Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Blasts, duds, and a few surprises abound in the summer’s movie release lineup
Iron Man 3 jumped out with an early, heady success, but it's not the only cinematic good time coming our way.
Even with the star power of Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow to its name, Iron Man 3”fell short of garnering the biggest opening weekend of all time with its three-day domestic gross of $175.3 million.
The film comes in second behind Marvel’s previous summer smash The Avengers, which holds the record of $207.4 million made in an opening weekend.
Iron Man 3 with an international haul of $504.8 million, has managed to gross an astounding $680.1 million, a keep Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Thor’s entire total run.
With a rumored budget of $200 million, Iron Man 3 was able to earn Disney back its investment and then some.
With a summer full of sequels and big, flashy names, Iron Man 3 certainly won’t be the only film making a splash this season, here’s five more that are slated for box office success:
1) Monsters University — Pixar is known for churning out moneymaking, quality pictures and with the return of the not-so-scary monsters Mike and Sulley in Monsters University this trend should continue.
Even though Pixar’s last venture Brave didn’t return great numbers, it has been 12 years since we’ve seen the streets of Monstropolis and audiences can’t wait to return.
2) Man of Steel - Marvel and Disney have reinvigorated the super hero movie market and now it’s time to see how the DC Comics brand can respond.
With America’s most iconic superhero at its helm, Man of Steel is certified gold.
Rumors have surfaced that DC is hoping to have its own Avengers success with the melding of Superman and Batman, but all of that talk rests on Man of Steel’s box-office success.
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3) The Great Gatsby — F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel has been adapted for the screen three times before with little to no success.
Baz Luhrmann, the flashy director who has brought us Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet, is the latest director to try make the book come to life. Early reviews for the film are mixed and The Great Gatsby will need solid word-of-mouth to garner a younger audience. Will The Great Gatsby prove to be a bust once again? We’ll know the answer come Monday.
4) Grown Ups 2 — For some reason people are still giving Adam Sandler leading roles and such is the case for Grown Ups 2.
Sure, the first installment wasn’t a money-loser but reviews were scathing from critics and audiences a like. Something tells me audiences won’t be fooled twice by its B-list lineup.
5) Smurfs 2 — If there ever was a brand that needed to stay in its retro fitting, Smurfs would be the one.
The little blue men flood back onto screens in July, but more solid family-oriented movies (Monsters, Epic) will segment the audience and render Smurfs 2 a flop.
See tomorrow’s issue for a full Summer Movie Preview.
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