Diversity is one word to describe this summer's box office: from May to August, fans were able to experience more diverse options. There were the expected hits like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Patty Jenkins' Oscar-worthy Wonder Woman, but there were also low-key great movies like Baby Driver and Girls Trip. However, another word to describe the box office summer of 2017 is paltry ─ this summer was the worst summer for the box office in over a decade. Despite July's blockbuster hit Spider-Man: Homecoming, and movies like Girls Trip and Dunkirk exceeding expectations, the month saw a 11 percent drop in profit compared to 2016. August didn't fare any better, as not only did the final month for the summer see a 34 percent drop compared to last year, but the final weekend was the worst in 16 years. You can point to any number of reasons as to why this summer was so, bad like the lack of originality.
With so little revenue from 2017, I'm sure studios and movie prognosticators are ready to put this year behind them. Thankfully for them, 2017 is in the books, and now we can look forward to what 2018 has to offer. Here are the movies sure to please fans and make studios a ton of money next summer.
1. Avengers: Infinity War — May 4
Summer 2018 will be a gold mine right out the gate with the third installment of Marvel's Avengers. The #MCU has been blockbuster for Disney and the nineteenth installment shouldn't be any different. Anthony and Joe Russo will direct #InfinityWar, which begins years after the events of the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The Guardians are forced to team up with a broken Avengers squad and a plethora of other Marvel heroes with the hope of stopping Thanos (Josh Brolin) from gathering all of the Infinity Stones. Infinity War will bring together a who's who of actors that include: Chadwick Boseman, Bradley Cooper, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Scarlett Johansson, and many more.
2. Untitled Han Solo Spin-Off — May 25
From one Disney money machine to another, #StarWars is a franchise that keeps on giving. Fans of the space-opera will get another spin-off ─ this time a prequel about a character made famous by Harrison Ford: Han Solo. The untitled project is directed by Ron Howard (Inferno) and will follow a young #HanSolo (played by Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca before they joined the Rebellion. Donald Glover, the Hollywood's jack of all trades, is set to appear as Lando Calrissian, and in fact the Atlanta star just wrapped up filming. Glover and Ehrenreich will be joined by Woody Harrelson and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.
3. Deadpool 2 — June 1
Arguably the most anticipated sequel of the summer is #Deadpool. Director David Leitch teams with producers Lauren Donner and Ryan Reynolds to once again bring the foul-mouth, ass-kicking murderous mutant to the big screen. This time he'll be joined by Domino (Zazie Beetz) and the mutant from the future, #Cable (Josh Brolin), along with returning stars T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin and Brianna Hildebrand.
4. Ocean's Eight — June 8
Like Girls Trip, #OceansEight will bring together a number of actresses with the hopes of continuing the success of the Ocean's Trilogy. Sandra Bullock stars as Dany Ocean's sister Debbie, who's looking to rob her ex (Damien Lewis) at the New York Met Gala ─ but first she must assemble a crew. Bullock will be joined by Anne Hathaway, Carol's Cate Blanchett, Dark Shadow's Helena Carter, Rihanna, AHS alum Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling (Mindy Project) and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising star Awkwafina.
5. The Incredibles 2 — June 15
Nostalgic fans of the 2004 hit by writer/director Brad Bird (who also voices Edna) will be lining up to see their favorite Disney animated superhero family once again. According to Pixar's John Lasseter, the sequel will pick up immediately after the first movie, which means the Parr family will be facing off against Underminer. Unlike the original film, it'll be Bob (Mr. Incredible) who's at home with the kids while Elastigirl is off fighting crime. Reprising their roles will be Holly Hunter, who plays Elastigirl, Sarah Vowel as Violet, Huck Milner as Dash, Mr. Incredible himself Craig T. Nelson and, of course, Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone.
6. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — June 22
The Jurassic Park franchise was reborn in 2015 and was a billion dollar hit ─ director J.A. Bayona is hoping to capitalize off the initial film's success. However, star Chris Pratt hinted at a "darker...scarier version" in this sequel. Bayona promises there will be some laughs, but ultimately this is about giving fans a different feel than the first movie. Joining Pratt will be Jurassic Park alum Jeff Goldblum, along with J.D. Wong and Bryce Dallas Howard reprising their roles. There will also be plenty of new faces like The Get Down's Justice Smith, Ted Levine (Monk) and Captain America's Toby Jones.
