By Martin Grove, www.ZAMM.com



Summer sequels: It's going to be a great summer at the boxoffice – but it won't start until May 5, 2017.

This summer, of course, is already off to a terrific start thanks to Marvel Studios and Disney's "Captain America: Civil War." Last weekend it held on to first place with $72.6 million and a two week domestic cume of $295.9 million. With an international cume of $645 million, its global total is now $940.9 million, well on its way to cracking $1 billion.

"With 'Captain America: Civil War's' estimated global cume surpassing $940 million, the Marvel Cinematic Universe reaches the $10 billion mark from 13 films over the course of nine years," Disney said Sunday morning.

 "'Captain America: Civil War' leapt the $800 million and $900 million marks this weekend to overtake the global cumes of 'Spider-Man,' 'Batman v Superman' and 'Spider-Man 3' and land as the #6 highest grossing superhero movie of all time. With $296 million domestically and $645 internationally, it's the #2 film of the year globally and the #1 film of the year internationally after 19 days of release and the #5 release of the year domestically after 10 days."

On the heels of "War," this summer is bringing moviegoers a string of other high profile titles that should keep the multiplexes busy and that I'll be focusing on in upcoming columns. But it's really next summer with its endless lineup of powerhouse properties that's already generating the biggest buzz among insiders.

Here's a quick look at the sequels and reboots coming our way next summer. Their release dates on currently circulating schedules are, of course, subject to change between now and then.

(1) As usual, the early summer will kick off with a blockbuster franchise episode from Marvel Studios and Disney – "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2" on May 5.

Directed by James Gunn ("Guardians Of The Galaxy"), the 3D fantasy adventure's stars include: Chris Pratt, Sylvester Stallone, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Toro, Sean Gunn, Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

In this episode, the Guardians continue trying to determine the true parentage of Peter Quill (Pratt).

The original "Guardians" opened Aug. 1, 2014 to $94.3 million and did $333.2 million domestically.

(2) May 26 will see Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' action adventure "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales" sail into theatres.

Directed by Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg, the directors of "Kon-Tiki," its stars include: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom, Golshifteh Farahani, Ian McShane, Stephen Graham, Keith Richards, Cara Delevingne, Adam Brown, Kevin McNally and Paul McCartney.

This time around, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing stronger than ever as deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis Captain Salazar (Bardem) escape from the Devil's Triangle. They're determined to kill all pirates at sea -- including Captain Jack.

To survive, Jack must find the fabled Trident of Poseidon, an artifact so powerful that its possessor completely controls the seas.

"Tales" is the fifth episode in the franchise that's grossed $1.3 billion domestically since 2003. The last episode, "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," opened May 20, 2011 and did $241.12 million domestically.

(3) June 2 will bring another Jerry Bruckheimer production, the comedy action adventure "Bad Boys 3" from Columbia Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Platinum Dunes.

Directed by Joe Carnahan ("Stretch"), it reteams Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, who starred in the franchise's first two episodes as detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, respectively. No storyline details are available yet.

The original "Bad Boys" opened Apr. 7, 1995 to $15.5 million and went on to do $65.8 million domestically, which was big money then.

"Bad Boys 2" opened July 18, 2003 to $46.5 and did $138.6 million domestically, also a good gross for its time.

(4) June 2 will also mark the arrival of the fantasy action adventure "Wonder Woman" from Warner Bros., DC Entertainment, and Atlas Entertainment. Although it's an original, it follows the big screen introduction of Wonder Woman as a supporting character in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" earlier this year.

Directed by Patty Jenkins ("Monster"), its stars include: Gal Gadot (as Wonder Woman and her alter ego Diana Price), Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Said Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya and Lucy Davis.

"WW" is the story of an Amazon princess who emerges as a superhero after leaving her island home to explore the world.

(5) June 9 is opening day for the reboot of "The Mummy" fantasy action adventure franchise from Universal Pictures and the Sean Daniel Company.

Directed by Alex Kurtzman ("People Like Us"), its stars include: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance.

A storyline summary explains in detail: "The story follows Navy Seal Tyler Colt (Cruise) and his mission in the Iraqi desert to find a group of terrorists hiding out in a bunker. To his and his team's surprise, the terrorists within the bunker turn out be nothing more than some grave robbers who have all magically died.       

"Upon entering the bunker, Tyler and his team also succumb to some mystical forces out of their control. They soon realize the bunker they have infiltrated is actually a centuries old tomb. Mayhem erupts as all the Navy Seal members start turning on one another and are captivated by the forces within the tomb.

"Tyler is the only one to make it all the way deep within the tomb alive to find a black iron sarcophagus. It's marked with Egyptian symbols like the Ankh and Eye of Horus. Here Tyler is entreated by the forces to open the sarcophagus and release what is inside. But after placing his hand on the sarcophagus, he is immediately stabbed in the palm with a star shaped symbol. From then on, Tyler's mind is cursed with visions of Ashirtniple King of Assyria."

The franchise's last episode, "The Mummy Returns," opened May 4, 2001 to $68.1 million and did $202 million domestically.

(6) Also arriving June 9 is the sci-fi zombie thriller "World War Z 2" from Paramount Pictures, Plan B Entertainment and Skydance Productions. Brad Pitt stars again as former U.N. employee and global zombie foe Gerry Lane in a storyline with no details available yet.

