Film quality

2015 vs. previous years

A complete of 18 positively reperceived films hit the cineplex this summer in wide release, led by Pixar"s Inside Out. That"s a boost of two good summer movies compared to 2014"s complete, though last summer"s ideal movie (Boyhood) had a higher score than this year"s leader. (Then aget, it additionally had actually a greater score than any kind of new film this century.)

# of excellent summer wide releases by year (Metascore = 61 or higher) 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Best-reperceived summer wide release by year 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
18 16 22 11 14 11
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Inside Out Boyhood Before Midnight The Dark Knight Rises Harry Potter and also the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Toy Story 3
94 100 94 78 87 92

In limited release, an impressive 99 movies this summer (among releases via 7 or more reviews) met or exceeded the 61 cutoff indicating that critics generally favored the film. We tracked a full of 189 films in limited release this summer through at leastern 7 reviews from professional doubters, and that amounts to a success price of 99/189 or 52%. Add in the 50 movies released nationwide, and also this summer critics offered positive reviews to 117 of 239 movies, or 49%—a considerable innovation over 2014"s success rate of 44%, and the best number in at least six years. By contrast, doubters hated 13 wide releases (scoring 39 or less), and also panned 33 limited releases, interpretation that 19% of all summer releases received negative reviews from doubters (matching 2014"s percentage).

% of summer movies through positive and also negative reviews, by year ALL FILMS WIDE RELEASES ONLY Year Total % Good % Bad Total % Good % Bad Typical 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
  
 
239 49% 19%   50 36% 26% 55
230 44% 19% 51 31% 29% 48
213 46% 18% 51 42% 22% 55
191 44% 14% 42 26% 17% 52.5
175 48% 16% 43 33% 21% 50

Good movies have actually a Metascore of 61 or higher based on reviews from experienced critics. Bad films are scored 39 or reduced. (Percentperiods are not given for the 40-60 variety, which amounts to blended or simply so-so reviews.) Only new films via at leastern 7 reviews are included.

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Best-reregarded movies this summer

Below are the highest-scoring films (through a minimum of 7 reviews from expert critics) released during 2015"s summer months (from May via Labor Day Weekend). Note that a vast release film is one that screened in at leastern 600 theaters.

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Best summer wide releases - 2015 (min. 7 reviews) Movie Genre Score DVD/Blu-ray Streaming
Inside Out Animation/Family 94    
2 Mad Max: Fury Road Action/Sci-fi 89
3 The Diary of a Teenage Girl Drama 87    
4 Shaun the Sheep Movie Animation/Family 81    
5 Love & Mercy Drama 80
6 The Gift Thriller 77  
7 Spy Comedy/Action 75
8 Trainwreck Comedy 75    
9 Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Action 75    
10 Me and also Earl and the Dying Girl Drama 74  
...and also the worst:
50 War Room Drama 26    
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Best summer limited releases - 2015 (min. 7 reviews) Movie Genre Score 1
The Look of Silence Documentary 92
2 Phoenix Foreign/Drama 90
3 Listen to Me Marlon Documentary 87
4 Tangerine Drama 86
5 Amy Documentary/Music 85
6 Horse Money Foreign/Drama 85
7 Court Foreign/Drama 83
8 The End of the Tour Drama 82
9 The 2nd Mother Foreign/Drama 82
10 Blind Foreign/Drama 82
...and the worst:
189 United Passions Drama/Sports 1

Summer box office performance

2015 vs. previous years

Now that"s an innovation. Propelled by Jurassic World, now the #3 movie all time at the residential box office (and also still cshedding in on #2 Titanic), the summer of 2015 was the second-many effective in history in regards to domestic box office revenues, trailing just 2013. (Keep in mind that because of Labor Day"s late arrival this year, the "summer" duration had an additional week in 2015.) That"s an increase in complete receipts of about 10% compared to 2014, while the number of tickets offered enhanced by about 5%–7% (last numbers haven"t been tabulated).

After the summer of 2014 faicaused develop a solitary film with over $300 million in receipts domestically (for the first time because 2001), four separate films exceeded that figure in 2015. And it was additionally the first summer ever in which 3 movies (Jurassic World, Minions, and also Avengers: Age of Ultron) hit the $1 billion note worldwide. Those hits, merged with upcoming releases prefer Star Wars: The Force Awakens, have actually professionals predicting that 2015 will collection countless box office documents by year"s finish.

Total residential summer box office grosses by year 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Highest-grossing summer film by year 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
$4.48 billion $4.06 billion $4.85 billion $4.31 billion $4.33 billion $4.22 billion
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Jurassic World Guardians of the Galaxy Iron Man 3 The Avengers Harry Potter and also the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Toy Story 3
59 $647 million 76 $280 million 62 $409 million 69 $623 million 87 $381 million 92 $415 million

Interestingly, many of this summer"s highest-grossing releases were additionally among summer"s best-reregarded movies (commonly, a dud or 2 sneaks right into the height 10 list), while this summer"s best flops were all movies that underwhelmed movie critics.

