2022 Blockbuster Season Box Office Preview: Introduction

If you didn’t think Hollywood was back and firing on all cylinders, this blockbuster season’s offerings are bound to prove it. Things start off with a bang with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the second Doctor Strange movie. It’s sure to do far better than its three predecessors. Following that is the remake of Firestarter, the cinematic Downton Abbey sequel, and May finishes off with Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick.

June is next up and that starts off slow, but picks up with the one-two punch of Jurassic World: Dominion followed by Pixar’s latest, Lightyear. July doesn’t want to be left behind, so the lucrative Fourth of July holiday weekend sees the release of Minions sequel followed by another MCU film, Thor: Love and Thunder. The month rounds out with DC League of Super Pets, spaced just enough after Minions to be consequential. Then August closes out with nary a guaranteed blockbuster, but with a handful of films that could surprise like The Man from Toronto, which is my pick for the sleeper hit of the month.

And, as that film points out, there are several other films this summer that aren’t part of a franchise or aren’t remakes of other films. The likes of Elvis, Where the Crawdads Sing, Nope, or Bullet Train being big hits is possible in perhaps every case.

A quick note, actual stills from Thor and Toronto weren’t available. The pic from Thor is a pre-vis photo and the Toronto is also a publicity shot. Once I have film images to share, I’ll update these.

To introduce you to the upcoming films, there will be two preview articles every month and this introduction every four months. The Season Preview article will focus on one of three seasons Spring Season (January through April), Blockbuster Season (May through August) and Oscar Season (September through December). In these introductory articles, I will give you the current release schedule for the specified season, which may change as the release dates get closer.

May 6, 2022

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Wide)

May 13, 2022

Family Camp (Wide)
Firestarter (Wide)

May 20, 2022

Downton Abbey: A New Era (Wide)
Men (Limited)

May 27, 2022

Bob’s Burgers (Wide)
Top Gun: Maverick (Wide)

June 3, 2022

Watcher (Wide)

June 10, 2022

Jurassic World: Dominion (Wide)

June 17, 2022

Brian and Charles (Wide)
Lightyear (Wide)

June 24, 2022

The Black Phone (Wide)
Elvis (Wide)

July 1, 2022

Minions: The Rise of Gru (Wide)
Shotgun Wedding (on 6.29.2022) (Wide)

July 8, 2022

Thor: Love and Thunder (Wide)

July 15, 2022

Bed Rest (Wide)
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (Wide)
Where the Crawdads Sing (Wide)

July 22, 2022

Nope (Wide)
Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank (Wide)

July 29, 2002

Bullet Train (Wide)
DC League of Super Pets (Wide)

August 5, 2022

Easter Sunday (Wide)
Secret Headquarters (Wide)

August 12, 2022

Bros (Wide)
The Man from Toronto (Wide)

August 19, 2022

Beast (Wide)

August 26, 2022

The Bride (Wide)
Fear (Wide)
Samaritan (Wide)

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