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Summer Blockbusters by Raven Devanney

SumerMovies.2015.jpgThere’s cause for celebration because most of us are entering the final few weeks of the school year! And you know what that means – barbecues by the pool, lying on the beach, hanging out with friends and of course, summer blockbusters!

Summer is one of the biggest times of year for the movie industry. However, it isn’t always as successful as we hope. 2014 had the worst summer movie record in eight years with box office receipts down 30%. But there is still hope! Earlier this year, the market began picking back up in preparation for the 87th annual Oscars, with moviegoers everywhere hitting the theaters to catch up on the latest nominees for the awards.

With summer right around the corner, buzz surrounding upcoming films is visible all over social media. Pitch Perfect 2 is rolling into theaters on May 15th and I personally cannot wait to catch all the hilarity and breath-taking musical numbers that this film has in store. In 2012, Pitch Perfect slowly grossed $113m worldwide and had strong DVD sales, earning $135M in physical and digital sales. Forbes predicts that the sequel to this beloved film will earn even more revenue since it has gained such a large following over the years.

Spy, starring the hilarious Melissa McCarthy is set to hit theaters on June 5th – another comedy that I am very much looking forward to. This is the third movie that Melissa and Paul Feig have done together since Bridesmaids and received outstanding reviews after it was screened at South by Southwest a few months ago. RavenHeadshotLR.jpg

Jurassic World
follows close behind Spy with a release date of June 12th. Starring Chris Pratt and directed by Colin Trevorrow, this story takes place 22 years after Jurassic Park and features a luxury resort and theme park that has been built on the island. It will be interesting to see how this film works out since Steven Spielberg, Jurassic Park’s original mastermind and director, will not be behind this project. Rumors of the movie have been going on for the past 14 years and the anticipation is sure to result in a very successful turnout for the film.

We are entering a busy time in the industry and many of the films set to hit the big screen make for a very promising summer. There are over 30 features film making their debut this summer, so make sure to check out as many as you can!

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