13 Biggest Summer Movie Gambles, From ‘King Arthur’ to ‘Valerian’


Summertime might seem like a pure cash grab for studios stagnant with awards hangovers — but trust us, there are plenty of Hail Mary passes getting tossed all throughout the hotter months.

Last year, the four-month summer movie season brought in $4.5 billion in total box office revenues — a full 39 percent of the year’s $11.4 million total domestic gross.

Studios have a lot riding on performance of big-budget tentpoles, and it’s often more challenging and expensive to market those films with so many competitors beside them on calendar.

[...] it was also home to a handful of big-budget flops, such as Sony’s “Ghostbusters” and Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:


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