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The 2012 Summer movie season officially gets underway this weekend with what is easily one of the biggest releases of the year. After five movies that in many ways functioned as prequel material, some of Marvel’s most-popular superheroes finally team up in The Avengers. Thanks to these lead-in movies and a killer marketing campaign, anticipation has reached nearly-unprecedented levels, and The Avengers is a lock to score one of the highest opening weekends of all-time. It doesn’t compare to the incredible midnight debuts of the last few Harry Potter and Twilight movies, but The Avengers still registered a pretty remarkable $18.7 million at midnight. That’s the eighth-highest midnight opening ever, and it beats The Dark Knight ($18.5 million) for best superhero midnight debut in history. However, with the weekend here, the movie could top over 200 million for the week in gross ticket sales. With a movie so high in anticipation, that means more people will be out to see a movie over the weekend and that spill-over could lead to a boost for all movies.
Below you’ll find the big flicks being released this weekend with their storylines and trailers as well as the top 10 movies in the U.S.A.
COMING THIS WEEKEND
Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow answer the call to action when Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a daring, globe-spanning recruitment effort to assemble The Avengers team to defeat an unexpected enemy threatening global safety and security. Despite pulling together the ultimate dream team, Nick Fury and longtime confidant Agent Coulson must find a way to convince the Super Heroes to work with, not against each other, when the powerful and dangerous Loki gains access to the Cosmic Cube and its unlimited power. Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow answer the call to action when Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D.
THE BEST MARIGOLD HOTEL
A group of British retirees decide to “outsource” their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.
For the young dancers at the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, lifelong dreams are at stake. With hundreds competing for a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Bess Kargman’s documentary follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, that paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow
Starting a new year of high school, Lola (or “Lol,” as her friends call her), works to find the right balance between family, school, friends and romance. Broken-hearted by her ex, Lol’s world is soon turned upside down when she is surprised to find her best friend, Kyle, a musician in an up and coming rock band, could possibly be the love of her life. In her quest towards independence, self-identity and young adulthood, Lol discovers that while Facebook “status” is easy to change; true relationships are worth the effort. Starting a new year of high school, Lola (or “Lol,” as her friends call her), works to find the right balance between family, school, friends and romance. Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore.
TOP 10 MOVIES IN THE U.S.A.
1. Think Like A Man
Four interconnected and diverse men have their love lives shaken up after the ladies they are pursuing buy Steve Harvey’s book and start taking his advice to heart. When the band of brothers realize they have been betrayed by one of their own, they conspire using the book’s insider information to turn the tables and teach the women a lesson of their own.
2. THE PIRATES – BAND OF MISFITS
The Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) fearlessly leads his inept crew, and his big boned parrot, to a life full of adventure and booty. Along the way, the Captain realizes his life’s goal is to become the Pirate of the Year, so he leads his ship to Victorian London, where the competition is held. Alas, the Captain may be woefully under qualified to win the prize. But don’t expect that to stop him, or his crew, from swashbuckling their way through.
3. THE HUNGER GAMES
Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister’s place to enter the games, and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy when she’s pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love
4. THE LUCKY ONE
U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive – a photograph he found of a woman he doesn’t even know. Learning her name is Beth and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.
5. FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT
Jason Segel and Emily Blunt play a couple who just can’t seem to get their wedding act together. A cross-country career move acts as the catalyst for a gradual spiral into relationship hell. Stolen smooches, hilarious hunting, frozen toes and even knitwear ensues… A LOT of knitwear!
Jason Statham stars as a karate-chopping cage fighter who loses everything after he blows a rigged match. When he sees a girl—who he later discovers to be a math prodigy—being tormented by the same gangsters who killed his wife, he takes action to protect her.
7. THE RAVEN
In 19th century Baltimore, the macabre mind of writer Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) is at its prolific height. Unfortunately, a deranged reader becomes overly inspired by Poe’s work and begins copycatting the grisly murders in the author’s canon. After ruling out Poe as a suspect, cracker-jack detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) elicits the writer’s help in solving the murders. Or so he hopes.
A new True Life Adventure introducing an adorable baby chimp named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph. Oscar’s playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Working together, Oscar’s chimpanzee family-including his mom and the group’s savvy leader – navigates the complex territory of the forest. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimps, who’d rather make mayhem than join their parents for an afternoon nap. But when Oscar’s family is confronted by a rival band of chimps, he is left to fend for himself until a surprising ally steps in and changes his life forever.
9. THE THREE STOOGES
Left on a nun’s doorstep, Larry, Curly and Moe grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. Out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot… while also stumbling into starring in a phenomenally successful TV reality show.
10. THE CABIN IN THE WOODS
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know the rest of what happens, think again.
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