This summer it’s all about the colon, and thankfully we don’t mean that colon. There must have been a memo in Hollywood because the hottest movies released during the year’s hottest months all have that two dot punctuation mark. Check out our top picks of 2015’s Summer Blockbusters!
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Domestic total as of July 27th: $465,612,712.
Written and directed by Joss “The Hits Keep On Comin’” Whedon, Avengers: Age of Ultron continues to rake in box office receipts. Released May 1st, you can still go and see this witty actioner in the theaters. Check your listings because there’s an Avengers double feature in many cities! Style check: our Avengers tees will add 150 street cred points.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Domestic total as of July 27th: $151,622,298.
George Miller said in an interview that 90% of the action in Fury Road was practical effects, so not much CGI. This is a common trait in a lot of the top movies of 2015, and one that will hopefully continue! Audiences are eating up these technical, dangerous stunts, and Mad Max has them in spades. Released May 15th this movie is killing it overseas, too. We predict the Furiousa to have her own movie in 2017.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Release date: July 31st.
Can you believe it’s been almost 20 years since the first Mission: Impossible movie?! Tom Cruise is still kickin’ ass as Ethan Hunt, and keeping things fresh by performing his own stunts (that scene in Rogue Nation where he’s hanging on to the outside of the plane? Yup, he’s really there, strapped to the side as the plane climbs to 5000 feet). Early reviews are coming back more tepid than we expected, seemingly centered on a forgettable plot. We don’t care! We’ll be waiting in line on Friday, ready to catch this sure-fire summer blockbuster!
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Release date: September 18th.
The first Maze Runner movie introduced many of us evil grownups to teen/young-adult scifi action writer T.S. Nowlin. This next installment (certainly leading into a third movie) moves the plot along as the group of kid-captives are presented with their next task, unironically risking their pretty faces to save the world… all while being misled by adults with ulterior motives.
Domestic total as of July 27th: $85,683,524.
Who could have predicted that “I’ll be back” and “come with me if you want to live” would be worth a 5-movie franchise and a TV spinoff? We predict this will be the final Terminator movie that stars Arnold (we know, we know… Terminator Salvation didn’t star Arnold, but it did have his likeness CGI’d into it), with possible future releases introducing new characters. Genisys is doing well in the international markets, which is probably going to be its saving grace. The TV show was well received, and it starred Summer Glau as a Terminator. Joss Whedon not at the helm of that show, surprising given that the premise is right up his alley and the work history he and Summer share. Style check: our Tech Noir tee is inspired from the first Terminator movie, and is a subtle nod to the franchise.