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2018 Summer Movie Pool - Preview

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 Darkest Minds
The Equalizer 2
The First Purge
The Hustle
The Meg
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Uncle Drew
The ice sculptures have melted, the Winter Olympic DVR files have been deleted, and I’m just about finished with all the Guinness I bought on sale around St. Patrick’s Day, so it's time for the 22nd Annual Summer Movie Pool!

We've got just this week to get our picks in, so don't delay and tell me which films we’re going to be Summer Lovin’ down in the sand and which are Summer Dreams ripped at the seams.

Can the Avengers resume their top spot of the summer or will Jurassic World drink their milkshake again? Can Incredibles 2 follow in Finding Dory’s wake and be the top grossing movie? Can Deadpool 2’s cast list of C-level superheros compete with Star Wars legends Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian?

Make your predictions, cast your votes, and take a dip in the 2018 Summer Movie Pool! It's the pool where all you have to do is guess the Top Five domestic money makers of the season. It's not like we're asking you to do something hard like explain why I can name every Michael Jackson song within three seconds and still can’t tell which Drake song it is even after it’s over.

In case you don't know what's coming out for the summer season of 2018, here's a quick run-down of this year's crop!


April 27

- Avengers: Infinity War
I think I’d hit 10,000 words in this preview before I even typed each actor and character name in this film. They probably had to cut it into two films simply because there wasn’t time for everyone involved to have a single line in one movie! Disney’s brilliant masterstroke to move this film another week away from Deadpool 2 is what’s caused this Summer Movie Pool to start for the first time in April ever. I’m going to be the one waging an Infinity War if they make me do my Pool a week early next year too!

May 4

- Overboard
There are only a few things my wife holds as sacred: The Carpenters Christmas Album, the Navajo sandwich at Cheesecake Factory that is no longer available (and besides being on fry bread probably had nothing to do with Native Americans), and the original movie of Overboard. From now on whenever she sees the title “Overboard” on the DirecTV guide, she’s going to mutter, “Is it the real one or that crappy new version”, and get all pissy even though I haven’t done anything wrong. I’m just sitting next to her. This is now the rest of my life. Thanks, MGM, I really needed this remake.

May 11

- Breaking In
So, Gabrielle Union’s plays a woman locked out of her dad’s house where thieves are holding her kids hostage and trying to find his secret loot. Seriously, like she’d ever have to break-in to a house. Knock knock… Gabrielle Union?! OMG!!! Please come in and never leave… ever!

- Life of the Party
Melissa McCarthy has taken to recycling plots from 80’s Rodney Dangerfield movies. Melissa goes back to school at the same college her daughter is attending, because, you know, she obviously wants to ruin whatever relationship she did have with her. I don’t think Dear Abby would’ve ever advised this.

May 18

- Deadpool 2
The Merc with a Mouth gets a sequel with a… south? The follow-up to the most successful R-Rated superhero film of all-time gets to spread its legs in the summer sun and can probably even spread eagle as it’s Rated R. Will lightning strike twice? Will expectations be too high? Maybe “too high” is just what the filmmakers are counting on in the audience.

- Book Club
Remember all those stories of older women devouring the 50 Shades of Grey books and getting in touch with their… Nah, I don’t even want to know. That’s where I stopped reading. However, now we have the film version of that phenomena with Hollywood legends Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen as the older women who let their freak flag fly once Christian Grey made his way into their lives. I’m glad Miss Marple never lived to see this.

May 25

- Solo: A Star Wars Story
Look, I’m not even a hater, but I’m feeling a little Star Wars-ed out. Couldn’t this flick have just waited till December and come out at the annual time we expect our Star Wars films now? Ron Howard was brought-in to complete this film and get it ready to share with the world, because anytime you can get a guy who hasn’t had a hit movie since 2009’s Angels and Demons, you just have to say “Yes!” Besides, Han Solo's past as always been just whittled down to making the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. Not a lot of ground to cover here.

June 1

If Hollywood is taking the weekend off by only offering a Johnny Knoxville movie and some couple in a Lost at Sea type movie, then I can take this weekend off too.

June 8

- Ocean’s 8
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway are only three of the eight super woman rebooting the Ocean’s 11 franchise. As long as no one attempts Don Cheadle's ill-advised cockney accent, we should be good.

- Hotel Artemis
It’s like the weekend for cast lists. Here Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, and Jeff Goldblum star in this movie about a secret hospital for criminals. Is it a secret because the prisoners don’t know they’re getting cured or people don’t want their tax dollars going to that?

June 15

- Incredibles 2
Pixar went back-to-back amazing with Finding Nemo in 2003 and The Incredibles in 2004. Finding Dory did fantastic as the #1 summer movie of 2016, even if the actual film left me not needing to find Dory again for quite awhile. Can Incredibles 2 pack-in the same nostalgic power as Nemo’s lucky fin or will they forget Edna Mode’s most important rule and wear capes?

- Tag
Based on an actual story of a group of friends that have played the same game of tag for over 30 years, Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Isla Fisher, and Jon Hamm prepare themselves to run ragged in this not coming-of-age comedy. I’m in. Can someone just tag me? I want to be it!

June 23

- Jurassic Park: Fallen World
Chris Pratt + Legos = Hit. Chris Pratt + Aliens = Hit. Chris Pratt + Dinosaurs = Hit. What’s the common “dino”minator? The first Jurassic World Indominus Rexed all over Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. Can Fallen World make the Infinity War finite? I couldn’t be more scared trying to pick which of these films is going to do better in 2018 if Pennywise was crawling out of my laptop right now... We all sink down here.

