This summer, there will be blood.
On the screen, certainly. But most likely also on the balance sheets of the major studios.
Starting this weekend, and continuing nearly every
week into August, one hopeful blockbuster after another will hit the
screen, creating one of the bigger summer-movie gluts in recent memory.
Major titles include the Ryan Reynolds superhero vehicle “Green
With all the competition, some studios seem to be spreading their bets across similar types of movies.
slate includes two Marvel superhero movies, “Thor” and “Captain
America: The First Avenger,” and youth-targeted sci-fi films,
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and
You probably won’t see them all — the average North
American attends only about six movies a year, according to the Motion
Picture Association of America — which means some of these big-budget
productions are destined to flop. To help you decide where to spend
your coveted entertainment dollar, here are the summer’s 25 biggest
THE BEAVER (Friday)
A drama starring
The usually bro-focused
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (
THE HANGOVER PART II (
The stars of 2009’s hit comedy return for another bachelor party. It’s a quiet, respectable pre-wedding brunch … in
Chunky panda Po (voiced by
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (
The origin story of the superheroes, starring
JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER (
The popular children’s book series by
SUPER 8 (
As recently as last month, writer-director
leaving Paramount Pictures unable to confirm many plot details. Past
trailers suggest the film involves a group of moviemaking kids, the
infamous Area 51 and an entity that is not human.
GREEN LANTERN (
Ryan Reynolds is the ring-bearing superhero. With
BAD TEACHER (
CARS 2 (
Lightning McQueen, now heading overseas to compete in the World Grand
Prix. Additional voices by
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (
HORRIBLE BOSSES (
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 (
The end — yes, really — of the
WINNIE THE POOH (
The first big-screen Pooh adventure from
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (
COWBOYS & ALIENS (
As the title suggests, it’s a sci-fi Western.
THE SMURFS (
The animated blue villagers find themselves in live-action
THE CHANGE-UP (
Call it “Freaky Friday” for dudes: After a drunken night out, family man
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (
An origin story for the “Planet of the Apes” franchise.
30 MINUTES OR LESS (
A pizza-delivery guy (
THE HELP (
A drama set in 1960s
CONAN THE BARBARIAN (
AND KEEP IN MIND THESE 10 OTHER FILMS
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (
THE TREE OF LIFE (
On a trip to
BEATS RHYMES & LIFE (
A documentary on the influential Queens-based rap collective A Tribe Called Quest, directed by actor-comedian
PROJECT NIM (
The true story of Nim Chimpsky, a chimpanzee raised as human as part of a linguistics experiment. Oscar-winning documentarian
comedy-drama about a downsized worker who takes a public-speaking
course and falls for his married teacher (
MAGIC TRIP (
A documentary on
ONE DAY (
A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY (
A group of 30-somethings gather at a Hamptons summer home for one last party. With
OUR IDIOT BROTHER (
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