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Here are the blockbusters you can see at the cinema this summer


First summer movie out: Will Smith (tv) and Martin Lawrence in “Bad Boys: Ride or Die”. Photo: Frank Masi/Columbia Pictures-Sony/AP/NTB

Of NTB | 09.06.2024 11:03:08

Culture and entertainment: – Historically, the summer months, especially after the cinemas went digital, are very good for Norwegian cinemas because we get the same premiere dates as in the USA. There, summer is the time for blockbusters, says managing director Espen Lundberg Pedersen of the industry organization Film & Kino.

Last summer it was “Barbie”, “Oppenheimer” and “Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning, Part One” that made people sit down in the cinema halls. This year, the industry leader has faith in, among other things, the new “Bad Boys” film and “Innsiden ut 2”.

Later this month comes “Horizon” – Kevin Costner’s great western epic.

– I know that many of the cinema managers have seen it and liked it very much. There is a tradition of western films in this country, the figures show over time, says Lundberg Pedersen to NTB.

The figures show an 18 per cent decrease compared to the same time last year.

– We have simply lacked content that attracts the large audience groups. With two strikes in Hollywood, many of the big films were postponed until the summer, autumn or until 2025. At the same time, there have also been no big Norwegian films in this period, although smaller documentaries have been successful, says Lundberg Pedersen, who has great faith in the summer months .

– Many people think cinema is dead in the summer, but July is – along with Christmas – one of the biggest months of the year for film. During the school holidays, you go to the cinema, often a little later than usual, perhaps after spending the day at the beach, he says.

The fact that we see American blockbusters is due to the fact that few Norwegian films are released in the summer, even if the cinema industry wants it. That also applies this year, where we have to wait until autumn to see much talked about films such as “Armand”, “Quisling” and “Nr. 24”.

Potentially good figures for the summer films are good for the Norwegian cinema industry, which according to the Director of Film & Cinema has experienced an unforgivably demanding period last winter and now this spring.

These are some of the blockbusters that the industry website Deadline have the most faith in.

The fourth film in the “Bad Boys” universe can already be seen. Many believe the film could be “ride or die” for Will Smith as well. This is his first big film after the famous earwig episode in 2022. If the film does well, it is rumored that he will get several new big projects. In the film, the two policemen Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) reunite to save their boss – who is wrongly hanged as a long-time drug dealer.

Once again, Riley’s emotional life is explored from within her own brain, and now she has become a teenager. Now the emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust are joined in the brain’s control center by Anxiety and Envy.

Go back to the beginning and experience why the world went silent – where Sam, played by Lupita Nyong’o, finds herself in the middle of an alien invasion of New York. The only thing humanity can do is be silent. Newcomer to the cast is Joseph Quinn from “Stranger Things”.

Norwegian cinema managers have faith, but the industry website Deadline did not – which dropped Kevin Costner’s great western epic from its top list for the summer. It is a story from the Civil War era about how war and violence created the United States, and is therefore the film that made Costner leave “Yellowstone”.

Gru, Lucy, the children and the minions live a peaceful suburban life – until word comes that everyone is in danger from the villain Maxim Le Mal. The revenge plans put them in witness protection with new identities and lives, which is not easy for the hyperactive minions.

After domestic tidal waves, North Sea disasters and tunnels, viewers can enjoy some American tornado horror – with Glen Powell, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Anthony Ramos exposed to all kinds of storms.

Six years after “Deadpool 2”, the brawlers Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) return. There has been fierce speculation online as to whether Taylor Swift will appear as the character Dazzler in the film.

This is yet another film adaptation of a video game universe, and with Cate Blanchett herself in the role of Lillith – a notorious bounty hunter with a mysterious past, She reluctantly returns to her home planet Pandora, to search for the missing daughter of Atlas (Edgar Ramirez). Here you can also see Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jack Black.

M. Night Shyamalan’s new thriller stars Josh Hartnett who is with his daughter at a concert with Lady Raven, played – and sung – by the filmmaker’s daughter Saleka Shyamalan. It turns out that the whole concert is a trap to catch a serial killer.

Colleen Hoover’s international best-selling book “Det ender med oss” was the sixth best-seller in Norway in 2022, and the first of her books to be made into a film. The story revolves around the love between the florist Lily, played by Blake Lively, and the doctor Ryle, played by Justin Baldon – who also directs. The trailer had 128.1 million views in a day when it came out in May.

A group of young space colonists investigate an abandoned space station and encounter the most terrifying creature in space. This revitalization is said to return to its very foundations, and features Cailee Spaeny among others in the cast.

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