Summer Movie Roundup
by The Milton Measure on Friday, September 16th, 2011
Every year, summer brings vacations, warm weather, and new sets of summer blockbuster films.
The first smash of the season was the J.J. Abrams directed Super 8, produced by Steven Spielberg. This story of a group of kids who witness a mysterious train crash grossed an impressive $250 million worldwide. Though both received negative reviews from critics, The Green Lantern and Cars 2 also won at the box office in June, earning $214 million and $541 million respectively, but the biggest money maker of the month was the third movie in the Transformers series, making a whopping $1.1 billion worldwide.
July was all about Harry Potter in Hollywood, and the film’s release marked a sad day for many who grew up cherishing this magical series. The movie not only had the largest worldwide opening weekend of all time, but also was also the fastest in history to make $1 billion. The film was met with a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The final Harry Potter movie is no doubt a historic event for Hollywood and children all around the world.
August yielded some of the more interesting films of the year, beginning with the summer’s second Sci-fi hit, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” starring James Franco in the leading role. The story centers on a San Francisco scientist’s efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by testing chimpanzees; however, his tests begin to go awry when his cure mutates and allows the chimps to gain human intelligence, eventually leading to worldwide mayhem. The film received an 82% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Just as the summers before it, this season held big hits scattered among the mass of movies produced over the past three months that we will cherish forever. Fortunately, this fall will be a fantastic season for film, with Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, and Philip Seymour Hoffman all set to star in films such as “Moneyball” and “The Ides of Marc”.
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