Summer is now upon us. Well, in Britain we had it last week and it was a lovely five days…most of which I spent inside working, although I did have a very nice brunch with a friend by the Kingston-upon-Thames riverside. But in all seriousness we are now entering the time of year where cinemas are going to be filled with blockbusters fighting it out for the Box Office #1 spot. So, without further ado I present my box office predictions for the films of summer 2018. Below I am going to list the ten films being released this summer that I think will have the highest worldwide box office takings, and a few sentences on each one. Now, let us start with…
10) Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Dir. Ol Parker)
To mark the tenth anniversary of Mamma Mia! they are only going and releasing a sequel! How unusual of Hollywood… But in all seriousness, the first one was a huge box office hit and there is a fan base. However, there are two reasons why I put this as low as 10 – A) it has been a decade, and a lot of sequels do not gross so highly when there has been a lengthy gap, and B) this summer is full of films from far bigger franchises.
9) Ocean’s 8 (Dir. Gary Ross)
If this film had been released three years ago then I would have been far more sceptical of its chances of box office success. However, the box office success of some all-female comedies in recent years proves that there is a market for such films, and a cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna proves that this film has the draw of star power.
8) Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (Dir. Genndy Tartakovsky)
The Hotel Transylvania franchise has made big bucks at the box office, and has been popular with family audiences due to there being fun, lighthearted entertainment for kids, and some fun references that the parents will understand. As such, I can see this film being a box office hit this summer, as during the summer holidays parents are going to want to take their kids to the cinema to see some fun entertainment (that logic is why the Ice Age franchise was so successful).
7) Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Dir. Christopher McQuarrie)
The Mummy proved that Tom Cruise is no longer a guarantee for box office success. However, the words Mission: Impossible are, as each of the previous five films has been in the annual top ten highest grossers, bar none. The franchise is one of the most popular action film franchises of all time, and as such it has a huge fan base, which has only grown after the brilliant Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation.
6) Ant-Man and the Wasp (Dir. Peyton Reed)
Nobody expected Ant-Man to be as good or as successful as it was this time three years ago, in the run-up to its release, and as such people are highly anticipating the return of one of Marvel’s wittiest superheroes. And in the wake of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, the world is in a full on state of Marvel hype. Will it be as successful as either of those films? Almost certainly not, but it will help Disney raise the capital for their next multi-billion dollar deal.
5) Deadpool 2 (Dir. David Leitch)
The world fell in love with the merc with a mouth two years ago when the first film came out. As such, he has a huge fan base, and the success of Logan last year reaffirmed to the world that these darker, 15 (UK)/R (US) rated superheroes films can be really good. We love the character, we love the humour, and we trust Ryan Reynolds’s love for his now most iconic role, and as such I foresee the viewers flocking to this film.
4) Incredibles 2 (Dir. Brad Bird)
In the fourteen years since The Incredibles, Pixar have given us a trilogy of Cars films, a sequel to Finding Nemo, a prequel to Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story 3, but only now are we getting Incredibles 2. I was twelve when the original came out, and there was a near unanimous love for this within my generation, so forget the family audience, there will be countless members of my generation going to see this film for the nostalgia alone. Big box office bucks are coming your way once again, Pixar!
3) Solo: A Star Wars Story (Dir. Ron Howard)
Like many Star Wars geeks, I am nervous for this film quality-wise, because it has had some serious production problems, and the trailers just have not excited me much. However, every time a new clip or a new poster has been unveiled, the internet has been overrun with Star Wars fanboys (yes, there is a difference between geeks and fanboys!) gushing over it. Regardless of quality, the words Star Wars means big box office bucks – I think the prequel trilogy proved that very well.
2) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Dir. J.A. Bayona)
I do not have high hopes for the quality of this film, but it will be the big scale dinosaur blockbuster that everyone is expecting, and are as such anticipating. My reason for having it so high is because I think it will do a Fast & Furious 8. I did not expect Fast & Furious 8 to gross over $1 billion like Fast & Furious 7 did, and I am anticipating that Fallen Kingdom will do the same and gross over $1 billion like Jurassic World did.
1) Avengers: Infinity War (Dirs. Anthony and Joe Russo)
Come on, did you expect anything else to take the top spot? Marvel films are box office gold, but none more so than the Avengers films. This film is what the entire franchise had been building up to for ten years and eighteen films, and as such it has become one of the most anticipated blockbusters in cinema history, while it is currently on track to have the biggest opening weekend in cinema history. That is kind of insane when you stop and think about it, so right now Marvel and Disney executives are probably making big plans for that money.
Well, those are my predictions, and at the end of September I will post again on this topic to discuss how many of my predictions came true, as well as any surprises that I may have had. Watch this space, guys…!