Ah, those summer movies of our youth… The Marvel machine! Pixar animations! And all those film franchises you’ve followed. Go ahead: Try to list all the “Fast & Furious” movies ranked from worst to last!
All these films were great reasons to love a summer night: Cinema fans everywhere would gather up friends and family and head to the nearest air-conditioned cineplex or perhaps a drive-in under the stars. Treats? A giant tub of popcorn and a large-size soda were musts.
Thankfully, those days are slowly coming back, as the pandemic loosens its grip. People are feeling safe in theaters again, heading out to see this summer’s big draws, like “Black Widow” and “Space Jam.” These are the most anticipated movies still to-come in 2021.
To determine the biggest summer releases of all time, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data on box office from the film industry site The Numbers. Summer-release movies were ranked based on lifetime domestic box office. Only films with domestic release dates in June, July or August were considered. Data on worldwide box office also came from The Numbers. Supplemental data on Tomatometer score came from Rotten Tomatoes. Data on each film’s IMDb rating came from the Internet Movie Database. And the film descriptions below were drawn principally from Google and IMDb websites.