Mike 2, Terminator: Genesis, Minions, Ant-Man, Assassin’s Creed, Goosebumps, Everest, Frankenstein, The Conjuring 2, London Has Fallen, Crimson Peak, The Jungle Book, Peanuts, Bond 24, Mockingjay Part 2, The Good Dinosaur, Star Wars: Episode 7, Inferno, Mission Impossible 5, and Kung Fu Panda 3.

  • Avery Merrick

    The only films that I can see become hits in July are Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Sex Tape, Planes: Fire and Rescue, The Purge: Anarchy, and Lucy.

  • Avery Merrick

    The only films that I can see become hits in July are Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Sex Tape, Planes: Fire and Rescue, The Purge: Anarchy, and Lucy.

  • Riot

    Ninja Turtles and Guardians are still gonna be huge.

  • PresidentObama

    So what?

  • Jamie Teller

    Two thoughts:
    1. Snowpiercer SHOULD expand and become a nice little sleeper hit. It probably WON’T, but it’s just as fun and exciting as anything Hollywood’s given us this summer.
    2. The only one of those Summer 2015 films I’m excited for is Mad Max. Avengers and Tomorrowland I’m intrigued by, but the rest are pretty meh to me (and come on, B.O.O. is going to tank. Remember RIPD? This sort of film almost never works.)

  • brNdon

    I think one big problem was 4th landed on Friday this year. Plus Tammy and Deliver Us From Evil never stood a chance.

  • Sweet D

    Monetary value is all that matters

  • Nathan

    I believe STID currently has the higher box office, though no doubt Godzilla will edge it out in DVD sales.

  • DougW

    I don’t know, I don’t see all that many sure things on that list for summer ’15. I’d only bet the farm on Avengers, Jurassic, Inside Out and Minions.

  • DougW

    I don’t know, I don’t see all that many sure things on that list for summer ’15. I’d only bet the farm on Avengers, Jurassic, Inside Out and Minions.

  • DougW

    I don’t know, I don’t see all that many sure things on that list for summer ’15. I’d only bet the farm on Avengers, Jurassic, Inside Out and Minions.

  • DougW

    As for this weekend, Hollywood only gave us one tentpole for the holiday, and it came out the week before – Transformers.

  • Math

    I think high ticket prices are making audiences more selective of the movies they go see. I used to go way more often to movies before, even do a few repeat viewings and this year, I’m attracted to as many if not more movies then any other year… I’m just tired of over paying for my tickets and only chose to go see the ones I absolutely cannot wait to see. I don’t do repeat viewings anymore neither. Even though I’m earning a whole lot more money per year and I would be willing to spend way more then I used to, I’m spending a whole lot less because I don’t believe I’m getting my money’s worth very often anymore. Hollywood is too greedy and it’s exploding in their faces.

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