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Summer 2023 promises to be one of the biggest for theaters in quite some time, with a lot of movie releases to know about and look forward to. As the box office continues to recover post-pandemic, 2023 has already seen some impressive successes. The Super Mario Bros. Movie was the first to pass the $1 billion mark and other major franchise entries, such as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and John Wick: Chapter 4, also scored big.


That bodes well for Summer 2023, which is as ever when many of the biggest franchises and blockbusters come out to play. From May’s Memorial Day Weekend through to Labor Day in September, studios will be unveiling their tentpole releases in the hopes of taking at least a piece of the box office pie, or claiming a win in the ongoing streaming wars. These include multiple sequels, new offerings from Marvel and DC (but not the MCU), and franchise returns, reboots, and remakes. Here’s a guide to Summer 2023’s movie release dates, including some images exclusive to Screen Rant.

Memorial Day Weekend, May 2023

Ariel singing in The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid (Theaters) – May 26

About My Father (Theaters) – May 26

Kandahar (Theaters) – May 26

The Machine (Theaters) – May 26

You Hurt My Feelings (Theaters) – May 26

The Wrath Of Becky (Theaters) – May 26

June 2023

Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse, Transformers_ Rise of the Beasts, The Flash, and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Theaters) – June 2

spider-man across the spiderverse miles and gwen

Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse has high expectations to live up to when it swings into theaters on June 2, 2023, as the long-awaited sequel to 2018’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Luckily, it looks like meeting them and then some. The sequel will bring back Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) for a new adventure to save the multiverse from the villainous the Spot (Jason Schwartzman). Miles will also be butting (web-)heads with Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac), and of course there’ll be dozens of other variants crawling onto the screen. See Miles and Gwen in an exclusive Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse image above.

The Boogeyman (Theaters) – June 2

Past Lives (Theaters) – June 2

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (Theaters) – June 9

Transformers ROTB exclusive with banner

Taking place in 1994 (that’s after Bumblebee but before Michael Bay’s Transformers movies), Transformers: Rise of the Beasts features a battle between the Maximals, Predacons and Terrorcons. Franchise favorites such as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Mirage will all be back, but there’s a new human cast led by Anthony Ramos as Noah Diaz. While there are various different groups, the main threat will be much bigger than all of them: the planet-eating villain Unicron, who threatens to destroy Earth. See an exclusive Transformers: Rise of the Beasts image above.

Flamin’ Hot (Disney Plus & Hulu) – June 9

Jagged Mind (Huu) – June 15

The Flash (Theaters) – June 16

Elemental (Theaters) – June 16

Asteroid City (Theaters) – June 16

Extraction 2 (Netflix) – June 16

The Blackening (Theaters) – June 16

No Hard Feelings (Theaters) – June 23

The Perfect Find (Netflix) – June 23

Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny (Theaters) – June 30

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (Theaters) – June 30

Nimona (Netflix) – June 30

July 2023

Mission Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One, Barbie, and Oppenheimer

Insidious: The Red Door (Theaters) – July 7

Joy Ride (Theaters) – July 7

The Out-Laws (Netflix) – July 7

Earth Mama (Theaters) – July 7

Biosphere (Theaters) – July 7

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (Theaters) – July 12

Theater Camp (Theaters) – July 14

Bird Box Barcelona (Netflix) – July 14

Barbie (Theaters) – July 21

Oppenheimer (Theaters) – July 21

They Cloned Tyrone (Netflix) – July 21

Cobweb (Theaters) – July 21

The Beanie Bubble (Apple TV+) – July 28

Haunted Mansion (Theaters) – July 28

Sympathy For The Devil (Theaters) – July 28

August 2023

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles_ Mutant Mayhem, Gran Turismo, Blue Beetle, and Meg 2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (Theaters) – August 4

Meg 2: The Trench (Theaters) – August 4

Dreamin’ Wild (Theaters) – August 4

Shortcomings (Theaters) – August 4

Gran Turismo (Theaters) – August 11

A twist on the video game movie and based on a true story, Gran Turismo follows Jann Mardenborough (Archie Madekwe), a player of the eponymous racing game who wins a competition to become a professional racing driver. Directed by Neill Blomkamp, Gran Turismo stars David Harbour and Orlando Bloom alongside Madekwe. See two exclusive images from Gran Turismo above ahead of it speeding into theaters on August 11.

The Last Voyage of the Demeter (Theaters) – August 11

Heart of Stone (Netflix) – August 11

Jules (Theaters) – August 11

Blue Beetle (Theaters) – August 18

Strays (Theaters) – August 18

White Bird (Theaters) – August 18

The Hill (Theaters) – August 18

Lift (Netflix) – August 25

Vacation Friends 2 (Hulu) – August 25

You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah (Netflix) – August 25

Bottoms (Theaters) – August 25

Labor Day Weekend, September 2023

Denzel Washington as Robert McCall in The Equalizer 3.

The Equalizer 3 (Theaters) – September 1

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