Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Summer Sums

They summer movie season is essentially over, so let's look back and see how the major titles performed.  The following are judgment calls, but at worst any title will be is one category off.

Flops

Tomorrowland -- this had to be a giant franchise or nothing, and the audience just didn't cotton to it.

Pixels --the end of Adam Sandler as a star?

Vacation -- if it were just halfway decent it would have been a hit

Fantastic Four -- yet another FF flameout

Entourage  -- no one cared any more

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. -- with no stars, the title meant nothing

Aloha  -- misbegotten from the start

Ricki And The Flash -- seeing Meryl as an old rock star excited no one

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl -- not every YA title with a dying girl sells

Irrational Man --  more tired Woody

Hitman: Agent 47 -- late summer action with no want-to-see factor

American Ultra -- odd concept doesn't draw

Disappointments

Spy  --  will make money, but significantly down from last two Feig/McCarthy films, which cost a lot less

Terminator: Genisys --  not enough to keep this franchise going, probably

Ted 2 -- going to the well a second time gets less than half the result

Magic Mike: XXL  --  cheap enough to show a profit, but the bloom is off the rose

Max  --  had to do better

Paper Towns  -- even YA from John Green is no guarantee

Ex Machina  -- wasn't quite the breakout it looked like it might be

Dope  --  very low budget, so profitable, but not really getting the buzz it needed

Hits

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation -- a pretty steady franchise

Ant-Man  -- low for a Marvel movie, but high for Ant-Man

San Andreas -- Dwayne Johnson is now as bankable as anyone out there

Mad Max: Fury Road  --  Arguably a disappointment, but solid enough to keep going

Straight Outta Compton -- considering the budget, and how uncertain the studios were, this could almost be called a blockbuster

Trainwreck -- Schumer was no guarantee, and Apatow hadn't had a hit in a while, so this must feel nice

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 -- no one expected much, so they have to be satisfied

Blockbusters

Jurassic World  -- if it made half as much would still be a blockbuster

Avengers: Age Of Ultron -- a can't miss blockbuster

Furious 7 -- (released in April, but summer is starting earlier these days) the best franchise around, considering it almost died a few numbers ago

Inside Out -- Pixar is the most reliable thing that exists in movies

Minions -- pretty amazing when you do an off-brand Despicable Me, which is already low-budget animation, and gross almost a billion worldwide.

Bonus category 

Studio of the year (so far) goes to Universal, churning out major hits such as Jurassic World, Furious 7, Minions, Pitch Perfect 2, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Straight Outta Compton and Trainwreck.  Even a disappointment like Ted 2 will probably make money.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait- Max and Mad Max are different movies

11:23 AM, August 25, 2015  

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