Labor Day weekend is upon, signaling the end of another summer Blockbuster season and the news was not so good as this year was one of the worst box office summers in over a decade but I have a good idea why that happened.
Everything opened early this year
This year started off with a bang for movie goers. Treated to early winter films like the February's The Lego Move, March's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, April's The Amazing Spider Man 2, and May's X Men: Days of Future Past, Godzilla, and Maleficent, a majority of 2014's top grossing movies came this spring, leaving a lot less for the summer season. While all of these movies did well domestically and overseas, movie goers were left with about 4 big films that were slated to debut this summer, some of which didn't send audiences in droves to see.
The summer line up was pretty hit or miss
While the less than impressive 4th installment of Transformers managed to gross a questionable 100 million dollar opening weekend, only a handful of other films debuted with successful weekends. Between comedies like 22 Jump Street, Think Like A Man Too, the only big name blockbusters that were highly anticipated this summer were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Marvels second successful film this year, Guardians of the Galaxy. What landed between these films were either over looked or so poor that movie goers showed no interest in them. Even the 9 year, hotly anticipated sequel to Sin City debuted far below what analyst expected. While the beginning of the year had a large amount of films that sent people in crowds to watch them, the summer lacked really anything interesting and was filled with a lot of sub par sequels and frankly, boring options.
Where do we go from here?
While summer is officially over, which may be for the best, there is still a plethora of films coming this fall that should get movie goers excited. A few being The Maze Runner, Gone Girl, Interstellar, Big Hero 6, The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hobbit: Battle of the 5 Armies, hopefully all of which will do better than some of the lackluster films that debuted this summer season. While 2015's summer box office is already setting up for a bang, starting with Avengers: Age of Ultron in May, The Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, Terminator Genesys, Jurassic World and plenty more, the selection is already sounding better than what we knew was coming at the beginning of 2014. Hopefully the launch of more individual franchises will change Hollywood's perception on what works and what doesn't and maybe we'll make our way back to see more original films debut instead of remakes of films from the past. (However, Transformers did gross a billion dollars so history just might repeat itself) Did you make it to the movies for all the summer blockbuster this year?