May 04: Spider-Man 3 May 18: Shrek the Third May 25: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Jun 08: Ocean's Thirteen Jun 15: Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer Jun 22: Evan Almighty Jul 04: Transformers / Live Free or Die Hard Jul 13: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Jul 27: The Simpsons Movie Aug 03: The Bourne Ultimatum Bruce Almighty was a HUGE hit at the box office, so it's sequel featuring Steven Correl - who is at the height of his career at the moment - will probably do a lot better than most people may initially assume. Plus it actually looks good - for anyone that liked the first one anyway. Spider-Man 3, Shrek 3, Pirates 3, Harry Potter 5 and The Simpsons are no-brainers - they will absolutely destroy everything in their path at the box office and be in competition with each other more so than anything to do with TF. Ocean's Thirteen & The Bourne Ultimatum are also Part 3's of successful established franchises aimed at a 20-40 year old demographic, so there's no doubt that they will also do extremely well. May not be #1 for more than opening weekend, but they'll have the staying power to make them successes. Die Hard 4 will be a toss-up. For as many people that think another installment is overkill, it's still Die Hard, one of the most successful action franchises ever. People thought that a 6th Rocky movie would be completely ridiculous as well, but look what's happened, nothing but glowing praise across the board. The same could very well happen with DH4. Never underestimate Oprah worshipping middle-aged woman who still love to see their Bruce Willis', George Clooney's, Matt Damon's, Sly Stallone's, Brad Pitt's, Al Pacino's, etc. on the big screen. So out of just those upcoming summer films, I think it's a pretty safe bet that Fantastic Four 2 and Transformers will easily end up at the bottom of the totem pole. In fact, I think FF2 is about the only movie TF could beat at this point... but that's not really saying much. All the other films are powerhouses, whether it's because of their movie star draw or franchise draw. Transformers on the other hand: no noteable movie stars to be found outside of F-list wash-ups, TV flavors of the week & complete no-names, it's about giant robots, it's about a toy line that look nothing like the actual toys everyone remembers, it's a Michael Bay film which in itself is a downside when people remember things like The Island & Armageddon... and oh yeah, one more time, it's about a 20 year old TOY line. At this stage, the biggest thing TF has going for it is Speilberg's name attached as a producer, Dreamworks' & Paramount's names as studios and ILM's name as special FX. Then again, none of that really made a lick of difference for the success of War Of The Worlds... and that one starred Tom "Box Office" Cruise and had Spielberg directing. Regardless, whether you agree with my personal statements or not, it's still going to be an interesting summer to say the least. That said, I'll now let Mr. Bauer and whoever else take over to explain why in *fact* TF will be a monumental success, why any of us doubters are fully & completely wrong, so on and so forth.