Although hundreds of films come out each year, the summer blockbuster is a category all its own.
Summer is the season of the blockbuster: large-scale, over-the-top movies best experienced on the big screen. But with autumn just days away, it's the perfect time to look back at the massive tentpole theatrical releases of summer 2013.
And like all good movie nerds, this won't just be a retrospective list - we're going to rank the 25 worst-to-best summer blockbusters in one mega list.
Just three criteria for this list:
- These movies were released during the traditional 'summer movie season' - so between the first weekend in May through Labor Day.
- Each of these movies were released on a minimum of 2,000 screens. This benchmark also prevents superior films - like limited release masterpieces 'Before Midnight' or 'Fruitvale Station' - from getting compared to the likes of 'Pacific Rim.' ... Sadly, it also forced 'The World's End' (which never screened in more than 1,600 theaters) off this list -- otherwise, Edgar Wright's latest would have come in at number 2.
- I had to have seen the movie. Unfortunately, this means some summer releases - like 'The Heat' or 'R.I.P.D' - will be left off this list. (Cut me some slack - I'm just one person after all.)
- So, the logical place to begin is 'The Worst Summer Film of 2013' ...