Outside the comedy realm, screens will be playing a wider range of genres, which contrasts with 2013's glut of blockbusters. For instance, there are more drama, suspense and horror films this summer, according to data from Rentrak. Syracuse University's Robert Thompson says historically, a wide range of genres leads to higher ticket sales, but how they will play out depends on quality of movies and whether people like them.
And this summer is also missing the "biggest earning franchises of recent years" such as "Avengers/Iron Man," "Batman" and Pixar films, according to a recent note from Cowen & Co.
This does not bode well for box office. "We think the troubling indicators we have seen in domestic attendance over the past three years could finally manifest in a major decline in box office performance," analysts wrote in the note. "We are projecting summer box office roughly to be down—11 percent vs. 2013." Cowen defines summer movie season from May to July.
Karger of Fandango also pointed that while comedies will outpace last summer's box office, the overall box office isn't likely to beat last year's record of $4.8 billion.
"I think last year's box office was a little bit more promising than this summer in terms of really big, potential blockbuster smashes," he said. "But it won't be a disaster."