The Summer Blockbusters 2016 – It’s retro time with Ab Fab, David Brent, Jason Bourne, The Magnificent Seven, Ben Hur, Bridget Jones, Tarzan & Independence Day.
If winter brings us the Oscar baiting serious films then summer brings us the crowd pleasing hugely popular blockbusters that make the studios all the big cash.
At the half way point of the year what has hit big in the first six months and what to look forward to during the lucrative summer months
So far it has been a pretty straight forward year with the Top 10 made up 50% by superhero films and 50% by kids movies. (Star Wars: The Force Awakens made a killing at the start of the year but was of course released in 2015)
2016 BOX OFFICE (All Movies Still In Theatres and increasing Income weekly)
1 Captain America: Civil War $396 Million
2 Deadpool $363m
3 The Jungle Book $352m
4 Zootopia $338m
6 Kung Fu Panda 3 $143m
7 X-Men: Apocalypse $136m
8 The Angry Birds Movie $101m
9 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $65m
10 Alice Through The Looking Glass $ 64m
So what biggies are on the way :-
Finding Dory – The sequel to Finding Nemo, could easily end up as the biggest film of the year.
Now You See Me 2 – The starriest cast of the year with Radcliffe, Ruffalo, Caine, Freeman, Eisenberg etc
The Boss – Melissa McCarthy with her American box office mega-smash.
Independence Day 2 – There back & this time it’s a lot more than the White House that’s gonna get it.
The Conjuring 2 – Horror True story gets its sequel, no 3 already in production.
Top Cat Begins – The animated light-fingered cat returns but do we need it ?
The Purge: Election Year – The horror franchise goes political with a much bigger budget.
The BFG – Steven Spielberg tries to repeat what he did with ET The extraterrestrial
Central Intelligence – Spy films were huge in 2015, this time we have The Rock & Kevin Hart.
The Secret Life Of Pets – Possibly the surprise hit of the summer as early word says it is as good as Frozen..
The Legend Of Tarzan – Best trailer of the Summer but has The Jungle Book stolen its thunder.
Ghostbusters – Who ya gonna call ?……the entire team behind Bridesmaids that’s who, go girls !
Ice Age: Collision Course – The mammoth, the sabre tooth and the rat with the acorn back for no.5
Star Trek Beyond – Third outing for the rebooted Trek series but now has to battle ‘The Wars’
Absolutely Fabulous – How long have we waiting for this, we hope more Inbetweeners than Mrs Brown D’Movie.
Jason Bourne – He’s back in this Summer of old faves returning with no sign of Jeremy Renner now.
Suicide Squad – The Superhero film of the Summer from the DC Universe that screwed up Batman v Superman.
David Brent : Life On The Road – Ricky Gervais returns to The Office in feature-length form.
Pete’s Dragon – Disney’s latest live action version of an animated classic & the have not missed yet.
Our Kind Of Traitor – Britain’s hottest star at the moment Damian Lewis dragged into a spy caper.
Ben-Hur – No stars but that epic chariot race will be spectacle enough
The Free State Of Jones – The thinking mans film of the Summer with McConaghuey all US Civil war.
Mechanic Resurrection – Yes Jason Statham is back in his 8th franchise, shirt off as per usual…
War Dogs – Bradley Cooper superstud in a true story about 2 little guys getting a Pentagon contact.
Cell – Samuel L Jackson and John Cusack in the thriller of the Summer.
Sausage Party – This is our pick as the surprise hit of the season and it looks like animation gold.
Captain Fantastic – Not a superhero film this is a big big art house hit.
Bridget Jones Baby – The thirtysomething is also back with added sprog and issues.
The Magnificent Seven – The sexiest man alive Chris Pratt in cowboy gear for two hours plus 6 others.
Miss Pergrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Tim Burton does his best wield family movie thing.