10 Years of Summer Blockbusters by the Numbers – 2007-2017

Ahh, Summer Blockbusters – the popcorn infused, big name, big budget, big CGI platforms we love and love to hate. But, when the kids are out of school and the sun is blazing, we all hand over our $7-$15 to sit in a darkened theatre and let the wonder of movie magic flow over us.

And then from time to time, an indie sleeper rises to the top. The word “indie” is a wildly contentious term in this industry with no specific universal definition. It’s easy to lump “blockbuster indies” that still boast big name actors and directors like Matthew McConaughey and Danny Boyle in with “the rest”.

But these smaller, usually character driven films can have a big impact. There’s nothing wrong with using a little star power to help catapult a worthwhile story into the mainstream. After all, the more people who fork over their $20-$25 the better. (It’s not just me, right? Tickets are getting crazy pricey!)

Our graphic below showcases the top 10 summer blockbusters of the last decade. We’ve included a few “indie hits” aswell for some comparrison.

Summer Blockbusters – 2007-2017

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11 Extra Tidbits (Just for fun!)

Of the 15 movies (major and indie) shown in the infographic…

  • Four are from the Marvel Universe
  • Two are from the DC Universe
  • Two had female directors
  • Two were animated
  • Two were shot with RED cameras
  • Ten were shot with Arri cameras (4 digital, 4 film, and 2 used both)
  • Three featured aliens
  • Worldwide, to Aug 2017, Wonder Woman has grossed $800,100,714.The biggest earner is The Avengers which grossed $1,518,812,988 worldwide.
  • The Dark Knight is the most awarded with 154 nominations and 153 wins. Hell or High Water comes in at second with 160 nominations and 39 wins.
  • One film is rated G, one is PG, nine are PG-13, and three have an R rating.
  • If we changed this list to top 10 Summer Blockbusters of all time (instead of the past ten years) we’d lose Wonder Woman (albeit only a few months post release), Iron Man 3, Spiderman 3, and Transformers. They are replaced with Shrek 2 (2004), Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).


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    Rachel has been with Zacuto since 2009. She began working in the sales department and moved to marketing in 2013. In her role as Digital Marketing Director she oversees the gear loan and review program, social media, blog content,, and works with the team on overall marketing strategy. Rachel has a BA in Theatre with a focus on Directing from Arizona State University. Those who have spoken with her on the phone know she occasionally reveals her homeland by slipping into a British accent. Rachel likes tear-jerker sports movies, reading cookbooks for pleasure, and crossword puzzles. Contact her at


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