Walt Disney Studios: Motion Pictures cannot be stopped and it’s really not fair.
Disney has Star Wars, the MCU, Pixar and beloved animated classics. Plus soon the company most likely will have all of the franchises of Twentieth Century Fox which include the X-Men and Deadpool.
So far in this decade, there have been only two years in which Disney Motion Pictures did not either have the top film of the summer or the most films in the summer’s top ten domestic-grossing films. Those years are 2011 and 2015.
In 2011, Disney was tied with Paramount; each having three films in that summer’s top ten. Though neither company had the number one movie of that summer which was the epic finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Meanwhile, 2015 just wasn’t Disney’s summer. That summer was instead ruled by Universal Studios who had the top film of that summer Jurassic World and three other films in the top ten: Minions, Pitch Perfect 2 and Straight Outta Compton.
Disney still had hits that summer in two films that were in the top five: Avengers: Age of Ultron and Inside Out. The Disney film Ant Man was also in the summer’s top ten.
Disney probably doesn’t care too much about losing the 2015 summer to Universal. After all, Disney won that year with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
This summer though is looking to be Disney’s best of the decade so far. The summer is half way over and currently seven of the summer’s top ten are destined to remain in the top ten. Those films are Infinity War (Disney), The Incredibles 2 (Disney), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal), Deadpool 2 (Fox), Solo: A Star Wars Story (Disney), Ocean’s 8 (Warner Bros.) and Ant Man and the Wasp (Disney).
Those films are listed from highest domestic gross to lowest. Also, notice four of those films are distributed by Walt Disney Motion Pictures and three of the Disney films are currently in the summer’s top five.
Also, yes technically Infinity War came out a week before the summer movie season started but still even if you don’t count that week Infinity War would still be in summer’s top ten.
By the end of the summer, I believe two of the last three spots will probably go to the Dwyane Johnson film Skyscraper (Universal) and Mission Impossible: Fallout (Paramount). The last spot could go anywhere from Hotel Transylvania 3 (Sony), Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (Universal) or to Christopher Robin (Disney).
Regardless, Disney has dominated this summer even with the critically and financially lackluster film Solo. Are you surprised? What’s been your favorite movie of the summer so far and what unreleased summer movie are you looking forward to seeing the most?