The Dinosaur in the Room: Tripwire’s Guide to Summer/ Autumn Movies 2015

The Dinosaur in the Room: Tripwire’s Guide to Summer/ Autumn Movies 2015

It’s the second half of June now and the summer has properly begun so we thought it would be the perfect time to give our followers the dozen films that will probably dominate the box office this summer. Of course, Universal’s Jurassic World has already thrown down quite a gauntlet with its $511m opening weekend worldwide. But will any other films come close this summer? Here’s our list of movies that will be on cinemagoers’ radar this summer and into the early autumn…

 

1) Minions UK release date 26th June 2015

Despicable Me made $250m in the US and £20m in the UK while its sequel Despicable Me 2, released three years later, grossed a staggering $832m worldwide. So this spin-off featuring the bizarrely loveable lackeys is bound to set the box office alight. Sandra Bullock is the voice of new villainess Scarlett Overkill, Minions also gives us the backstory of these yellow creatures. We predict that, with Jurassic World probably still making a showing at the box office, Minions will still make a potload of money. Box office prediction: Between $300m and $400m in the US  and $700m worldwide

2) Terminator Genisys UK release 3rd July 2015

Terminator has to be the movie series with the most convoluted, checkered history ever. The series, which began back in 1984 with The Terminator, keeps trying to reinvent itself. Terminator Salvation, back in 2009 with Christian Bale and Sam Worthington, was a damp squib at the cinema, failing to make its $200m budget back at the US box office. So can Alan Taylor, director of Thor: The Dark World, with the help of a returned Arnie, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and a plot that apparently ignores the third and fourth films and follows on from the acclaimed T2, inject new life into the old cyborg? It is hard to say as the Thor sequel didn’t exactly set the world on fire and it’s not easy to rejuvenate old franchises. However, Jurassic World has proven that you can do exactly that and Arnie is enjoying a little bit of a renaissance. Box office prediction: Between $200 and £250m in the US and $400m worldwide

3) Ant-Man UK release 17th July 2015

Marvel have yet to release a dud onto the market in terms of box office so far but Ant-Man may be an obscure comic creation too far. It already lost its director, Edgar Wright last year, and it is a very different sort of film for comedian Paul Rudd. Rudd plays con-man Scott Lang, who with the help of the super-suit created by his mentor, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) has to pull off the heist of the century. Box office prediction: Between $150m and $200m in the US and $350m worldwide

4) Mission:Impossible: Rogue Nation UK release 30th July 2015

Ghost Protocol, when it was released back in 2011, made an impressive $694m worldwide but Edge of Tomorrow, Cruise’s sci fi actioner which was released last summer, only managed less than half of that worldwide. His career has been strangely schizophrenic in terms of his box office appeal but the Mission:Impossible films have been huge crowd pleasers so Rogue Nation will probably clean up at the box office. Reunited with regular collaborator Christopher McQuarrie, here the IMF battle against an organisation bent on destroying them – The Syndicate. Box office prediction: Between $250m and $300m in the US and $700m worldwide

5) Fantastic Four UK release 6th August 2015

The film that Marvel has disowned, Fantastic Four could be a bit of a disaster. The filmmakers have buggered around with Lee and Kirby’s original concepts, seemingly for very arbitrary reasons. But its release slot is fairly clever as there isn’t anything else that is likely to compete with it. The cast are fairly young so maybe it will play well with a younger crowd. Interestingly, it opens the day before the US in the UK. Box office prediction: Between $150m and $200m in the US and $350m worldwide

6) Man from UNCLE UK release 14th August 2015

Guy Ritchie managed to make his Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey Jr work, but the original Man from UNCLE is a much-loved classic TV series so it may be more problematic to capture the audience’s imagination. Armie Hammer appeared in the disastrous Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and Cavill was in the moderately successful Man of Steel, so it is hard to judge whether Ritchie has got it right here. Box office prediction: Between $150m and $200m in the US and $400m worldwide

7) Legend UK release 11th September 2015

With Tom Hardy enjoying a little bit of an increased profile thanks to Mad Max: Fury Road, this biopic of The Krays directed and written by Brian Helgeland (writer on Man on Fire and Green Zone) and starring Hardy as both Krays may get some decent attention. Of course, the story has been told before in Peter Medak’s The Krays way back in 1990 but Hardy and Helgeland have proper cinematic pedigree between them. Box office prediction: Between $150m and $200m in the US and $350m worldwide

8) Everest UK release 25th September 2015

An expedition goes disastrously wrong on the world’s tallest mountain. We have Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley and Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur and a 3D film set on one of the most dramatic places on Earth. This has a very good chance of owning the box office the week it comes out. Box office prediction: Between $250m and $300m in the US and $450m worldwide

9) The Martian UK release 2nd October 2015

Ridley Scott still has to live down the bloated monstrosity that was Prometheus and the disaster that was The Counsellor. The Martian, based on the successful book by Andy Weir, looks good on paper with Matt Damon as astronaut Watney trapped on Mars, assumed dead. Sci fi can still capture people’s imagination but Scott has had more misfires than hits recently so it could go either way. Box office prediction: Between $250m and $300m in the US and $400m worldwide

10) Crimson Peak UK release 16th October 2015

Guillermo del Toro’s last film Pacific Rim didn’t do great business in the US but it managed to take $400m worldwide, which has guaranteed it a sequel in two years’ time. Crimson Peak starring Tom Hiddeston, Charlie Hunnam and Jessica Chastain sees Del Toro returning to the genre that he excels at, namely horror. Crimson Peak has a female author in a house with some terrible secrets and people still love classic horror stories. Box office prediction: Between $150m and $200m in the US and $400m worldwide

11) Pan UK release 16th October 2015

Joe Wright has become best known as a director of more personal, low-key projects like Anna Karenina and Atonement, so it will be interesting to see if he can pull off this big-budget retelling of the story of Peter Pan. Hugh Jackman should help the box office of this film internationally. The story of Peter Pan has been told so many times, so the question here is whether Wright and co have found a new and inventive take that will engage with audiences? Box office prediction: Between $200m and $250m in the US and $500m worldwide

12) Spectre UK release 23rd October 2015

Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as James Bond and rumoured to be his last, Spectre has Christoph Waltz as villain Franz Oberhauser and Sam Mendes returning as director. Skyfall made a fortune at the box office so there’s no reason to assume that Spectre won’t do the same. Box office prediction: Between $250m and $300m in the US and $900m worldwide

 

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