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We’ve officially hit July, which means the summer movie season is half over! What movies are the best of the best?

Quick note: I haven’t seen every single film to be released and am sorely lacking in the independent films, but oh well.

1. Inside Out: Pixar’s return to form. This is an emotional roller coaster that is every bit as good as the studio’s best efforts. The voice cast, headlined by Amy Poehler, is spot on. And one character not featured in any of the trailers absolutely steals the show. This film is more for adults than it is kids. But it’s absolutely worth seeing and is the best blockbuster film of the summer by far.

2. Mad Max: Fury Road: Maybe the biggest surprise of the summer, Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy help make Mad Max’s return to the big screen an amazing trip. It’s thrilling and beautiful to look at. There’s a shocking amount of narrative heft to it, despite limited dialogue. Director George Miller proves he still knows how to craft a unique and amazingly entertaining action film.

3. Spy: It’s easy to write this Melissa McCarthy vehicle as the same as all the films she’s done. That would be a mistake. This hilarious spy comedy is spot on, with comedy gold performances from Jason Statham and Rose Byrne to boot.

Biggest disappointment: Avengers: Age of Ultron: Look, this film had its entertaining moments. But it was essentially the same as the first Avengers right down to the teaser scene at the end. For maybe the first time since Marvel Studio’s cinematic universe began, this film felt more like a chore to get through than a joy.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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“Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig has another hit on his hand. “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy opened to $40 million. That’s the biggest opening in Bullock’s career and way ahead of “Bridesmaids”, which opened to just more than $26 million. Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University, however, repeated in first with an estimated $46.2 million. Despite having big star power in director Roland Emmerich and stars Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, “White House Down” opened to $25.7 million, lower than “Olympus Has Fallen”, which had Gerard Butler.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The last weekend in June sees the second White House being attacked movie of the year and a delayed buddy cop comedy from the director of “Bridesmaids”.

First up is “White House Down”. “Olympus Has Fallen” starring Gerard Butler earned nearly $100 million earlier this year, a good omen for this film. It has a bigger name director (Roland Emmerich) and much more star power (Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum). But the question remains will audiences pay for a similar movie? Well, sometimes they do. “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon” were released just two months apart, but “Armageddon” actually earned significantly more, despite coming out second. The star power alone will raise “White House Down” up but fans might be getting a little fatigued with action movies right now.

Opening weekend: $38-43 million

The big winner this week looks to be “The Heat”. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are both bona fide box office draws. And director Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids” was the comedy smash hit of 2011. The combination of those factors should help this take second behind “Monsters University”.

Opening weekend: $40-45 million

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Tammy” adds two new names

“Tammy”, a film about an overweight woman who is fired from her job, discovers her husband is having an affair and goes on a road trip with her alcoholic, foul-mouthed, diabetic grandmother, has added two new cast members. Already, the film is set to star “Bridesmaids” star Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. Now Susan Sarandon (“Cloud Atlas”) and Mark Duplass have joined the film as well.

I’m not completely sold on this film. Road trip films tend to be either very funny or terrible to me, so we’ll see how this one turns out.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are all returning for “Horrible Bosses 2”. Fresh off his biggest hit yet, “Identity Thief”, which stars Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, director Seth Gordon will return also. Jamie Foxx may return as well for the sequel. I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t care for “Horrible Bosses”. It was a potentially hilarious concept, but I felt that potential went largely unfulfilled. But maybe they’ll do better? Though the history of comedies aren’t kind to sequels in both box office numbers and quality. Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farell played the title bosses in the original. Hopefully this won’t be a ‘The Hangover: Part II”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

It’s never a good sign when a big budget blockbuster has to deal with this phrase: Worse opening than Disney’s “John Carter”. “Jack the Giant Slayer”, which starred Nicholas Hoult and others, opened to $28.1 million. That’s pretty bad for a film that cost nearly $200 million. At least it can say it fared better than “21 and Over” and “The Last Exorcism Part 2”. Both films opened with less than $10 million, or less than half of most comparable titles. That led the way to “Identity Thief” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthly taking second and crossing the $100 million mark. It will also become director Seth Gordon’s (“Horrible Bosses”) highest grossing film in the next week or two.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

No matter what way you slice it, aside from “Identity Thief” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, 2013 has been a terrible year so far for film. I’m not just talking about the quality of the movies. Arnold, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson all opened action films. “A Good Day to Die Hard” is doing the best and it’s trailing “Live Free or Die Hard” by a significant margin. Even “Safe Haven”, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation couldn’t match some of the recent hits based on his novel. But March should have a number of blockbusters right?

