5 Summer Movies Everyone Can’t Stop Tweeting About
With summer movie season now officially underway, audiences will have plenty of high-profile titles to choose from in the coming weeks. But though many highly anticipated blockbusters will be hitting theaters over the next few months, certain films are garnering more attention than others. Case in point? Twitter has just unveiled a list of which movies are earning the most buzz on the social media platform. Below, check out the five most talked-about summer movies of 2016, according to Twitter.
1. Suicide Squad
It should come as no surprise that Suicide Squad is the most tweeted about movie coming out in the next three months. Thanks to its star-studded cast and its place in Warner Bros.’ growing DC universe, the film has been earning buzz for months now and has proved popular among social media users. The last full-length trailer, released in April, garnered almost 130,000 retweets and over 170,000 likes.
But that’s nothing compared to the amount of Twitter attention that the movie has gotten as a whole. According to USA Today, the upcoming title garnered a whopping million tweets between the weeks of March 1 and May 26. While much of that was due to the trailer, at least part of those numbers were a result of star Jared Leto, who used the hashtag #JokerWasHere while giving his 2.27 million followers a look at the new Suicide Squad emojis in April. The hashtag and Leto’s sizable following helped bolster the online chatter surrounding the highly anticipated movie and put it well ahead of other big name titles coming this summer.
Suicide Squad, which stars Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, and Joel Kinnaman, follows a group of imprisoned supervillains who are teamed together by a secret government agency to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency. The movie will hit theaters on August 5.
2. Finding Dory
Coming in behind Suicide Squad as the second most-tweeted about movie is Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory. The long-awaited Finding Nemo sequel earned 869,000 tweets in the same time frame, a large chunk of which likely resulted from the first trailer, which was released in early March. A second trailer was also released in honor of Mother’s Day in early May, capturing the forgetful blue tang fish Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) remembering her mom.
The animated movie, which features the voices of Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy, and Diane Keaton, will reunite Dory with her friends Nemo and Marlin as they search for answers about her past. The sequel was released in theaters on June 17.
Of all the tweeted about movies on this list, Ghostbusters (which earned 565,000 tweets in the almost two month period) is the only one whose social media attention has been more negative than positive. The first trailer for the film, released in March, did not go over well, to say the least, even setting a record for most disliked film trailer on YouTube. Though even star Melissa McCarthy later admitted that the disappointing trailer could’ve been crafted better, many were also quick to point out that the hateful comments on the site seem to have less to do with the quality of the clip and more to do with the all-female cast, including McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon.
Case in point? A second trailer, released in mid-May, sought to course correct, providing a more fun, likable look at the upcoming action comedy. Despite that — and recent high praise from original star Dan Aykroyd — the movie has continued to generate controversy. But the reboot’s stars aren’t taking it lying down.
“All those comments — ‘You’re ruining my childhood!’ I mean, really, Four women doing any movie on earth will destroy your childhood?” McCarthy recently told The Guardian of the online haters, adding, “I just hope they find a friend.”
Ghostbusters hits theaters on July 22.
4. Me Before You
The romantic drama, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin and adapted from the Jojo Moyes novel of the same name, earned 329,000 tweets in the early March to late May time frame. Much of that attention was likely due to a tearjerking extended trailer, which was released in late March. The movie has also been using the hashtag #LiveBoldly on Twitter as part of its promotion and to encourage followers to tweet messages about their own life journeys.
But not all of the social media attention has been positive. After early screenings, the movie began earning some backlash for its portrayal of people with disabilities, which some people felt was negative and directly contradictory to the film’s #LiveBoldly campaign.
Me Before You follows young and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke) whose cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.
The movie hits theaters on June 3.
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Rounding out the list of top five most tweeted about summer movies is the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel, starring Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, and Will Arnett. The film garnered 251,000 tweets online within the specified time period, which saw several rounds of footage being released. A trailer was released in early May, followed by multiple TV spots and brief teasers later that month. Paramount also unveiled over 11 minutes of behind the scenes footage in late May.
In the sequel, Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows landed in theaters on June 3.