Summer Box-Office Forecast: Studio-by-Studio Breakdown
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.
Summer 2013 releases: 6; Summer 2014 releases: 5
Summer 2013 total: $1.49B
The buzz: Fox, Bryan Singer and talking apes are on the rise
This summer will be a crucial test for Fox's new marketing operation, led by global presidents Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus and new domestic chief Marc Weinstock, formerly of Sony. The studio's CinemaCon presentation dazzled, led by the Memorial Day entry X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23) and the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11); now it's up to the new executives to sell them. Bryan Singer returned to Fox to direct Days of Future Past, which cost $205 million to make. Dawn cost $110 million.
"We have a great balance of tentpoles and two other films that will totally zero in on their audience and do a ton of business," says Fox distribution chief Chris Aronson. One of those is the Shailene Woodley young-adult adaptation The Fault in Our Stars (pictured, June 6), expected to be a big draw among teenage girls and younger women. The film also should benefit from its star's successful turn in Divergent. And watch out for Let's Be Cops (Aug. 13), a buddy comedy starring New Girl's Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr.
The studio's family tentpole is DreamWorks Animation's highly anticipated How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13).