2017 Summer Movies

It’s almost here!  The Movie Blockbuster season!  Woo hoo!

The summer movie season, the way I hear it from other bloggers and podcasters, can trace its blockbuster-y-ness to the summer of 1975, and a new director brought out this beach movie that changed summer movies, FOREVER.

Since the release of “Jaws” back in ’75 movie studios have been going for bigger, and bigger movies (notice I didn’t say better); we are getting to a point where movies are being made for $1 billion a pop for a summer release movie.  The next 2 Avenger movies from Marvel Studios is going to cost $1 billion for each of them…$2 billion for a set of movies that are filming back-to-back.  That’s crazy!

In anticipation of the summer blockbusters here is what I am going to do.  I want to list here my anticipated summer movie list, May through August; then I will guess which 5 movies will have the best summer opening (opening equals opening weekend box office, usually those are released on Monday, if there is a tie the tiebreaker will be the difference between opening and budget).

Questions? No? Here we go. (* = Alone, MF5 = Family)

5th – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 * ($145,049,000)
12th – King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword ($15,371,270)
Snatched ($19,542,248)
Absolutely Anything * (No stats)
19th – Everything, Everything ($12,000,000)
Alien: Covenant ($36,000,000)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul MF5 ($7,200,000)
25/26th – Baywatch ($18,100,000)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ($62,179,000)

2nd – Wonder Woman * ($103,251,471)
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie MF5 ($23,851,539)
9th – The Mummy * ($31,688,375)
16th – Cars 3 MF5 ($53,688,680)
All Eyez on Me ($26,435,354)
Rough Night * ($8,004,283)
23rd – Transformers: The Last Night * ($44,680,073)
28/30th – Baby Driver * ($21,000,000)
The House * ($9,000,000)
Despicable Me 3 MF5 ($75,410,275)

7th – Spider-Man: Homecoming * ($117,027,503)
14th – War for the Planet of the Apes * ($56,262,929)
The Big Sick ($7,529,590)
21st – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets * ($17,020,000)
Girls Trip ($30,370,720)
Dunkirk * ($50,500,000)
28th – Atomic Blonde * ($18,286,420)

4th – The Dark Tower * ($19,153,698)
18th – The Hitman’s Bodyguard * ($21,384,504)
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature ($8,342,311)
Logan Lucky ($7,600,036)
25th – The Life and Death of John Gotti
All Saints
Villa Capri

2017 Top 5 Summer Blockbuster:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 ($145,049,000)
2. War for the Planet of the Apes ($56,262,929)
3. Spider-Man: Homecoming ($117,027,503)
4. Despicable Me 3 ($75,410,275)
5. Transformers: The Last Knight ($44,680,073)

2017 Honorable Mentions (No particular order)
– Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ($62,179,000)
– Car 3 ($53,688,680)
– Wonder Woman ($103,251,471)
– Alien: Covenant ($36,000,000)
– Dunkirk ($50,500,000)


2016 Movie Releases

Here on Small Town Movie Watcher, I take my movie watching seriously.  So seriously, I need to plot out my year in advance for my movie watching pleasure.

Now, the below list are movies that I would like to watch during 2016, but it doesn’t mean that I am going to watch these, nor will I have the time or cash.

Think of this list as fluid for the fact that movies move release dates all the time, or get axed altogether.  Pick a movie and get out there and let it take you away.

January 6th
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)
January 8th
The Revenant
– Diablo (D)
The Masked Saint
January 12th
400 Days (D)
January 15th
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Moonwalkers (D)
Norm of the North
A Perfect Day (D)
Band of Robbers
January 22nd
The 5th Wave
Dirty Grandpa
Monster Hunt (Limited)
Exposed (D)
January 27th
Lazer Team (Limited)
Dance Camp (Limited)
January 29th
– Kung Fu Panda 3
The Finest Hours
Jane Got a Gun
February 5th
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Hail, Ceasar!
February 12th
Touched with Fire
How to be Single
Zoolander no. 2
February 19th
The Great Gilly Hopkins
February 26th
– Only Yesterday
Gods of Egypt
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (D)
Triple 9
Eddie the Eagle
March 4th
London Has Fallen
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Knight of Cups
March 11th
The Young Messiah
Eye in the Sky
The Legend of Barney Thomson (D)
The Brother’s Grimsby
10 Cloverfield Lane
March 18th
Miracles from Heaven
Midnight Special
The Program
March 25th
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
I Saw the Light
April 1st
Hello, My Name is Doris
Miles Ahead
God’s Not Dead 2
April 8th
The Boss
Term Life
April 15th
The Jungle Book
Everybody Wants Some!!
April 22nd
The Meddler
A Hologram for the King
April 29th
Ratchet & Clank
Mother’s Day
Same Kind of Different as Me
Special Correspondents (D)
May 6th
Captain America: Civil War
Going in Style
The Family Fang
May 13th
Money Monster
Last Days in the Desert
May 19th
Elvis & Nixon (D)
May 20th
The Angry Birds Movie
The Nice Guys
May 27th
X-Men: Apocalypse
Alice Through the Looking
The Do-Over (D)
June 3rd
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
June 10th
Now You See Me 2
June 17th
Finding Dory
Central Intelligence
June 24th
Independence Day: Resurgence
Free State of Jones
July 1st
The Legend of Tarzan
Our Kind of Traitor
July 5th
Dear Eleanor
July 8th
The Secret Life of Pets
July 15th
The Lake
The Infiltrator
July 22nd
Don’t Think Twice
Star Trek Beyond
Ice Age: Collision Course
July 25th
Batman: The Killing Joke (D)
July 29th
Jason Bourne
The Space Between Us
Bad Moms
August 5th
The Little Prince
Suicide Squad
August 12th
Pete’s Dragon
The Shack
Florence Foster Jenkins
Cafe Society
August 19th
Kubo and the Two Strings
War Dogs
August 26th
Mechanic: Resurrection
The Hollars
Hands of Stone
September 2nd
Patient Zero
September 9th
September 16th
Bridget Jones’s Baby
Mr. Church
September 23rd
The Magnificent Seven
September 30th
Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
October 7th
The Birth of a Nation
The Girl on the Train
War on Everyone
October 10th
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (D)
October 13th
October 14th
A Monster Calls
The Accountant
October 21st
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Keeping up with the Joneses
Max Steel
October 28th
American Pastoral
November 4th
Doctor Strange
November 11th
Sleepless Night
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
November 18th
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
November 23rd
Bad Santa 2
The Great Wall
November 25th
A United Kingdom
December 2nd
La La Land
December 16th
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Collateral Beauty
December 21st
Dec 25th
– Why Him?