Man of Steel
by Sean O'Connell
Zack Snyder hit the nail on the head when he recently tried to explain the pressure of tackling a Superman movie to The L.A. Times’ Hero Complex. He talked about how his research showed the “S” Superman wears on his chest is the second-most recognized symbol on the planet … topped only by the Christian cross. That recognition – that deep-rooted faith true believers have in the Man of Steel – lead me to believe that flocks of converts will turn up to the Church of Snyder and power Man of Steel to the summer’s highest box office. If Snyder delivers (and the buzz we hear is deafening), then mainstream audiences unfamiliar with Star Trek or exhausted by Fast & Furious films could turn Steel into the must-see blockbuster of the season, resurrecting the caped hero’s reputation and giving D.C. Comics a victory in the ongoing war against their long-standing rival, Marvel, at the multiplexes.

Monsters University
by Katey Rich
Pixar movies that open any time of year are hits. But Pixar movies that open very specifically around the third weekend of June are very big hits, which is why the studio has had a lock on that period for years. Toy Story 3 was the highest grossing film of 2010. Cars 2, despite rough reviews, made nearly $200 million-- and that was a sequel nobody even wanted. This summer we've got Monsters University, a prequel to the beloved Monsters Inc. that follows the Toy Story 3 route perfectly-- bring back likable characters, give them a story worth following, and open in the summer to demolish the competition. As a G-rated film that literally everybody can see, Monsters University appeals to more audiences than even Iron Man 3, and ought to be able to bring in enough of them to totally rule the summer in the U.S.

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