Summer Box-Office Forecast: Studio-by-Studio Breakdown

5:00 AM PST 04/17/2014 by Pamela McClintock, Rebecca Ford
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Warners is without a sure thing, Universal pushed back "Fast & Furious 7" and a flurry of untested titles will vie to become the next tentpole franchise.

Sony

Summer 2013 releases: 8; Summer 2014 releases: 7

Summer 2013 total: $1.61B

The buzz: Spidey rushes to the rescue, along with two bumbling cops

Sony is keen on redemption after its summer 2013 bombs After Earth and White House Down. Its biggest advantages this year are The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (pictured, May 2), and 22 Jump Street (June 13), both sequels to successful brands. At CinemaCon, Sony showed 30 minutes of AS2, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. The $200 million-plus tentpole opens two years after the first film took in $752.2 million worldwide. The studio is convinced this one will do more. "We are very, very confident that we will have a fantastic summer," says Sony distribution president Rory Bruer.

Returning Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the lead roles, 22 Jump Street is considered a sure bet. Theater owners were more mixed about Sex Tape (July 25), starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as a couple who make a racy video of themselves, only to lose it. (Diaz also stars in Fox's The Other Woman, out April 25.) But Sony knows how to market edgy R-rated fare (Bad Teacher, This Is the End).

The studio also is giving director Tim Story's Screen Gems comedy Think Like a Man Too (June 20) a high-profile release -- not a surprise, considering Kevin Hart is arguably Hollywood's hottest new star.

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