2010 summer movie preview

Dillon Rosenblatt ('11)/ Eastside Editorial Assistant

Summer: the perfect time to go see a blockbuster movie. The top 10 summer movies in 2009 grossed approximately 2.361 billion dollars domestically, 2008 grossed 4.895 billion dollars domestically for the top 10 summer movies and 2007 grossed 2.43 billion dollars domestically. Lets now see what 2010 has in store.

On May 7, Iron Man 2 will be released. This is the most anticipated sequel to the 300 millions dollar hit from two years ago. Robert Downey Jr. joins a stacked cast who includes: Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell and Samuel L. Jackson. Projected opening weekend gross: 155 million dollars

Following Iron Man 2, on May 14, is a team up of Director Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe in Robin Hood also starring Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett as the Maid Marion.

On May 21 two big name movies are set to release. One being the hit “SNL” comedy sketch starring Will Forte MacGruber starring Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillipe and Val Kilmer, and the other being the forth and final movie of the Shrek franchise, entitled Shrek Forever After starring the original cast plus “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, “The Office” actor Craig Robinson, “Glee’s” Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin will all be joining the cast. The last three Shrek movies have grossed over two billion dollars worldwide so this movie should yet again become a box office hit.

Over the next two weeks, several potential box office hits are set to release. They are: May 28- Sex and the City 2 (on Thursday) and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time starring Jake Gyllenhaal, June 4- Forgetting Sarah Marshall spinoff Get Him To The Greek starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill along with a lot of musical cameos, including P. Diddy, Katy Perry (Brand’s real life fiancée) and Pink; Ashton Kutcher Katherine Heigl action comedy Killers; Owen Wilson has the beloved 1950s comic dog Marmaduke; and Adrien Brody’s Sci-fi Horror movie entitled Splice.

June 11 is the remake weekend with The A-Team set to release starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, District-9’s Sharlto Copley and Quinton Jackson as Sgt. Bosco ‘B.A.’ Baracus formerly played by Mr. T in the 1983 series. Also to release that day is The Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan as Mr. Han and Jaden Smith to play the lead.

June 18 has the most anticipated animation movie since its predecessor in 1999. Toy Story 3 in 3-D with the original cast plus newcomers Michael Keaton, Bonnie Hunt, and Whoopi Goldberg. Look for this movie to become the highest grossing Pixar film of all time (Finding Nemo at 339.7 million dollars). Josh Brolin is set to play Jonah Hex the cowboy from DC Comics, also starring Megan Fox and John Malkovich.

The next movies to be released are as follows in this order…

June 25- Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in Knight & Day, July 2- M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, and the third movie from the Twilight series called The Twililght Saga: Eclipse, July 9 has Despicable Me and a remake of Predators. July 16 has Nicholas Cage and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin) in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and also that week is one of the most anticipated movies since Avatar, called Inception. This movie, directed by Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Memento) will star Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine. Nobody knows anything about this movie because Nolan wanted to surprise everyone with the movie some critics are saying Leo could finally win his well-deserved Oscar.

July 23 has two big movies; Dinner For Schmucks with Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, and also Angelina Jolie as Salt the movie originally written for a man. July 31 has Beastly, Cats and Dogs sequel, and Charlie St. Cloud starring Zac Efron.       

August brings a lot of blockbuster movies with: The Other Guys and Step Up 3D on August 6, Eat Pray Love, Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on August 13, the over the final two weeks of summer blockbusters, the movies to spend money on are Bow Wow’s Lottery Ticket on August 20 and Piranha 3D on August 30.

So ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy the show and remember: “State Law prohibits smoking in this auditorium.”