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: 4; Summer 2014 releases: 5
Summer 2013 total: $2.42B
The buzz: Angie and Marvel venture into new territory.
The studio's Cinemacon presentation was low-key and devoid of Star Wars news, disappointing some exhibitors. Nor did Angelina Jolie show up to promote Maleficent (pictured, May 30), Disney's highest-profile summer entry (she did turn up the day before to tout Unbroken, Universal's Christmas offering). Insiders say the Joe Roth-produced Maleficent, which cost $175 million to make, should perform on par with 2013's Oz the Great and Powerful ($493.3 million worldwide).
Disney's other big summer entry is Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug. 1), starring Chris Pratt as the leader of a ragtag group of heroes. "Marvel has been doing incredible things with their trove of characters and material, and Guardians is no exception," says Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis.
The sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue (July 18) should be a strong player and is one of only two studio animated films this summer -- the first in nine years without a Pixar film and since Disney bought the animation company in 2006. Disney's other summer films are the family-friendly sports drama Million Dollar Arm (May 16) and DreamWorks' The Hundred-Foot Journey (Aug. 8).