This summer"s ideal and also worst performers

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Highest grossing summer movies - 2015 Movie Score Domestic Box Office
Jurassic World 59 $647,484,125
2 Avengers: Era of Ultron 66 $457,815,697
3 Inside Out 94 $349,617,280
4 Minions 56 $329,651,310
5 Pitch Perfect 2 63 $183,785,415
6 Mission: Imfeasible - Rogue Nation 75 $182,536,692
7 Ant-Man 64 $174,081,700
8 San Andreas 43 $154,294,686
9 Mad Max: Fury Road 89 $153,036,441
10 Straight Outta Compton 72 $150,214,495

All grosses are domestic box office receipts through September 7, 2015 for movies released in between May 1, 2015 and September 4, 2015. Source of box office revenues: Box Office Mojo.

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Notable summer flops - 2015 Movie Score Box Office (Domestic/Global) Estimated Prod. Budget Plan Tomorrowland
60 $93.2 million / $208.4 million $190 million
Fantastic Four 27 $54.7 million / $155.9 million $125 million
Pixels 27 $73.9 million / $194.6 million $88 million
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 55 $40.4 million / $87.7 million $75 million
Aloha 40 $21.1 million / $26.3 million $37 million
Hot Pursuit 31 $34.6 million / $51.4 million $35 million
We Are Your Friends 46 $3.3 million / $3.3 million $6 million

Production budgain figures are estimates from various sector reports and do not include marketing costs (which add substantially to the film"s costs). Note that some of these films are still in theaters.

Best opening weekends for summer movies - 2015 * Movie Score 1st Weekend Gross Per-Screen Avg 1
Jurassic World 59 $208.8 million $48,855
2 Avengers: Period of Ultron 66 $191.3 million $44,731
3 Minions 56 $115.7 million $26,905
4 Inside Out 94 $90.4 million $22,919
5 Pitch Perfect 2 63 $69.2 million $19,930
Worst opening weekends for summer movies - 2015 * Movie Score 1st Weekend Gross Per-Display Avg
1 The D Train 55 $0.4 million $444
2 We Are Your Friends 46 $1.8 million $758
3 Shaun the Sheep Movie 81 $4.0 million $1,741
4 Self/Less 34 $5.4 million $2,296
5 American Ultra 50 $5.5 million $1,963

* Wide opening weekends (at least 600 theaters) just.

Metascore prediction results

For the sixth year in a row, we asked our individuals to predict the Metascores for the best summer releases before the begin of the summer movie seachild. (Those predictions are based just on having viewed the trailer and summary for each film.) On average, those user guesses were 11.4 points ameans from the eventual score. By comparikid, the differential was 9.2 points last year and 10.9 points in 2013.

That"s not an excellent performance. And it is even worse once you consider that individuals were off by 20 or more points for five various movies (compared to just 2 last year), including a whopping 35 points for what might have been summer"s most disappointing release, Fantastic Four. Then aget, our customers were within five or fewer points for eight releases, corresponding 2014"s number.

Our users were aobtain overly optimistic in their predictions, expecting a far better summer slate than the one that studios actually yielded. They overapproximated the scores for 20 of the 30 films, and underestimated for simply seven releases. (They were additionally dead on for San Andreas, while the final 2 films were delayed out of the summer season.)Usersalso were expecting just among these films (Hitman: Agent 47) to be panned by movie critics. In truth, that film was joined by seven others in receiving overwhelmingly negative reviews.

User Metascore predictions vs. actual Metascores for 30 vital summer movies Movie Predicted Actual Difference
San Andreas 43 43 0
Ant-Man 67 64 –3
Pitch Perfect 2 60 63 +3
Poltergeist 50 47 –3
Magic Mike XXL 56 60 +4
Paper Towns 60 56 –4
Ted 2 52 48 –4
Mission: Imfeasible - Rogue Nation 70 75 +5
Jurassic World 65 59 –6
Avengers: Age of Ultron 73 66 –7
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 62 55 –7
Straight Outta Compton 65 72 +7
Minions 65 56 –9
Hitman: Agent 47 39 28 –11
Tomorrowland 71 60 –11
Southpaw 70 57 –13
Hot Pursuit 45 31 –14
Inside Out 80 94 +14
Terminator Genisys 52 38 –14
Vacation 48 34 –14
Ricki and also the Flash 69 54 –15
Pixels 43 27 –16
The Gift 60 77 +17
Entourage 58 38 –20
Mad Max: Fury Road 69 89 +20
Self/much less 55 34 –21
Aloha 63 40 –23
Fantastic Four 62 27 –35
Pan 64 release delayed to October
Masterminds 59 release delayed indefinitely

Predicted scores are averaged from 1,589 user predictions made in April, before the begin of the summer movie seaboy.

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