Let’s hear it for big, dumb blockbusters
Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel star in F9, the next movie in the Fast and Furious franchise.
April 7, 2021
Welp, it’s happening. People are slowly starting to go to the movies again. This past weekend came in at $44 million. And no, that doesn’t sound like much but, considering this time last month the weekend box office was under $8 million, I think it’s safe to say that we’re at the beginning of the theater industry’s attempt at recovery.
This past weekend saw the release of Godzilla vs. Kong, which took in over $32 million over the weekend and has already sold $285 million worldwide. Whoa. I hear it’s a silly, stupid, fun, even gorgeous film that’s very much worth seeing on a huge screen in a loud room. I believe it, and I can’t lie, I love a big, loud, cheesy, epic, end-of-the-world blockbuster as much as anyone.
So yeah, I’ll probably go see Godzilla vs. Kong at some point. In the theater. And it’ll probably be pretty fun after a year of watching movies quietly on the TV in my apartment.
Until I do start hitting the theaters again, I’m going to binge on big, dumb summer blockbusters of the past. And yep! You guessed here! Here it is, with no commentary, my Top 10:
10. (tie) Men In Black (dir. Barry Sonnenfeld)
10. (tie) The Rock (dir. Michael Bay)
10. (tie) Spider-Man 2 (dir. Sam Raimi)
9. Jurassic Park (dir. Steven Spielberg)
8. Armageddon (dir. Michael Bay)
7. Back to the Future (dir. Robert Zemeckis)
6. Con Air (dir. Simon West)
5. Jaws (dir. Steven Spielberg)
4. Ghostbusters (dir. Ivan Reitman)
3. The Dark Knight (dir. Christopher Nolan)
2. Die Hard with a Vengeance (dir. John McTiernan)
1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (dir. James Cameron)
Here’s hoping we get at least one movie of this degree of entertainment quality sometime this summer. I would love to see, say, “The Next Con Air” up on the big screen some hot summer afternoon. Just something big, silly, not-serious, loud, wild, funny, and fun.
Looking forward, here’s what we can likely expect this summer: Neil Burger’s very promising Voyagers (April 9); the maybe somehow-fun Mortal Kombat (April 23); Guy Ritchie’s latest Jason Statham vehicle, Wrath of Man (May 7); Spiral (May 14); A Quiet Place Part II (May 28); Cruella (May 28); Sylvester Stallone superhero flick Samaritan (June 4); The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (June 16); Fast and Furious sequel F9, directed by Justin Lin (June 25); Top Gun: Maverick (July 2); Marvel flick Black Widow (July 9); Space Jam: A New Legacy (July 16); Cinderella (July 16); Jungle Cruise (July 30); Tom McCarthy’s highlight anticiapted Stillwater (July 30); The Suicide Squad (Aug. 6); Hotel Transylvania 4 (Aug. 6); Free Guy (Aug. 13); Candyman (Aug. 27); and Jackass 4 (Sept. 3).
I can get excited about five of those films — can you guess which ones? That being said, none of them have me feeling too excited. I’ll be at Maverick on release day if the buzz is good; same goes for Stillwater. But it’s not a great collection of prospects in my opinion.
At this point I’d guess that F9 is the biggest hit of 2021, with Top Gun: Maverick taking the No. 2 spot. I could also see the studios adding more releases in July and August if the weekend grosses keep growing. Something tells me we might get the new Wes Anderson movie sooner than later. Fingers crossed.