10 Riskiest, Priciest Summer Movie Gambles, From ‘Dark Phoenix’ to ‘Detective Pikachu’

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10 Riskiest, Priciest Summer Movie Gambles, From ‘Dark Phoenix’ to ‘Detective Pikachu’
The summer movie release schedule is always filled with big blockbusters, superhero sagas and beautiful independent films to balance out the season.

But not all IP is created equal, and not every blockbuster deserves a sequel, or reboot or spinoff. While the fans who turned “Fast & Furious” franchise into a $5 billion global box office behemoth will likely turn out for a spinoff centered just on Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s characters, it may be too soon to say if two new stars can pry success from the cold, dead fingers of the “Men in Black” series.

All the major studios — Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, Paramount and Universal — as well as mini-majors like Lionsgate and Stx are taking some high-stakes chances with this summer’s slate. Here’s who stands to win or lose big:

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