Coming Soon to a Quiz Near You: Summer Blockbusters
by Staff
Who needs swimming pools and water parks when you can cool off in a movie theater with the latest summer blockbuster film? Grab a bucket of popcorn, then settle in for 20 questions about the biggest summer blockbusters to ever grace the screen.

What day do most summer blockbuster movies premiere?

  • Memorial Day
  • June 1st
  • July 4th

Which 1981 summer blockbuster centers around a daring archeologist who has to battle a dangerous band of Nazis to recover an ancient relic?

  • "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
  • "Temple of Doom"
  • "Last Crusade"

What percentage of the film industry’s gross income comes from the 18 weeks when summer blockbusters are in theaters?

  • 40 percent
  • 60 percent
  • 70 percent

Which action-packed movie was officially the first summer blockbuster?

  • "Star Wars"
  • "Jaws"
  • "Rocky"

In 1976, another thriller became a devilish summer blockbuster. Which movie was it?

  • "The Omen"
  • "The Exorcist"
  • "The Shining"

What year did "Star Wars" make the Princess Leia bun a popular summer hairstyle?

  • 1977
  • 1978
  • 1980

"Grease" was among the list of blockbuster hits during the summer of 1978. What was the name the gang that Danny Zuko was the leader of?

  • the Greasers
  • the T-Birds
  • the Wildcats

Name the boxing blockbuster of 1979 that pitted a tough fighter in a rematch with his nemesis.

  • "Raging Bull"
  • "Rocky"
  • "Rocky II"

Which of these candies was made popular by a summer blockbuster movie?

  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Peanut M&Ms
  • Gummy Bears

Speaking of product placement, which product spokesman appeared in the 1984 summer hit "Ghostbusters"?

  • Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
  • Michelin Man
  • Mr. Clean

When Marty McFly went "Back to the Future" in the summer of 1985, what year did he travel to?

  • 1950
  • 1955
  • 1960

Bruce Willis accepted the role of John McClane in "Die Hard" after which actor turned it down?

  • Richard Gere
  • Don Johnson
  • Robert DeNiro

What character did Tom Cruise play in "Top Gun"?

  • Goose
  • Iceman
  • Maverick

What ground-breaking flick was the first movie where Walt Disney and Warner Brothers characters interacted together?

  • "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
  • "Toy Story"
  • "Shrek"

Summer blockbusters are typically explosive action films or funny animated flicks, but occasionally, a heart-felt drama takes the box office draw. Which of these dramas was the No. 1 summer movie in 1994?

  • "Corrina, Corrina"
  • "Forrest Gump"
  • "Angels in the Outfield"

You can always count on Batman. To top the summer blockbuster charts, that is. Which "Top Gun" star also appeared in "Batman Forever"?

  • Tom Cruise
  • Tom Skerritt
  • Val Kilmer

Speaking of blockbusting actors, Will Smith has appeared in several summer hits that involve kicking some alien butt. Which film was the star of summer in 1997?

  • "Independence Day"
  • "Men in Black"
  • "I, Robot"

Pixar has a knack for creating blockbuster hits, such as "Finding Nemo" in 2003. Often, they debut their characters with cameos in other films. Where was Nemo’s first appearance?

  • "Monsters, Inc."
  • "Toy Story"
  • "A Bug’s Life"

While filming "Spider-Man" in 2002, Tobey Maguire’s costume had to be altered so that he could do which activity?

  • sit down
  • breathe
  • use the bathroom

In 2011, the No. 1 summer blockbuster featured the tag line "It all ends.” What movie was this?

  • "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
  • "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
  • "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"