Summer 2017 Box Office Preview

From the film, “The Glass Castle.” | Photo: Lionsgate

Silver Petticoat’s Summer 2017 Box Office Preview

Summer is officially here. With it arrives a slew of box office and big budget blockbusters prone to copious amounts of action-packed explosions. Among them are superhero films, sequels, and action-packed historical biopics.

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Since summer is the happy place for these types of films, it’s a little more difficult to find the quieter dramas some of us prefer. However, if you enjoy box office magic but the quieter drama is more your movie-going speed, we have you covered. Below we’ve collected a series of films that range from romance to period drama adaptations, and yes, a few big-screen flicks thrown in for variety.

Summer 2017 Box Office

From the film, “Columbus” | Photo: Superlative Films

As every film is bound to, some of these release dates may change, and many of these are “limited” release.


Silver Petticoat’s Summer 2017 Box Office Preview

July – September; sorted by release date


#1 Spider-Man: Homecoming, July 7

Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr. | Adaptation, Action/Adventure | PG13

You’ll remember Marvel rebooted the Spider-Man legacy (again) in Captain America: Civil War. In this version, he’s played by newcomer Tom Holland. This marks his first solo film as Spider-Man.

#2 Swallows and Amazons, July 14

Andrew Scott, Rafe Spall and Kelly MacDonald | Adaptation, Period Drama | PG

Chronicles the adventures of the Swallow children who discover their island might be inhabited. An adventurous rivalry springs up as they plot to protect their island.

#3 Dunkirk, July 21

Kenneth Branagh, James D’Arcy, and Tom Hardy | Biopic, Period Drama | PG-13

A historical biopic that reenacts the iconic Dunkirk evacuation efforts during WWII.

#4 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, July 21

Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke | Sci-Fi, Adaptation | PG-13

Directed by Luc Besson (of the Taken franchise), this sci-fi adventure is based on the popular comic book of the same name.

#5 Columbus, August 4

John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, and Parker Posey | Romance, Drama | Unrated

John Cho (of Star Trek fame) stars in this, what looks to be, quirky drama. Cho plays a man stuck in a small rural town, and while there, he meets an unusual young woman.

#6 The Dark Tower, August 4

Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, and Katheryn Winnick | Sci-Fi, Dystopian | PG-13

Described as an “Old West-like landscape” world, this one follows a gunslinger hero searching for the mysterious “Man in Black,” a villain to his world. A story that to me, sounds like a kind of dystopian western. It’s based on a novel by Stephen King.

#7 The Glass Castle, August 11

Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts | Adaptation, Period Drama | PG-13

Described as a coming of age story about a girl from a family of “nomads.” (The FBI is involved too!) This is based on the memoir of the second eldest daughter, it follows her into adulthood and stars breakout star, Brie Larson. (Oh, yeah, and the cute cop, Max Greenfield, who crushed on Veronica Mars!)

#8 All Saints, August 25

John Corbett | Biopic, Drama | PG

Based on a true story about a traveling salesman who becomes a pastor in a small town and the immigrants his church helps.

#9 Leap!, August 30

Carly Rae Jepsen, Nat Wolff, and Elle Fanning | Animation | PG

This one tells the story of an aspiring ballerina in 1879 Paris, plus it looks too cute!

#10 Battle of the Sexes, September 22

Emma Stone and Steve Carrell | Period Drama, Comedy, Biopic | PG13

A comedy about a 1970s tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

#11 Stronger, September 22

Jake GyllenhaalTatiana Maslany, and Miranda Richardson | Biopic, Drama | Unknown

Based on the true story of a Boston marathon victim, and his road to recovery.

#12 Victoria and Abdul, September 22

Judi Dench | Period Drama, Biopic | PG-13

Chronicles the life of an elderly Queen Victoria and the friendship she forms with a young Indian clerk. Familiar faces like Olivia Williams, Tim Pigott-Smith and Michael Gambon co-star.


Also Coming to Theaters (Highlights):

  • Hickock, July 7 | Rating Unknown (Stars Luke Hemsworth, the third Hemsworth brother)
  • Lady MacBeth, July 14 | Rating Unknown (likely R-rating, the trailer shows sexual content, violence)
  • The Black Prince, July 21 | Rated R for Violence (Historical Drama starring Persuasion‘s Amanda Root)
  • The Fencer, July 21 | Content Unclear (Award Winning Foreign Film; Historical Drama)
  • Menashe, July 28 | Rated PG
  • Person to Person, July 28 | Rating and Content Unknown (Indie Comedy)
  • Brave New Jersey, August 4 | Period Drama/Comedy
  • Detroit, August 4 | Rating and Content Unknown – likely to be violent (Historical Drama)
  • Step, August 4 | Rated PG
  • In This Corner of the World, August 11 | Rated PG-13 (Animated Historical Japanese Drama)
  • The Only Living Boy in New York, August 11 | Rated R for Language (Content Unclear)
  • Polina, August 25 | Rating and Content Unknown (French dance drama)
  • Tulip Fever, August 25 | Rated R (Alicia Vikandar stars)
  • The Queen of Spain, August 29 | Rating and Content Unknown (Period Drama stars Penelope Cruz and reunites Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin from The Princess Bride)
  • Home Again, September 8 | Rating and Content Unclear (Stars Reese Witherspoon)

Which of these are you most excited for? Are you planning to see any of these? What did we miss? Sound off below with your anticipated summer films!

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