Blockbusters or Bust?

Blockbusters or Bust?

Israel Taylor, Entertainment Editor

This summer  was riddled with overly-anticipated movies and 2016 seemed to be the year of hero movies. Among these movies would be Suicide Squad, Ghostbusters, Captain America: Civil War, and Finding Dory.

Captain America: Civil War- Starring Chris Evans as Captain America and Robert Downy Jr. as Iron Man, Civil War opened May sixth. It was the the next superhero movie in line to take Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds, off of its golden pedestal. It did just that, earning a whopping $1.132 billion in the box office compared to Deadpool’s $760.5 million. Captain America earned more than the cult classic, Deadpool.

Finding Dory- The sequel to Finding Nemo overwhelmed adult and teenage hearts alike with nostalgia as the world’s favorite blue, yellow tailed, forgetful fish flooded the big screen. Generating $887.5 million in revenue, the second installment of the popular Pixar movie can definitely be considered a blockbuster.

Ghostbusters- The remake of the 1984 original film of an all male lead cast was recreated with all female leads. This was met with aggressive public disapproval because they said female leads are a threat to the film industry and could ruin the whole Ghostbuster franchise. The film opened July 15 and was considered a flop, earning a current total of $194 million. Unfortunately, this bust justified blatant misogyny in the entertainment industry.

Suicide Squad- This became the Summer’s second most anticipated movie due to its cast of Oscar nominees and winners including Jared Leto, Will Smith and Viola Davis, among others. Critics have been divided over whether or not it is worth the watch. Before the film was unleashed to the world, critics were already claiming the film to be a major bust and waste of time. The movie has generated $481 million to this date after being released August 5th, but the jury is still out on whether the film is worth watching. Regardless, it is undeniably a blockbuster.