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SUMMERTIME BLOCKBUSTING

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Sept. 13, 2013

The results of the summer's box office take have been posted, even though summer's not officially over for another week (Sept. 21).

But then again Hollywood always sets its hourglass ahead, beginning the "summer season" more than a month early (late April or Early May) and ending as kids go back to school (the last weeks of August).

In fact, the big studios are already getting ready to compete for the future, announcing dates for the "Avengers" sequel, subtitled "Age of Ultron"; "Star Wars: Episode VII"; the "Finding Nemo" sequel, "Finding Dory"; "Batman vs. Superman"; and something called "Peregrine's Home for Peculiars."

But not in 2014, oh no. Those films are scheduled on specific dates for summer 2015!

Anyway, back to the North American box-office tallies for this year (2013, right?). "Iron Man 3" has the lead as the year's biggest moneymaker ($409 million), although "Despicable Me 2" is surprisingly close ($358 million), and could conceivably close the gap and make it a real horserace.

No. 3 is "Man of Steel," followed by "Monsters University," "Fast & Furious 6," "Oz the Great and Powerful," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "World War Z," "The Croods" and "The Heat." Two of those, "Oz" and "Croods," opened in March, but the rest are summer movies.

Eleven through 20 are "The Great Gatsby," "The Conjuring," "Identity Thief," "Grown Ups 2," "The Wolverine," "We're the Millers," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "Now You See Me," "The Hangover, Part III" and "Epic." Only "Identity Thief" and "G.I. Joe" are pre-summer flicks.

It's interesting to note that, despite gloom-and-doom predictions by internet prognosticators, the top 21 movies for the year so far have all earned more than $100 million, which is a benchmark of sorts — and when you factor in foreign box office, which is getting bigger every year — it's apparent that the doomsayers are way off the mark.

Movies are here to stay and the future is bright. Whether any of those future flicks will be good, well that's another blog.