The best superhero movies this summer didn’t have any superheroes at all

As if it couldn’t let the final days of summer draw to a straggling close without showing off just a little bit more, Universal Pictures announced this morning that it had set a new domestic box-office record, racking up $ 2.113 billion in box office receipts over the course of the year thus far. It’s an impressive feat, capping off a summer movie season in which Universal held four of the top 10 domestic box office spots, easily holding off rivals like Disney despite the spandex-clad power of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.

How did Universal pull it off? Sure, the studio had the runaway success of Jurassic World, but it also bolstered its slate with diverse successes like Pitch Perfect 2 and Straight Outta Compton. Over at our…

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