- 20th Century Fox
The summer movie season came out of the gate strong with the huge opening weekend for “Captain America: Civil War,” the 5th biggest of all time.
Now the question is: Will any title catch up to it, or will the Avengers leave everyone else in the dust?
As more titles being to screen for press, we’re getting a better sense of the movies that will dominate the summer.
In our latest ranking, we’ve compiled critical and fan reaction, plus available box office and projections, to figure out which movies are winning over audiences.
Read all summer movie power rankings.
10. “The Shallows” (June 29)
On paper the movie sounds like a cousin of the campy “Sharknado” franchise, but Sony may have a hit on its hands if the trailer is any indication (which, by the way, has over 4 million views).
Starring Blake Lively as a surfer in a beautiful, secluded cove who’s suddenly attacked by a great white shark 200 yards from shore, the movie then follows her battle with the beast.
When the trailer hit the web May 4, it instantly became a trending topic on social media.
It has the buzz. We’ll see when it’s released if there’s a payoff.
Last Ranking: New This Week
9. “Ghostbusters” (July 15)
It looks like it’s going to be an uphill climb for the “Ghostbusters” reboot leading up to its release. Just as initial bad reception to its trailer was fading, ScreenCrush ran a story saying that it’s now the most disliked trailer ever on YouTube.
Just as a good trailer doesn’t necessarily mean a good movie, the same goes for a bad trailer. But “Ghostbusters” isn’t going to catch a break.
All that noise will be muted, though, if it turns out critics love the movie when they see it.
Last Ranking: 7th
8. “X-Men: Apocalypse” (May 27)
- 20th Century Fox
Depending on who you read, “X-Men: Apocalypse” is either an ambitious superhero movie that sets itself apart from the Marvel heap, or it’s a big disappointment.
20th Century Fox’s plan to take some of the wind out of the sails of “Civil War” by lifting the review embargo on “Apocalypse” right after the Marvel hit opened might have backfired. With only a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, “Apocalypse” looks like another superhero movie that can’t live up to the supremacy of Disney’s releases in the genre.
We’ll see if things improve in the next few weeks.
Last Ranking: 5th
7. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (May 27)
No word yet on the reaction to early screenings of this sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 “Alice in Wonderland,” but we’re still confident it will have a strong box office this summer seeing that the original earned over $1 billion worldwide in 2010.
It also seems like Disney can do no wrong at the box office in 2016.
Last Ranking: 8th
6. “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” (May 20)
- Chuck Zlotnick/Universal
Having seen “Neighbors 2,” I can tell you that there’s reason for many people to be excited. Not only does it pull off a rarity for comedy sequels – fresh jokes and a story as enjoyable as the original – but it’s a surprisingly progressive comedy in which females are placed in a position of power.
Because it’s a Seth Rogen comedy, some will be instantly turned off, but it can legitimately make as much at the box office as the original (maybe even more) if the good word of mouth builds.
Last Ranking: 10th
5. “Finding Dory” (June 17)
- Pixar/The Ellen Show
Without question the most anticipated family film of the summer, “Finding Dory” continues to tease us of its potential greatness with another trailer that came out on Mother’s Day.
It would be shocking to us (and bum out our summer) if this movie isn’t as good as our anticipation. Don’t fail us, Pixar!
Last Ranking: 6th
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.
As the weeks go by, and more superhero movies not under Disney’s Marvel Studios continue to lose interest with audiences, the pressure builds for “Suicide Squad.” It’s important for the DC Comics universe Warner Bros. is creating, but it’s also a chance to prove another studio can produce a good comic-book film.
We’re still a few months away from figuring out which way it goes.
Last Ranking: 3rd
2. “Independence Day: Resurgence” (June 24)
- 20th Century Fox
As with “Jason Bourne” and “Suicide Squad,” the hype for this movie is strong.
Fond memories of its original two decades ago are certainly carrying that, but with the help of the CGI-fueled destruction Roland Emmerich always gives us, the movie should be a strong earner this summer.
Last Ranking: 2nd
1. “Captain America: Civil War” (May 6)
With the fifth-best opening weekend ever ($181.8 million), the latest Marvel movie is living up to its massive marketing campaign, showing off the split among the Avengers into Team Captain America and Team Iron Man.
The movie will certainly have staying power in week two as its only competition is the new release “Money Monster,” starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Not the kind of movie that can stand up to superheroes.
But after that, things will get interesting as “Neighbors 2,” “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” pop up in the coming weeks.
Then we’ll truly see what kind of might this movie has.
Last Ranking: 1st