Anatomy of a Summer Blockbuster


In the wake of the massive openings for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Transformers: Age of Extinction, ET is breaking down what makes a summer blockbuster.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes finished No. 1 this weekend at the box office with $73 million. That adds some much needed heat to the summer box office which has been lagging so far. The other success story is Transformers: Age of Extinction which finished second this weekend and crossed the $200 Million mark. So why are these two movies doing so well when the others aren't?

Both films combine two important elements: big stars and big action.

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"There's gotta be something to see on that big screen," said Fandango's Tara McNamara. "That's why movies like Transformers do so well."

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