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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SPIDER-MAN and Dell swing into action; CRUSH brings TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT fan-favorites to their brand

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QUICK READ: Sony Pictures Entertainment and Dell teamed up to celebrate SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, both in front of and behind the camera. The collaboration integrated Dell products into the film’s storyline along with a full-scale marketing and promotional campaign that included a TV spot, cinema, print, digital advertising, out-of-home placements and consumer engagement activations throughout the summer.

 

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QUICK READ: Paramount Pictures and CRUSH teamed up for the June theatrical release of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT. The national partnership was supported with co-branded point-of-sale displays and custom packaging (cans, 12 pack wraps, 20oz bottles, 2L bottles) across four different flavors of CRUSH, each flavor featuring a different film character: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, and Barricade.

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8 Things We’re Excited to Check Out at the 2017 Licensing Show

As the largest brand, character and art marketplace tradeshow, the Licensing Show offers great insight into the players and trends that drive the $251.7 billion licensing business. More than 400 exhibitors representing over 5,000 brands from 65+ countries will gather in Las Vegas next week for the “largest, most diverse collection of properties and brands available for licensing worldwide.” 1

At the show, you can see which brands and characters will be in demand in the next 18-24 months in order to get a head start on your brand planning. With so much to experience, we’ve pin-pointed 8 things we are looking forward to seeing that you shouldn’t miss if you plan to attend. Don’t worry, if you are unable to attend, we’ll provide a post-show recap!


Activision Blizzard

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Known primarily for record-breaking video game releases, Activision Blizzard (CALL OF DUTY, SKYLANDER, WORLD OF WARCRAFT+) is quickly growing to become a global entertainment force. With recent King Digital Entertainment (CANDY CRUSH, PET RESCUE+) and Major League Gaming (e-sports) acquisitions; its studio division set to develop original film and TV series based on games; and various planned brand licensing and consumer products expansions, they will surely have quite a buzz at the show. To see more information on SKYLANDERS, CALL OF DUTY and other gaming opportunities for your brand, hit up our Properties section here.


Food and Beverage Brands

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Familiar brands like Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, Mars, McDonald’s, Pepsi Co., Welch’s and many more will be “finding new life with licensing deals” according to the folks at LIMA. We are excited to see what these family-friendly food and beverage names have in store, along with more adult-geared ones, like Budweiser, Campari (kicking off Negroni Week shortly after in June) and Corona, to name a few. If you work at, or with, food and beverage brands, check out hundreds of properties that can help companies like these forge creative ways to connect with consumers, here.


Marvel Entertainment

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With a library of over 8,000 characters built over more than 70 years of comic book publishing, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Following years of smash hits, Marvel Entertainment’s 2017/2018 slate is once again full of theatrical and television opportunities that could be perfect for so many brands. Recent Marvel releases like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, and CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR partnered with a host of great names including Doritos, Yoplait, Dairy Queen, Lamborghini, MasterCard and many more. To learn more, click this link.


Nintendo 

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Nintendo’s latest “hybrid” console, Nintendo Switch, was unveiled in October 2016, released worldwide on March 3, 2017, and the frenzy continues. Designed as a home console that can also be detached and used on the go, it launched alongside the release of critically acclaimed “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” worldwide, making it the fastest-selling home console in its history. In addition to releasing the Switch, Nintendo has participated in some creative partnerships recently with McDonalds, Southwest Airlines and Uniqlo, to name a few, and we can’t wait to see what’s next! Details on the Switch, as well as these partnerships can be found here.


Paramount 

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The internet is abuzz about TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, debuting this summer, and in addition to that hit franchise, we are excited to see updates on upcoming theatrical releases including highly anticipated sequels, like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 6, DADDY’S HOME 2, BUMBLEBEE, as well as AMUSEMENT PARK, an original 3D animated adventure, among many others. Click on this link to get the details on these and their other releases.


Sony Pictures 

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Sony Pictures’ recent franchises (Ghostbusters and The Smurfs) saw several partnerships in the marketplace. In addition to highly anticipated sequels to Jumanji and Hotel Transylvania franchises we are excited to learn more about, they are releasing The Emoji Movie, a new, animated film that will bring to life characters inside smartphones this summer, and Peter Rabbit, a live-action/CG movie based on the beloved children’s’ book series next year. Hear more about these opportunities directly from the source, as they recently profiled them in their RoadShow presentation viewable here.


 Universal Pictures

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After recent animated hits like TROLLS (DreamWorks), SING (with Illumination) and THE BOSS BABY (DreamWorks), Universal broke box office records with the (non-animated) eighth installment of the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise (THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS). They’re sure to keep the streak going with their upcoming slate, including great partnership opportunities like: THE MUMMY, DESPICABLE ME 3, PITCH PERFECT 3, JURASSIC WORLD SEQUEL, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS and more. Check out if these and other properties fit your brand here.


Walt Disney Studios

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The beyond-iconic studio and entertainment behemoth is sure to make a splash with its entertainment showcase. We are excited to see them promote their upcoming slate, including COCO, A WRINKLE IN TIME, sequels like THE INCREDIBLES 2, TOY STORY 4, FROZEN 2, a host of live action remakes of beloved animated films, and of course, two STAR WARS movies that fans are sure to line up around the corner for. To take these all in, head over to their page here.


Hope to see you there, or back here for the post-show recap! On behalf of the team at The L.A. Office, thanks for reading.

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1 Source: License Global, May 2017