Now that the chaos of March is done, we have a fairly quiet month reserved for The Fate of the Furious to rule until the summer movie season begins proper in May. Killing Time readers voted and their most anticipated film of the season is the first one out of the gate: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Remember waaaay back in 2014 when no one knew (ok, yes, I knew) who Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot were? Marvel took a huge gamble on casting big names and giving director James Gunn all the money he needed to make a science fiction epic and open the cosmic corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It opened the first week of August and practically steamrolled the box office for two months, ending up the year’s highest grossing film. Now all those characters and more are movie icons and the sequel is getting the coveted “Marvel May Weekend” summer spot. What a difference three years can make.
Finishing a STRONG second is the DCEU release for the summer: Gal Gadot’s standalone Wonder Woman movie. This film has looked better with each subsequent trailer and the spots released for both it and the third place finisher, Dunkirk, during the NCAA Final Four this weekend were outstanding. Behind the top 3 was a three was tie between Alien: Covenant, The Dark Tower, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Then who voted for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets when War for the Planet of the Apes got no love? Did you take your kids to The Boss Baby this weekend? ARE YOU PART OF THE CABAL RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT??? And, breathe. What’s clear is there’s not much excitement among the readers for a fifth go-round of Pirates or Transformers, though what I am now calling “The Boss Baby Bunch” will no doubt make them each a billion dollars. Sony made a savvy move yesterday and moved The Dark Tower out of a slammed July into the very same spot that made Guardians a success in 2014 in the first week of August. Summer this year really ends with its release, so we’ll see if Roland Deschain and The Man in Black have the same household recognition when all is said and done. Thanks for everyone for voting, and we’ll have a new poll up in a week or so!
Then there are franchise entries I’m less sure about. The Despicable Me films proper have been great, so even though Minions sapped me of my enthusiasm for the little yellow buggers, it’s third entry has a much better chance of justifying its existence than Cars 3. We’re also getting the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean and Transformers movies, and the sixth (or eighth if you count the AVP movies) in the Alien franchise.
So which one are you most looking forward to as the blockbusters of March and April…..transition into three more months of blockbusters? Cast your vote, and we’ll announce the winner right about the time The Fate of the Furious (Fast 8) roars into theaters in April, which is definitely not part of summer now.