The battle lines are being drawn, and Marvel Studios, Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures are all counting on their superhero movie to be the mega-hit of 2012. We're still about a month and a half away from the start of the "cape movie" onslaught (starting with Marvel's The Avengers on May 4, USA), but it's not too early for some speculation on which flick is going to rule the box office this summer.
Here's our prediction on how the Big Three will do at the USA box office -
Seldom has a movie garnered as much fan interest as The Avengers and it will come very close to breaking The Dark Knight's record for superhero movie opening weeks. By every indication up to this point in time, there's no reason to believe that The Avengers will be anything but a huge success. It will make around $150 million in the first seven days, which would put it in second place behind The Dark Knight in terms of all-time first week ticket sales. By the time The Amazing Spider-Man opens on July 3, it will already top the $300 million mark. Based on how previous Marvel movies performed and the fact that this one features four iconic heroes, $450 to $500 million is a reasonable guess as to how much it will make overall. One final prediction - before the second weekend, Marvel will announce the opening date of The Avengers 2 (probably sometime in the summer of 2015).
So, now that you know our predictions for The "Year of the Superhero", what are yours? Do you think Batman will reign as king of the box office or is there any chance that Christopher Nolan and company could stumble in this final chapter of the Dark Knight trilogy?