7. The Purge: The Island — July 4
Once again, the low-budget, mass-murder thriller will look to attract fans in the early days of July. The franchise has grossed over $300 million on a just a $22 million budget, and in 2018 the upward trend could continue. Director James DeMonaco won't be returning to the franchise behind the camera, instead he'll serve as a writer with Fruitvale Station associate producer Gerard McMurray taking over directing duties. According to IMDb, the fourth installment is a prequel to the first Purge film. No names have been mentioned about the cast.
8. Skyscraper — July 13
The reason this movie made the list is simply because Dwayne Johnson is always a box office hit. Outside of Baywatch, the sometimes-WWE superstar has been gold, even when you don't expect it to happen (like with San Andreas, which grossed over $400 million). The Rock plays Will Ford, a former FBI Hostage Rescue Agent now in charge of assessing security for — you guessed it, skyscrapers. While on assignment in China, he finds the world's safest building on fire, and he's been framed for it. Now on the run, Johnson must clear his name and rescue his family, who's stuck inside of the burning skyscraper. House of Cards' Neve Campbell will co-star alongside Johnson.
9. Ant-Man And The Wasp — July 6
Another Marvel movie usually means more big bucks, and this is true in the case of #AntMan, which grossed over $57 million opening weekend. With the success of the first film, fans are sure to flock back into the theaters to see Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly reprise their roles ─ this time with Lilly suiting up as the Wasp. Scott Lang is called back into action and Dr. Pym (Michael Douglas) will suit up to help them face what lies ahead after they uncover secrets from their past.
10. The Nun — July 13
What's a summer without a little horror? Set in Romania, this horror thriller follows a priest who's assigned to investigate the mysterious death of a nun. This will be the fourth installment of the Conjuring franchise. There's little doubt about The Conjuring franchise's ability to make money. In fact, since the franchise started 2013, the franchise has had four of the top 10 opening weekends for horror movies, including Annabelle Creations' $35 million opening weekend. So, expect The Nun to not only tie the entire franchise together, but also continue the money making trend.
11. Mission: Impossible 6 — July 27
Injury — who cares? Tom Cruise is back once again as Ethan Hunt as he sets his sights on another impossible mission. Of course, when there's Tom Cruise there's usually writer/director Christopher McQuarrie. M:I6's plot is top secret, but we know Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) and Justice League's Henry Cavill will join returning cast members, along with Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin and Simon Pegg. Expect the long-running franchise to gross over $40 million opening weekend, staying the course of its last three predecessors.
12. The Predator — August 3
Nostalgic fans of the 1987 classic will show their support, but will it be enough to be a mega hit? The answer is yes, and it's because writer/director Shane Black (Nice Guys) is responsible for the film. Cast member Michael Keegan promises fans that they will be "pleasantly surprised," as Black will bring a comedic element to the horror thriller. Keegan will be joined by Olivia Munn (X-Men: Age of Apocalypse), Sterling K. Brown, Game of Throne's Alfie Allen and Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid's Tale).
Bonus: Potential Lowkey Summer Box Office Hits
There are some sleepers that may surprise prognosticators. It could be a horror movie like Slender Man, directed by The Losers' Sylvain White. White will bring to life the 2009 infamous monster-made-famous by a meme and a Wisconsin stabbing case. The month of July will undoubtedly be filled with competition with sequels like Hotel Transylvania 3 and Mama Mia: Here We Go Again which could bring in big bucks for the month.
In August there's the Scarface remake, and the Jason Statham, Ruby Rose shark movie Meg. Capping of the summer will be Rise of the Planet of the Apes' director Rupert Wyatt's sci-fi film Captive State, starring Jon Goodman, Moonlight's Ashton Sanders and Vera Farminga from The Conjuring ─ exploring the lives of individuals a decade after an extraterrestrial force takes over a Chicago neighborhood.
Which movies do you think has a shot to be the biggest draw of the 2018 summer? Leave a comment below!