Welcome back to another installment of Movie Power Rankings, where buzz means everything for Hollywood’s biggest films. You probably won’t be too surprised by this week’s top movie. Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is already approaching the $1 billion at the global box office, and is showing no signs of slowing down (although “Star Trek Into Darkness” may have something to say about that). Robert Downey Jr. is not only renegotiating his lucrative “Iron Man” contract, but is also reportedly helping his “Avengers” team mates get a healthy pay raise for the 2015 sequel. Will that mean more green for Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and more cash for Cap (Chris Evans)?
As for the rest of this week’s list…
May 16, 2013
1. “Iron Man 3” (Last week: No. 1)
It’s already the film to beat at the box office this summer, and we still have plenty more superheroes, car chases and giant robots to go.
2. “The Avengers 2” (Last week: No. 2)
The stars may be getting raises, but if it doesn’t work out, they can always join ABC’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.”
3. “The Great Gatsby” (Last week: Not ranked)
Baz Luhrmann’s 3D take on Fitzgerald danced its way to a strong second place debut at the box office. Only “Iron Man 3” could stop it.
4. “Gravity” (Last week: Not ranked)
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock head into outer space with “Children of Men” director Alfonso Cuaron, and the initial teaser is finally available on Earth.
5. “Man of Steel” (Last week: No. 4)
New images of the Superman reboot seem to be popping up everyday, and the latest is a new poster displaying the superhero in all his glory.
6. “A Million Ways to Die in the West” (Last week: Not ranked)
“Family Guy” and “Ted” mastermind Seth McFarlane’s western comedy has added another cowboy in Neil Patrick Harris, who will join McFarlane, Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson in the film. It’s slated to hit theaters May 30, 2014.
7. “The World’s End” (Last week: Not ranked)
There’s a teaser trailer for the latest collaboration between Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright. We’ll drink to that.
8. “Star Trek Into Darkness” (Last week: No. 5)
Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto said that they’re both down to do one more “Trek” film. Maybe “The World’s End” helmer Edgar Wright will direct. He appeared on the sequel’s set to guest-direct one of the film’s 2,120 shots. Think you’ll be able to pick it out?
9. “Star Wars: Episode VII” (Last week: Not ranked)
As for that other upcoming J.J. Abrams space saga, HitFix recently spoke with the director and he revealed that the upcoming trilogy will “be its own thing.”
10. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Last week: Not ranked)
The apes have arrived. It has begun…production. The sequel to the 2011 hit reboot “Rise of the Planet of the apes” will star Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Judi Greer, and Andy Serkis as Caesar.
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