Top 20: Summer 2018

by The Commish on Thursday, September 21, 2017

I know that it’s crazy to look at next summer already.  There are untitled movies galore on the schedule, some movies haven’t been cast, or even written, but after the summer we just had, let’s finally put a fork in 2017 and look to the future. 

2017 wasn’t so bad, but it just wasn’t great.  For every Wonder Woman and Dunkirk, there was a sequel that just wasn’t as appealing as the one before.  So, we say farewell to you 2017.  Hopefully the following 20 movies bring us more joy.

For this list, we haven’t included movies that don’t have titles.

20. Happytime Murders – this generation’s Roger Rabbit? well, probably not, but it does have Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph and Joel McHale, so it’s bound to be funny. 

19. Purge 4 – the Purge gets a prequel with how it all began.  Set on Staten Island, this should be a blast.  Look for a standard Purge total between $70-80 million.

18. The Nun – the Conjuring franchise keeps churning out quality movies, look for The Nun to continue that trend and compete with Purge 4 for horror’s top movie of the summer.

17. Alita – based on the much-loved anime Battle Angel, it has been a long-time coming.  Produced by James Cameron, expect great things.  This is a definite sleeper for next summer.

16. The Spy Who Dumped Me – after a summer where only 1 comedy cracked the $100 mark, we have our hopes up for 2018.  Look for this one to flirt with $100 million.

15. Meg – sharks!  After a couple of years with minor shark movies making around $50 million, Hollywood gets serious and finally delivers a massive shark movie.  The fanboys will be out for this one for sure and $100 million seems like a sure bet.

14. Equalizer 2 – Denzel is back with the Equalizer.  Guaranteed to make $100 million.

13. Predator -  a stand-alone Predator movie.  Not sure how many times they can go back to the well on this franchise, but I’m intrigued.

12. Christopher Robin – I find this one very difficult to gauge.  Sure, it’s a live action Disney movie and they have been money in the bank, but this one is about Winnie the Pooh.  It wouldn’t surprise me if this make $200 million, of course it wouldn’t surprise me if it made half that.

11. Ocean’s 8 – The Ocean franchise gets a twist with an all-female heist team.  Too many great actresses in this movie for it to fail.  This is going to be big.

10. Skyscraper – I’m not sure if this is a Die Hard remake, but it has the Rock in it, and that’s good enough for me.

9. Mamma Mia 2 – if you are looking for a movie that will be overlooked at draft time, but will quietly make $145 million, look no further than the Mamma Mia sequel.  The entire gang is back and better than ever.

8. Hotel Transylvania 3 – Sandler and friends are back with another sure-fire animated hit.

7. Mission Impossible 6 – if it still makes its release date, this should make $175 million, despite Cruise’s recent box office blunders.

6. Ant-Man 2 – always bet on Marvel.

5. Deadpool 2 – I have no idea, while I think that the possibility of it equalling the original’s total is not going to happen, you can never be too sure.  Too much competition, but should still open huge and finish above $200 million.

4. The Incredibles 2 – If I said $400 million, would you be surprised? Probably not, while I think that $400m is a bit of a stretch, it’s going to be a THE animated movie next summer.

3. Jurassic World 2 – not number 1, what am I thinking.  I think that last time was a bit lucky.  2018 will have too much competition, but a final around $450 is still in the cards.

2. Han Solo - $475 million

1. The Avengers: Infinity War – the gangs all here.  With over 30 Marvel characters fighting at once how is this going to happen, who knows, but it’s going to be a blast.  $500 million total.