This July is set to be epic. With Baby Driver and Despicable Me 3 closing out last month, rolling into Spider-Man: Homecoming this week, I’m expecting huge blockbuster returns for July. There’s a big box office draw just about every week, and on top of this, many of them are already getting great reviews. People should appreciate this crop of films before the impending month of duds, also known as August kicks in. I looked at seven of the biggest movies being released this month, along with my brother and sister, and tried to predict box office production and rotten tomatoes score (if not already rendered). This is a sort of contest we’ve amused ourselves with over the years.

July 7

Spider-Man: Homecoming 92% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Starring Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton

The last time people truly cared about Spiderman (Mr. gay except the physical act Andrew Garfield’s films never had enough momentum), the film rewarded us with Toby Maguire crying like a teenage girl and getting jiggy in the streets sporting an emo do. People were not pleased. Spider-Man died a little that day. I wasn’t sure he’d ever recover. Then, Marvel got their rights to the property back, and all of the sudden people are excited again. I don’t think it’s quite at the level of Peter Parker’s hey-day with Toby and Kirsten Dunst, but I do think people are ready to see it. One critic compared this new film to a John Hughes movie. I love that. Peter Parker has always been more interesting to me than Spider-Man. My Prediction: $420-430 million

David-It’s going to follow the Marvel formula, by the numbers, but still highly entertaining. Prediction: $310-320 million

Ava-Now that Marvel has their property back, they’re going to do it right. Has to be awesome. Prediction: $350-360 million

July 14

War of the Planet of the Apes 95% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer

The third installment in one of the most ambitious blockbuster franchises ever. Filmmakers always talk about upping the ante in sequels but few actually deliver. These Planet of the Apes add more and more emotional stakes each time up, rather than just more explosions. I’m pumped. My prediction: $260-270 million

David-My most anticipated film of the summer. Potential to be one of the best trilogies ever. Love Caesar. Prediction: $215-225 million

Ava- This movie is going to be amazing. That’s all I have to say. Prediction: $240-250 million

July 21

Dunkirk No Rotten Tomatoes Score

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Starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance

Christopher Nolan’s 70mm spectacle comes rather soon considering its apparent Oscar potential. I’m surprised by its 100 minute runtime which seems awfully short for what I thought was meant to be an epic. Bottom line though, Christopher Nolan delivers. He’s an excellent filmmaker, and I’m going to watch whatever film he wants to make. My prediction:$180-190 million/80-90% on Rotten Tomatoes

David-Christopher Nolan+it has Tom Hardy. Prediction:$225-235 million/80-90% on RT

Ava-Not a lot of action I’ve heard. Seems like it’s going to be boring. Prediction: $200-210 million/90-100% on RT

Valerian and the City of a Thousand No Rotten Tomatoes Score

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Starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delavigne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Rutger Hauer

Perhaps a harkening to his old classics, chiefly The Fifth Element, a film that managed to pull off a ginger heroine, a shrieking black man in drag, and a villain with a southern accent for no reason. Luc Besson’s last few films haven’t been great, but I believe in this project. But I don’t believe anyone will see it. My Prediction: $60-70 million/55-65% on Rotten Tomatoes

David-I’m getting a John Carter (reference 2012 box office nuclear bomb) vibe. Prediction: $90-100 million/65-75% on RT

Ava-I’m getting a John Carter (reference 2012 box office nuclear bomb) vibe, but I say that’s a good thing, even though I haven’t seen it. Prediction: $150-160 million/70-80% on RT

Girls Trip No Rotten Tomatoes Score

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Starring Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish

Women can be just as raunchy as men part two after last month’s flop, Rough Night. Clearly, Bridesmaids was the template for these R rated rom-coms led by female casts, and Girls Trip is attempting to reach an audience that is often marginalized. We’ll see if that pays off, but I’m predicting a “the cast does all it can, but they deserve better than this” from the critics upon release. My Prediction: $35-45 million/30-40% on Rotten Tomatoes

David-Didn’t laugh at the trailer. Don’t plan on seeing it in theaters. Believe it will be a hit though. Prediction: $105-115 million/50-60% on RT

Ava-I did laugh during the trailer; non-stop. Prediction: $90-100 million/40-50% on RT

July 28

Atomic Blonde 78% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Toby Jones, Sofia Boutella, Til Schweiger

Stylish, cool spy mystery based on a graphic novel that I have read, but don’t remember in the slightest. I’m hoping this Charlize Theron action vehicle is more memorable. I loved the energy and soundtrack shown in the trailer, and I’ll definitely check this one out. My Prediction: $80-90 million

David-I’m excited as a fan of Charlize Theron (since Mad Max). Prediction:$90-100 million

Ava-Trailer looked great and it has James McAvoy. Prediction: $100-110 million

The Emoji Movie No Rotten Tomatoes Score

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Voices of T.J Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright

Wow. This movie. Just the fact that this is a movie. Attempting to be fair, I had similar feelings about The Lego Movie initially, and look how that turned out. But the trailer didn’t change my mind. Still, I’m going to go all in and predict that this will be a sleeper hit. My Prediction:$200-210 million/45-55% on Rotten Tomatoes

David-Yeah, pretty unimpressive. Idea is stupid. Will fail miserably. Small hope for Lego Movie success. Prediction: $90-100 million/35-45% on RT

Ava-Poop emoji. Prediction: $140-150 million/40-50% on RT

-Walter Howard-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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