We took a few weeks off, but Movie Power Rankings is back, and just in time for the highly-anticipated Summer Movie season. Kicking things off in high style is this week's No. 1, "Iron Man 3," which scored a staggering $175 million in its first weekend of release. It's the second-biggest domestic opening since the last time Robert Downey Jr. suited up as the character, in 2012's "The Avengers." But will RDJ return as Tony Stark in for "The Avengers 2" and "Iron Man 4"? The actor stated on "The Daily Show" that he’ll be "renegotiating" his contract (wink, wink), and those talks will either make Downey Jr. richer than Stark himself -- or will result in someone else putting on the super suit (we nominate Gwyneth Paltrow) to lead a new take on the franchise. Either way, Iron Man isn't going anywhere.
As for the rest of this week's list...
May 8, 2013
1. "Iron Man 3"
The threequel is shaping up to be one of the biggest Marvel movies yet, but will there be a part 4?
2. "The Avengers 2"
Two new Marvel heroes are joining the fight against evil in the next installment. According to Joss Whedon, the mutant twin siblings Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will be featured in the sequel. We have some ideas about who should play them. Who would you like to see in the roles?
3. "Mission: Impossible 5"
Tom Cruise has accepted yet another mission as Ethan Hunt, and signs say that "Jack Reacher" writer-director Chris McQuarrie may be calling the shots this time around, if he can fit it into his busy schedule. Movie Power Rankings will now self-destruct.
4. "Man of Steel"
Henry Cavill flies into action as Superman in a new poster for Zack Snyder's reboot of the classic DC superhero.
5. "Star Trek Into Darkness"
J.J. Abrams' anticipated reboot sequel is almost here, and so far, the reviews have been promising.
6. "Ender's Game"
A group of pre-teens engage in elaborate war games in preparation to fight an alien menace. Good thing they have Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley to show them the ropes. Watch the action-packed first trailer here.
7. "Thor: The Dark World"
Hmmm, a superhero movie that's dark and "gritty"? That's a novel idea. And who better for the material that "Game of Thrones" vet Alan Taylor?
The cutest CIA agent in history, "Zero Dark Thirty's" Jessica Chastain, has signed on for "Dark Knight Rises" director Christopher Nolan's mind-bender of a sci-fi project, which will also star Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.
9. "White House Down"
Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx tangle with terrorists and "Olympus Has Fallen" comparisons in the Roland Emmerich film's new trailer.
10. "Fast & Furious 6"
Check out this huge photo gallery featuring the huge muscles of Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the massive cast, plus cars galore. Start your engines.
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2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
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