Summer movie preview

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 4:39pm

HOLLYWOOD, CA (FOX44) – The summer movie season is already heating up courtesy of "The Avengers" out this weekend. But the sci-fi flick isn't the only one guaranteed to pack the theaters; there are a whole lot more where that came from.

Already causing a global stir "The Avengers" made an impressive $178-million overseas. It's expected to kick off the summer movie season in a big way when it opens this weekend in the U.S.

Dergarabedian says: "The kick off movie is real important, it sets the tone, it sets the pace and to have “The Avengers” at the beginning of the summer is perfect."

Expect a lot of high octane, special effects driven blockbusters to help pack theaters all through the summer months.

Dergarabedian says: "It's about 18-weeks and accounts for 40% of the year’s box office, so the studio brings guns for that time frame, kids are out of school people are off work, it's just a time when people get ready to go to the movie theaters in a big way.”

July 4th lights up with a new actor playing the web slinger in the story of "The Amazing Spiderman". Later that month Christian Bale returns as Batman in the final installment of "The Dark Knight Rises". Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones go back in time for "Men in Black 3", Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron star in the dark fairy tale makeover of "Snow White and The Huntsman", and Ridley Scott directs the sci-fi thriller "Prometheus".

A revised version of "Total Recall" takes flight, Jeremy Renner takes over the "The Bourne Legacy" from Matt Damon and the board game "Battleship" tries not to sink. Dwayne Johnson takes over in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation", Sly Stallone returns with a vengeance in “The Expendables 2", and emancipating the land from blood-suckers, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" comes to the rescue.

Direct from the Broadway stage, Tom Cruise rocks in "Rock of Ages", Jordon Sparks and the late Whitney Houston star in "Sparkle" and "Katy Perry: Part of Me" goes behind the scenes on her latest tour. Two animated hits return with sequels, "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted", but both will have to fight off Pixar’s "Brave".

Tim Burton directs Johnny Depp in "The Dark Shadows", while "Family Guy” creator, Seth MacFarlane voices "Ted". Adam Sandler hopes to change his box-office slump with "That's My Boy", Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez headline "What to Expect When Your Expecting", Judi Dench heads to India in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and Sacha Baron Cohen tries to make America uncomfortable in "The Dictator".

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