Will 'Iron Man 3,' 'Despicable Me 2' or 'Man of Steel' rule the summer box office?
Wait, wasn't this supposed to be a summer of original films to entice moviegoers to return to their local multiplex? After last year's overall disappointing haul it appears Hollywood's studios didn't get the memo. Can you blame them though? Superheroes and sequels are what they can rely on the most and it's not like audiences turned their noses up at "The Avengers" and "The Dark Knight Rises." So, expect a bunch of familiar faces and franchises in this summer's top 10 (and top 20 for that matter). Thankfully, some original properties should also make it into the mix.
Spoiler alert - original properties such as Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" make the cut as does the Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy buddy comedy "The Heat." And, of course, there are a number of releases that should be big hits but just can't crack the top 10. "Elysium" and "The Lone Ranger" should gross at least $100 million. "The Conjuring" and "The Purge" are both shaping up to be surprise sleepers and Brad Pitt should fuel "World War Z" to at least $125 million. Now, if those six films didn't make our predictions list, which ones did?
To find out, click on the story gallery embedded below. Then take part in our summer below at the bottom of this article.
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
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
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
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
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 | 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
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