June 28

- Uncle Drew
Take the NBA on TNT folks and Kyrie Irving, dress them up in geriatric make-up, and have them take unsuspecting young ballers to school on the courts of New York? Yes, yes, yes, and yes! It’s like Space Jam without the cartoon world and Wayne Knight… or maybe he counts as part of the cartoon world?

- The Hustle
Anytime I see the words “modern-day remake of 1988’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” you’re going to get my attention. This film stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as, I guess, Michael Caine and Steve Martin. It’s totally fine turning Prince Ruprecht into a princess, but there better be still be a cork on a fork or someone’s going to be losing an eye.

July 4

- The First Purge
The First Purge is the fourth Purge, yet it is the first Purge to open on the 4th. Even though this is a prequel to the other Purges, should newbies start with this film or start with the actual first Purge which is not The First Purge? I think I’ll purge that question from my brain, but I guess I have to wait for the 12-hour span that I only get to have once a year to do that.

July 6

- Ant-Man & The Wasp
It’s our third Marvel movie within five months! Granted, it’s a smaller one based on the the diminutive sizes of the heroes involved. Ant-Man may have been short-changed for possibly those same reasons in 2015, yet it’s proven to be one of the more re-watchable movies in the franchise. No matter how long it takes to realise something’s good, Baskin Robbins always finds out.

July 13

- Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
To ask why is this originally Halloween-based Adam Sandler series showing up in the summer season is skipping the bigger question: Why is this a series?! Oddly enough, when it started in 2012 Selena Gomez seemed like just a pop flavor of the day. In 2018, now she seems to be the only relevant celebrity in this movie. Is it too soon to say it’s the 20th Anniversary of The Wedding Singer? Yeah, it’s too soon.

- Skyscraper
In the last few years The Rock has battled an earthquake, mutant animals, the perils of Jumanji, John Cena, the cast of The Fast & The Furious that doesn’t have other movies to shoot, and Vin Diesel's impression of acting. His latest challenge is saving his family from bad guys in the tallest building in the world… with only one leg! Why do we even have Oscar nominations anymore… just give them all to Dwayne Johnson!

July 20

- The Equalizer 2
Any guesses for Denzel Washington’s second biggest box-office hit after American Gangster? That’s right, Safe House in 2012 with Ryan Reynolds during his “How do I get the stink of Green Lantern off of me” stage. Case in point, I had no idea The Equalizer was Denzel’s 4th biggest box-office hit (at $101 million gross). It seemed like one of so many “Yup, that was OK but don’t need to see it again” movies. They must’ve realized that too since instead of asking us to see it again, they just made another movie that we only have to see once.

- Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again
It doesn’t matter if they have the same cast as the first film. It doesn’t matter if they sing the same songs as the first film. All that matters is if they have the same choreographer (or lack there of one)! Beyond pressing “play” on the iPod there was no direction whatsoever. This manufactured musical sequel for the screen should go the way of Grease 2, but given the fanbase for the first film, they’re ready to say: “My, my, just how much I missed you.”

July 27

- Mission: Impossible - Fallout
The impossible mission is going to be not staring at Henry Cavill’s moustache that he wasn’t able to shave-off for Justice League reshoots because he was in the middle of making this movie. That stache must be incredible for Warner Bros. to have botched trying to CGI-it out of their picture so that no one would notice (and yet everyone ended-up doing exactly that). Other than that, it seems to be rinse, wash, repeat with this series that’s rebooted in a big way since M:I - Ghost Protocol.

August 3

- The Darkest Minds
You can always tell when there’s no clear-cut favorite to win a weekend in the summer when there’s multiple big-studio releases all coming out. This one is based on a Young Adult sci-fi book series. As you know, unless that series is called The Hunger Games, it doesn’t usually work out well.

- Christopher Robin
This, uh, is a live action/CGI movie with Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Christopher Robin who needs some magic from his cuddly little bear all stuffed with honey to rekindle his youthful spirit. Is this like the Winnie-The-Pooh version of Hook?

- Mile 22
No, not the much delayed sequel to 8 Mile. Here, Mark Wahlberg is an intelligence officer smuggling a high value target out of the country. Wait, is this based on how NBC made Matt Lauer disappear?

- The Spy Who Dumped Me
Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon find out their ex-boyfriends were spies and now the assassin after the spies has the women in his sights. It could be this summer’s Spy or this summer’s My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

August 10

- The Meg
You can tell we’ve reached August when films like The Meg start to show-up. Yes, the tale of a 75-foot long prehistoric shark feels connected to both 1999’s Deep Blue Sea where the sharks had brains and 2006’s Snakes on a Plane where the snakes had Samuel L. Jackson. This one settles for sheer mass and Clive Owen.

August 17

- The Happytime Murders
Ok, so there’s no way any movies from this or the weekends afterwards have time to make enough money to land on the Top Five, but this flick stars Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks as a human cop and puppet detective trying to catch a killer murdering-off the cast of an 80’s children’s show! When else am I possibly going to put all of those words together in the same sentence? And it’s directed by Brian Henson, son of famous muppet-teer, Jim Henson… and Brian married Mia Sara of Ferris Bueller fame in 2010… and she was married to Sean Connery’s son Jason before that... and this is why I’m not allowed on the internet. I start clicking and then I never get anything done.

by Matt Neuenburg on 04/22/2018

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 Darkest Minds, The Equalizer 2, The First Purge, The Hustle, The Meg, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Uncle Drew
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