After May proved to be marvelous (or perhaps Marvel-ous?), we find ourselves in the month of June, where we’re going to the movies simply to escape the increasing temperatures.
And what better way to escape the Summer heat by seeing some of the most anticipated movies of the year — from comedies like The Heat and This is the End to the much-talked-about action films Man of Steel and White House Down.
Take a closer look at some of these films coming out this June, and stay cool out there!
Which film are you looking forward to most in June? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going!
“The Internship” (June 7)
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are back together in The Internship, a new comedy that pits two unemployed salesmen against a slew of recent college graduates for a coveted job at Google.
Why it could succeed: While the action market is flooded right now, comedies this Summer have been slim pickings, with only Peeples and The Hangover Part III being the only options for those who want to laugh. Vaughn, who also co-wrote the movie, has had many successes in the past in over-crowded months, while Wilson’s last film, Midnight In Paris, was a huge limited release success in Summer 2011, and The Internship could provide a break from big Hollywood action.
On the other hand: Vaughn’s last hit was Couples Retreat, and that was four years ago. His last films, The Dilemma and The Watch, both failed to gross even $50 million, and are generally considered box office disappointments. Wilson, on the other hand, hasn’t had a solid hit in which he’s headlined since Wedding Crashers, and that was in 2005. Given the fact that comedies lately haven’t succeeded unless it has a unique edge, and The Internship seems like more of the same, it may not have a huge impact on the box office.
“The Purge” (June 7)
In the future, the United States’ crime and murder rates are next to nothing, employment rates are at an all-time high, and the nation couldn’t be better. Why? Because every seventh of June, we have The Purge — 12 hours where all crime, including murder, is completely legal, and all emergency services are unavailable.
Why it could succeed: Horror films have a fairly decent track record in the Summer, and The Purge has all the makings of at least a modest hit this June. The plot is very unique, moving away from the supernatural angle that is plaguing the box office currently.
On the other hand: Horror films, when sandwiched between action films, have the tendency to become obscured in the fray. With After Earth coming out the week before and Man of Steel coming out the week after, The Purge is probably going to have to split the slow weekend grosses with The Internship.
“Much Ado About Nothing” (June 7, limited)
Director Joss Whedon secretly directed this adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, featuring many actors who have worked with him in the past, such as Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker, and Alexis Denisof.
Why it could succeed: Are you kidding? It’s Joss Whedon! After coming off the massive success of The Avengers and the cult sensation The Cabin in the Woods, Whedon has never been hotter. Even though this is only starting in limited release, the likelihood of it going wider and triumphing is very high.
On the other hand: Are you kidding? It’s Shakespeare! Most of Whedon’s fans don’t make it out to the arthouse theaters too much, and Shakespeare adaptations don’t exactly bring the audiences in droves. The limited release probably won’t help things out, either.
“This Is The End” (June 12)
It’s party time in Hollywood, and they’re going to party like there’s no tomorrow…because there won’t be! James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and a slew of others all play themselves as they try diligently to survive the Biblical apocalypse in Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s feature film directorial debut.
Why it could succeed: The intense viral marketing campaign aside, This Is The End simply looks hilarious! Watching actors and comedians like these playing satires of themselves during the apocalypse (which also includes Rihanna, Paul Rudd, and Michael Cera) is an amazing concept, and could provide some excellent counter-programming.
On the other hand: It opens two days before Man of Steel. Any questions?
“Man of Steel” (June 14)
Last month belonged to Iron Man (3, that is), and June will ultimately go to Man of Steel, the long-awaited reboot from producer Christopher Nolan (famous for the highly successful Dark Knight trilogy) and 300 and Watchmen director Zack Snyder.
Why it could succeed: If Iron Man 3 could make $1.148 billion in less than a month’s time, Man of Steel should not have any trouble succeeding. Advertising for this film has been running strong for over a year, and, now that Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness is already out, it’s all the fan boys have been talking about. With Snyder and Nolan collaborating on the film, it’s a guaranteed hit.
On the other hand: This is pretty much the same thing that was said about 2006’s Superman Returns, which barely crossed $200 million domestically, but is still considered a disappointment. While Man of Steel appears to be a departure from that film, it may suffer from the previous film’s poor reputation.
“The Bling Ring” (June 14, limited)
Based on actual events, proving truth is indeed stranger than fiction, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring follows four fame-obsessed teen girls who use the internet to rob celebrities’ homes.
Why it could succeed: The Bling Ring was the talk of the Cannes Film Festival, and Emma Watson has been quite successful post-Potter, making waves in other indies like My Week With Marilyn and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, so it’s all-together possible this could be another indie hit.
On the other hand: Even if the film becomes an indie hit, it will certainly be overshadowed by Man of Steel.
“Monsters University” (June 21)
Pixar takes us back to college in Monsters University, where we see Sully (voiced by John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) during their formative years when they were rivals before they were friends.
Why it could succeed: Pixar is known for making profitable films, especially in the Summer months. Monsters University is definitely primed to be the next bit Pixar film.
On the other hand: Monsters, Inc was about 12 years ago, and, unless it’s a Toy Story installment, Pixar sequels have not been very fruitful. The bigger problem? The quality of Pixar films has severely diminished since Wall-E, and audiences are not responding as well to the new films, so University will probably suffer from lukewarm word-of-mouth.
“World War Z” (June 21)
Based on the best-selling novel by Max Brooks, World War Z follows UN employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) as he’s assigned to investigate the zombie pandemic and find a cure before time runs out.
Why it could succeed: Zombies are big right now, from Warm Bodies to This Is The End, so this film is coming at a fairly opportune time frame, and Brad Pitt could certainly use a hit right now.
On the other hand: Like I said, Brad Pitt could certainly use a hit right now. Killing Them Softly was a tremendous flop, and, with all the problems this production went through getting to the big screen, there’s a huge chance this could be the major flop of the month. To add insult to injury, the novel this movie is based upon was incredibly dull, which is shocking and pathetic about a book about zombies.
“The Heat” (June 28)
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy team up for The Heat, a female buddy comedy from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig about a cop and an FBI agent who team up to bring down a drug dealer.
Why it could succeed: Just re-read the paragraph above. Bullock. McCarthy. Feig. Female buddie comedy. What the hell could go wrong? Bullock is still the reigning comedy queen, and McCarthy is coming off the surprise success of Identity Thief. Teaming them up is a brilliant idea, especially with Feig at the helm.
On the other hand: It’s going up against the other much-talked about action film White House Down, featuring Channing Tatum and Jaime Foxx. It’s going to be tough to call which pair-up will reign supreme.
“White House Down” (July 28)
Channing Tatum and Jaime Foxx team up as a Secret Service candidate and the US President respectively in White House Down, about a paramilitary group that invades the White House, and how these two men will do anything to claim it back.
Why it could succeed: Channing Tatum has been huge the last two years, from action comedy 21 Jump Street to stripper comedy/drama Magic Mike. White House Down is poised to become the latest hit for Tatum, since this sort of action-comedy hybrid is certainly in the actor’s wheelhouse.
On the other hand: If the plot seems familiar, it shows that you’ve been paying attention. Olympus Has Fallen was a surprise hit back in March, and this film may suffer from a backlash in being too similar to it.