US Summer Fare for 2014-Will These Be The Box Office Giants?

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With the summer movie season fast approaching and with the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier which brought in over $646 million worldwide (an astonishing amount of money for a non-summer movie), there is big hopes for the summer fare this year. There are 4 movies of note, so far, that are slated for release starting in May which is considered the “unofficial” kick-off of the summer movie watching period. Here are the four movies that are expected to bring in the big numbers this season (release dates are the domestic dates):

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Release Date: May 2, 2014
Runtime: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Stars
Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man/Peter Parker
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
Jamie Foxx as Electro/Max Dillon
Dane DeHaan as Green Goblin/Harry Osborn
Sally Field as Aunt May
Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich
Campbell Scott as Richard Parker
For the entire cast listing see IMDB Link
Plot
Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of super villains against him, impacting on his life.

Images from the Upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Images from the Upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2

X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Release Date: May 23, 2014
Runtime: NA
Stars
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique
Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask
James McAvoy as Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (young)
Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast
Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine
Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver
Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat
Anna Paquin as Marie/Rogue
Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (older)
Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake/Iceman
Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe/Storm
Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier
For the entire cast listing see IMDB Link
Plot
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Images from the Upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past
Images from the Upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past

Transformers: Age of Extinction
Transformers:
Age of Extinction

Release Date: June 27, 2014
Runtime: NA
Stars
Nicola Peltz as Tessa Yeager
Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager
T.J. Miller as Lucas
Stanley Tucci as Joshua
Kelsey Grammer as Harold Attinger
Sophia Myles as Darcy
Titus Welliver as Savoy
Jack Reynor as Shane
Bingbing Li as Su Yueming
Abigail Klein as Joshua’s Jr. Assistant
Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime (voice)
For the entire cast listing see IMDB Link
Side note: Doesn’t look like anyone from the original cast returned.
Plot
An automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots and Decepticons – and a paranoid government official – on them.

Images from the Upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction
Images from the Upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Release Date: July 11, 2014
Runtime: NA
Stars
Judy Greer as Cornelia
Andy Serkis as Caesar
Keri Russell as Ellie
Gary Oldman as Dreyfus
Toby Kebbell as Koba
Jason Clarke as Malcolm
For the entire cast listing see IMDB Link
Plot
Survivors of the simian plague trigger an all-out war between humanity and Caesar’s growing forces.

Images from the Upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Images from the Upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Other Summer Releases (as of April 30 2014)
1. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13): The first How to Train Your Dragon earned $217.6 million in early 2010, and remains one of the most popular animated movies in recent memory (it ranks in the all-time Top 250 on IMDb).

2. Godzilla (May 16): With this being the umpteenth remake of the original Japanese version of Godzilla released in 1954, we cannot even predict how this will fare at the box office. I guess the producers and production companies are hoping to yet again kick-start an old story to the younger audience.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1): This Marvel Cinematic Universe movie has no clear tie-in with the rest of the Marvel characters. The attention-grabbing first trailer spends a lot t of time to introduce each member, including a gun-toting raccoon and a human man who goes by Star Lord (played by Chris Pratt).

3. Maleficent (May 30): Based on Disney’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is the latest live-action fantasy from the studio that found success with similar movies Alice in Wonderland.

3. Neighbors (May 9): Seth Rogen stars in this movie. Neighbors has a great comedic set-up that’s front-and-center in all of Universal’s advertising (“Family Vs. Frat”). It’s also well-positioned as the first R-rated comedy in a Summer that’s full of them.

4. 22 Jump Street (June 13): The follow-up sequel to 21 Jump Street which I have yet to see. I guess it will attract the same audience that went to see the first remake. Not holding my breath on this one either.

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (August 8): This movie will most likely do well, not only at thebox office but also potential toy sales. The adults that grew up on the series will now probably bring their little children to see this. Okay, I suffered through this once; never again.

6. A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30): Writer/director Seth MacFarlane will star as a cowardly farmer who begins to fall for a mysterious new woman in town, played by Charlize Theron. Fans of Seth and Charlize will flock to this; not sure it will attract anybody else.

7. The Fault in our Stars (June 6): Wow! The first love story for the summer! Not much coming out with a focus on relationships.

8. Deliver Us From Evil (July 2): Horror movies can provide a nice alternative to all of the big-budget spectacle, R-rated humor, and animated fare. The strong trailer features a lengthy, very frightening scene that provokes an audible response when playing in theaters, and it has made this a must-see for fans of supernatural horror movies.

9. Planes: Fire and Rescue (July 18): A combination movie featuring the animation heroes of Disney’s Planes and Fire and Rescue movies is looking to attract the family movie-goers this summer.

10. Hercules (July 25): Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock is looking to kick start his own franchise with his role in this movie. As one of the biggest stars in the world because of his success in pre-branded movies like G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Fast Five. This won’t get the numbers of some of the previous like movies as 300, Clash of the Titans but it should pull in some decent money.

11. Tammy (July 2): Looks like a typical “chick” flick to me. I am not familiar with the lead at all but the supporting cast of Dan Aykroyd, Toni Collette, and Sandra Oh, I don’t expect this to be a box office smash hit.

12. Blended (May 23): Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, together again! I’ve liked all of their movies together. We can consider them movie husband/wife team because their movies usually deliver the funny. Sandler also has a great movie base that follows him so this should do well.

13. Get On Up (August 1): Get on Up, a James Brown biopic directed by The Help’s Tate Taylor and starring 42’s Chadwick Boseman. Previews nicely mix comedy and drama, and this appears to be the kind of movie that’s going to draw older crowds for many weeks.

14. Edge of Tomorrow (June 6) Tom Cruise! Tom Cruise! No longer box office King (Valkyrie and Jack Reacher both failed to reach $100 million at the domestic box office). However, the subject matter might bring in the audience because of the use of mechanical suits and alien enemy. Fans of Tom Cruise will remain loyal.

I personally don’t go to the movies anymore. My new motto is: If I’m really interested, just buy the damn thing (my DVD collection is extensive); it is infinitely cheaper in the long run or just wait for Netflix to stream it in 6 mos to a year. Of those movies listed above, I don’t think I would go out and buy any of them; Maybe Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; I’ve always liked that franchise. No interest in the rest as they no longer have the original cast. I will most likely wait and see. Let other people spent their money. I’ll just continue to save mine for that trip I’ll never get to take.

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