Summer movies heat up the big screen

Another summer movie season arrives packed with superheroes, sequels and prequels. Sci-fi, action, animation and comedies are in the mix, too. But which films will heat up the box office? Here are Red’s picks for potential box office hits, listed by category with their opening dates.

SUPERHEROES

May 23

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST — The X-Men fight a war for the survival of the species across two time periods. Characters from the original “X-Men” trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class” in an epic battle that must change the past in order to save the future. x-menmovies.com

June 27

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION — Director Michael Bay’s fourth “Transformers” film features Mark Wahlberg as an automobile mechanic who, with his daughter, Nicola Peltz, makes a discovery that brings the Autobots and Decepticons into their lives. transformersmovie.com

Aug. 1

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY — The latest Marvel Comics-based action-adventure film centers upon Peter Quill, an adventurer who steals a mysterious and powerful orb. Having become the target of an epic hunt, he seeks the help of four misfits: Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the dangerous and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. The massive cast include Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan. marvel.com/movies

COMEDIES

May 23

BLENDED — Following “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates,” Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore appear in their third romantic comedy together. After a horrible first date, Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) agree that they should never see each other again. But then they both win the same family vacation package and end up sharing a suite at an African safari resort. blendedmovie.com

June 13

22 JUMP STREET — Having twice worked as undercover cops in high schools, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) go to college. But their friendship is challenged when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team and Schmidt joins the bohemian art major scene. jumpstreetmovie.com

June 20

THINK LIKE A MAN TOO — The couples previously seen in “Think Like a Man” return to Las Vegas for a wedding. Plans for a romantic weekend go off track when a series of misadventures land the couples in compromising positions. The cast includes Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Jenifer Lewis, Gabrielle Union and Kevin Hart. movies.yahoo.com/movie/think-like-a-man-too/

July 2

TAMMY — Melissa McCarthy leads this comedy about a young woman whose bad luck includes losing her job and catching her husband in close company with their neighbor. Susan Sarandon co-stars as Tammy’s grandmother and last resort. Allison Janney and Dan Aykroyd co-star. tammymovie.warnerbros.com

ANIMATION

June 13

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 — Vikings and their dragons, now fully integrated and happy together, return in this sequel to the 2010 animated hit. The voice talent includes Jay Baruchel (as the Viking chief’s son), Gerard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill. howtotrainyourdragon.com

July 11

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE — This animated comedy-adventure about second chances features a crew of elite firefighting aircraft who are devoted to protecting the historic Piston Peak National Park from destruction. Voice talent includes Dane Cook, Ed Harris and Wes Studi. movies.disney.com/planes-fire-and-rescue

SCI-FI

May 16

GODZILLA — Godzilla returns in an epic action-adventure about human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature. The film’s human cast includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”) and Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”). godzillamovie.com/#

June 6

EDGE OF TOMORROW — Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt co-star in a sci-fi thriller set in a not-so-distant future when aliens have attacked the Earth with seemingly unbeatable power. Cruise’s character, Maj. William Cage, is killed in a suicide mission but, inexplicably, is hurled into a time loop in which he fights the same battle again and again. edgeoftomorrowmovie.com

July 11

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES — A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors. In this New Orleans-shot project, apes and humans make a peace agreement that doesn’t last, which means war may decide whether apes or humans will dominate the Earth. dawnofapes.com

July 18

JUPITER ASCENDING — Mila Kunis plays a young Chicago woman who, despite her dead-end job, is destined for greatness. Channing Tatum co-stars in this sci-fi adventure as a genetically engineered ex-military man who returns to Earth to tell Kunis that her genetic signature identifies her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance. jupiterascending.com

DRAMA

June 6

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS — Teenagers Hazel and Gus are cancer survivors who share irreverent wit and a growing love for each other. Together they take a touching, unexpected journey. Based on the bestselling novel by John Green, the film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Laura Dern. thefaultinourstarsmovie.com

Aug. 15

WHAT IF — Medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) feels repeatedly burned by bad relationships. While everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver), finds the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. But then he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan), an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). whatifmovie.com

ACTION-ADVENTURE

May 30

MALEFICENT — “Maleficent” devises a back story for the villainess in “Sleeping Beauty.” Maleficent (Angelina Jolie), driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the land over which she presides, puts a curse on the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora (Elle Fanning) is caught between the conflict between the forest kingdom she’s grown to love and the human kingdom that is her birthright. disney.com/maleficent

Aug. 15

THE EXPENDABLES 3 — Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham and the rest of the team come face-to-face with a former member of their group who turned bad. Mel Gibson co-stars as the arms trader Stallone had thought he’d killed years ago. lionsgate.com/movies/expendables3/