Summer of sequels!

The major Hollywood studios are making big bets on some familiar names. With Spidey, Shrek, Jack Sparrow and Harry all on tap, could this be a record-breaking summer at the box office?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
July 13
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Warner Bros. (TWX)
So there's this boy wizard you may have heard of. And in case you haven't, it's going to be hard to make it through this summer without bumping into a mention of Harry Potter.

The fifth movie in the series based on the popular books by J.K. Rowling comes out in theaters just eight days before the final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" hits bookstores.

It's hard to imagine how the hype about the last book will do anything but help the box office potential for the movie. In addition, this movie brings back all the main actors from the first four Potter films, which have combined to gross $1.1 billion in the U.S.

"Harry Potter is Harry Potter. There is a specific audience that comes out each and every time, and with the seventh and final book coming out, that will add to the Potter mania in July and will help sell tickets," said BoxOfficeGuru's Pandya.

But it's worth noting that the only other time Warner Bros. released a Potter film in the summer instead of the fall, it wound up grossing the lowest amount of the four movies.

Still, the $249.5 million box office take for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Akzaban" is nothing to sneeze at. And Box Office Mojo's Gray predicts that Potter will wind up the biggest grossing film of the latter half of the summer.


Spider-Man 3

Shrek the Third

Pirates of the Caribbean

Knocked Up

Ocean's 13

Fantastic Four

Evan Almighty

Live Free or Die Hard

Ratatouille

Transformers

Harry Potter

Chuck and Larry

The Simpsons

The Bourne Ultimatum

Rush Hour 3
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