Get Ready for Blockbuster Season!
March 24, 2005

With sci-fi thrillers, the first Oscar contender and a batch of big-budget remakes, it's going to one hot summer at the movies. And to help you form your must-see list, "Extra" enlisted the help of Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations, a firm that tracks box office revenue. So get set, here are some top films that are bound to be movie titans come summertime:

"War of the Worlds"
Tom Cruise teams up with Steven Spielberg to take on attacking aliens in this special effects spectacular. "We should see some potentially record-breaking grosses for this film," Paul predicted.

"Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith"
Another sure summer blockbuster is "The Star Wars" prequel, about which Dergarabedian said, "George Lucas directing a "Star Wars" movie is always a big deal."

"Batman Begins"
The masked crusader is back in "Batman Begins" with an all-new director and a new "Batman," played by Christian Bale.

"Herbie Fully Loaded"
The talking car is back, and it's the perfect excuse to make a date with your entire family. Lindsay Lohan stars in the fun and action-filled flick.

"Charlie and The Chocolate Factory"
Johnny Depp is reworking Gene Wilder's classic Willy Wonka role for director Tim Burton in this must-see film. Also starring in the remake is "Finding Neverland's" Freddy Highmore, and you can bet, watching will be candy for your eye.

"Bewitched"
From remakes to TV classics, the hit '60s show "Bewitched" is coming to the big screen starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. So twitch your nose and ask for some popcorn, because this is one flick you won't want to miss.

"Stealth"
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx is back in his first film since "Ray," and he's in a very different role. "It's more of a 'Top Gun' type of movie," Paul revealed. "It's with stealth fighters, an action packed movie."

"Cinderella Man"
Paul predicts that "Cinderella Man" may be this summer's first Oscar contender. "You see Russell Crow in that role and Ron Howard directing," he noted. "This looks like an unbeatable combination." Also starring in the film are Renée Zellweger and Paul Giamatti.

So buy your popcorn in bulk and get your tickets early -- from the looks of these films, it's going to be one hot summer at the box office.


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