Memorial Day the official start of summer movie blockbuster season

UNDATED (CNN) -- The summer box office kicks off in earnest this holiday weekend. Here's a sneak peak at Hollywood's offerings, and there's a little something for everyone.

Tis the season of big screen action, high voltage star-power, and multi-million dollar budgets; it's summer movie season! Memorial Day to Labor Day is the unofficial period when Hollywood goes for broke, spending big bucks to make blockbuster gold.

Taking a huge bite out of the summer box office, movie after movie, year after year is Will Smith and he wants to do it again with "After Earth." The sci-fi adventure co-stars the would-be heir apparent to the summer throne, Smith's son, Jaden.

Fellow A-listers taking center stage are Matt Damon and Jodie Foster in "Elysium," Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum in "White House Down," Ryan Reynolds as "Turbo," and Brad Pitt's zombie apocalypse, "World War Z."

The "Man of Steel" and "The Lone Ranger" each get a re-boot, and a buffet of summer sequels awaits, including "Monsters University," "Smurfs 2," "Despicable Me 2," "Grown Ups 2," and Hollywood nice guy, Hugh Jackman as "The Wolverine."

And finally, if raunchy humor gives you the giggles, Seth Rogen makes his directorial debut with "This Is The End." In fact, R-rated comedies rule all summer long like "The Hangover Part III," "The Internship," "We're The Millers" and the undeniably feminine cop flick, "The Heat."


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