The Breakdown of the State of the Summer Blockbuster and the Return of the Summer Box Office Challenge Draft

The summer movie season is back! Sure, there were movies released in the summers of 2020 and 2021, but in many regions the theatres were either still closed or most of the major movies were delayed or shipped to streaming. While this summer isn't as jammed with big tentpoles as some years in the past, it is definitely the biggest movie summer since 2019, and there are some massive movies that fans have been anticipating for a very long time.

Now that the summer movie season is officially kicking off this weekend with Doctor Stranger in the Multiverse of Madness, it is a perfect time to analyze the state the time of year studios usually release their biggest movies. We discuss how the pandemic actually proved movie theatres are still relevant and important. We also look at the value of mature and mid-budget movies during this time. We also look at what is needed for a big summer blockbuster hit.

But that is not all.

After a two year hiatus, the Summer Blockbuster Challenge is back. This is a contest where both Scott Martin and Christopher Spicer pick 10 movies each that they feel will have the best opening weekend domestic box office gross. Whoever have picked the movies that combined have the most opening weekend dollars by the end of August is declared the winner and they get to choose three movies that the other host must watch and review.

Scott Martin knows all about watching and reviewing the three bad movies, because he has never won. But will he this year? You may get a good idea because the big draft takes place on this episode. He gets first pick, but does he choose wisely.

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Summer Box Office Challenge Draft Picks:


1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
2. Lightyear
3. Nope
4. Top Gun: Maverick
5. Bullet Train
6. Paws of Fury: Legend of Hank
7. Firestarter
8. Downton Abbey: A New Era
9. Watcher
10. Samaritan


1. Thor: Love and Thunder
2. Jurassic World: Dominion
3. Minions: The Rise of Gru
4. Elvis
5. DC League of Super Pets
6. The Black Phone
7. Where the Crawdads Sing
8. Bob's Burger
9. Beast
10. Easter Sunday