The first weekend of May has officially become the first week of the summer movie season. Last year we saw Spider-Man 3 claim a record opening weekend of $151 million in May. So what do the studios have for us this May? May 1st has already been claimed by a couple of films.
May has traditionally been a money maker for studios. Starting with 2000, two of the top five films were released in May (Mission: Impossible II, Gladiator). Moving on to 2001, things weren’t much different as three of the top ten films released in May (Shrek, The Mummy Returns, Pearl Harbor). All I have to say about 2001, is that I think our taste has improved greatly over the years. In 2002, May owned the number one (Spider-Man) and number three (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones) films of the year. As time moved on, May became stronger and stronger. 2003 was a great year for May, as four of the top six grossing films were all released in Hollywood’s favorite month (Finding Nemo, The Matrix Reloaded, Bruce Almighty, X2: X-Men United). In 2004 May claimed three of the top fifteen films, including the year’s number one film Shrek 2. 2005 still only hammered out three of the top fifteen films of the year but still claimed the year’s number one film Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. So have you started to notice a trend yet?
Now, let me take you way back to a year that some of you may not remember. Let me take you back to the long ago time of May 2006. Last year we saw two of the top four films(X-Men: The Last Stand, The Da Vinci Code) , and two more within the top fifteen (Over The Hedge, Mission: Impossible III). 2007 was huge for May, owning the number one (Spider-Man 3), two (Shrek The Third) and four (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) films of the year. So will 2008 be any different from this trend?
We will see some major blockbusters lined up for May 2008:
May 2nd: Iron Man
May 9th: Speedracer
May 16th: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
May 22nd: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
May 30th: Sex and the City: The Movie
Now since we are already talking about next year, why not talk about 2009. Variety reports that we can expect the X-Men spin-off X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the Disney film G-Force to release in May. So if you are a movie fan, start saving up your cash now for the month of May, because it might get expensive.