As the studios prepare to fight for control of this decade’s greatest summer box-office figures, we are hanging back and taking a look at this year’s hottest summer releases. From the earth being under siege in May and the unearthly remnants of June, to the saviours of July and onto an August beyond the realm of the comics.
At the Cinemacon convention in late March, summer blockbusters flooded into the Colosseum theater at the Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas as studios, including Warner Brothers, Sony, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Disney and Universal, showcased to theater owners their upcoming release slates for the summer. While all studios are blasting the summer with their greatest projects, some studios did appear to be seemingly weaker than others with Disney being more focused towards 2016 and 2017 and Universal more concentrated on 2015. Although with the diminishment of major releases in upcoming years at Warner Brothers and Fox, their two biggest films Godzilla and X-Men Days Of Future Past will be going head to head this summer – both will be released in the second half of May.
At the box office it is already very obvious that this summer is going to be one of the biggest for studios and producers to date, with the Amazing Spider-Man sequel already having drawn in an astonishing $92 million on its domestic opening weekend – the second quarter of May releases also stand to out rank Spidey. While seemingly weak, the Transformers rebooted sequel, which most appear to be taking cheap shots towards, ‘Age of Extinction’ could topple either way towards success or failure. Although, looking at the previous installment of Michael Bay’s Transformers Dark of the Moon which has raked in $1.12 billion globally to date it is a chance it could be one of the top grossing titles of this summer. Besides what will thrive at the box office individually, the complete domestic take at cinemas this summer is predicted to be over $4.5 billion.
For audiences, the summer which kicked off on May 1st with Spidey’s sequel debut is looking to be extremely entertaining. Especially with some of the best releases making their way to the Cannes Film Festival including the much acclaimed yet still controversial Grace Of Monaco.
For exhibitors this year’s remake of Godzilla is a surefire bet, Warner Bros. has reigned over 2013 and 2012’s summer box offices with the release of their mega instalments of the Dark Knight, the Hangover and Harry Potter along with 2013’s Man of Steel. However the most risky of investments lay with that of the under publicised and yet to be promoted, secretly lurking, releases of this summer which include Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, The Edge Of Tomorrow and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – which are all sensational. However, with plot information scarce and the possibility of audiences passing on these titles till home release, it could be a hard sell. Especially a hard sell on the side of Interstellar, which unless award nominated could see its future dwindle away, with investors and studios hoping that the feature pulls through with Academy and BAFTA members.
While this year’s awards season will not be kicking off until the end of the Cannes Film Festival on May 24th, it’s already becoming apparent that this years summer releases have a serious chance of gaining heat for the awards season – especially compared to last year – where most contenders and nominees were released within the last quarter of the year. With this in mind some of the lead summer awards contenders include that of Olivier Dahan’s Grace Of Monaco, God’s Pocket and The Double (which previously debuted at the Toronto Film Festival).
You can take a quick look in to this years explosive summer season at the cinema by watching the mash up below.
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James Rush is Tastic Film Magazine’s Chief Editor.