This category contains some of the most anticipated films of entire Summer season. While there are more sequels opening throughout the summer, this list contains the films that should be among the highest-grossing films not only during this season but for the entire year.
IRON MAN 3
The Skinny: Set after the events that occurred in The Avengers, Tony Stark faces a powerful enemy, the Mandarin. Left only to rely on his instincts, he must embark on a harrowing quest to find those responsible for destroying his personal life and ultimately learn the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: ‘Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?’
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley and Wang Xuequi
The Skinny: This third installment of Marvel’s most profitable is a cinematic money press. Both IM and IM 2 cleared $300 million, domestically and there’s no reason that this film shouldn’t match or exceed those totals. Downey is intimating that this will be his final film after making $50 million in salary and bonuses. AFter appearing in five of films from phase one of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, it might be time for a new challenge and a change.
Opening: May 3
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
The Skinny: After being called back home, the crew of the USS Enterprise find a seemingly unstoppable force which has attacked Starfleet and left Earth in chaos. Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are tasked with leading the deadly manhunt to capture the party responsible and settle an old score.
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Peter Weller
The Skinny: Director J.J. Abrams loves his deep space experience and will shift to the Star Wars universe after two Star Trek films. While on the surface it would seem unfathomable that one man would work both storied franchises, Abrams has consistently shown that he is a gifted storyteller with an amazing imagination and the ability to effortlessly helm big-budget fare.
Opening: May 17
FAST & FURIOUS 6
The Skinny: Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a regular bodybuilder who works at the Sun Gym along with his friend Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie). Sick of living the poor life, Lugo concocts a plan to kidnap Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub), a regular at the gym and a rich, spoiled businessman, and extort money from him by means of torture. With the help of recently released criminal Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson), the “Sun Gym Gang” successfully gets Kershaw to sign over all his finances. But when Kershaw survives an attempted murder by the gang, he hires private investigator Ed Du Bois (Ed Harris) to catch the criminals after the Miami Police Department fails to do so.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Luke Evans, Gina Carano
The Skinny: This franchise, which as grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide, appears to get stronger the longer it goes on. The fifth installment was the best yet, introducing The Rock into the series while creating a plausible story idea that worked as a set piece and gave the audience the thrills they have grown accustomed to seeing onscreen. Bringing back Rodriquez is a master stroke that will surely send the hardcore fans of the series to orgasmic bliss!!!
Opening: May 24
THE HANGOVER PART III
The Skinny: In the aftermath of the death of Alan’s father, the wolfpack decide to take Alan to get treated for his mental issues. But things start to go wrong on the way to the hospital as the wolfpack is assaulted and Doug is kidnapped. Now they must find Mr. Chow again in order to surrender him to the gangster who kidnapped Doug in order to save him.
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha, and John Goodman
The Skinny: The third installment of this franchise has firmly established its cast of character and their onscreen mannerisms. While many were disappointed with the Hangover Part II, the film still grossed an impressive $254 million. The producers have promised that this film will be a finale and an ending and that it will not following templates from the first two films but would be a new idea; time will tell!
Opening: May 24
The Skinny: Clark Kent is a journalist who was adopted as a child by Jonathan and Martha Kent after he was transported to Earth from the dying planet of Krypton. Raised with the values of his adoptive parents, he feels alienated because of his unique super powers and struggles to find his own place in life. When the world is attacked, he becomes the hero named Superman to protect Earth and its people.
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe
The Skinny: One of the films that EVERYBODY will be looking forward to this summer. What’s not to like about this film’s prospects? The pedigree of the Nolan and his crew with the story, Snyder behind the camera, a terrific cast and the strongest comic superhero brand in the world combine for an almost unbeatable combination. The 1978 original is still the standard but this film MUST work if DC Comics is to have a realistic chance of successfully doing a Justice League movie in 2015!
Opening: June 14
The Skinny: Set sometime after X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan travels to Japan, where he engages a mysterious figure from his past in a fight that has lasting consequences. Vulnerable for the first time, and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel, but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than ever before.
Starring: Hugh Jackman
The Skinny: While the X-Men will assemble in 2014 for X-Men: Days of Future Past, meanwhile Wolverine’s universe continues to expand with his second standalone film in the X-Men series. While Wolverine continues to do his thing, there are those who hold out hope that the X-Men will join Marvel Cinematic Universe – bringing all of those characters together for one film would truly be something special!!!
Opening: July 26
The Skinny: the sequel will reunite the team of retired CIA operatives with some new friends as they use their ‘old-school style’ to take on new enemies in Europe.
Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-hun, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren
Opening: July 19
The Skinny: The film centers on Themistokles and Artemisia I of Caria, as well as Xerxes I of Persia. The Battle of Artemisium was a naval engagement, concurrent with the battle at Thermopylae, and was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states and the Persian Empire in September 480 BC, in the straits between the mainland and Thermopylae. The film will also cover some of the backstory of Xerxes, and will explain how he became “the God King.”
Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro (reprising his role from the first film), Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Hans Matheson, Jack O’Connell and Lena Headey
Opening: August 2
The Skinny: Inspired by Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), other masked heroes appear. One such, Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), forms a team and Kick-Ass joins them on patrol, while Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) “retires,” and tries to have a normal life. Meanwhile Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) — reborn as The Mother F**ker — returns to play supervillain with his army, and exact revenge on Kick-Ass.
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Opening: August 16
The Skinny: Percy Jackson, the son of the Greek god Poseidon embarks on a journey with his friends to retrieve the Golden Fleece to save their training ground, Camp Half-Blood. They must travel to the Sea of Monsters, and find the challenges that may await them.
Starring: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Stanley Tucci and
Opening: August 7