We’ve got horror with “The Last Exorcism Part II”, special effects fueled tent poles in “Jack the Giant Slayer”, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “The Croods”. Gerard Butler joins the action movie game this year with “Olympus Has Fallen” and then there’s “The Host” and “Oz The Great and Powerful”. There’s also more coming out as well. March has seen some huge blockbusters, most notably “Alice in Wonderland” and “300”. But don’t expect any of March’s films to reach those levels.

“The Last Exorcism” will be a success, but only because it doesn’t come with a huge budget. “Jack the Giant Slayer” from Bryan Singer is in big trouble. So far, audience reaction to the trailers have been luke warm at best. It lacks the star power and the known quantity at director to really draw people in. This one may open decently, but will fade fast. “Oz” should open big. But “Alice in Wonderland” big? It’s tough to tell. It is set in the Oz universe, which is beloved by many. But James Franco’s performance in the trailer seems awfully dreadful. And since leaving “Spider-Man”, Sam Raimi hasn’t had a big hit. But this could be the one film to be a bona fide blockbuster by the time March is over.

“Olympus Has Fallen” looks like Die Hard with Butler. And when’s the last time Butler’s made a good movie? This has bomb written all over it. “The Host” is going to struggle much like “Beautiful Creatures” did. There just hasn’t been another book like ‘Twilight” that attracted the young female crowd in droves.

“The Call” with Halle Berry will have limited appeal. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” could do well since people may be looking for another all-star high concept comedy. And “The Croods” being the first big family release in a while, should draw in the family crowd in decent numbers. G.I. Joe will open decently, but well below the original. I mean how many people really wanted a sequel? Think about it.

March has become a time when a blockbuster can be released other than the summer and Christmas period. But with so many films coming out and the levels of quality not exactly looking like it’s top notch, be prepared for a lot of disappointments.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Universal Studios Chairman Adam Fogelson spoke with The Hollywood Reporter…and he dished on a lot of big projects. Let’s start with current films. Fogelson said they’ve started to have conversations about a sequel to “Identity Thief”, which stars Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. That film will be the first film to cross $100 in 2013. Fogelson also teased an adaptation of “Wicked”, a little more info on “The Mummy” reboot and news on a “Van Helsing” reboot coming as well. Fogelson also said Universal is “100 percent ready” to move forward with the Bourne franchise, saying the point of “The Bourne Legacy”, starring Jeremy Renner, was to create a universe. He also said Matt Damon has had conversations about possibly returning.

So what do you think about these upcoming films?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

John McLane is back. Bruce Willis’ latest “A Good Day to Die Hard” opened at No. one, earning just more than $37 million over its five day holiday weekend. That was quite a bit off of “Live Free or Die Hard”, which earned $48 million in its opening five days. “Identity Thief” held very well, earning another $27.7 million and has grossed $75 million since its release. The comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy will cross $100 million. “Save Haven” starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel opened in third with $25 million.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Looks like we have our first hit of 2013. “Identity Thief” opened strongly with $36 million, the first R-rated comedy to open over $20 million since last year’s “Ted”. The film, which starred Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy opened higher than director Seth Gordon’s previous highs (“Four Christmases” at $31 million and “Horrible Bosses” at $28 million) and much higher than McCarthy’s “Bridesmaids”, which opened with $26 million. All three of those films earned at least $117 million, meaning this film is well positioned to earn at least $100 million.

“Warm Bodies” fell to second. That left Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects” to open in third with $10 million. The film, which stars Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jude Law had a disappointing opening that was less than half of what “Contagion” opened with.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.