The domestic box office total for the first half of 2018 has reached $6 billion for the first time, thanks to the crackling performance of some of this summer's biggest hits. June certainly brought its share, with both Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom quickly becoming two of the year's highest grossers. Ditto to Ocean's 8, the female-led sequel/reboot of the Ocean's 11 franchise. At this rate, the film — which stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway — is all but guaranteed a sequel. Even less mainstream fare, like A24's harrowing horror film Hereditary, exceeded expectations, riding a wave of critical praise to some of the production house's best numbers thus far.
Of course, all of that is in the past. We're here to talk about what upcoming releases we're psyched to finally see on the big screen, and July is stacked with promising content. So let's get to it. Here are the 10 films we're looking forward to this month.
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10. Unfriended: Dark Web (Release Date: July 20)
Films like Unfriended, which wring their scares out of modern technology, don't usually work. Yet, despite mixed reviews, the 2015 original earned more than $64 million worldwide on a production budget of just $1 million. So it should serve as no surprise that Unfriended: Dark Web is looking to duplicate that stellar performance.
Directed by Stephen Susco (writer of films like The Grudge and Texas Chainsaw 3D), Unfriended: Dark Web was shot in secret last year and stars Colin Woodell, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel and Andrew Lees. While it shares the found footage style and techno-horror angle of its predecessor, the film is a standalone, giving it the chance to shake off any lingering stigma from those who balked at the last one.
9. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (Release Date: July 13)
Gus Van Sant has long been the kind of fearless filmmaker to charge ahead with a project no matter what. Take, for instance, such provocative and Oscar-winning films as Good Will Hunting and Milk or the fact that this is the director who decided to helm a shot-for-shot remake of Psycho. Case in point, Van Sant is no stranger to controversy or awards attention, and his next film looks to court both.
Based on the memoir by cartoonist John Callahan, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot stars Joaquin Phoenix as Callahan, who sustains a life-altering injury that leaves him wheelchair-bound. Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black round out the supporting cast. Given the mostly positive critical notices the film has received, Amazon Studios might have another success as it hits select theaters this month.
8. Eighth Grade (Release Date: July 13)
For years, Bo Burnham has cultivated a reputation as a stand-up comedian, and although he has written and directed some of his own comedy specials, Burnham fully steps into the role of filmmaker with his directorial feature debut, Eighth Grade, which has been gaining impressive momentum since making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
The film stars Elsie Fisher as — you guessed it — an eighth-grade student struggling to finish the school year before moving into high school. Balancing that delicate line between comedy and drama, Eighth Grade — which arrives in limited release this month — takes a look at the awkwardness of adolescence and the pressure of feeling caught in the middle of a world you don't yet fully understand.
7. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (Release Date: July 27)
Fans of the DC Extended Universe will have to wait until December's Aquaman to see the next chapter in that ongoing franchise. However, for those DC Comics fans who need something to tide them over, we have the film adaptation of the popular Cartoon Network series Teen Titans Go!, which looks to be just as self-referential and tongue-in-cheek as the way more adult-themed Deadpool 2.
The aptly titled Teen Titans Go! To the Movies follows the titular heroic team as they head to Hollywood in an effort to get a film made about their exploits. When supervillain Slade (voiced by Will Arnett) arrives on the scene, the Teen Titans see the chance to earn their own big-screen adaptation. In a summer filled with superhero fun, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies could be a real treat for families.
6. The Equalizer 2 (Release Date: July 20)
Despite a wildly successful career on the big screen, two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington has never appeared in a sequel. Until now. Based on the TV series of the same name, The Equalizer rode a $55 million production budget to a $192 million worldwide cume. Now Washington and director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) return with The Equalizer 2.
In the sequel, Robert McCall leaps into action to avenge the murder of a longtime friend, unleashing hell on the criminal underworld once again. Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman reprise their roles from the first film, and Pedro Pascal (Narcos, Kingsman: The Golden Circle) joins the cast. With the same core team involved, we expect The Equalizer 2 to be just as thrilling as its predecessor.