Update: Since publication, Batman vs. Superman has moved to 2016.
I enjoy going to the movies. There are always a few I look forward to every month, with one nearly every week in the summer. A few tent pole releases mark the summer and winter, such as World War Z or Zero Dark Thirty, along with a few surprises in the spring and autumn, like Pain & Gain or Gravity. With stock in fanboy movies rising, everything is coming to a head in 2015. Every movie you ever wanted to see will be released that year.
It started off as pretty innocuous. Shortly after the amazing success of the first Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron was announced for May, 2015. That already made my year. Then in October of 2012, Disney announced the purchase of Lucasfilm, with a new Star Wars set to release in 2015. Recently the date was set as December 18th. That’s still plenty of breathing room for these two titanic movies. Completing this trifecta of nerd nirvana is Batman vs. Superman in July. Not only was this a sequel to Man of Steel, but now it seems to be a stealth Justice League movie with Wonder Woman and Nightwing rumors floating about. Three heavy weights, but still, this can be contained in one year.
Now let’s look at the movies one notch down. After years of teasing, Jurassic Park 4, Jurassic World, is finally happening in June. While the second and third installments had mixed results, this is exciting because Spielberg is hands one with producing. In a head scratching move, a sequel to Terminator will hit 4th of July weekend. This was set to go against the sequel to Independence Day,
staring Will Smith, but that was bumped to 2016, thankfully. Rounding out the second tier in November is next James Bond, and the final Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part 2 (because now all final book movies will be split in two, thanks Harry Potter).
There possibly can’t be be more you say? Oh no, there is. Let’s look at these in order. Fifty Shades of Gray will drop in February. May will see the new Mad Max along with Disney’s Tomorrowland. Think of what they did with Pirates, making an attraction a ride. June features the Fantastic Four reboot, along with Ted 2. July will have the first Marvel phase 3 movie, Ant-Man, with August seeing Assassin’s Creed (starring Michael Fastbender). Finishing off the year in December is the long gestating Warcraft movie (still might not happen), and Mission Impossible 5.
That’s a lot, right? I didn’t even mention the kids movies. Deep breath; Penguins of Madagascar, Despicable Me Minions, Smurfs 3, Hotel Transylvania 2, The Good Dinosaur, Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, and Kung Fu Panda 3. Even if you’ve never seen any of the franchises these movies represent (save for Dinosaur, that’s a Pixar movie), you’ve at least heard of them. They’ll make serious bank.
Think about it, 2015 is more than a year away. There’s still plenty of films that will be jammed in as not a weekend goes by without a new release. I’m sure most of these movies will be successful to a point. The problem is overlapping audiences. Take your typical movie goer, they’ll definitely see Avengers, and likely Batman vs. Superman, but will they have had their superhero fill by the time Fantastic Four or Ant-Man roles around? There’s a reason why movies don’t stay #1 in the box office for weeks on end any more, it’s because there’s always the next big thing waiting to take it’s place next week. If a movie like Terminator 5 isn’t seen opening weekend, it likely won’t be after that.
Save for the kids movies, I’ll likely see all of these (except James Bond, screw that). Many I’m looking forward to, though I have concerns about a few (Terminator, Fantastic Four). I should probably start saving money now.
Is it too much? What 2015 release has you most excited? Comment below!
2015 – the year the box office imploded.