By MELINA CASILLAS
Another summer has come and gone, and so have some of the year’s biggest movies. Summer blockbusters are highly anticipated, bringing in big bucks and featuring even bigger actors and actresses.
One single year doesn’t have 10 top movies, so here are the best summer blockbusters of the past decade:
- TIE: “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007)
These films not only had the highest box office numbers, but they’re cult favorites. They featured some of the biggest names in Hollywood, such as Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe.
- “The Dark Knight” (2008)
This movie is still one of the most talked about Batman films for generations of DC fans, due to Heath Ledger’s performance as the infamous villain Joker. The film won two Oscars, one for Ledger’s performance and the other for Best Sound Editing.
- “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009)
The Harry Potter films just scream summer blockbuster. In yet another book-to-film adaptation from J.K. Rowling, this movie stands alone. Not only is it one of the best Potter films, but 2009 wasn’t much for hit movies.
- “Toy Story 3” (2010)
This film was not only the best of the summer, but the best of 2010. The tear-jerking third installment, 11 years in the making, piggybacked off the success of its 1995 and 1999 prequels. Now, fans patiently wait for the release of “Toy Story 4” in 2018.
- “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (2011)
No surprise for the fan-favorite Potter franchise, the eighth and final installment of the film adaptations was again the biggest movie of both the summer and the year.
- “The Avengers” (2012)
This film was the first to assemble some of the biggest superhero names in the Marvel universe, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Hulk. The movie was action packed but family friendly. No wonder it grossed the most money of any movie in 2012.
- “Iron Man 3” (2013)
Robert Downey Jr. returned as wealthy superhero Iron Man for this summer blockbuster, which was topped only by the spring release of another Disney-made film, “Frozen.” Franchises love sequels, and “Iron Man 3” was another good sequel in another great movie franchise.
- “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)
Marvel topped the summer movies once more with this film, which included such famous names as Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper. The movie also included a great throwback soundtrack that both older and newer generations loved. With the thought of fighting in space, it’s no wonder this movie was a hit.
- “Jurassic World” (2015)
Chris Pratt was a big name after coming from the TV show “Parks and Rec” and the aforementioned “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Combine a famous name, cooler dinosaurs and a park like no one’s ever seen before, and you’ll get a hit no matter when the film is released.
- “Suicide Squad” (2016)
With a rating of 26 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, why would this movie even make it to this list? Because it was the highest grossing movie of the summer, despite receiving hate from critics and some moviegoers. It also has a popular cast and a killer soundtrack. Some people, including myself, loved the movie.