Take a long look outside your window. The seasons are changing, and signs are everywhere. Kids are boarding buses and heading back to school. Temperatures are dipping ever so slightly, suggesting autumn’s arrival. And at the multiplexes, bombastic summer fare is giving away to intelligent, challenging awards fare aimed at mature audiences.

Before we fully turn the calendar’s page to September, though, we want to digest everything that happened these past few months. There have been surprises (both good and bad), and lessons learned by the industry and its patrons. Who are summer’s biggest Winners and Losers? Let’s discuss in depth.

Jurassic World
Winner: Universal Studios
Who expected this? Universal DOMINATED Summer 2015, releasing hit after hit and powering its way to an historic box office take (with half of the year still to come). The studio currently holds three of the top 5 slots on the year’s top 10 list for domestic grosses. Universal mined nostalgia with Jurassic World; proved it has non-superhero franchise viability with Furious 7, Pitch Perfect 2 and Minions; and struck late-summer gold in an unexpected market with the music biopic Straight Outta Compton. It’s doubtful that Universal will see a year like this anytime soon, but its decisions also proved that there won’t be significant drop off because it’s investing in the right talent at the right time.

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