1145531913_05c9d30e93.jpgJust in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a little update. Last weekend Iron Man dropkicked the box office off to a $100 million plus opening weekend. This signalled what movie execs were hoping for, the start to a huge summer movie season.

However, with America in a recession and gas prices on the rise 200px-hulk_poster.jpg200px-hulk_poster.jpgwill the masses be able to pack the multiplex like we did last year? Yes Why? Escapism. If there is one thing we Americans love, it’s our movies. No matter how bad things get you can always go to a theater and escape your troubles even if just for a few hours. Sure we should be paying attention to more important things. Like the fact that Obama is now the Democratic front-runner in the race for the White House, but lets be honest, we are all a little burnt out from politics.

Now I’m not a trend follower nor do I keep up with certain film genres over others. But, the summer movie season always interests me in a way that nothing else does. So with instinct and careful calculation as my guide, here are just a few safe predictions for opening weekend box office grosses.

Heavy Hitters-

  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull- $ 90mil. Indy’s back and most of his fan’s will be to. This film will get a good draw from both the young and older crowds. Parents who grew up on Dr Jones will no doubt bring their kids along with them to the theater for this adventure.
  • The Dark Knight- (Featured above) $100 mil. Aside from Batman Begins being a huge success, the untimely death of Heath Ledger will no doubt give this film epic reviews along with overnight camping fans. Look for this sequel to rule the box office for at least 3 weeks
  • Wall*E - $60 mil. This Disney- Pixar flick about a lonely trash compacting robot will be this years Ratatouille. Tiny, lovable and bound to be on some sort of cosmic romantic adventure, Wall’E is bound to make not only the kids happy, but critics as well.

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  • The Incredible Hulk- $50mil. Although comic book fans will come out in drones, the rest of are still a little skeptical about the big green guy. It’s not easy to forget what Ang Lee did to us just a few years ago. Maybe with Ed Norton’s helpful insight this will be as good as we wanted the first one to be.
  • Speed Racer- $4o mil. With enough colorful CGI affects to make you puke, The Wachowski brothers may have given us to much candy coated goodness to stomach. Make sure you bring your sunglasses because you’ll be seeing spots when you leave the theater. Fans of the original cartoon series will approach this one very cautiously, mostly waiting to see what other’s have said. Green screen technology can make or break a film, in this case though, I think the latter will be true.

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  • Kung Fu Panda- $30/40mil. Dreamworks gave us Shrek and we ate it up. Hopefully the studio has another winner on its hands here with Po the Panda. Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, and Dustin Hoffman all lend their voices to this film which is hoping to make a name for itself amongst at least three other computer animated kid flicks.
  • X-Files: I Want to Believe- $30/40mil. Mulder and Scully are back. 1998 was the last time we saw this Special agent duo hit the big screen and they didn’t disappoint. The plot details to this film have been so closely guarded that even the FBI’s finest would have trouble getting info from the film’s director Chris Carter.

So weather or not we can all agree on which films will take in the more greenback, one thing’s for sure. The summer blockbusters are upon us, and ready or not they want your money. So pack some sunscreen and plan wisely.

So what films do you think are guaranteed to make bank and which ones do you think will fall into despair?

Dark Knight photo by lyricis