With Memorial Day right around the corner, the summer season is about to get into full swing. That means that massive blockbuster films are about to be released on a weekly basis. Before the summer movie season is upon us, I took it upon myself to make some predictions that will probably end of being wrong and will have everyone question why I even discuss film in the first place. Below are your summer movie predictions for 2017:
Box Office Predictions
Below are what MovieBabble believes will be the top earning films of the summer in terms of international gross:
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Despicable Me 3
- Transformers: The Last Knight
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- Wonder Woman
- Cars 3
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- War for the Planet of the Apes
- The Mummy
- The Emoji Movie
If the last few years are any indicator, international markets love superheroes, animation, pirates, giant robots, and Minions. Especially Minions. Animated movies have the added benefit of selling at the very least two tickets to a predominant amount of the audience that sees the movie, making high profile animations like Despicable Me 3, Cars 3, and, unfortunately, The Emoji Movie (why has humanity come to this?) almost guaranteed to do solid money, for better or for worse. As for Transformers, my money is on a sub-25% Rotten Tomatoes score, but international markets flood theaters to see these films.
Let’s take a look at some in-depth, more specific predictions for the summer months:
Wonder Woman will be the first critical hit for the DCEU
For months, many have pointed to this film as the film that has to do well for the future of the DCEU. Luckily for the project, it was in production largely on location and isolated from the turmoil at Warner Bros. during the releases of both Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad, of which both had highly documented instances of studio interference. Thankfully for comic book fans everywhere, the initial buzz from Wonder Woman is incredibly positive, making this one of the most surefire predictions on this list of summer movie predictions for 2017.
Baby Driver will be among the best movies of the summer, but will tank miserably at the box office
The latest film from acclaimed director Edgar Wright is soon to be upon us and looks fun as hell. This star-studded film appears to have all the qualities of a hit: great director, great cast, great trailer, great plot synopsis, great soundtrack. However, there’s one problem. As a casual moviegoer, have you even heard of this film?
To make matters worse, Baby Driver is getting released right in the middle of the heat of summer with Transformers: The Last Knight coming out the week before, Despicable Me 3 coming out the same week, and Spider-Man: Homecoming coming out the week after.
Sorry, Edgar Wright, but you might have another film that does poorly in the United States.
Rought Night will be one of top ten highest grossing movies…in the U.S.
A growing trend the last couple summers has been that a female-led comedy has etched out a spot in the top 10 highest domestic box office earners with Spy and Ghostbusters being the most recent examples.
Rough Night has a great cast led by Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon and is written by the team behind Broad City on Comedy Central. The trailer even looks like a mixture between The Hangover and Weekend at Bernie’s. Who knows, this could be a hidden gem.
Dunkirk will have a Rotten Tomatoes score above 90%
Every year there are a few prestige pictures that get released in the heat of the summer, and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is certainly one of them. Nolan has yet to direct a “rotten” film in his filmography, so it seems pretty safe to say that the film will most likely be “fresh.”
However, Nolan has said on record that the film will have a PG-13 rating because it will focus on the themes of the Battle of Dunkirk, rather than the violence. Many war films these days try to shock audience members with gore, which turns a small majority of critics off to the film. Because the film will be theme heavy, most critics will probably love this film unabashedly.
It Comes at Night will be the sleeper hit of the summer
A24 continues to release great films. If you recently saw an indie film that was pretty fantastic, odds are that A24 was behind it. This newer studio allows its filmmakers to have a ton of freedom, which ends up improving the final product in most cases.
It Comes at Night has had two haunting trailers that are sure to make genre enthusiasts squeal with glee. On top of that, critics that have seen the film have already called it a great horror film. It may not have the broadest appeal, but it seems likely that It Comes at Night will have a vocal minority screaming its merits.
The Emoji Movie will be the worst thing ever
That’s pretty self-explanatory.
Thanks for reading! What are your summer movie predictions for 2017? Comment down below with your thoughts!
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I have a feeling WW might tank. Be interesting to see! I’ve not been a big fan of the DC movies.
Agree wholeheartedly with your other assessments. The Emoji Movie…eeeeuch.
The DCEU has certainly been spotty, but buzz around the movie has been great so far so fingers crossed! Also, if the Emoji Movie does good enough you know that the sequel will be something terrible like “The Bitmojie Movie” lol
Great write up! I am looking forward to this summer’s blockbusters as well. I think Spiderman: Homecoming will do biggest numbers. I think War of the Planet of the Apes will be the best and my favorite movie. I am personally rooting for Dunkirk to be good so bad because Nolan is one of my favorite directors and this doesn’t seem like a movie he would make, plus I wasn’t to big on Interstellar (I know unpopular). All in all this should be a great summer for films.
Let’s hope! My main fear is that The Emoji Movie and Transformers make enough money to warrant sequels lol
Lol How many movies is Transformers on now? Big theme is sequels this summer Despicable Me, Pirates, Transformers, Apes. Casual viewers will go see based on name alone so companies will continue to make as long as they sell.
This is the (gulp) 5th Transformers movie lol. They keep killing in oversees markets.
It seems like the movement towards established franchises is staying for good. Studios are afraid of making big budget, stand-alone properties in fear of them tanking. Take King Arthur for example, made $15 million its first weekend on a $185 million budget.