Hollywood has proven one thing: When in doubt, go back to the source. Studios are churning out sequels, remakes, and reboots in record numbers every year.
2013 will see over 30 such movies and many are sure to top the year-end box office standings. Here are the franchise films you have to look forward to for the rest of the year.
The final Hangover film moves to Tijuana and features more Jeong and the return of some of the original cast members.
Producer Christopher Nolan paved the way for superhero flicks grounded in reality with his Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel was made in that image. Hopes are high.
The sixth instalment in the X-Men series follows the Chris Claremont, Frank Miller Wolverine storyline that finds Logan in Japan battling ninjas while trying to win back his love.
Release date: October 4
Directed by: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, Jamie Chung, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Meloni, Eva Green
Another episodic plot follows Brolin, Rourke, Alba, and Gordon-Levitt in separate, but related, stories.
Release date: November 8
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Idris Elba, Chris O'Dowd, Kat Dennings
Set a year after The Avengers, Thor must battle an enemy older than the universe and as powerful as anything he's ever faced.
Release date: November 22
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Sam Claflin, Donald Sutherland
Katniss and Peeta's victory has sparked rebellion amongst the districts and they learn they must compete in another Hunger Games, called The Quarter Quell.
Release date: December 13
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, Lee Pace
Bilbo and the dwarves continue their journey out of the Misty Mountains and into the dragon's lair to get their gold.
Release date: December 20
Directed by: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Harrison Ford, John C. Reilly, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden
Details are sparse but it looks like Ron now has a son, the story is set in New York, and Wiig will play Brick's (Carell) love interest.
A passion project for Stiller who must love the 1947 original to remake it now. He plays a day dreamer who embarks on a real adventure.
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