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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?

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
June 15
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
20th Century Fox (NWS)
Here's another candidate for the unncessary sequel award.

The first "Fantastic Four" movie, yet another film based on a popular Marvel comic book franchise, was a moderate hit in 2004, grossing $154.7 million for Fox in 2005.

But the hype around "Fantastic Four" pales in comparison to the expectations for the other big Marvel adaptation of the summer, "Spider-Man 3."

Don't get me wrong. It's always nice to see Jessica Alba grace the silver screen. And Michael Chikllis doing his whole "Clobbering Time" shtick as Ben Grimm/The Thing is pretty cool. But in a summer of eagerly anticipated sequels, this one is not high up on the list.

"I don't think there was a huge clamoring for a 'Fantastic Four' sequel. It might not do as well the first," said Exhibitor Relations' Bock. He adds that the company could face tough competition from "Nancy Drew," the movie based on the popular series of books about the girl detective.

Spider-Man 3

Shrek the Third

Pirates of the Caribbean

Knocked Up

Ocean's 13

Fantastic Four

Evan Almighty

Live Free or Die Hard



Harry Potter

Chuck and Larry

The Simpsons

The Bourne Ultimatum

Rush Hour 3
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