It is hard to believe we are nearly halfway thru the summer blockbuster season. It has been a little tricky this year when it comes to foreseeing the hits and misses. Several movies (maybe too many?) have come to play, but only a chosen few have made the big bucks (most of them belonging to one seemingly unstoppable conglomerate). So how have UberApe, Snack Kween, and I been doing with our predictions? Let’s find out!
A quick recap of our top picks and the 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 as of May||Film||Total Gross Since Release (Domestic)||Budget|
|1||Captain America: Civil War||$404,270,289||$250 Million|
|2||The Jungle Book||$358,443,935||$175 Million|
|4||Batman v Superman||$330,360,194||$250 Million|
|5||Finding Dory||$311,166,968||$200 Million|
|6||X-Men: Apocalypse||$151,962,569||$178 Million|
|7||Angry Birds||$105,165,742||$73 Million|
|8||The Conjuring 2||$89,501,173||$40 Million|
|9||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2||$78,063,580||$135 Million|
|10||Central Intelligence||$74,812,707||$50 Million|
|11||Alice Through the Looking Glass||$74,761,261||$170 Million|
|12||10 Cloverfield Lane||$72,082,998||$15 Million|
|14||The Boss||$63,077,560||$29 Million|
|15||London Has Fallen||$62,524,260||$60 Million|
|16||Miracles from Heaven||$61,561,170||$13 Million|
|17||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||$59,689,605||$18 Million|
|18||Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising||$54,966,625||$35 Million|
|19||Now You See Me 2||$54,096,964||$90 Million|
|20||Barbershop: The Next Cut||$53,309,368||$20 Million|
|21||Me Before You||$52,152,534||$20 Million|
|22||Independence Day: Resurgence||$49,867,200||$165 Million|
|23||The Huntsman: Winter’s War||$48,003,015||$115 Million|
|25||Money Monster||$40,545,182||$27 Million|
|26||The Nice Guys||$35,105,463||$50 Million|
|27||Mother’s Day||$32,492,859||$25 Million|
|28||The Shallows||$22,096,016||$17 Million|
|30||Free State of Jones||$9,562,007||$50 Million|
|31||Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping||$9,252,038||$20 Million|
|32||Hardcore Henry||$9,252,038||$2 Million|
|33||Ratchet & Clank||$8,821,329||$20 Million|
Like I said, this summer has been fairly unpredictable. There is a pretty sizable gap between number five and number six on the list interestingly enough. Four of the top five belong to Disney properties.
Finding Dory has nearly doubled what X-Men: Apocalypse has done and it has only been in theaters just shy of three weeks. All of us predicted the latest Pixar film to do well, but it is raking in the money easily topping its first two weekends. With the upcoming holiday weekend, I’m sure it will add more green. Will The BFG (a movie none of us had on either list) slow the progress?
I predicted IDR’s crash and burn at the box office (but weirdly enough I didn’t mind the unnecessary sequel), myself and Snack Kween knew Warcraft wasn’t going to cut it with US audiences (China is a whole ‘nother story, but we really are not going to get into global here), UberApe and Snack Kween correctly called TMNT 2’s lackluster reception (audiences hated the first and had no desire to give the second one a chance) and all of us saw Now You See Me 2 for the dud that it is (adding Harry Potter will not increase ticket sales).
UberApe misfired on Central Intelligence. It wasn’t a blockbuster, but it made its budget back and then some. For some movies released this summer, that is all they can really ask for.
The Conjuring 2 (which flew under all of our radars) is close to the $100 Million mark and has stayed in the top five for all three weeks of its theatrical run so far. Its opening weekend profits fell just shy of The Conjuring’s, which is pretty fantastic when every sequel this summer hasn’t come close to the forerunner’s opening numbers (the exception of course is Civil War).
The romantic melodrama (based on a book I loved of the same name) Me Before You didn’t flood cineplexes with female audiences, but it did come in third its opening weekend and has gone on to more than doubled its budget.
Rounding out the successes in June is The Shallows whose release was perfectly planned out to be on the eve of the much beloved Shark Week. Again the audiences didn’t flock to the seats, but made its very modest budget back and could still do well this weekend with those who wish to extend their Shark Week experience.
Free State of Jones was nothing short of a disaster with very mixed reviews and a dreadfully sad opening weekend. The positive buzz around Popstar has not generated tickets sales, keeping with the new downward sales trend for this summer’s comedies.
July is right around the corner (tomorrow actually) and with it comes the family films The BFG (7/1), The Secret Life of Pets (7/8), and Ice Age: Collision Course (7/22). More comedies arrive such as Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (7/8), Ghostbusters (7/15), and Bad Moms (7/29) who aim to save the summer for funny films. And the sequels keep on coming with The Purge: Election Year (7/1), Star Trek Beyond (7/22), and Jason Bourne (7/29).
Are there any movies in July you are excited to see? Any you expect to fail at the box office? Were you surprised by any of the flops or successes from June? Talk to me in the comments section below.