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Silver Petticoat’s Summer 2016 Box Office Preview

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Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgård in a scene from “The Legend of Tarzan.” | Photo: Warner Bros.

With summer in full swing, there are plenty of great movies to check out in theaters! For most of us, the start of summer began a good month ago on Memorial Day and along with it the arrival of several summer blockbusters. Such films like Captain America: Civil War, the new X-Men installment as well as Pixar’s highly anticipated Finding Dory have already premiered.

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Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender in a scene from "The Light Between Oceans" | Photo: Touchstone Pictures
Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender in a scene from “The Light Between Oceans” | Photo: Touchstone Pictures

If you’re a fan of the big blockbusters, fortunately, there are still more anticipated films expected by their respective studios to do well. Among them are sequels, comic book adaptations and animated flicks from respected studios. Below, however, I chose to mostly focus on some of the smaller dramas or period films. Still, I worked to put together a good mix!

Without further ado, let’s preview the 2016 summer box office.

2016 Summer Box Office Preview

(Release Dates are subject to change)

#1 The Legend of Tarzan

Opens July 1st | Stars Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie and Samuel L. Jackson | Rated PG-13

Summer Box Office
Photo: Warner Bros.

From the first time I saw a promotional image for this film until now, my opinion of this film has drastically changed. Where I once was only curious enough to possibly rent it on DVD, I now think this looks like a (potentially) compelling drama with amazing performances to back it. Either way, it will certainly be a “grittier” interpretation in comparison to our childhood Disney-fied version of this story.

#2 Fathers and Daughters

Opens July 8th | Stars Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried | Rated R

Though rated R, this film looks really interesting. It’s about a young woman’s memories of her father, whom we assume has passed away by the time she’s recalling all of these memories. It’s currently available on iTunes ahead of its limited theater run.

#3 Café Society

Opens July 15th | Stars Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Jesse Eisenberg | Rated PG-13

Summer Box Office
Photo: Lionsgate

Woody Allen is back with another star-studded ensemble piece. The film follows a man arriving in 1930’s Hollywood who becomes swept up in the “glitz and glamour,” and the romantic entanglements he finds himself in.

#4 Equals

Opens July 15th | Stars Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult | Rated PG-13

Summer Box Offic
Photo: A24

A kind of young adult dystopian (in a world of eradicated emotions), this one chronicles a case of forbidden love. If nothing else, Kristen Stewart will create some interest.

#5 Tulip Fever

Opens July 15th | Stars Christoph Waltz and Alicia Vikander | Rated PG-13

Summer Box Office
Photo: The Weinstein Company

This one is tagged as an Indie film and described as the following, “A married woman has an affair with an artist in 17th-century Amsterdam.” It co-stars Alicia Vikander who has shot to box office stardom in rapid succession. To say nothing of the fact that she’s a popular name appearing in many films this summer alone!

#6 Ben-Hur

Opens August 12th | Stars Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman | Rating unknown

Summer Box Office
Photo: MGM

I suspect the studio has high hopes for this one. But with the more recent releases of films like Risen (which is really quite impacting because it focuses on the story rather than constant action), I don’t know if this will measure up. Plus, the rumored R-rating might deter some audiences. Fun fact: Its titular character is played by Jack Huston, the actor who portrayed Wickham in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

#7 Florence Foster Jenkins

Opens August 12th | Stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant | Rated PG-13

Summer Box Office Preview
Photo: BBC

You might remember this as a familiar title from our spring 2016 box office preview. This one was pushed back to the summer season and still sounds delightful. It’s about a woman with dreams of becoming an opera singer, only she seems to be the only one unaware she hasn’t the talent to achieve this.

#8 The Light Between Oceans

Opens September 1st | Stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander | Rated PG-13

Summer Box Office
Photo: Touchstone Pictures

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, this sounds like a poignant and touching period drama about a childless couple who undertakes the task of raising an abandoned baby. It also has the added bonus of two incredible actors.

#9 The Book of Henry

Opens September 16th | Stars Naomi Watts and Lee Pace | Rated PG-13

The Book of Henry tells the story of a single mother raising two sons, “one of whom is a genius.” Sadly, there’s very little promotional material for this one.

