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Top 10 Summer Blockbusters of 2018

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake

It wouldn't be summer without superheroes, sharks, and a sprinting Tom Cruise. From The Meg, to Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the summer of 2018 was packed with huge movies. WatchMojo ranks the top blockbusters of summer 2018.

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Summers come and go, but the movies will last forever. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Summer Blockbusters of 2018.


For this list, we’re taking a look at summer blockbusters that left the greatest impact on audiences in 2018. While not all the films on this list were masterpieces or even monster hits, each one offered a refreshing escape from reality… and isn’t that what summer’s all about?


#10: “The Meg” (2018)


We’ll be the first to admit that “The Meg” isn’t exactly “Jaws,” the movie that gave birth to the summer blockbuster. As far as over-the-top shark movies go, however, it’s probably the best time we’ve had with this subgenre since “Deep Blue Sea” hit theaters almost 20 years ago. This multi-million-dollar B-movie more or less delivers what it promises: the awesome Jason Statham going up against a frigging megalodon! The effects are inventive, the action is colorful, and it’s always encouraging to see a major motion picture with a diverse cast. The result is a boatload of fun, even with a PG-13 rating. Speaking of which, we’re crossing our fingers for a hard-R director’s cut.


#9: “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” (2018)


Well… we didn’t see this coming. While the original “Mamma Mia!” was a box office hit, it’s safe to assume that not many people were demanding a sequel, especially 10 years after the fact. In one of the summer’s most pleasant surprises, though, this musical improved upon its predecessor with extravagant production numbers, lively performances, and a touching story about the bonds of family. Granted, it doesn’t make much sense that Cher is supposed to be Meryl Streep’s mother, especially since there’s only a three-year age difference. Ah well, the target audience clearly isn’t here for realism. They’re here for a fresh take on ABBA’s biggest hits and the film doesn’t disappoint in that department.


#8: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018)


Where “Jurassic World” was a spiritual successor to “Jurassic Park,” “Fallen Kingdom” follows in the tracks of “The Lost World.” Whether that equals a good movie or a bad movie depends on who you ask. While “Fallen Kingdom” grossed over a billion dollars worldwide, the reception from critics and audiences has been mixed. Some couldn’t get past the film’s glaring potholes, recycled story, and underdeveloped characters. Others appreciated the explosive action, cool dinosaurs, and refreshingly darker tone. Love it or hate it, the film’s ending literally opens the door for a whole world of possibilities. No matter where you stand, it’s hard not to be excited for the next installment, which comes out in 2021.


#7: “Ocean’s 8” (2018)


Sure, this sequel/spinoff/soft reboot didn’t need to exist, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking out. If anything, “Ocean’s 8” proves that there’s still fun to be had with this heist comedy franchise. Director Gary Ross recreates the look, tone, and humor of Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s” trilogy to a T. Meanwhile, an all-star female cast – which includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway, just to name a few – breathes new life into the series. The film isn’t without problems, as it lacks a truly threatening villain or a genuine sense of tension. If “Ocean’s 9” and “Ocean’s 10” are on the horizon, however, this is a solid launching point for a new trilogy.


#6: “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018)


Where “The Last Jedi” was largely about moving on from the past, this Han Solo origin story goes back to the franchise’s roots with fan favorite characters and old-school fun. That being said, some have argued that “Solo” didn’t add anything new to the “Star Wars” mythos, which might be why it underperformed at the box office. Considering the numerous problems this production had behind the scenes, however, Lucasfilm and director Ron Howard deserve credit for turning in a perfectly entertaining romp. Alden Ehrenreich makes for a charismatic Han Solo and Donald Glover hits just the right note as Lando. It’s not a game changer, but the film will leave you with a good feeling.


#5: “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018)


As we reach the halfway point of our list, we transition from the summer blockbusters that were pretty good to the ones that were pretty great. The original “Ant-Man” was among the smaller MCU movies, although that’s fitting given the titular hero’s shrinking abilities. Since Scott Lang can now grow 65 feet tall, this sequel appropriately goes even bigger with more innovative set pieces, a stronger sense of humor, and larger role for The Wasp. While we love superhero movies that are epic in scale, it’s also fun to take a break with something a bit more lighthearted. On that basis, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is exactly what audiences needed after the previous MCU movie.


#4: “Deadpool 2” (2018)


“Deadpool” was such a groundbreaking superhero movie that you wouldn’t think a sequel could ever to recapture the same magic. “Deadpool 2” didn’t let us down, however, with its self-aware comedy, creative action, and possibly the best post-credits sequence Marvel has ever given us – which is saying a lot! While Ryan Reynolds naturally steals the show as the Merc with a Mouth, he’s accompanied by a winning supporting cast that includes Zazie Beetz as Domino and Josh Brolin as Cable. The soundtrack is pretty damn great too. Speaking of which, we’d give anything to see “Ashes” score an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. Just imagine Céline Dion performing alongside Deadpool at the Academy Awards!


#3: “Incredibles 2” (2018)


Whether or not “Deadpool 2” actually counts as a family film is up for debate, but “Incredibles 2” certainly fits that that description. Like “Toy Story 3” and “Finding Dory,” this sequel took well over a decade to take flight, but ultimately stuck a stellar superhero landing. Writer/director Brad Bird came firing back with a screenplay chockfull or hilarious dialog and action sequences that take full advantage of the animation medium. It’s the dynamic between the Parr family that makes this franchise so special, though. Watching Elastigirl stop a runaway train is a blast, but it’s just as entertaining watching Mr. Incredible raise their children, especially with Jack-Jack’s newfound powers.


#2: “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (2018)


Not many franchises make it up to six movies, and the ones that do typically decline in quality with each passing entry. Against all the odds, though, “Fallout” not only surpassed the previous “Mission: Impossible” movies, but also earns comparison to the best action movies ever made. Where so many modern blockbusters drape themselves in CGI, this exhilarating thrill ride went all out with practical set pieces and Tom Cruise putting his own neck on the line. In addition to being an action tour de force, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie turns in a compelling story with memorable characters and clever twists. Like Ethan Hunt, this series just keeps gaining momentum with no signs of slowing down.


Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:


“Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” (2018)


“Skyscraper” (2018)


“Christopher Robin” (2018)


#1: “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)


When “The Avengers” came out in 2012, audiences thought Marvel would never be able to top themselves. The MCU’s first crossover event feels like a dress rehearsal when stacked up to the triumph that is “Infinity War,” though. The film assembles almost all the major heroes that’ve appeared in this cinematic universe thus far and makes impeccable use of everyone, although it’s the villainous Thanos who dominates every scene he’s in. Talk about a great summer for Josh Brolin. The film’s ambitious reach is only matched by its ingenious humor, powerful performances, and jaw-dropping direction. Next summer may seem like a long way away, but don’t worry. “Avengers 4” will be here in a snap.
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