Summer is halfway over for movie fans. May generated several box office records and June delivered some big hits in the middle of the month. This season has certainly proven top-heavy, though, with May's string of blockbusters overshadowing any other weeks-long time frame on the calendar. It's a hard standard to live up to.
Among enthusiasts, all of this begs the question: what's in store for *next* summer?
The answer is a mixed bag. No summer 2014 releases have debuted trailers as most are still in production. Quality is ultimately king, but built-in interest is key for the success of big-budget franchise movies. The problem is this: after a few summers with stand-out event films far in advance of their release, 2014 seems lacking. For the first time since 2007, there will be no Avengers, Dark Knight, Harry Potter, or Iron Man.
Hindsight is 20/20 but, generally speaking, every year boasts one or more movies widely perceived as "the" film(s) to beat--and it's proven true when they finish among the top two grossers of the summer. 2008 had The Dark Knight and the fourth Indiana Jones. 2009 had the sequel to Transformers and the delayed sixth entry of Harry Potter. The years after were led by aforementioned series. 2014 just doesn't seem to have franchises going in with comparable momentum.
To be fair, next summer does have some high profile franchises on the slate. But are any of them still in their prime?... (more)
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Edited by ShawnMR, 27 June 2013 - 08:47 AM.