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SciFi Power Ranking – June 30, 2008

So summer is officially upon us and blockbuster season is well and truly here. Wall-E has finally arrived in theaters, Wanted has proven to have the goods (though it’s not really scifi enough to include below), and all signs are that Hancock will be the summer’s first outright flop — a big budget spectacle that few are talking about, opening to mediocre reviews against two vastly superior films. Sorry, Will, you’ve got another Wild Wild West on your hands. If Hancock ends up bleeding cash will studio suits re-think director Peter Berg’s big budget adaptation of Dune? Time will tell …

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SciFi Power Rankings
Rank LW   Movie (or Comic, etc.)
1 2 WallE.jpg Wall-E
The marketing machine is well oiled, the kids are in a frenzy and the reviews are coming back strong. The Pixar streak continues unabated and with $63 million collected for the first weekend, this thing’s a hit.
2 Watchmen.jpg The Watchmen
Any film that can get people buzzing over the fact that it has begun the editing process has got to be on to something. It’s a legendary title, the fanboys are rabid, and Zack Snyder is already preparing to blame Warner Bros. if it tanks. Cue Alan Moore rant in 5, 4, 3, 2 …
3 –  Hellboy2.jpg Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Guillermo del Toro is the golden child of the geek set these days and early word is he’s cashed in his Pan’s Labyrinth success to make the Hellboy movie he wasn’t allowed to the first time out. This could be a true classic in the making.
4 –  DrHorrible.jpg Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog
Whedon. Musical. Brilliant. He’s got one indisputably classic series to his name, another one that should have been and now, he’s also got Neil Patrick Harris  in goggles. Singing. It’s a happy day.
5 x-files.jpg X Files: I Want To Believe
The “this movie is a bad idea” alarm keeps on sounding in my head, but I just can’t avert my eyes.  The new clips underwhelm but I just can’t keep myself from watching them. Perverse curiosity spreads across the ‘net and holds this one steady.
6 hulk-75.jpg The Incredible Hulk
Hey there, big green guy. Your 62% drop at the box office was enough to hit Marvel’s stock prices. Sure, you’re still making money, but not nearly enough to keep the suits happy… so down the list you go.
7 3 indianajonescrystal.jpg Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Okay, the three hundred million dollar prediction I made last week didn’t happen but despite the slowdown, Dr. Jones should still net about three quarters of a billion worldwide before he’s done — and you just can’t ignore that.
8 –  avengers.jpg Avengers
The Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Ant-Man are all part of the big screen superhero team up? Favreau says so and he should know.  Everybody’s so excited by the news that they’re neglecting to ask who the villain will be …
9 tenth-doctor-who-785475.jpg Doctor Who
Are you a gamblin’ man? ‘Cause lots of Brits are and they’re laying down bets on who will replace David Tennant when he leaves Doctor Who. The bookies are saying Robert Carlyle, unless of course the Beeb throws a bucket of money at the current Doc.
10 –  hostUSposter.jpg Untitled Host Sequel
Two sequels for Korean monster flick The Host?  Seems so, and apparently, one will be a Chinese film rather than Korean, which is just kind of weird. Insert head scratch here.
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