What's up and what's down at the summer box office

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm •  Published: July 9, 2014
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Two months into its most lucrative season, Hollywood's summer is down nearly 20 percent from last year at North American theaters.

WHAT'S WORKING

— Sequels. Hollywood is often criticized for its constant recycling, but the top six movies at the summer box office are all either sequels, reboots or new twists on old properties: "X-Men: Days of Future Past," ($227 million), "Maleficent" ($215 million), "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" ($201 million), "Godzilla" ($198 million), "Transformers: Age of Extinction" ($180 million) and "22 Jump Street" ($161 million). The well-received "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," out this weekend, is also expected to be big at the box office.

— Anything by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The directing pair have two of the year's top 10 films to their name: "The Lego Movie" ($257 million) and "22 Jump Street." Both became hits by irreverently parodying their own crassness as a toy movie and as an unnecessary sequel.

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