- Business Insider/Disney
As “Captain America: Civil War” continues to be the big winner of the summer movie season, already hitting over $1 billion worldwide, the question is what surprises might knock Marvel’s blockbuster off balance.
“Angry Birds” dethroning “Civil War” from the US box office was a shock to some. And with “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opening this weekend, it will be interesting to see what audiences go after – a thrilling comic-book adaptation or a children’s fantasy.
Here’s the latest word on the popular titles of the summer and what looks primed to ascend the box office.
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10. “Angry Birds” (May 20)
- YouTube / Screenshot
It will be interesting to see if it will hold its own throughout the summer, especially since its win the first weekend was a surprise. At the very least it will leave the summer having some bragging rights.
Last Ranking: New This Week
9. “Ghostbusters” (July 15)
The insults thrown at the all-female “Ghostbusters” continues. Social media exploded recently when a blogger vowed not to review the reboot.
We’ve now gotten to a point where the movie has so much venom around it that it’s tough to see if it can get an honest release, as almost all press will be focused on the pre-release “news.”
Hopefully the talents of director Paul Feig and the cast – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and the rest – can silence all the bad hype when people actually see the movie.
Last Ranking: 7th
8. “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” (May 20)
- Chuck Zlotnick/Universal
Though the movie was riding on positive reviews and an original that was a huge moneymaker, “Neighbors 2” had a soft opening weekend, making about 50% less in the US than the original.
The title could rebound through the summer, but Universal is not looking at a repeat performance of the original.
Last Ranking: 6th
7. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (May 27)
Box-office trackers will be spending this week looking to see if two movies the size of “Alice” and “X-Men” can share the pot, as they both open Friday.
Reviews coming in from Disney’s all-media press screening of the film on Monday aren’t strong.
But then there’s another factor. As we’re heading into Memorial Day weekend, for many potential moviegoers it will come down to that age-old decision: the beach or the movies.
Last Ranking: 7th
6. “X-Men: Apocalypse” (May 27)
- 20th Century Fox
The studio might be looking at a big moneymaker.
Last Ranking: 8th
5. “Finding Dory” (June 17)
- Pixar/The Ellen Show
Without question the most anticipated family film of the summer, “Finding Dory” inches closer to release.
No one has seen the film yet, but if the movie can come anywhere close to the trailers (a new one just hit the web) we’re in for a good time.
Last Ranking: 5th
4. “Jason Bourne” (July 29)
For audiences looking for a break from the superhero movies this summer, Matt Damon returning as Jason Bourne could be a big attraction.
If the action is as strong as the previous films, and the inclusion of Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander works out, this one could do really well.
Last Ranking: 4th
3. “Suicide Squad” (August 5)
- Warner Bros.
The recent shakeup at Warner Bros. that has led to the creation of DC Films only builds more pressure for “Suicide Squad” to be a big global hit.
With reshoots done, it seems WB/DC are trying to learn from their mistakes after the disappointment of “Batman v Superman.”
Last Ranking: 3rd
2. “Independence Day: Resurgence” (June 24)
- 20th Century Fox
With a nearly five-minute new trailer now online, anticipation builds for this sequel two decades in the making.
Coming out the weekend after “Finding Dory,” it should generate excitement from the 18-25 demo to see an explosion-filled sci-fi movie.
It has the feel of a summer juggernaut in the making, but can it topple Marvel’s dominance?
Last Ranking: 2nd
1. “Captain America: Civil War” (May 6)
With “Civil War” now over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, Disney can sit back comfortably and see what other kinds of success its latest Marvel movie can have.
The studio is dominating the box office this year, but what this movie in particular proves is that there’s still a lot of fresh territory that can be explored through the superhero genre.
Last Ranking: 1st