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Summer's Hits and Misses

Lucy
Universal Pictures

The summer as a whole has been disappointing, but not everything has left a sour taste in the mouth of moviegoers. Check out this slide show to see the summer’s biggest hits and misses.

Lucy
Lucy Universal Pictures

Lucy

If there was any doubt that women could kick ass, Scarlett Johanssen crushed it. Despite getting ripped apart by critics, “Lucy” managed to become the big sleeper hit of the summer.

Maleficent
Maleficent Walt Disney Pictures

Maleficent

Angelina Jolie kicked the summer into high gear with the Disney fairy tale “Maleficent”. Disney is laughing all the way to the bank with these twisted versions of their classic fairy tales.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Studios

Guardians of the Galaxy

A question mark going into the summer, no one was quite sure what to make of this quirky band of misfits from the Marvel Universe. But a month after being released, Guardians of the Galaxy is about to surpass Captain America: The Winter Soldier to be the year’s highest grossing movie.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: Days of Future Past 20th Century Fox

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Bouncing back from the lukewarm performance of “X-men: First Class," "X-men: Days of Future Past" became the second highest grossing film in the franchise. Mixing the cast of the original trilogy with the younger cast of "First Class" paid off for everyone.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Paramount Pictures

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The nostalgia factor was higher than expected with the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film surpassing all of the industry expectations. With a higher than expected debut, a sequel was green lit before the opening weekend ended.

Fault In Our Stars
Fault In Our Stars 20th Century Fox

Fault In Our Stars

Who knew mixing a love story and sick kids would equal box office gold. The film, based on the novel of the same name, struck a chord with audiences. It is something that the similarly targeted “If I Stay” is attempting to re-create.

Boyhood
Boyhood IFC Films

Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s decade in the making film, that was created using the same child over the course of 12 years, has become the summer’s hit indie film.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Columbia Pictures

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

How can a film gross $200 million and still be considered a disappointment? Welcome to the conundrum of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” It is the lowest grossing film in the series and led many to wonder if superhero fatigue had set in. That fatigue seems limited to just this film.

Edge of Tomorrow
Edge of Tomorrow Warner Bros.

Edge of Tomorrow

Chalk this one up to being saved by international audiences. “Edge of Tomorrow” grossed just shy of $100 million at the domestic box office, but that totaled just 27% of the overall gross for the film. Tom Cruise may not be a huge draw at home, but he can still pack theaters overseas.

Deliver Us From Evil
Deliver Us From Evil Screen Gems

Deliver Us From Evil

Looking to follow in the footsteps of “The Conjuring” last summer, “Deliver Us From Evil” instead got the cold shoulder from audiences. 2014 hasn’t been a kind year to horror films and this just furthered the trend.

Hercules
Hercules Paramount Pictures

Hercules

Even The Rock couldn’t get fans into the theaters for “Hercules,” a retelling of the story from Greek mythology. It probably didn’t help that another Hercules film flopped earlier in the year.

Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys Warner Bros.

Jersey Boys

Based on the hit Broadway show, “Jersey Boys” didn’t quite make a successful transition to the big screen. With Clint Eastwood in the director’s chair and using much of the show’s cast, it was always going to be a gamble. This time it did not pay off.

Sex Tape
Sex Tape Columbia Pictures

Sex Tape

Reteaming “Bad Teacher” co-stars Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz in a film about a couple trying to contain the accidental leaking of their sex tape seems like a slam dunk. Rather, “Sex Tape” landed in theaters with a thud. The film wasn’t even able to recoup its modest $40 million budget domestically.

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Dimension Films

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Coming almost a decade after the original “Sin City” debuted, the long in the works sequel proved to be D.O.A. when it was released this weekend. “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” came in a week eighth place with just over 1/5 of what the original grossed in its opening frame.

Step Up All In
Step Up All In Summit Entertainment

Step Up All In

Maybe it’s time to retire this franchise. The fifth entry into the “Step up” series didn’t do much more than dance on the original film’s legacy.