Summer Blockbuster Update (September)

Sorry this one is so late!  It is the end of summer and several (maybe too many) movies have come and gone, but who came out on top?  Finding Dory did, but what other films raked in the big bucks?

The real question is how did myself, UberApe, and Snack Kween fair in our predictions?

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A quick recap of our top picks and the Wild Card (in no particular order):

Nerdling UberApe Snack Kween
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
9 Ghostbusters Ghostbusters Zootopia
10 The Magnificent Seven   Allegiant
WC Keanu 10 Cloverfield Lane The Huntsman: Winter’s War


Our Picks for the Losers (in no particular order):

Nerdling UberApe Snack Kween
1 Warcraft Central Intelligence Warcraft
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 August Film Total Gross Since Release (Domestic) Budget
1 Finding Dory $485,264,402 $200 Million
2 Captain America: Civil War $408,084,349 $250 Million
3 The Secret Life of Pets $365,883,130 $75 Million
4 The Jungle Book $364,001,123 $175 Million
5 Zootopia $341,268,248 $150 Million
6 Batman v Superman $330,360,194 $250 Million
7 Suicide Squad $323,885,963 $175 Million
8 Jason Bourne $162,088,495 $120 Million
9 Star Trek Beyond $158,848,340 $185 Million
10 X-Men: Apocalypse $155,442,489 $178 Million
11 Ghostbusters $128,185,978 $144 Million
12 Central Intelligence $127,440,871 $50 Million
13 Legend of Tarzan $126,643,061 $180 Million
14 Sully $119,363,890 $60 Million
15 Bad Moms $113,128,038 $20 Million
16 Angry Birds $107,509,366 $73 Million
17 Independence Day: Resurgence $103,144,286 $165 Million
18 The Conjuring 2 $102,470,008 $40 Million
19 Sausage Party $97,616,531 $19 Million
20 Don’t Breathe $88,389,958 $10 Million
21 The Magnificent Seven $86,743,367 $90 Million
22 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 $82,051,601 $135 Million
23 The Purge: Election Year $79,042,440 $10 Million
24 Alice Through the Looking Glass $77,041,381 $170 Million
25 Pete’s Dragon $75,226,871 $65 Million
26 10 Cloverfield Lane $72,082,998 $15 Million
27 Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children $68,431,835 $110 Million
28 Lights Out $67,268,835 $4.9 Million
29 Allegiant $66,184,051 $110 Million
30 Now You See Me 2 $65,075,540 $90 Million
31 Ice Age: Collision Course $64,022,391 $105 Million
32 The Boss $63,077,560 $29 Million
33 London Has Fallen $62,524,260 $60 Million
34 Miracles from Heaven $61,705,123 $13 Million
35 Storks $60,629,528 $70 Million
36 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 $59,689,605 $18 Million
37 Me Before You $56,245,075 $20 Million
38 The BFG $55,483,770 $140 Million
39 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising $55,340,730 $35 Million
40 The Shallows $55,124,043 $17 Million
41 Barbershop: The Next Cut $54,030,051 $20 Million
42 Deepwater Horizon $51,645,617 $110 Million
43 The Huntsman: Winter’s War $48,003,015 $115 Million
44 Kubo and the Two Strings $47,378,116 $60 Million
45 Warcraft $47,225,655 $160 Million
46 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates $46,009,673 $33 Million
47 War Dogs $43,034,523 $40 Million
48 Money Monster $41,012,075 $27 Million
49 Nerve $38,583,626 $20 Million
50 The Nice Guys $36,261,763 $50 Million
51 Mother’s Day $32,492,859 $25 Million
52 When the Bough Breaks $29,631,775 $10 Million
53 Florence Foster Jenkins $27,350,075 $19 Million
54 Hell or High Water $26,564,775 $12 Million
55 Ben-Hur $26,410,477 $100 Million
56 Bridget Jones’s Baby $23,775,140 $35 Million
57 Mechanic: Resurrection $21,035,250 $40 Million
58 Snowden $21,035,250 $40 Million
59 Free State of Jones $20,810,036 $50 Million
60 Blair Witch $20,631,048 $5 Million
61 Keanu $20,591,853 $15 Million
62 Nine Lives $19,652,955 $30 Million
63 Masterminds $16,777,825 $25 Million
64 The Infiltrator $15,436,808 $47.5 Million
65 Criminal $14,708,696 $31.5 Million
66 The Light Between the Oceans $12,450,260 $20 Million
67 The Darkness $10,753,574 $4 Million
68 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping $9,496,130 $20 Million
69 Hardcore Henry $9,252,038 $2 Million
70 Ratchet & Clank $8,821,329 $20 Million
71 Queen of Katwe $7,374,595 $15 Million

 

So who won the Summer Predictions?  Snack Kween by a hair.  She guessed Zootopia while UberApe and I flubbed out on Ghostbusters and I went against my better judgement and thought The Magnificent Seven would bring in the moolah.  No one guessed the wild card (the movie or movies that would come out of left field and kill it at the box office) which was The Secret Life of Pets or Bad Moms.

Image Courtesy of STX Entertainment

Image Courtesy of STX Entertainment

As for the flops?  UberApe was way off on Central Intelligence which more than doubled its budget.  All three of us were wrong with Angry Birds.  While the film based on the app didn’t exactly kill it at the box office, it did a hell of a lot better than we thought it would making its money back and then some.

When compared to last summer, the amount of money made this year was slightly more than last.  That could be due to ticket prices rising and not more ticket sales.  Several films that were expected to soar at the box office failed and more than a few had to rely on International audiences to recuperate the money spent making and promoting them.

Image Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Image Courtesy of Universal Pictures

How will the box office fair next summer?  We will find out then, but there are some high hopes with films such as Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Alien: Covenant, and War for the Planet of the Apes hitting theaters.

Tell me what you think in the comments section below.  What movie surprised you with how well it did?  Were there any big movies you are amazed flopped?  Any films you though would tank do well?

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