(Reposted from my movie blog, movies4maniacs.tumblr.com on July 24th, 2014)

I think that as far movies go, this summer has been more than stellar. ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, ‘Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier’, ‘22 Jump Street’, ‘Neighbors’, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ and ever smaller films like ‘Chef’ and ‘Begin Again’, have all been excellent. (I will write reviews for all these films so please look out for those). But according to a recent article at the Hollywood Reporter, box office sales are the worst they have been in eight years. Here’s the link to that article for more information:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-slump-hollywood-facing-720420?template=cap&utm_expid=19303748-89.vl1UgudORTW16NBGatuX7w.1

Some of the above films I mentioned did better at the international box office than at the domestic box office. And why? People often complain about original films always being overlooked by the studios. But movies like ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, ‘Chef’ and ‘Begin Again’, were all films with original stories that for the most part, people didn’t go see. In Edge of Tomorrow’s case, the marketing campaign and Tom Cruise’s falling popularity may have contributed to the fiscal failure of that film. Which I think, was unfair.

While all those films eventually did ok over the long haul, what people generally want to see more of are popcorn action films like ‘Transformers 4: Age of Extinction’. Right now, that film has made over $890 million at the box office and has just a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics. The people? A much higher 56%.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/transformers_age_of_extinction/

No matter what people tell you, most people aren’t interested in movies that focus on story and character. Most just want to be entertained when they shell out $12 at the movie theater and I don’t blame them. Movie studios, who invest the GDP of a third world nation into one film, need a sure hit or else their investments just don’t come back. While I blame the studios for being lazy and not taking risks when it comes to films that are original, I can’t blame them for not wanting to go bankrupt.

I’ll be interested in seeing how well or not well ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ does financially this summer and how well or not well ‘Interstellar’ does this fall. If those two do well, then the tide may turn on this lackluster season.

Unfortunately, we all know that this summer’s next blockbuster, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ will probably rake in millions at the box office and be just an ok film but Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ could surprise us all by being an original, sci-fi drama that does well at the box office. Since it’s a Nolan film, ‘Interstellar’ does have potential to take in more money than ‘Dawn of the Planet of Apes’ and let’s hope, more than ‘Edge of Tomorrow’.

There’s still five months left in this surprising 2014 year of films and anything can happen.