When summer time is here it’s a golden time for studios, since this is when all that sweet honey is made. As temperatures start to climb, you can expect a movie’s profits to do the same. But for every winner there must be a loser. For every film the makes over $100 million, another makes far less. Which movies this year will take a big dip in the box office? Find out in COED’s list of six summer movies guaranteed to bomb!
1) Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (June 10th)
From the director of movie classics such as Like Mike comes another strictly kids-only movie. A third-grade girl tries to have a totally awesome summer by going through a list of dares. This leads up to the main climax of the movie: trying to catch bigfoot. Yep, it’s a movie for young girls about catching bigfoot. You can expect lots of misunderstandings and bumbling humor through this disaster. Any film that has to invent ridiculous new words like “thrilladelic” to be hip with the kids is trying WAY too hard.
2) Mr. Popper’s Penguins (June 17th)
Two things most people are tired of being combined into one film: Jim Carrey and CGI penguins. It almost feels like the studio recycled a rejected script for Ace Ventura 3 and it doesn’t help either that this kid flick is from the producer of such bombs as Fat Albert and Marmaduke. If Mr. Popper’s Penguins isn’t obliterated in the first weekend by Green Lantern, it’ll most certainly go down for the count the following week in competition with Cars 2.
3) Monte Carlo (July 1st)
It’s 4th of July weekend! Which would you rather see? A movie about giant transforming robots that create explosions in their wake, a comedy written and directed by Tom Hanks, or a film about ditzy Disney Channel teens running around Europe? Sorry, Monte Carlo, that weekend belongs to Transformers 3 and Larry Crowne. Selena Gomez’s breakout acting role will have to wait. Don’t worry, Selena, you’ll get your chance to shine on the big screen someday… maybe…
4) Winnie the Pooh (July 15th)
Relaunching one of Disney’s most iconic characters seems like a good idea. It has a great cast including John Cleese as the narrator and its executive producer is John Lasseter. This could actually turn out to be a great movie for families. However, there is one large, wizard-related problem preventing this film making money: it’s going up against Harry Potter, and that is box office suicide even if you’re Disney. Expect the latest Harry Potter movie to dominate that weekend leaving Pooh in the dust. There is a chance it could rebound in weeks ahead, but it will seriously have to hang in there.
5) Friends with Benefits (July 22nd)
Does that title sound a tad familiar? There is a reason this title sounds so similar to this year’s ;No Strings Attached – it’s the same damn movie. Except this time it’s with Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. Despite a large cast of familiars, there is little to suggest that this film will be a hit going up against Captain America: The First Avenger.
6) Crazy, Stupid, Love (July 29th)
Steve Carell is usually a large box office draw, but that’s usually when he is playing the fool. In this film, he’s trying to play a role where his character is less of a goofball, if not a tad on the serious side. The role could work out to be a decent piece of drama for Carell, but when going up against the action-packed Cowboys & Aliens and the family-friendly Smurfs 3D, this film doesn’t have a chance.
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