2012 was a banner year in movie history. Box office revenues reached a record $10.8 billion, which is a 6% increase over 2011.  Ticket sales reached 1.33 billion, which is a 4% increase over 2011. On the downside, average ticket prices rose 2% to $8.09.

Above Image: Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin)

With big movies coming, 2013 looks like an even bigger year. While there are dozens of movies coming out, these are the ones people are most excited to see. So, which one are you looking forward to most?

Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8)
Official Synopsis: “Oz The Great and Powerful” imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
Director: Sam Raimi
Screenplay: Mitchell Kapner, David Lindsay-Abaire
Cast: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Zach Braff

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (March 29)
Official Synopsis: "A follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. JOE: RISE OF THE COBRA, which grossed over $300M worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO and di Bonaventura Pictures, commences production on G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence."
Official Site: http://www.gijoemovie.com

Iron Man 3 (May 3)
Official Synopsis: "Marvel Studios  Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?"

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of Tales of Suspense (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with The Invincible Iron Man (#1) in May of 1968.

Iron Man 3 is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Charles Newirth, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Official site http://marvel.com/ironman3

Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17)
Official Synopsis: "In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes 'Star Trek Into Darkness.'

"When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

"With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

"As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew."
Director: J.J. Abrams
Screenplay: Roberto Orci
Cinematography: Daniel Mindel
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban
Official Site: startrekmovie.com

Man of Steel (June 14)
Official Synopsis: "In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as 'Superman,' not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves"
Director: Zack Snyder
Screenplay: David S. Goyer
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon 
Official Site: manofsteel.warnerbros.com/

Pacific Rim (July 12)
Official Synopsis: "When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes--a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)--who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse."
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke, Diego Klattenhoff 
Official Site: http://www.pacificrimmovie.com

Elysium (Aug. 9)
Official Site: In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government of cial, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that, if successful, will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds."
Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp.
Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Faran Tahir, Wagner Moura, Carly Pope and Alice

Ender’s Game (Nov. 1)
Official Synopsis: "In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.

"Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race."
Director: Gavin Hood
Screenplay: Gavin Hood
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley

Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 8)
Official Site: "Marvel s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel s Thor and Marvel s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

"Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor: The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book Journey into Mystery #83 in August, 1962.

"Thor: The Dark World is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures."
Director: Alan Taylor
Screenplay: Don Payne, Robert Rodat
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Nov. 22)
Official Synopsis: "Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a Victor s Tour of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) a competition that could change Panem forever."
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin

Which movie are you most excited about? Are there any we missed?
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Maurice Mitchell said...

Tough choice! Pacific Rim, but Iron Man III and Thor II are close, as is Star Trek.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I'm usually more wary than excited about new movies.

Maurice Mitchell said...

my... my what a wonderful world it will be...

Maurice Mitchell said...

I went with Star Trek, but I'm way excited about all those! I didn't even realize there was a Thor movie slated for this year. Can't wait! :D

Maurice Mitchell said...

I'm torn between Iron Man, Star Trek and Thor. But I went with Iron Man.

Tony Laplume said...

Man of Steel, followed closely by Star Trek Into Darkness.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I can't wait for Star Trek. I'll not wait for the dvd to see this one.

Maurice Mitchell said...

This movie is definitely a theater watch MPax. Especially the IMAX 3D.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Tough choice Tom, but a good one.

Maurice Mitchell said...

It's going to be a great year for superhero movies Liesel!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Wonderful yes Jeremy! There are some good sequels coming.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Pacific Rim kind of snuck up on me, but it looks excellent.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I think there was weird stuff going on when I originally commented. Man of Steel, then Star Trek Into Darkness.


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