Summer blockbusters have officially begun an agonizingly visible decline into bittersweet oblivion, like the Terminator giving a thumbs-up while being slowly dipped into a cauldron of boiling steel. Summer 2014 saw the most dismal box office turnout in eight years, which included the worst 4th of July weekend since 1987 both in terms of gross receipts and comedic remakes of old cop shows.
Universal Studios, Columbia Pictures
Pictured: 1987 (left), 2014 (right)
So, what happened? How did a movie like Sin City do a $30 million opening weekend in 2005 and then a $6 million weekend 10 years later? Is it because Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan have over-saturated the market with dark, brooding comic book violence, or did everyone just suddenly realize that Frank Miller is kind of an asshole? In our exploration of the many lukewarm box office "hits" and utter stench-filled bombs released this year, we came up with a helpful list of things Hollywood should avoid in order to prove our dismal predictions about the 2015 blockbuster season wrong, as much as we love being right.