Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2010
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (June 30)
For the first time, the franchise leaves behind the dark days of November for the summer sun. Even so, June isn’t soon enough for its searching fans (77% female). In the grand tradition of summer romance movies (albeit with bloody murders and vindictive vampires), “Eclipse” follows young heroine Bella (Kristen Stewart) torn between two loves…plus graduation’s coming up. Okay, so people already know that from the book. Here’s the real suspense: Can Team Edwardwin back fans from Team Jacob?
IRON MAN 2 (May 7)
It’s all about making new friends like Samuel Jackson and Scarlett Johansson(plus one old friend played by a different actor) in this sequel. The first mega-hit cemented Robert Downey Jr. as the comeback leading man, and the franchise now has a license to make money. The villain this time around is Whiplash, whomMickey Rourke plays with muscular mercilessness. (But begs the question: if the guy can make a power pack, can’t he fix his own teeth?). Mark this as this summer’s (PG-13) family movie, which pulls in lookups from all ages.
SEX AND THE CITY 2 (May 27)
Also referred to as “SATC,” the HBO series-turned-cinematic-powerhouse takes the four ladies on a road trip. Of course, a glam gal’s road trip ends up in a place like Abu Dhabi (actually “played” by Morocco). Old beaus make a return, even though Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) is a married lady. And is the pitter patter of little feet a possible storyline? Like “Twilight,” the demographics are heavily female, but tilted way more into the over-25 range.
KARATE KID (June 11)
In a cultural twist that should send film majors into dissection overdrive, Jaden Smith (spawn of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith) gets himself bullied in China. His rescuer and master is Jackie Chan. All this technically should’ve changed the title to “The Kung Fu Kid,” but Hollywood’s loath to mess with memories. Some old enough to remember the first are dubious, but then again Arnold from “Happy Days” was no martial artist. The Search age spread marks this as another family-friendly film, with a 55/45 (female:male) gender split.
TOY STORY 3 (June 18)
What to do when a boy heads to college and leaves all his toys behind? Pixar has become a time-honored summer tradition, and it returns to its OG. The crew, rather than wait to be given away, decide to strike out on their own and find new human playmates at a daycare. But, daycare these days can be a tougher than it looks. Special guest stars Barbie and Ken make an appearance.
Robin Hood (May 14)
Russell Crowe returns, if not to form, then to costume in yet another outing to Nottingham Forest. With Cate Blanchett as Lady Marion, this remake could atone for the Kevin Costner version (although it did give us Alan Rickman). Brian Helgeland, distinguished for winning a Razzie (“The Postman”) and Oscar (“L.A. Confidential”) in a single year, is the writer. There’s mild interest from teens on up, but the 45-plus crowd’s the most taken by this latest retelling.
PREDATORS (July 7)
No, the California governator didn’t start remaking his filmography and use the box office earnings to pare down the state deficit. (Tho, not a bad idea). Schwarzenegger’s nowhere to be seen in a surprisingly highbrow cast, which includes Oscar winner Adrien Brody and Laurence Fishburne. The “sequel,” produced by Richard Rodriguez, has a twist: Earthling mercenaries get hijacked and dumped in an extraterrestrial game preserve to be prey. Sounds like some lazy predators to us. Males conduct 8 out of 10 Web look-ups for this one.
THE A-TEAM (June 11)
Another television show with big-screen pretensions, this updated A-Team boasts a reasonably A-list crew with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel,Sharlto Copley (“District 9”) and even MMA fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Plot: A motley quartet of Special Forces soldiers, framed for a crime, aim to clear their name… which requires many explosive devices. Here’s a twist: Nostalgic ladies (primarily 35-64) make up more than two-thirds of the film’s online look-ups. Now what if someone could combine SATC with The A-Team…
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (April 30)
Is spring really the best time for nightmares? Jackie Earle Haley, who has creeped out to good effect in “Little Children,” “Watchmen,” and “Shutter Island,” will freak out the masses in this “contemporary re-imagining” of the 1984 horror film. Who’s ready for Freddy? Pretty much everyone 12 on up is staying up for him, with the sexes evenly divided.
THE LAST AIRBENDER (July 2)
Who knew an anime-inspired series could inspire so much trepidation? Concern No. 1: the director’s M. Night Shyamalan, who hasn’t made a successful film in years. Concern No. 2: casting controversy over a seemingly white-dominated cast. And we haven’t even gotten to all the tinkering with the “Airbender” mythology. Still, hopes run high especially among teens, who make up 27% of “Airbender” look-ups on the Web. The fantasy’s the most popular among ages 13-17 in our top 10.