April isn’t even 48 hours old but at the movie theater, summer has already begun. With tonight’s opening of Furious 7, the trend of major blockbusters opening well before the first weekend in May continues. Fast Five, The Hunger Games and Captain America: The Winter Soldier are a few recent examples; next year, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will open over a month before the traditional first weekend of summer. Let’s face it. It might be Spring outside, but it’s Summer at the movies.
With that in mind, the /Film crew decided to rank our most anticipated films of the season. Everyone on staff (Peter, Russ, Angie, David, Devindra, Angie, Chris, and myself) ranked their 20 most anticipated movies of summer 2015, those rankings were given point values, and then an overall list was created.
Below, read /Film’s most anticipated movies of Summer 2015.
A few notes about how I did this. Films were eligible if they are scheduled for release from April until the end of August. Each lists was assigned points. 20 for 1st place down to 1 point for 20th place, then all eight lists were tabulated and combined.
In the instance of tie breakers, if a film had the same amount of points, which ever was on more lists was given a higher placement. If a movie was on the same number of lists, highest individual ranking decided position. In a rare case where the films shared the same number of points, lists, and highest ranking, the number of times it was ranked higher broke the tie. That happened here. We’ll get to it.
Slashfilm’s Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2015
30. Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary
A documentary about the history of Lego. It hit the festival circuit in 2014 but finally hits theaters in limited release this Summer. Release date: July 31.
This remake comes with a ton of question marks, but also a great cast and producer Sam Raimi. Summer is also a perfect time for horror. Release date: May 22.
28. Slow West
This period film sports an amazing cast and a ton of buzz coming out of Sundance. Release date: April 16.
The most popular characters in the Despicable Me movies get their own spin-off. The trailer is good and this is poised to be one of the biggest hits of the summer. Release date: July 10.
The first trailer was polarizing but this star-studded Cameron Crowe movie is still as intriguing as any other film this summer. Release date: May 29
People were blown away by the trailer for this boxing drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and his commitment to the role is inspiring. Release date: July 31
24. San Andreas
The Rock battles real rocks as California experiences a massive earthquake. We can’t say for sure, but this could be entertaining throwback to disaster movies of the past. Release date: May 29
23. Terminator Genisys
You’d think this would be higher, but after the lackluster fourth installment, and the all-over-the-place trailer, this film could be one of the best, or worst films of the summer. Release date: July 1
22. The Gift
Joel Edgerton’s feature debut seems incredibly creepy and odd, and who doesn’t love that kind of thing? Solid cast too. Release date: July 31.
The HBO series is back and bigger than ever. Fans are surely going to enjoy the film but will it click with general audiences too? We’ll see. Release date: June 5.