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2018 Summer Movie Pool - Final Report

Ant-Man & The Wasp
Avengers: Infinity War
Book Club
Breaking In
Christopher Robin
Deadpool 2
Hotel Artemis
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Incredibles 2
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Life of the Party
Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Ocean's 8
Solo: A Star Wars Story
The Equalizer 2
The First Purge
The Meg
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Uncle Drew
Holy Moly, we’ve had four months of movies just fly by! We had big-budget smashes, low budget scares, indy documentaries, animated hi-jinks, and a whole lot of “Wait, what did I see this summer” whenever people ask what you saw. It’s almost like we’ve become that dust at the end of Infinity War where everything we do sort of just slips away. “I’m pretty sure I was playing in the Summer Movie Pool, but the updates were so infrequent, maybe I forgot to play this year?”

Well, good news, you did play. Even better news, this weird August where only two films mattered is over. Finally, the best news, last Monday was Labor Day, so we finally have the final Top Five Films of the Season!!!

Let’s wrap up some of our not-so contenders in some like-minded categories.

The More BananaRama Than Spice Girls Section

These girl-powered films did OK, but it’s a Cruel Summer if you thought they were anymore than a Wannabe.

- Overboard
- Life of the Party
- Breaking In
- Book Club

The opening acts who got kicked off the tour two weeks in were…

- The Spy Who Dumped Me
- The Happytime Murders

And the headliners who really brought the fans in…

- Ocean’s 8
- Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
- Crazy Rich Asians

The Solo Stuff After The Boy Band Broke Up Section

These boys are Tearing Up Their Heart when they saw their returns. Quit Playing Games with their Heart as this is The End of The Road.

- Mile 22
- Uncle Drew
- Skyscraper

The people came back for their reunion tour films...

- The Equalizer 2
- The Meg

And the films that set up a residency in Vegas…

- Mission: Impossible - Fallout
- Solo: A Star Wars Story

The Wack-a-Doodle What Do We Do With These Movies Section

- Hotel Artemis was closed before it even opened

- Heredity supplied summer scares and Toni Collette just being so good you never understand why she’s not in more Oscar Contender films

- Tag was one, two, three, not it

- The First Purge was as Purgey as every other Purge movie

- Christopher Robin was Ewan McGregor's first chance to act opposite CGI characters since Jar Jar Binks, so there’s that

- Hotel Transylvania 3 succeed enough to ensure their will be an Adam Sandler movies released into the next decade… Thanks, bored parents, for passing on the tradition to the next gen!

And finally, we get to the actual Top Five Films of the Summer!!! Truth be told, it once again literally came down to the final day. If the pool stopped on Sunday, 9/2, Solo would’ve been the #5 movie of the season. We go to Labor Day, though, and that one day gave our #5 film a couple hundred-thousand dollars more to make the difference and send Alden Ehrenreich to a galaxy far, far away.

#5. Ant-Man & The Wasp - $214 million
While less than a third of the Avengers: Infinity War and/or Black Panther total, the “other” Marvel superhero film of 2018 did what it needed to… Improve on the box-office of the first Ant-Man and keep the Marvel machine running until 2019.

#4. Deadpool 2 - $318.5 million
Though down $50 million from the first Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth gave adult filmgoers exactly what they needed after Infinity War… something to laugh with. Though we may question the philosophy of a film in which a “hero” kills about 200 people in order to teach a teenager that killing is bad, we were lucky enough to have Zazie Beetz’s Domino, and not Josh Brolin’s dour Cable, be the secret sauce the film needed.

#3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - $415.2 million
Fallen sounds right as the franchise fell almost $200 million less domestically. While credit can be given for at least trying something different with the series, taking dinos off the island and housing them in the world’s largest basement ever makes about as much sense as, I dunno, genetically recreating dinosaurs and trying to make a theme park out of it. I guess using that internal logic, it makes total sense. Well done, everyone!

#2. The Incredibles 2 - $602.6 million
Becoming the highest grossing animated film ever was just one accomplishment for this Pixar sequel. It also made my wife openly gasp during the short-film Bao that preceded the film as if she’d just watched Heredity with me. While not as incredible as The Incredibles, it was certainly fun enough to have the Parr family and Frozone back that Incredibles 3 might even make a little more… as long as they don’t wait another 14 years for the sequel.

#1. Avengers: Infinity War - $678.8 million
Speaking of gasping, my middle schooler was so shook by the end of this film he couldn’t even talk about it for about 48 hours. It was the kind of pubescent PTSD you usually only see after teenage boys watch those woman giving birth videos in sex ed. Still, after the initial shock and awe of the film wore off, folks just had to go back for more. The film really was a “greatest hits” of Marvel superheroes as almost every character had their few panels to shine and remind fans why they liked them in the first place. It was an epic endeavor that won’t even be finished until next summer’s Infinity War 2.

by Matt Neuenburg on 09/09/2018

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Ant-Man & The Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, Book Club, Breaking In, Christopher Robin, Deadpool 2, Hotel Artemis, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Life of the Party, Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Ocean's 8, Overboard, Skyscraper, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Tag, The Equalizer 2, The First Purge, The Meg, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Uncle Drew
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