Here Are the Results of Our Best of Summer 2015 Survey!
Last week we put it to you, the readers of ScreenCrush: What was the best movie of summer 2015? What was the worst movie? Who gave the best performance? What were the overrated and underrated movies? What movie most deserves a sequel? And what summer 2016 movie are you most excited to see?
We asked and you answered; thousands of votes were cast, and the winners were chosen. Some categories were really close (you guys were wildly split on the most underrated movie). Some were not (when it comes to summer 2016, it’s basically Captain America: Civil War and everything else). If there’s one big takeaway, it’s this: Mad Max: Fury Road may have made less worldwide than Jurassic World made in just the United States, but George Miller’s long-awaited sequel made a huge impression on viewers. And they want to see more.
The full results of the poll are below, along with our analysis and the details of how the ScreenCrush staff voting broke down in each category. In cases where the percentages resulted in ties, the order was determined by the films’ raw number of votes.
Good work, ScreenCrush Nation. You’ve got fine taste. And here’s what you liked this summer.
- Mad Max: Fury Road - 41%
- Avengers: Age of Ultron - 15%
- Inside Out - 14%
- Jurassic World - 9%
- Ant-Man - 8%
- Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - 4%
- Straight Outta Compton - 2%
- Other - 2%
- Spy - 1%
- Trainwreck - 1%
- Magic Mike XXL - .5%
ANALYSIS: There were some really great movies this summer, but in the end the season belonged to the mad, and rightfully so. Mad Max: Fury Road was the clear-cut choice amongst ScreenCrush readers (and the near-unanimous choice amongst ScreenCrush staffers). I’m a bit surprised Avengers edged out Inside Out (though that might partially be my own love of Inside Out coloring my analysis), and that Jurassic World edged out Ant-Man and Rogue Nation.
- Fantastic Four - 45%
- Pixels - 21%
- Other - 11%
- Terminator: Genisys - 8%
- Hot Pursuit - 7%
- Ted 2 - 5%
ANALYSIS: This was a tighter race than expected, thanks to the awfulness of Adam Sandler’s latest phoned-in junkfest. Still, even he and his gang of disinterested video-game fighters were no match for the months of bad buzz (and the strange, baffling ineptitude of the finished product) that was Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot. Frankly, the fact that it only got 45 percent of the vote probably has less to do with people liking it and more to do with so few people actually seeing it.
BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE SUMMER
- Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road - 36%
- Chris Pratt, Jurassic World - 14%
- Michael Pena, Ant-Man - 13%
- Rebecca Ferguson, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - 7%
- Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - 6%
- Other - 5%
- Phyllis Smith, Inside Out - 5%
- Jason Statham, Spy - 3%
- Melissa McCarthy, Spy - 3%
- Jason Segel, The End of the Tour - 3%
- Meryl Streep, Ricki & the Flash - 1%
ANALYSIS: Another deserving win for Fury Road. Now the question becomes whether Charlize Theron can sustain enough attention to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Actress (frankly, we’re skeptical, but we’d love to see it happen). It was also nice to see readers recognize the awesomeness of Rebecca Ferguson in Mission: Impossible; she even got more votes than her hard-working, plane-hanging co-star, Tom Cruise. Ricki & the Flash, which got strong reviews but failed to find an audience, might have found more success opening in the fall or winter. This time, counter-programming just didn’t work out.
MOST DESERVING OF A SEQUEL
- Mad Max: Fury Road - 39%
- Ant-Man - 22%
- Avengers: Age of Ultron - 13%
- Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - 7%
- Inside Out - 5%
- Spy - 4%
- Other - 2%
- Fantastic Four - 1.5%
- Terminator Genisys - 1.5%
- Pitch Perfect 2 - 1%
- Magic Mike XXL - 1%
ANALYSIS: In hindsight, we should have put Jurassic World in this category, but the contenders were largely chosen by the ScreenCrush staff’s choices for Most Deserving of a Sequel, and no one on the ScreenCrush staff particularly wants to see another Jurassic World movie. Still, it likely would have beaten out some of the other contenders here. Interesting to see readers are more interested in seeing another Ant-Man than another Avengers, although it’s also possible to interpret that vote as their certainty that they’ll get another Avengers anyway and their attempt to campaign for another Ant-Man movie since Marvel has made no announcement yet that a sequel is coming. Also: ScreenCrush readers are not particularly enthused about the prospect of a Magic Mike XXXL (though they should be).
- The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - 16%
- The Gift - 16%
- Spy - 14%
- Other - 14%
- Shaun the Sheep - 12%
- Terminator Genisys - 12%
- Trainwreck - 10%
- Insidious: Chapter 3 - 3%
- Poltergeist - 1%
ANALYSIS: Maybe the most surprising category of the whole survey. I thought this one would probably go to Spy or possibly Trainwreck, two smaller movies that got great reviews and had strong word of mouth amidst the comic-book juggernauts. Instead, number one went to The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Guy Ritchie’s exceedingly stylish and cleverly subversive period spy thriller, with Joel Edgerton’s twisted stalker thriller The Gift just four votes behind in second place. That bodes well for both film’s futures on home video and streaming. ScreenCrush writers were just as split as readers on this one; twelve different movies were cited by our critics and editors. Also, I might be the only person in the country who saw (and liked!) the Poltergeist remake.
- Jurassic World - 36%
- Avengers: Age of Ultron - 22%
- Pitch Perfect 2 - 19%
- Trainwreck - 11%
- Ant-Man - 6%
- Other - 5 %
ANALYSIS: Probably the least surprising category of the whole survey. Given the film’s incredible success and its so-so storyline and characters, it was probably a foregone conclusion that Jurassic World would take the Most Overrated Title. Some of the other rankings on this list were a bit less expected, though; ScreenCrush staffers were lukewarm on Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man, but readers thought that was the least overrated title amongst our choices. They were far more inclined to vote for Avengers: Age of Ultron, a slightly surprisingly choice, given the film’s strong reviews (and the ScreenCrush readership’s general love of comic-book movies). Does that bode poorly for Avengers: Infinity War? We’ll see.
MOST ANTICIPATED OF SUMMER 2016
- Captain America: Civil War - 62%
- X-Men: Apocalypse - 10%
- Other - 5%
- Ghostbusters - 5%
- Star Trek Beyond - 4%
- Warcraft - 4%
- The BFG - 3%
- The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist - 2%
- Independence Day: Resurgence - 2%
- Neighbors 2 - 1%
ANALYSIS: This was an absolutely blowout; Captain America: Civil War got more votes than all nine other options combined (in fact, it almost got double the votes of all nine other options combined). People are rabid to find out how Tony Stark and Steve Rogers throw down, and what it all means for the fate of the Winter Soldier and Spider-Man (which means Warners was probably wise to move Batman vs. Superman to March and the hell out of this movie’s way). It’s a bit startling to see how little people are pumped for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters (that got my vote), but on the other hand it still did better than Independence Day: Resurgence, which is supposed to be one of the biggest sequels of 2016. Good luck marketing that one, Fox.