2010 Preview: Introduction
The 2010 box office is off to a blistering start, thanks mostly to 2009 holdover Avatar. Whether it will ultimately top 2009's record-breaking $10.6 billion gross remains to be seen, but Hollywood has some highly-anticipated releases lined up for the new year.

From the outset, 2010 looks like business as usual. There are sequels to 2009 releases (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part One), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), long-awaited sequels (Toy Story 3, Wall Street 2, Tron: Legacy) and many more in between (Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After). Remakes and adaptations abound, particularly those based on 1980s fare (Clash of the Titans, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The A-Team, The Karate Kid, Red Dawn), not to mention movies with tried-and-true formulas (Salt, Grown Ups, Knight & Day). What's not known, as always, are the sleepers—pictures like The Blind Side, The Hangover and Paul Blart: Mall Cop that can take the yearly box office to the next level.

To provide some early box office perspective on what's to come, Box Office Mojo has profiled many of 2010's anticipated releases (see the links below):

Winter/Spring (click titles for analysis):

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Valentine's Day

Shutter Island

Alice in Wonderland

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Clash of the Titans


A Nightmare on Elm Street

Summer (click titles for analysis):

Iron Man 2

Robin Hood

Shrek Forever After

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Sex and the City 2

The A-Team

The Karate Kid

Toy Story 3

Grown Ups

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Knight & Day

The Last Airbender



The Sorcerer's Apprentice


The Other Guys

The Expendables

Fall/Holiday (click titles for analysis):

The Social Network


Paranormal Activity 2

Due Date

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part One)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Tron: Legacy

Little Fockers

True Grit