Top ten spring blockbusters: superheroes, myths and aliens
The upcoming spring line-up of films is as power-packed as a summer box office with superheroes in The Avengers, Gods in Wrath of the Titans, Fairy tales, Pirates, Vampires, and Aliens in John Carter, Men In Black III, Battleship and Prometheus, as well as the much-anticipated The Hunger Games and the reissue of the second biggest film of all-time, The Titanic, now in 3D.
John Carter in 3D
Release dates: March 7-9 internationally and Japan on April 13.
Based on the classic series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the story follows a former war captain who is mysteriously transported to Mars, becoming involved in an epic battle. The film of dazzling visual effects with 12-foot aliens and giant monsters is directed by Oscar winner Andrew Stanton (WALL-E). Starring Taylor Kitsch (X-Men: Wolverine), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man 3) and Mark Strong (Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy). http://disney.go.com/johncarter
The Hunger Games
Release date: March 21-23 worldwide.
What aims to be the new Twilight Saga, this highly anticipated dystopian tale of teens fighting for survival as a live televised spectator sport is based on a popular young adult novel series by Suzanne Collins. The sci-fi action story stars Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: First Class), Josh Hutcherson (Journey 2) and Liam Hemsworth.
Wrath of the Titans in 3D
Release dates: March 18 in Australia, March 22 in Russia and March 30 internationally.
Set amidst the Greek myths, this sequel to the epic hit of 2010, Clash of the Titans, finds Sam Worthington reprising his role as Perseus, along with Ralph Fiennes as Hades and Liam Neeson as Zeus, on another quest against the unleashed Titans in the underworld.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits in 3D
Release dates: March 28-30 in the UK, France and European markets, followed by Australia, North America, Russia and India in April.
From the creators of Wallace and Gromit's stop-motion clay animation, Ardman Studios. The Pirate Captain, voiced by Hugh Grant, sets out on a mission to win the Pirate of the Year Award over his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz. Also stars Salma Hayek (Puss In Boots), David Tennant (Dr. Who) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit).
Release dates: April 25-27 in France, the UK and other markets, May 1-4 internationally.
Marvel's superhero team, The Avengers, bands together to save the world from the villain Loki and his extraterrestrial invaders.
Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo as The Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and Samuel L. Jackson as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Release dates: debuts May 8 in France, then rolls out worldwide through May 11
Tim Burton's gothic horror tale stars an all-star cast with Johnny Depp, Helena Bonh.am Carter, Chloe Grace Moretz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Lee and rocker Alice Cooper in a redo of the American television soap opera from the 1960s about the lives of vampires, monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts.Battleship
Release dates: April 11-12 in France, the UK and Europe, April 18-19 in Australia, Russia and other countries, May 18 in North America.
This action sci-fi thriller follows a fleet of ships forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. Starring Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) and Alexander Skarsgard, and director by Peter Berg (Hancock).
MIB 3 (Men in Black 3) in 3D
Release dates: debuts worldwide May 23-25.
Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith return as Agents K and J in the threequel of this sci-fi comedy.
It's been a decade since the last installment. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and costarring Josh Brolin (True Grit) as a young K and Emma Thompson as O.
Prometheus in 3D
Release dates: May 30-June 1 in the UK, France and other markets, rolls out June 7-9 worldwide.
Starring Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce as a team of explorers who must fight an epic battle to save the earth.
Originally a prequel to Alien, Ridley Scott's latest sci-fi horror thriller, circa 2090, travels to the darkest part of the universe.
Snow White and the Huntsman
Release dates: May 31-June 1 in Russia, the UK and European markets, North America, Brazil and countries in South America, then rolling out in Australia, France and more in June and July.
Twilight Saga's Kristen Stewart stars as Snow White, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as the Huntsman and Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen.
This version of the Grimm fairy tale is an action drama with the hunted and hunter joining forces. Not to be confused with the March release Mirror Mirror, a fantasy comedy with Julia Roberts and Lily Collins.