Hollywood's "How I Spent My Summer" essays will run the gamut from breathlessly enthusiastic to mournful. There were winners, losers, and stuff that barely recouped its costs.
Meanwhile, there were breakout stars, enduring greats and people we may never hear from again.
The Fast & Furious franchise was on its last legs when he joined it as a DEA agent. F&F 6, his second, was the highest-grossing in the hard-driving series.
The guy who gave us Saw threw the world a curveball with The Conjuring, a gore-free, certifiably scary horror film that made tons of money. He follows it up this week with the equally non-slashy Insidious 2. Next up: Would you believe Fast & Furious 7?
Add The Purge and the remake of The Evil Dead to the mix, and summertime is looking like the right time for fright time.
As Breaking Bad winds down to a certain bad end, the artist-formerly-known as the nebbish dad on Malcolm In The Middle is being hailed as among America's Greatest Actors.
Daenerys Targaryen to you and me. Though she didn't figure in the "Red Wedding" that made Game Of Thrones water cooler talk all over again, she's the one cast member who invariably gets the magazine covers.
The grade-Z L.A. production company that specializes in cheap knock-offs of blockbusters, hit the power-ball lottery with Sharknado.
The summer series of his big fat book Under The Dome is being credited with making the networks re-think summer programming. Just in time for the release of his book sequel to The Shining.
The villain in this latest Star Trek is soon to be seen flexing more dramatic muscles as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate and as The Necromancer in the next Hobbit movie.
Their "meta" apocalypse comedy This Is The End (Rogen's directorial debut) has put the best buds back on the A-list.
His Blurred Lines is the musical brainworm of the summer, notwithstanding accusations of having lifted hooks from Marvin Gaye.
She has a new album, a movie (The Getaway) and is far, far away from whatever the hell is happening with her ex, Justin Bieber.
Rampant bodily fluids. Furious neighbours. Paparazzi scuffles. "Exhaustion." They grow up so fast. Or don't.
Whatever council SHOULD be dealing with, if your city's on his tour, you can be sure they'll drop everything to draft an anti-Chris-Brown law.
In the words of Tonto, "How?" The Long Ranger was one of the three worst flops of the summer. Which brings us to"¦
Nice guy, but the tin-eared Men In Black rip-off R.I.P.D. was not the best way to follow up the disaster that was Green Lantern. If they look for people to blame, it won't be his R.I.P.D. co-star Jeff Bridges.
With few friends left in the world, "Night" got taken under the wing of Will Smith, the world's reigning box office champ for the sci-fi opus After Earth. The director's string of flops remains unbroken. Which brings us to":
Not content with the challenge of reviving Shyamalan's career, Poppa Will also bragged that he would make his son "the second biggest movie star in the world." He gave Jaden the majority of the scenes in the movie, and the world a first-hand glimpse into whether the kid could actually act. The world was not impressed.
It's been said that The Internship, about two old dudes trying to land a gig at Google, would have been hilarious in 2005 (which is when they were big stars). The movie barely broke even.
Is he to blame for the box office pariah that was Red 2? Maybe not. But if it were a hit, he'd be getting the credit. This follows arguably the worst Die Hard movie in the series.
The movie died. Maybe if the victims were still on the celebrity radar, audiences would have cared more.
STILL CHUGGING ALONG
Grown Ups 2 beat Pacific Rim at the box office. WTF?
North American audiences fell out of love with him a long time ago. But the international audiences still eat up everything he does - including the post-apocalyptic Oblivion.
No, we're apparently not sick of Gordon Ramsay, judging by the ratings for MasterChef. America's Got Talent remains summer "event" TV for the networks, and, ratings-wise The Voice has eclipsed American Idol and X Factor as the go-to superstar-search series. And that's not counting anything shot in a swamp.
Getting beat by Sandler and company was just the final insult. The worldwide box office apparently might not be enough to guarantee a sequel.
Only Iron Man 3 managed to break the billion-dollar mark that has become the gold standard of a hit. With $600 mil, Man Of Steel was a respectable re-boot, and will merit a sequel.
At this point, a money loser. Maybe Roland Emmerich has destroyed the White House too many times to take seriously anymore.