#10 Bridget Jones’s Baby

Opens September 16th | Stars Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey | Rated R

Photo: Miramax / Universal Pictures
Photo: Miramax / Universal Pictures

Believe it or not, I’ve never seen any of the previous films in this franchise. But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the return of a favorite box office character. The title is pretty self-explanatory about where this story will go, and if I had to guess, I’d say it will have more of the signature comedy of its predecessors.

#11 The Magnificent Seven

Opens September 23rd | Stars Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Matt Bomer and Haley Bennett | Rated PG-13

Photo: Sony Pictures
Photo: Sony Pictures

I had no idea filmmakers were remaking this film about a gang of outlaws brought together to help rid a town of a villainous presence. During one of my theater outings, I saw the trailer for this and must say, it looks hilarious. Chris Pratt being a huge reason why. Whether or not it will be, remains to be seen. (The classic version starring Yul Brynner took a more serious approach.) Either way, it’s fun to see a big-screen western making waves.

#12 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Opens September 30th | Stars Eva Green, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench and Asa Butterfield | Rated PG-13

Summer Box Office
Photo: 20th Century Fox

I’ll confess, this one looks too bizarre for my tastes. But there is also a nagging curiosity in the back of my mind. Add in the facts that it’s based on a best-selling novel and comes from the creative mind of Tim Burton and there are possibilities.

Also Coming Soon to Theaters

Trailers linked in titles

+ The BFG (July 1st)
Ghostbusters (July 15th)
+ Star Trek Beyond (July 22nd)
+ Jason Bourne (July 29th) – Alicia Vikander also co-stars in this!
+The Secret Life of Pets (August 5th)
+ Suicide Squad (August 5th)
+ Pete’s Dragan (August 12th)

Which of these are you most anticipating? Let me know what films you plan to see at the box office. I’d love to chat with you!

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By on July 1st, 2016

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Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (https://www.rissiwrites.com).

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6 thoughts on “Silver Petticoat’s Summer 2016 Box Office Preview”

  1. Once again, great list! I didn’t know about a lot of these, I’ll definitely have to check out some of them! I am excited for The Magnificent Seven – the trailer looked fun, plus Chris Pratt. 😀

    • I’m particularly excited about “The Magnificent Seven” too, Faith. It looks like a lot of fun, and we need a good “old-fashioned” western now and again, right!? 🙂

  2. Wow, Alicia Vikander really is everywhere right now! She does really have the right face for these historical dramas though!

    I had no idea they were making a new Ben Hur. On the one hand I’m curious, on the other hand from the trailer it looks very action/cool CGI orientated. Hmm….

    • Right!? She seems to be everywhere these days. Not that I mind since she is talented. 🙂

      I didn’t realize “Ben-Hur” was happening either until seeing either a random promo or TV spot. Either way, I agree. It looks like a movie big on the CGI effects rather than telling its story. We’ll see how it goes.

  3. I’m looking forward to see what Alicia Vikander does in the next few years too. She’s definitely very talented and I’d be interested to see what projects come her way.

    Florence Foster Jenkins looks adorable. I hadn’t even seen a trailer for it until now, but it looks like the kind of role that only Meryl Streep could pull off with such a delicate balance of serious and silly. And I didn’t even recognize Hugh Grant.

    If you get a chance you should check out Bridget Jones, it is quite good. The second one was a little ridiculous, but not terrible, but I’m strangely very much looking forward to Bridget Jone’s Baby! And I can’t tell if they aged up Colin Firth or if he’s just getting older. XD

    • As am I, Melissa. Alicia has a wide range of roles already to her name, and she plays them all well, though I confess to liking her in these period dramas because she has the right “look.”

      Florence Foster Jenkins DOES look adorable. Meryl always has class and grace in any role she takes on, so I’m looking forward to that.

      Thanks! I’ll have to read Bridget Jones at some point, and I know what you mean about Colin. He’s not the same Mr. Darcy, that’s for sure! 😀


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