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Superheroes, super villains, and super reboots: Get ready for summer blockbuster season. We looked at IMDb site activity from the past year to see which summer movies generated the most interest. Check out our countdown of the top 10 based on our data. —
Helped by Jesse Eisenberg’s rising star status in the wake of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and packed with a high-profile cast, the sequel to the surprise 2013 hit comes in at No. 10 in our list of most anticipated summer movies. The heist thriller reunites Eisenberg with fellow illusionists Woody Harrelson and Mark Ruffalo, and this time, the Four Horseman are up against a (very bad) Vegas magician, played by none other than the master wizard, Daniel Radcliffe.
Fast & Furious director Justin Lin takes the reins of the latest in the "Star Trek" franchise, ensuring plenty of action, while Idris Elba injects some fresh, badass energy as the alien out to get the best of Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto). Simon Pegg, who co-wrote the script and also plays Scotty in the film, has assured fans that Beyond doesn\'t stray from the formulas that made the "Star Trek" franchise so successful.
The sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland, which earned $1 billion worldwide in 2010, has been buzzed about since last summer’s Disney D23 event. The follow-up brings back Mia Wasikowska’s Alice and Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter in a fight against Time. While Burton handed over directing duties to James Bobin, he stayed on as producer, ensuring another lush CGI escape for moviegoers looking for more color and magic and less violence in their summer blockbuster.
Reigniting a franchise that began in the \'30s, this reboot brings in a top-notch cast with Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan and Margot Robbie as Jane. Acting heavyweights Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz add heft to the action-adventure story, while the modern twist to the story is also a draw, as Tarzan, now a Lord in London, returns to the Congo as a trade emissary.
Photo by Jonathan Olley © 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., WV Films IV LLC and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC--U.S., Canada, Bahamas & Bermuda
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows — Friday, June 3
Decades of kids who grew up with these wisecracking animated turtles drive much of the momentum for the TMNT franchise. This summer\'s sequel promises the return of all the heroes from the first installment along with a fresh batch of new characters. (Fans of the cartoon will be excited for the flashback of Bebop and Rocksteady, as well as Krang, the talking pink glob that lives inside the stomach of a robot.) Parents are also helping to bring this one into the top 10, as those who grew up with the Turtles just might enjoy it more than their kids.
Titles: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
People: Noel Fisher , Jeremy Howard , Alan Ritchson , Pete Ploszek
Photo by Lula Carvalho © 2015 - Paramount Pictures
Premiering a week ahead of the July 4th weekend, this blockbuster may just top the summer with its aliens, explosions, and asides about America kicking everybody’s ass. Roland Emmerich returns to his greatest triumph two decades later and promises plenty of CGI-driven destruction. This time, the aliens return with an even bigger attack force, and the humans are led by (yet another) Hemsworth (Liam).
One of the most popular video games is finally coming to life, delivering a mix of live-action with CGI characters in a fantasy film that offers one of the few non-sequels of summer. Director Duncan Jones has delivered for audiences before with Source Code, and the legions of online "World of Warcraft" role-players are sure to drive one another into the theater seats.
It’s been over 30 years since the original Ghostbusters became an international sensation. Now Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is at the helm, and he’s brought a quartet of female comedy power to the ghost-hunting business (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones). Alpha action star Chris Hemsworth’s turn as their receptionist has also been whipping up some buzz, but Feig has tried to ensure that fans of the original won’t be disappointed, thanks to the return of both Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, who will help make the action-comedy a draw across the generations.
Photo by Hopper Stone © 2016 - Columbia Pictures
The first big blockbuster of the summer, opening Memorial Day weekend in North America, X-Men Apocalypse has already opened as No. 1 in 71 of 75 markets around the world. With the star wattage of Jennifer Lawrence (as Raven), Michael Fassbender (as Magneto), Oscar Isaac (as Apocalypse), and the global momentum around the latest installment of the Marvel franchise, Apocalypse could surge past its DC Comics rival to win the superhero summer Olympics.
Despite its relatively far-off August premiere date, Suicide Squad has topped the summer blockbusters on IMDb. Chalk it up to more than a year\'s worth of teasers, great buzz, and an all-star team of talent (Ben Affleck, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis). The cloak and dagger surrounding the storyline, and the wake from Warner Bros/DC Comics’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, have added to the intrigue around the supervillain ensemble movie
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