Summer Movie Forecast 2013: the 11 Biggest Hits, the 6 Biggest Flops, and the 2 Biggest Stinkers

To date, 2013 has yielded a mostly unimpressive crop of movies in theaters.  Other than The Place Beyond the PinesOblivionWarm Bodies, and the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park, there hasn't been much to get excited about.  But actual weather be damned, summer is almost here. Or should I say, summer movie season.  It begins on May 3 with Iron Man 3, and ends (on a much less exciting note) on August 30 with the One Direction documentary.  As an unapologetic summer movie lover, I'm super excited.  I love almost everything summer movies stand for: the escapism, the marketing tie-ins, the popcorn, the huge budgets, the air conditioned theaters.  I love that there's typically only one big release each week, which makes it easy to stay on top of all the films, and see them multiple times if the movie warrants it.

Now, in years past, I've taken it upon myself to study the summer release schedule, look into my crystal ball, and predict the 10 biggest hits, complete with projected domestic box office gross.  (Side note: yes, I know I'm a geek.)  This year is no different.  And while most of my predictions try to take account of anticipated quality, I am not saying that these are necessarily going to be the best movies of the summer.  Though, to be honest, Man of Steel and Star Trek: Into Darkness seem to already have that title locked up.  I'm also going to call out the 6 movies I think are going to flop, or at least wind up a huge financial disappointment for the studio, as well as 2 movies you will probably want to mock and avoid at all costs, sight unseen.

So, let's get to it.  Oh, and for you more high-minded moviegoers who need a break from superheroes and sequels, check back next week because I'll be highlighting the 10 smaller, independent films to keep an eye on this summer.

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