There's no director announced as of now. "Z2" was to have been directed by J. A. Bayona ("The Orphanage"), but he opted instead to direct "Jurassic World 2." That assignment became available when Colin Trevorro ("Jurassic World") grabbed the opportunity to direct "Star Wars: Episode IX." 

The original "WWZ" opened June 21, 2013 to $66.4 million and did $202.4 million domestically.

(7) June 16 will be a big family moviegoing day as Disney and Pixar Animation Studios' 3D animated comedy adventure sequel "Cars 3" finds parking at the multiplexes. At this point, announcements of a director, voice talents and storyline details are all still pending.

The last episode, "Cars 2," opened June 24, 2011 to $66.1 million and did $191.5 million domestically.

(8) Also slated for June 6 is the action adventure comedy sequel "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" from 20th Century Fox and Marvel's Marv Films.

Matthew Vaughn, who directed the original "Kingsman: The Secret Service," is directing the sequel, whose stars include: Taron Egerton, Edward Holcroft, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore and Channing Tatum.

Its story is set in the U.S. and reportedly involves the Kingsmen spy group recruiting American spies, known as the Statesmen, to stop the villainous Poppy (Moore). 

The first episode opened Feb. 13, 2015 to $36.2 million and did $128.3 million domestically.

(9) June 23 will keep the momentum going with the launch of the sci-fi action adventure "Transformers 5" from Paramount and Hasbro. "Transformers" franchise director Michael Bay returns as does Mark Whalberg to star again as Cade Yeager.

This time around, Yeager, his daughter and her street racer boyfriend must protect Earth from being destroyed by Unicron.

The last episode, "Transformers: Age of Extinction," opened June 27, 2014 to $100 million and did $245.4 million domestically.

(10) June 30 will start another big family moviegoing weekend thanks to the 3D animated comedy adventure "Despicable Me 3" from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment.

Directed by Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda, who directed "Despicable Me" ands "Despicable Me 2," its voice stars include Steve Carell and Trey Parker. "DM3" continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy and their adorable daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes -- and the Minions!
         The last episode opened July 3, 2013 to $83.5 million and did $368.1 million.

(11) July 7 will boast another familiar superhero with the 3D action adventure fantasy reboot "Spider-Man: Homecoming" from Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios and Pascal Pictures.

         Directed by Jon Watts ("Cop Car"), its stars include: Tom Holland as Spidey and Peter Parker, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Tony Stark and Marisa Tomei as a younger Aunt May.

         In the reboot's storyline, Parker struggles to balance his high school life with his superhero vigilantism.

         The last episode, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," opened May 2, 2014 to $91.6 million and did $202.9 million domestically.

         (12) Another high profile sequel hits theatres July 14 with 20th Centaury Fox and Chernin Entertainment's action adventure "War For the Planet of the Apes," the rebooted franchise's third episode.

         Directed by Matt Reeves ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"), it stars Gabriel Chavarria, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer and Andy Serkis.

         Storyline details are still slim, but reportedly the focus is on Caesar (Serkis) and his character's Messiah-like status in the Ape community. Harrelson plays the film's human villain, the Colonel.

         The series' last episode, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," opened July 11, 2014 to $72.6 million and did $208.5 million domestically.

         (13) July 21 will bring the comedy sequel "Pitch Perfect 3" from Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films.

         Directed by Elizabeth Banks ("Pitch Perfect 2"), it stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks and Hailee Steinfeld. Plot details are still unknown.

         The franchise's last episode opened May 15, 2015 to $69.2 million and did $184.3 million domestically.

         (14) July 28 is set for the opening of the re-imagination of the 1995 family fantasy adventure "Jumanji" that starred Robin Williams as a man trapped for 26 years in a jungle board game, whose wild animals he now sets free in the city and can only stop by finishing the game.

         The new "Jumanji" is directed by Jake Kasdan ("Sex Tape") and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart.

         The original opened Dec. 15, 1995 to $11.1 million and went on to do $100.5 million domestically, which was good business at the time.

         (15) The summer of '17's last sequel lands in theatres Aug. 4  -- the sci-fi thriller "Alien: Covenant" from 20th Century Fox and Scott Free Productions.

         Directed by Ridley Scott, who directed the original 1979 "Alien," it stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Demian Bichir, Danny McBride, Jussie Smolett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez and Billy Crudup.

         In the new episode, while heading for a remote planet on the far

side of the galaxy, the colony ship Covenant's crew discovers what appears to be an uncharted paradise. It's actually a dark, dangerous world whose only inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

         The last "Alien" franchise episode, "Prometheus," also directed by Scott, opened June 8, 2012 to $51.1 million and did $126.5 million domestically.

Bottom line: Summer is Hollywood's favorite season. Moviegoing expands with kids out of school and adults on vacation. Movie marketers say that in the summer "every night is Saturday night."

Last summer's domestic boxoffice, according to comScore, was $4.48 billion from May 1 through Sept. 7, which was about 40 percent of the full year's $11.1 billion gross. Although that $4.48 billion was better than the summer of 2014's $4.06 billion, it was down from 2013's record setting $4.75 billion.

Hollywood hopes to hold its own this summer, but the summer of 2017 looks like it could be the hottest on record at the boxoffice.