'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part II'
Opening: Friday, July 15
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Robert Grint
What It's About: The eighth and final installment of the Harry Potter film franchise has the not-as-young-as-he-once-was wizard on a quest to foil Lord Voldemort's plot to make himself immortal and conquer the wizard world. 'Deathly Hollows, Part I' was the second-highest-grossing of all the massively successful series, so expect 'Part 2,' which is being released in 2D, 3D and IMAX, to cap the series off with boffo box office numbers.
'Winnie the Pooh'
Opening: Friday, July 15
Starring: Craig Ferguson, Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny
What It's About: Everybody's favorite binge-eating bear is back in the first big-screen adaptation of the children's classic in over 30 years. The plot, based on three of A.A. Milne's classic tales, has Winnie searching for honey, Eeyore needing a new tail and Tigger being Tigger. The movie features an old-fashioned animation style which captures the spirit of original Pooh illustrator E.H. Shepard's etchings. The film checks in at barely an hour, making it perfect for kids (and parents) with short attention spans.
Opening: Friday, July 29
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, George Lopez
What It's About: Purists, beware: Instead of animated blue characters smurfing in a village full of mushroom-shaped houses, this movie has the Smurfs as three-dimensional CGI critters who find themselves right in the middle of live-action Smurf York City. Why are they there? Well, Gargamel has forced them from their bucolic, smurfy homestead, and now the evil wizard has followed them to the Big Apple so he can do away with his smurfy rivals for good. Smurf smurfing the smurf smurfily, right?
Opening: Friday, August 12
Starring: Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia L. Spencer
What It's About: Based on Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel of the same name, when Skeeter (Stone) returns home to 1962 Jackson, Miss., after graduating college, she finds that the black maid who raised her has disappeared. During her search for the maid, she learns more about the other African-American women who raise the wealthy white children of the South. Skeeter decides to challenge the status quo and tell their story.
'Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World'
Opening: Friday, August 19
Starring: Joel McHale, Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven
What It's About: It's been eight years since the last 'Spy Kids' film, and the original undercover tykes are now all grown up, so this one is a bit of a reboot. Jessica Alba comes aboard as a retired spy thrust back into action with reluctant help from her two twin stepchildren. Piven plays the diabolical "Timekeeper," who threatens all of Earth.
|Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom||43 (7.7%)|
|Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer||4 (0.7%)|
|Mr. Popper's Penguins||11 (2.0%)|
|Cars 2||60 (10.8%)|
|The Zookeeper||11 (2.0%)|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part II||321 (57.6%)|
|Winnie the Pooh||38 (6.8%)|
|The Smurfs||24 (4.3%)|
|The Help||31 (5.6%)|
|Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World||14 (2.5%)|