HOLLYWOOD—While summer isn’t officially here just yet, the summer box-office season is in full force. So what does that mean? You can expect a big movie opening each weekend, up till the middle of August. With that being said, cinema lovers can also expect a new flick to hold the top spot in the box-office each weekend. The month of May is full of great movies including a few sequels that audiences have been waiting for.
Opening May 12 is the comedy “Snatched” starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer. Schumer has been delivering plenty of funny, and starring alongside Hawn, “Snatched” looks to provide plenty of R-rated laughs. A week later, audiences return to space with the sixth chapter in the “Alien’” franchise courtesy of Ridley Scott with “Alien: Covenant.” Yes, even I have to admit that “Prometheus” left my mind boggled, so with early buzz, “Covenant” delivers plenty of thrills, suspense and shocking moments similar to that 1979 classic.
Yes, I love this franchise, even though so many others don’t. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” sees the return of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. He isn’t alone as Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush are back as well on May 26. For fans of the TV series “Baywatch,” the infamous beach hit is finally getting the big screen adaptation with the assistance of The Rock and Zac Efron. However, things will not be family friendly as the R-rated version hits screens on May 25.
At long last, the month of June kicks off with a big screen version of “Wonder Woman” starring Gal Gadot on June 2. However, that flick may not be as impressive as its action-sequences depict, so audiences will have the final say. It looks like audiences will finally get a true reincarnation of the early 1930s classic, as “The Mummy” starring Tom Cruise spooks audiences on June 9. June 16 sees the release of three big flicks that will battle for the top spot as “Cars 3,” the comedy “Rough Night” starring Scarlett Johansson and the biopic “All Eyez on Me,” chronicling the life of rapper Tupac Shakur vie for audience’s attention.
It’s been awhile, but the fifth chapter in the ever popular “Transformers” franchise, “Transformers: The Last Knight” arrives on May 23 starring Mark Wahlberg. Right before the Fourth of July weekend, cinema lovers will be treated with the action-flick “Baby Driver” starring Ansel Elgort, “ the long-delayed thriller “Amityville: The Awakening” and the sequel “Despicable Me 3.”
On July 7, another reboot, yes another reboot in the “Spiderman” franchise arrives with Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei and Michael Keaton with “Spiderman: Homecoming.” If this flick bombs, I’d say it’s time to stop rebooting the franchise, I mean we’ve had 3 different Spider-Man actors in less than 15 years. Sequel mania continues on July 14, with the third installment in the rebooted “Planet of the Apes” saga with “War of the Planet of the Apes” starring Woody Harrelson and Andy Serkis. I must say this franchise has been one where each installment has gotten better, so fingers crossed with this one as well people. Now this is a major departure for summer, as drama is a rarity, but the iconic Christopher Nolan returns to the big screen for the first time in over 5 years with his war-flick “Dunkirk” starring Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy. This could be an awards contender come 2018 people. If you’re looking for a bit of comedy “Girls Trip” starring Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith; both films open July 21.
Wrapping up the month of July is the buzzed about action flick “Atomic Blonde” starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy on July 28. Also entertaining audiences is the animated flick “The Emoji Movie” and the documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” The month of August proves that not only are summer blockbusters a must. Kathryn Bigelow returns to the director’s chair with her hotly anticipated drama “Detroit” on August 4 which chronicles the infamous riots of 1967 that destroyed the Motor City. That same weekend Stephen Kings highly anticipated adaptation “The Dark Tower” starring Idris Elba and Mathew McConaughey arrives.
If you’re looking to be scared, “Annabelle: Creation,” which was expected to arrive in theaters in May, opens on August 11. From the looks of the trailer, things look quite spooky people. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson star in the comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” which looks like a take on the Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston classic, “The Bodyguard.” Wrapping up the summer movie season is the biopic “The Life and Death of John Gotti” starring John Travolta in the title role.
I must say for the first time in a long-time summer seems to have a bit of everything for audiences: action, drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, animation, documentary, superheroes and plenty of sequels. Start saving money people; theaters are sure to be crowded for weeks to come.