Early in March, myself, UberApe, and Snack Kween picked out who we thought would be the winners and losers for the summer box office releases. I know the summer is not over just yet and only a few of the summer movies have been released, but I wanted to see how each of us is doing so far.
A quick recap for our top picks and our Wild Card (in no particular order):
|1||Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice||Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice||Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice|
|2||Captain America: Civil War||Captain America: Civil War||Captain America: Civil War|
|3||X-Men: Apocalypse||X-Men: Apocalypse||X-Men: Apocalypse|
|4||Finding Dory||Finding Dory||Finding Dory|
|5||The Jungle Book||The Jungle Book||The Jungle Book|
|6||Star Trek Beyond||Star Trek Beyond||Star Trek Beyond|
|7||Jason Bourne||Jason Bourne||Jason Bourne|
|8||Suicide Squad||Suicide Squad||Suicide Squad|
|10||The Magnificent Seven||Allegiant|
|WC||Keanu||10 Cloverfield Lane||The Huntsman: Winter’s War|
Our Picks for the Losers (in no particular order):
|2||Independence Day Resurgence||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows|
|3||Angry Birds||Angry Birds||Angry Birds|
|4||Now You See Me 2||Now You See Me 2||Now You See Me 2|
|5||The Legend of Tarzan||The Magnificent Seven||Ghostbusters|
A fairly large chunk of the movies we picked for success was the same, with a couple of exceptions. We had some different opinions on who the losers would be. But how are we doing so far?
|Box Office Ranking March/April||Film||Total Gross Since Release (Domestic)||Budget|
|1||Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice||$320,495,804||$250 Million|
|3||The Jungle Book||$202,218,804||$175 Million|
|4||10 Cloverfield Lane||$70, 850,876||$15 Million|
|6||London Has Fallen||$61,759,435||$60 Million|
|7||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||$55,819,265||$18 Million|
|8||Barbershop: The Next Cut||$37,395,286||$20 Million|
|9||The Huntsman: Winter’s War||$22,458,710||$115 Million|
The Huntsman was just released, but ticket sales normally trend downward after the first weekend. Things do not look good for the sequel.
I expect The Jungle Book to add maybe another $100 million before its time in theaters is done and solidifying its blockbuster status.
I don’t know if I can fully consider BVS a top blockbuster considering it made just a bit more than its budget and I expect Civil War and X-Men to blow those numbers out of out of the water.
Even though it didn’t make $100 million, I definitely see 10 Cloverfield Lane as a blockbuster because it made nearly five times what it cost to produce. You can kind of say the same for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 as well, but it didn’t do anywhere near as well as its predecessor.
To sum up:
All three of us were wrong about BVS, but we were right about The Jungle Book. Snack Kween called Zootopia, but was way off on Allegiant and The Huntsman. UberApe’s Wild Card pick did really well.
Out this weekend, the ensemble flick Mother’s Day, the comedy Keanu, the animated Ratchet and Clank, and the indie horror Green Room getting a wide release. Will my Wild Card pick kill it at the box office? Will any of these movies dethrone The Jungle Book? Let me know what you think in the comments section below. I’ll be back at the end of May to give another update.