Readers Rank the 2016 Summer Movies
Earlier today, Daffy and I shared our thoughts on the 2016 summer movie season. But who cares what we think? What really matters is how readers here at Le Blog ranked the summer’s cinema offerings. Given the number of movies released from May-August and the limitations of our usual ranking system, this one was done a little differently. We had readers indicate which movies they gave a thumbs up, which ones got a thumbs down and which ones they didn’t see. From there, I am netting the picks and pans and weighting those scores by the number of views to get the total rankings.
Let’s see how the readers ranked this year’s summer movies.
Less than 10% of readers provided feedback for Me Before You, The Purge: Election Year, Lights Out, WarCraft, Now You See Me 2, The BFG, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Ice Age: Collision Course and Bad Moms. So we’re going to exclude these little-seen movies from the overall rankings.
Only three movies were seen by the majority of readers. Probably no surprise that all three were superhero movies. Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse and Suicide Squad were all seen by more than 50% of readers. The movie that readers ranked the most often was Suicide Squad with 61% of readers indicating that they saw it.
The Nice Guys, Finding Dory, Ghostbusters and Star Trek: Beyond were all seen by slightly less than half of our respondents. Sausage Party and Independence Day Resurgence were seen by roughly one-third of readers. Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Legend of Tarzan and The Secret Life of Pets were rated by one-fourth. Everything else was seen by less than twenty-five percent of our readers.
16. Independence Day Resurgence
RT Score: 32%
Domestic Gross: $102,768,413
Summary: The sequel to the 1996 blockbuster was savaged by critics. But then, they didn’t like the original much either. Resurgence was a major flop in the US, but performed much better overseas. Still, I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for ID3. Readers probably won’t be too concerned about that. Among those who watched the movie, the votes were unanimously “thumbs down”.
Generally speaking, people don’t buy tickets to movies they don’t think they will enjoy. So a certain amount of positive bias is to be expected. Over 70% of the votes cast in this survey were “thumbs up” votes. Since ID:R was seen by a relatively large percentage of readers (30%) and all of them cast negative votes, that was reflected in the movie’s weighted score. Only one other movie on our list received no positive votes.
15. Suicide Squad
RT Score: 26%
Domestic Gross: $262,428,736
Summary: So far, the DC Universe movies have been divisive affairs and Suicide Squad was no exception to that rule. Most readers agreed with critics that the movie was rotten. But a sizable minority (41%) liked Suicide Squad enough to give it a thumbs up.
This is where things get a bit complicated. Suicide Squad actually had a higher percentage of positive votes than some of the other less-seen movies on the list. But since scores were weighted by number of responses, an overall negative score for a movie which was seen by more readers could rank lower than a movie most people skipped. The same things if true on the opposite end of the scale.
The idea here is to prevent a movie most readers didn’t view from scoring 100% approval (or disapproval) from taking the top (or bottom) position on the ranking. This spread things out a little more and takes into consideration that not everybody saw all of these movies.
Before any fans of Suicide Squad cry foul, it’s probably worth noting that in terms of raw votes, this movie received more “thumbs down” than any other.
14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
RT Score: 38%
Domestic Gross: $81,923,336
Summary: The Ninja Turtles sequel was only seen by 17% of readers all of whom gave the movie a thumbs-down. The only thing separating Out of the Shadows from Resurgence is that fewer readers saw it.
Posted on August 26, 2016, in Movies, readers rank and tagged Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory, Ghostbusters, Independence Day Resurgence, jason bourne, Pete's Dragon, Sausage Party, Star Trek Beyond, Suicide Squad, The Nice Guys, The Secret Life of Pets, X-Men: Apocalypse. Bookmark the permalink. 47 Comments.