The 15 Summer Movies Gen Z & Millennials Are Most Excited to See

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What are the most anticipated movies of the summer for Gen Z & Millennials? We asked 1000 13-34-year-olds to tell us what summer movies they are most excited to go see (and we’re already seeing their favorites win in the box office)…

In the age of Netflix, movie theaters are standing strong. Though some are still surprised when we tell them that young consumers are going to the movies, we continue to see evidence that they are as interested as ever in the big screen experience. When we asked Millennials and Gen Z what they regularly do in their free time, going to the movies made their top 15 list—with 51% of 13-17-year-olds and 35% of 18-34-year-olds saying they go to the movie theatre regularly for fun. It could be argued that they need these escapes into fantasy more than ever—and the box office is reflecting it. According to The Guardian, in 2016, both the U.S. and the U.K. box offices reached record levels, and with the record-breaking success of the latest slate of films, interest in going to the movies is on track to only get higher. The Hollywood Reporter notes that kids and their Millennial/Gen X parents are currently some of the most lucrative moviegoing groups: two-11-year-olds and 25-39-year-olds were the only two demographics who didn’t decline in 2015.

So who will benefit from these young consumers’ escapist desires during the coming months? As part of our recent survey looking at Millennial and Gen Z’s summer plans (and what they’re most excited for), we asked 1000 13-34-year-olds to tell us the summer movies they can’t wait to see. Here are the 15 that made the top of the ranking: 

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Guardians of the Galaxy is the big winner of summer movie anticipation, and if this weekend's opening is any indication, young consumers are setting it up to be a record breaker.…

 
 

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“My work schedule can be hectic, so I snack on nuts, berries, or other non-deadly foods during any downtime.”

—Male, 32, KY

AwesomenessTV and fashion/beauty brands are coming together to make branded series for Gen Z. In the past, AwesomenessTV has worked with numerous brands to produce original content, including CoverGirl and Kohl’s. Now they’re planning a 24-part docu-series with Hollister called “This is Summer,” following teens’ high school journeys—while they’re clad in shoppable Hollister clothing of course. Our own Chief Content Officer explains that Ypulse has “found Gen Z to be fairly open to watching sponsored entertainment,” with 77% of 13-17-year-olds agreeing, "As long as the story is interesting, I don't mind that it is sponsored." (Glossy)

Fullscreen agrees that Gen Z is the generation that’s most receptive to branded content. Their survey found over half of Gen Z doesn’t mind even undisclosed branded content, and significantly more Gen Z teens than Millennials have engaged with social branded content (viewing photos, liking and sharing content and tagging friends) in the past six months. Influencer marketing wins out with the group, with over half of teens preferring influencer content to pre-roll, sponsored posts, banners, and traditional TV commercials. The sweet spot for advertisers may be branded video, especially when influencers are involved. (TubefilterAdweek)

Graduation spending is expected to reach a record $5.6 billion for the Class of 2017. Over half of the graduation gifts given will be cash, followed by greeting cards, gift cards, apparel, and electronic devices. Another trend for the year is more and more peers giving each other gifts, with a 6% lift year over year. Younger consumers will spend an average of $78.42 ,compared to 45-54-year-olds’ $119.84 and 65-and-over’s $112.34, and while greeting cards are also most popular, they’re also almost twice as likely to gift clothing. (ConsumerAffairs)

Instagram has the “most negative impact on young people’s mental wellbeing,” followed by Snapchat, according to a recent study. The image-centric platforms could “driv[e] feelings of inadequacy and anxiety,” and were rated the most poorly for their impacts on sleep, FOMO, and body image. Out of the top five most popular social media platforms, YouTube was the only one that earned a positive score. The silver lining? Some argue the evaluation is “blaming the medium for the message,” and social media/online communities are also Gen Z and Millennials’ top resource for learning about “mindfulness, meditation, and wellness,” according to Ypulse data. (The Guardian)

Lego is being called the “most powerful brand in the world,” beating out Google, Visa, and Nike. Brand Finance’s latest valuation report shows Lego’s brand value increased 68% over last year, looking at metrics like “familiarity, loyalty, promotion, marketing investment, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation.” At least some of the lift can be attributed to the successful movie franchise (The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie) and its strategic partnership with Star Wars.

(Business Insider)

“I kind of don't like the commercialization of fandom culture…However, creating licensed products is one way a brand could interact.”

—Male, 24, MO

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