It was over in the blink of an eye but the summer movie season has come to a close. After getting jumpstarted by Avengers: Infinity War, the summer season has chugged along with both highs and lows; regardless, all in all it was a pretty great summer for moviegoers. Lots of high-quality movies both big and small hit the theaters, meaning there was just about something for everyone this summer. However, for as many winners as there were, that doesn't mean there weren't a few losers, too.
Last year's summer was pretty rough, but something must have been in the air because this year saw a noticeable improvement at the box office. More people were going to the movie theater this year, causing box office dollars to climb a bit higher in the States for some essential movies. With summer 2018 in the rearview mirror, let's look back and see which movies became box office losers and winners during 2018's summer months.
It's no secret that Hollywood loves a sequel, but that's no promise of the quality of the final product. More often than not sequels fare worse than the original critically and one need only look at last year's entries like Transformers: The Last Knight and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to see how bored people can get with repeat franchises. This summer had a lot of high-profile sequels that drew in big crowds like Mission: Impossible - Fallout ($669.6 million) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($1.3 billion). Of course, superhero sequels like Incredibles 2 and Deadpool 2 also did well, but even smaller-scale stuff like Ocean's 8 (second highest grossing film in the series domestically) and The Equalizer 2 ($162.5 million) did well for their size. It helps that the majority of these movies were genuinely good, too.
Loser: The Rock
I never thought that I'd be writing that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a loser and I certainly never wanted to; however, Johnson didn't have a great summer. The Rock starred in two summer blockbusters this year, Rampage and Skyscraper, both of which didn't draw in as big of crowds as Johnson usually does domestically. While Rampage technically came in the spring, but it grossed less than $100 million in North America and it's release so close to Skyscraper may not have helped matters. In fact, this summer, Skyscraper scored just over $67 million domestically. Compare that to Johnson's other summer ventures like Central Intelligence's $127 million or San Andreas with $155 million and The Rock isn't looking so hot. We may have reached the point of Rock fatigue; Rampage and Skyscraper were only three months apart. The Rock is still a massive star and box office draw, but this summer wasn't his best.