Heroes, apocalypses, dinosaurs, minions and a teddy bear
With a few exceptions, the summer 2014 box office had a dismal showing until a strong August output of Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turned things around for Hollywood. Studios stacked the warmer months with sequels and spin-offs as summer schedules tend to go in this age and began to pay the price for a lack of originality. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 disappointed many eager fans with an uneven tone to begin the summer, and by the time Sin City: A Dame to Kill for closed the season, it financially tanked for arriving as last sequel to the party. There is no lack of super heroes yet again as Joss Whedon’s sequel to The Avengers looks to have a monumental opening on the first of May. Marvel Studios then follows up The Avengers: Age of Ultron by ending their second phase in July, introducing a new type of hero in Ant-Man. 20th Century Fox releases the final super hero film of the summer in August with a reboot in Fantastic Four. Like 2013, many horror pictures look to turn a large profit as Sinister 2, Insidious 3, and a Poltergeist remake each have slots this summer. Mad Max and Jurassic Park are two cult franchises each adding a long-anticipated fourth chapter in May and June. Comedies look to be dominated by female influence as Trainwreck, Pitch Perfect 2, Spy, and Hot Pursuit each look to lead 2015 in humor—even a Magic Mike sequel comes out catering to the female gaze. Children’s entertainment lacks sorely in summer 2015 with only the Despicable Me-spinoff Minions and the delayed Disney-Pixar venture Inside Out confirmed. A Monsters vs. Aliens-spinoff is also slotted for June, but is behind in production and looks headed for the colder months. One special, top-secret, original movie is slotted for May in Tomorrowland—a large Disney investment not unlike 2011’s Super 8. Once again, the geeks and nerds shall inherit the box office.
Honorable mention: Pitch Perfect 2, Pixels, Straight Outta Compton, Spy, Magic Mike XXL, Trainwreck, Masterminds, Mission: Impossible 5, Hot Pursuit