WRITTEN BY JOHN MORREALE

Each year audiences around the globe expect the summer blockbuster films — whether they be comedy or action — to be worth their ticket price. This summer is packed with new movies that will keep us busy until September.

The summer box office games begin on May 7th with a bang; the highly anticipated Iron Man 2 starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark and Mickey Rourke as the villain, Whiplash, will hopefully prove to be just as successful as the first.
Starting a week before Memorial Day weekend, on May 21st, Shrek Forever After opens worldwide and once again stars Mike Meyers and Eddie Murphy, but this time they have a new fairy tale fiend to worry about: Rumpelstiltskin!

Opening the same day is perhaps the best skit-based Saturday Night Live film since the Wayne’s World franchise. Titled MacGruber, the film stars SNL cast member, Will Forte, Val Kilmer, and a bunch of WWE wrestlers in a MacGuyver-esque spoof.

Save May 27th open for the Sex and the City sequel. This time, the girls venture out of the country to the Middle East, of all places.

However, the girls have some competition by the action flick based on a videogame, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which is being produced by Walt Disney Studios opening May 28th.

The month of June may be just as big as May when not one, but SIX epic films debut!

The classic comic strip dog, Marmaduke makes his feature film debut alongside Jeremy Piven and Amanda Seyfried on June 4th.

Two remakes of 80s favorites will go head-to-head in June, The A-Team and The Karate Kid will hit the big screen on June 11th.

Perhaps the long awaited Toy Story 3 will make a ‘small’ but big splash worldwide as Tom Hanks and Tim Allen return to voice Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively, on June 18th. Little Andy is all grown up and going off to college, while the toys worry about their future owner.

June 30th will cause girls of all ages to wail as Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart return in the third installment of the popular Twilight franchise, Eclipse.

Perhaps it will make more money than any other movies this summer, or will Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan’s brainchild, Inception be the sleeper hit when it comes out on July 16th?

Sylvester Stallone proves that he’s still got it when he directed and produced a film paying homage to 1980s and 1990s bad-ass action movies entitled The Expendables. The film has an all star cast including Dolph Lundgren and Jet Li and opens August 13th. Many fans believe this will be the hit of the year because pretty much every action movie star EVER is involved with this film.

Closing out the summer hits on September 24th is the follow-up to Oliver Stones 1987 classic Wall Street with Michael Douglas reprising his role as Gordon Gekko, while Shia LeBeouf adds a fresh face, with a cameo appearance by Charlie Sheen.

Crowds everywhere are anxious to watch a lot of these silver screen hit hopefuls, and if you find yourself with nothing to do one day, now you have a list of movies to get an admission ticket for.

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