FAST & Furious 7 revved up a storm at the box office last Easter weekend signifying the start of summer at the movies, albeit a little earlier than usual.
The film, which seemed to catch on extraordinarily well not only with audiences in the UK, but also around the world, is the first major blockbuster to be released in a summer that promises explosions, superheroes and, yes, hordes of small yellow minions.
In a few weeks the sequel to The Avengers hits the big screen. Assuming the trailers are representative of the whole film, Avengers: Age of Ultron looks to outshine its predecessor. In May, it is the turn of Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2, Tomorrowland and San Andreas.
Then, as the months roll on, a few of the upcoming highlights include Spy, Jurassic World, Magic Mike XXL, Terminator Genisys, Ted 2, Ant-Man, Pan and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.
Unlike last year, there are more animated releases to charm the little ones as well as inner kids inside us all. Minions is perhaps the biggest, but let’s not discount Inside/Out, which sees Pixar returning after a one-year absence. They also have The Good Dinosaur primed for later in the year.
So, folks, is that enough to quench your big-budget cinema thirst this year? A return to the dino-ridden park that first incited terror in audiences two decades ago; a time before Gru with the Minions on a search for the basest villain; and a could-be Pixar classic that takes us inside the mind of a young girl.
There’s certainly a lot on offer. And, assuming audiences flock to them from as far and wide as they did for Fast & Furious 7, 2015 is going to be a very good year for the film industry indeed.