HOLLYWOOD—The year 2011 isn’t over yet, but the sleuth of trailers and teasers being released for movies in the year 2012 has many movie enthusiasts counting the days until the release of some of the most anticipated films of next year.
Next year we’ll see two different versions of Snow White; one starring Academy Award winner Julia Roberts “Snow White 3D” and the other starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron in “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Spider-Man returns to the screen after a five-year hiatus in “The Amazing Spider-Man” starring Andrew Garfield; there’s also the comic book overload with “The Avengers.” And Will Smith returns to the big screen in “Men In Black 3.” But these are not the most anticipated movies of 2012.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II,” “Prometheus,” “The Hunger Games,” “The Hobbit” and “The Dark Knight Rises” are perhaps the top five films of 2012. They all have a cult following and are expected to take a huge chunk out of the box office. It’s no secret that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” is a box office phenomenon grossing more than $168 million opening weekend, but I’d argue two of the five films listed have a large chance of breaking that record again.
There has always been a back and forth debate over which franchise has a bigger fan base, “Twilight” or “Harry Potter.” That question won’t officially be answered until the final chapter “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II” arrives in theaters on November 16, 2012. It’s the wedding that will change everything, the birth of a vampire baby and the ultimate battle between vampires, werewolves and humans will culminate. The books are a worldwide success, but the movies are becoming just as big and drawing more fans.
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