KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When it comes to cinema, this summer looks very promising.
There are more than a handful of great flicks set to release, but there are also going to be a few duds along the way.
Here's a look at 13 of this summer's biggest blockbusters -- along with a few opening-weekend predictions.
Iron Man 3 (May 3)
This third installment picks up shortly after the events of The Avenger. In Iron Man 3, Tony Stark goes quest to save humanity against the evil villain, Manderin.
Opened at: $174.1 million
Star Trek Into Darkness (May 16)
This sequel to the 2009 smash hit is about the crew of the Starship Enterprise, who return home after an act of terrorism on their own soil. It's a spectacular J.J. Abrams film and is a must see in 3D.
Opening weekend prediction: $122.6 million
The Hangover Part III (May 23)
The Wolfpack is back for a third and final time. The Hangover Part III takes the gang back to Vegas to help Alan get through his own personal crisis. Look for this third film to bring a lot more laughs than The Hangover 2.
Opening weekend prediction: $97.8 million
Fast and Furious 6 (May 24)
Enough already! Fast and Furious 6 will not only be this summer's first overrated flick, but the over-the-top action falls flat. In Fast and Furious 6, Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) offers the crew full pardons if they travel to London and get back behind the wheel to take down a band of criminals.
Opening weekend prediction: $79 million
After Earth (May 31)
Finally, Will Smith returns to the big screen, and he's bringing along his son, Jaden Smith. After Earth is about a father and son who crash-land on the planet 1,000 years in the future. There's only one problem I see coming out of this action thriller -- it's directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Shyamalan used to be one of the A-list directors back in his prime, responsible for The Sixth Sense and Signs. But after a skid of bombs, his career plummeted. After Earth has to be out of this world. If not, Shyamalan's career in Hollywood is over!
Opening weekend prediction: $60.5 million
Man of Steel (June 14)
The latest Superman movie flies into cinemas this summer and will be the highest-grossing movie of the season. It has an outstanding cast with an incredible team behind it. Plus, with the name Christopher Nolan on it, it's bound to be incredible.
Opening weekend prediction: $153 million
Monsters University (June 21)
Mike Wazowski (John Goodman) and Sully (Billy Crystal) are back for a prequel to the 2001 film, Monsters, Inc. Monsters University takes audiences back to when the lovable characters were just two scared students, trying to make it in college.
Opening weekend prediction: $92.3 million
White House Down (June 28)
What's summer without a Channing Tatum film? White House Down is an action thriller from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich and The Amazing Spider-Man writer James Vanderbilt. It stars Tatum and Jamie Foxx -- the title pretty much sums up the story.
Opening weekend prediction: $58.5 million
The Lone Ranger (July 3)
Why must Johnny Depp do another awful-looking movie? Disney's The Lone Ranger will be one of the worst films of the summer. Think of it as John Carter, last year's box-office bomb that cost Disney $200 million in sales and led to the firing of studio head Rich Ross. Hopefully The Lone Ranger doesn't cost anyone their job -- but it will cost Armie Hammer his dignity.
Opening weekend prediction: $43.8 million
RED 2 (July 19)
An outstanding cast of actors are back to prove their age isn't slowing them down from doing high-octane action roles. It stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta Jones. RED 2 is an action-comedy about a group of elite operatives on a mission to track down a missing nuclear device.
Opening weekend prediction: $70.2 million
The Wolverine (July 26)
Hugh Jackman can't get away from his character Wolverine. But it's okay because we still love him. The Wolverine takes Logan to modern-day Japan, where he meets a mysterious figure from his past. This leads to an all-out brawl, that will have lasting consequences.
Opening weekend prediction: $97 million
Elysium (August 9)
Matt Damon and Jodie Foster unite in the sci-fi thriller Elysium. It's about a man who goes on a mission to bring equality to the polarized worlds in the year 2154. Directed by Neill Bloomkamp (District 9), look for this film to be one of the stronger movies of the summer.
Opening weekend prediction: $79 million
Kick-Ass 2 (August 16)
Why do a sequel to a movie that's not only bad, but has no heart? Kick-Ass 2 is about the high school hero, Kick-Ass, who joins a group of normal citizens to fight crime. The only reason this movie could surprise us all is because Jim Carrey is in it.
Opening weekend prediction: $46.8 million
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