Everyone who frequents the movies knows the most anticipated films are released throughout the second half of the year. This year you’ll be seeing such A-list stars as Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Downey Jr., and Martin Freeman return to previous roles with only one mission – to look pretty and blow your minds. Opening with Iron Man 3 on May 3rd and ending with The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug on December 14th, 2013 is jam-packed with many book-to-screen adaptations and franchises.
Starting off the long line of 2013 blockbuster hits is Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 on May 3rd. Returning as Tony Stark is Robert Downey Jr. as he puts on the mask one more time to save the city from a powerful terrorist. The following week, imaginative director Baz Luhrmann brings everyone’s favourite English book, The Great Gatsby, to life with Leonardo DiCaprio starring as the mysterious man living in his past. May concludes with the sequel to the 2009’s Star Trek, with Star Trek: Into Darkness on May 15th, and The Hangover Part 3 on May 24th.
Kicking off the month of June is father-and-son team Will and Jaden Smith in After Earth, competing with Woody Harrelson in Now You See Me, which also opens on June 7th. The following week is the beginning of a franchise with Man of Steel, with Monsters University and World War Z opening on June 21st.
July releases a few family movie sequels, starting with Despicable Me 2 on July 3rd, and Grown Ups 2 on July 12th. The Smurfs 2 is released on July 31st, a week after Hugh Jackman returns as everyone’s favourite mutant X-Men in The Wolverine.
If you love young heroes, then August is the month you’ll be spending your days at the movie theatre. Kick-A** 2 is opening on August 16th, alongside another child hero in the second book in the Percy Jackson series, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. According to FanPop, however, the most awaited movie of the summer belongs to the book-to-screen adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Based on the acclaimed series, the story follows young Clary Fray, played by the talented Lily Collins, a girl with a large destiny. The movie opens on August 23rd.
September begins and ends with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on the 27th, leading into October. Several horror flicks are to be released during this month, including Carrie on October 18th, and Paranormal Activity 5 on the 25th.
The lack of movie releases two months prior to November is all leading up to the sequel to 2012 box office hit The Hunger Games. Returning as heroine Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence brings Suzanne Collins’ second novel to the silver screen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on November 22nd.
The year’s last month is filled with buzz for Peter Jackson’s sequel to the 2012 Christmas hit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. With Martin Freeman returning as Bilbo Baggins, uncle of Frodo, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is expected to bring in just as much success. The movie opens on December 14th.
With the year jammed with many awaiting films, websites are already taking polls at which movie the public is most anticipating. The winner? Catching Fire! Coming in second is The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, with Iron Man 3 in third. What do you think? What movie are you most anticipating for 2013?