5 Summer Blockbusters and the Partnerships That Made Them Stand Out

Every summer brings big box office excitement, and this summer hasn’t disappointed. Out of all the recent hits, these five not only delivered great box office results, they also featured unique partnerships, which are all tracked on MarketingPartnerships.com. Take a look at some of the stand-outs, and their corresponding partnership examples, and hopefully they will provide inspiration for your next partnerships, too!

WONDER WOMAN (Warner Bros.)

WonderWoman_artWonder Woman was first introduced to fans in DC’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and returned on her own June 2 to dominate the box office, along with seven complementing partnerships. With two straight weeks at the #1 spot, it’s no surprise there is a sequel the works, and we will be on the lookout for those partnerships, too. For this movie, we felt the PayPal union offered something new and different. Details here.


CARS 3 (Disney/Pixar)

Cars 3 - artCARS 3 debuted in theaters in the US on June 16 with an all-new story that contained the heart and emotion of the original film. With its #1 spot in the box office on opening weekend, the movie’s eight partnerships included top brands, and although they all had unique elements, the one that stood out was Coppertone, which included a fun experiential component. Read all about it here.


TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (Paramount Pictures)

Transformers artThe $3.8B movie franchise and consumer products powerhouse, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, hit theaters June 21, bringing director Michael Bay’s epic robot battle sequences with favorite autobot characters, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, alongside Mark Wahlberg. Also boasting eight partnerships spanning a variety of brands, details on the multifaceted one with SONIC Drive-In can be found here.


DESPICABLE ME 3 (Illumination/Universal Pictures)

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On June 30, the team who created the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, DESPICABLE ME 2 and MINIONS, returned to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters and the Minions. The whopping 10 diverse partnerships extended the reach of the lovable characters, and while most were with very recognizable names, a very clever example was with DNA testing and ancestry exploration site, 23andMe. Learn more.


SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (Sony Pictures)

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After the new Spider-Man first appeared in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU)’s Avengers, Sony Pictures Entertainment released the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise July 7, topping the box office during its opening weekend. Ushering eight notable partners, the feel-good alliance with Goodwill had some great elements. Check it out here.


With a combined total of 42 partnerships between these five films, you can see why it was hard to choose one for each. Worry not, for you can see all the rest, along with 1,000s of great partnerships on MarketingPartnerships.com. If you don’t already have a profile, it’s easy to set one up.

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When fashion slays the Partnership game

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QUICK READ: Lexus and Barneys New York team up for new LC 500 coupe with a joint window display at Barneys New York on Madison Avenue, juxtaposed with handbag collections from Balenciaga, Delvaux, Fendi, Fontana Milano 1915 and more as part of the automobile maker’s efforts to create more of a cachet as an exciting lifestyle brand.

 

 

Coach Inc Selena Gomez Collection

QUICK READ: SELENA GOMEZ and Coach partnered for a new collection of handbags, leather goods and accessories. The Selena Grace bag was designed by the singer in collaboration with Coach Creative Director Stuard Vevers, and also featured personal touches such as the singer’s signature and a story patch sewn inside.

DIG DEEPER:  For more information on Lexus & Barneys New York, SELENA GOMEZ & Coach or over 8,400 other partnerships, visit MarketingPartnerships.com:

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Marvel’s ANT-MAN & Nintendo’s METROID return

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Next summer, Marvel Entertainment brings back Paul Rudd as ANT-MAN in this highly anticipated follow-up to the 2015 film that grossed over $500 million. In this installment, Ant-Man must fight along side The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) in an urgent new mission to uncover secrets from their past.

 

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This intense, side-scrolling action platformer from Nintendo is a great entry point into the METROID franchise and perfect for returning fans as well. The game will be available in September on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

DIG DEEPER:  For more information on partnering with Marvel Entertainment’s ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, Nintendo’s METROID or over 1,000 other partnerships, visit MarketingPartnerships.com:

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