That’s a wrap, folks.
The curtain has finally dropped on our summer movie preview, and we’ve got a pretty good sense of the films that readers are looking forward to this fall.
Our online poll garnered 80 responses, so while you’re waiting for reviews to start pouring in for the likes of “Ghostbusters” and “X-Men: Apocalypse,” let your friends and neighbors be your guide.
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For its first trick, “Now You See Me 2” has narrowly claimed the top spot in this specific subset of summer sequels. The notion of sticky-fingered magicians with familiar faces (Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Lizzie Caplan) must appeal to people — at least 2 percent more than Zac Efron’s six-pack does, at any rate. It just goes to show that even a potential franchise can be conjured out of thin air.
Franchise fever, by its very definition, is not for beginners. This was a highly competitive category, with almost all of our contestants standing on the shoulders of some very tall predecessors.
“Captain America: Civil War” claiming the top spot shouldn’t surprise anyone and neither should the curiosity surrounding DC Comics’ supervillain team-up “Suicide Squad” — but “X-Men: Apocalypse” only garnering 7.6 percent of the vote? Maybe after five movies and oh-so-many spinoffs, Marvel’s mighty mutants are finally running out of steam.
What’s old is new again
Ah, misty, water-colored memories of the way we were. It’s unclear how heavily the nostalgia factor weighed in on this one, but either way it doesn’t seem like “Independence Day: Resurgence” will be missing Will Smith all that much. Audiences also seem to have a much better memory than the titular hero of “Jason Bourne” who nearly a decade later still seems primed to put butts in seats. The wild card here looks to be “Ghostbusters,” which could easily drift upward or spiral downward depending on reviews.
Comedy is subjective — math not so much. “Central Intelligence” is the clear front-runner. The only question is if audiences are showing up to see Kevin Hart or Dwayne “people used to call me ‘The Rock’ ” Johnson. “Sausage Party” is coasting on innuendo and Seth Rogen’s good name. As for “Nine Lives” ... maybe we’re all just dog people?
Thrill-seeking behavior and a dash of romance
It would seem that the majority of voters would rather watch George Clooney being shot at than Blake Lively in a bikini — so he has that going for him. This category consisted almost exclusively of movies aimed at adults, a rarity in a season otherwise occupied by superheroes and high-concepts, hence the relatively small pool of contestants. Chances are that if they keep a safe distance from one another, nobody will get hurt.
The best movie endings feel surprising and inevitable at the same time. Case in point: “Finding Dory” laying claim to 45.8 percent of the vote should come as a shock to absolutely no one. “Finding Nemo” was a beloved smash hit with critics and the box office, Dory was a breakout character and audiences have had more than a decade to build up an appetite for the sequel. What is surprising is Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG” coming in at a paltry 6.8 percent. Roald Dahl’s fantastical story seems like the kind of material that Spielberg could excel at in his sleep — which may be the point.