Eppler: The summer's winners and losers at the movies

Eppler: The summer's winners and losers at the movies

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Now that Labor Day is done, the summer is officially over. So it's time to take stock of the summer movie season. There were obvious winners and losers at the box office - some of which may doom some long-running franchises. 

WINNERS

1. Dinosaurs: I'm still shocked by how huge "Jurassic World" is. I thought it would be successful, but second-highest grossing movie of all time? I didn't see that coming. At all.

2. Pixar: After some lackluster ("Brave") and just plain terrible efforts (I hate you, "Cars 2"), the animation studio has made another near-classic with "Inside Out."

3. "Minions": Admittedly, I skipped this, but those little yellow guys made bank. You don't need to speak English to be successful in this country. See, Donald Trump?

4. "Mad Max": A character from 30 years ago comes roaring back to life. I can't stop watching it. 

5. Old Rappers: "Straight Outta Compton" about rappers from the 80s feels like a movie we need right now for a lot of reasons. But that doesn't mean it's not a glossed-over vanity project.

LOSERS 

1. "Ahnuld": The former California Governor has tried a few times to "be back" since leaving office. There's no demand. And "Terminator: Genysis" is without a doubt the worst tentpole release of the summer.

2. Adam Sandler: Looks like audiences are finally tired of his garbage (about five years too late, but progress is progress) because "Pixels" was a failure. Good luck on Netflix, Sandler.

3. "Fantastic Four": No surprise for anyone paying any attention to the production rumors.

4. "Tomorrowland": An admirable misfire - a wildly creative adventure movie that forgot to be any fun.

5. "Aloha": The stuff of box office fail legend. This is the new "Gigli."

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