With Avengers: Age of Ultron just around the corner, we are officially entering my favorite movie time of year: Summer! I love prestige Oscar pics as much as anyone, but there's nothing quite like the anticipation and huge expectations that surround big studio releases in the summertime. Sure, many of these movies fail to live up to the hype or inevitably disappoint, but right now, the outlook couldn't be brighter.
The first weekend in May usually signifies the start of the summer movie season, and this year is no exception, though with Furious 7 opening April 3 and shattering box office records all month long, you could certainly make the case that summer moved up a month this year. And, next year appears to be following suit, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set for release in March.
Regardless of when the summer movie season starts, this one has a lot going for it. Pixar sat out last summer, but this year they're back. Marvel is packing the one-two punch of Avengers and Ant-Man. There are some highly anticipated sequels (Pitch Perfect 2, Mad Max Fury Road), and some less anticipated ones (Terminator: Genisys, anyone?). In short, there's plenty to be optimistic about. For now.
As I've done in years past, I'm going to attempt to look in my crystal ball and predict the biggest blockbusters (films grossing over $150 million), along with projected final box office numbers. But I'm also going to call out the hits (films grossing $75-150 million), misses, wild cards, and indie breakouts of the season. So, sit back, relax in the air conditioning, and munch on some popcorn. It's summer movie forecast time!
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