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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.