Other studios are adding to the summer sizzle too. Here are the movies and their release dates that are surest to make the major studio's accountants offices crackle with box-office lightning.
Universal continues the summer onslaught with Fast & Furious 6 on May 24th, Despicable Me 2 on July 3rd, an unusual action/comedy with a promising cast in R.I.P.D. on July 19th (watch for this one), Kick Ass 2 on August 16th and a late summer wrap up with Riddick on September 6th.
Next up, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Ed Harris muscle in for laughs with Pain & Gain on April 26th. The highly anticipated follow-up to J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot takes off with Star Trek Into Darkness on May 17th, (watch for Imax 3D screenings several days earlier.)
Paramount then drops its massive Brad Pitt zombie thriller World War Z on June 21st. If all goes according to plan at Par, the rest of the summer will be divided between counting money and summer vacations.
July is about sequels with Grown Ups 2 on the 12th and The Smurfs 2 on the 31st. Then it's back to Sci-Fi and fantasy in August with Elysium on the 9th and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones on the 23rd.
An animated snail lives out a dream while racing IndyCar in Turbo on July 19th and The Wolverine puts Hugh Jackman back in claws on July 26th. Fox wraps up their summer with a return to mythology with the follow-up in the Percy Jackson series with Percy Jackson's Sea of Monsters on August 16th.
Warner's summer popcorn movies loom large in June and July. The much talked about reboot of Superman soars though theaters on June 14th with Man of Steel and Guillermo del Toro unleashes robots of steel in Pacific Rim on July 12th.
But Warner's has lots more in store before they're willing to say Summer's over. A spooky tale haunted by an impressive cast, The Conjuring releases on July 19th, 300: Rise of an Empire starts on August 2nd and Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts and Jason Sudeikis star in the comedy We're the Millers on August 9th.
And of course, like every summer, there is a full schedule of independent and limited releases that will be hunting for an audience. Have some summer fun with seeking out your own hidden gems and tell your friends about them. What could be more fun than being surprised in a cool, dark theater on a hot summer night, than finding a little bit of hidden movie magic?
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