This is the season of big action films, bigger sequels, and just maybe one of Hollywood's biggest summertime gambles ever.
"It has the potential to be one of the most successful summers that Hollywood has ever had, Ansen told CBS News correspondent Jerry Bowen. "And it has the potential to be one of the most disastrous. It's a big role of the dice. If one or two of these huge sequels fails, they're gonna be sweating bullets."
"Spider-Man 3" kicked off the summer season this weekend with soaring expectations after the first two superhero epics each grossed $800 million worldwide.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" is also rumored to cost $300 million. The last "Pirates" took in a swashbuckling $1 billion in global ticket sales and it was critically panned. So what of No. 3?
Matt Damon returns as amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne in "The Bourne Ultimatum."
There's a new film of that wizard-in-training, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." The first four films brought in $3.5 billion and the final book comes out a week after film No. 5 debuts. There is also a new "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer", based on Marvel's comic book characters.
"Transformers" is based on the children's toy, which is now a gigantic menace to world survival.
"Rescue Dawn" is based on the true story of a prisoner of war shot down over Laos.
"It's quite exciting," Ansen said. "It's an incredible sort of escape story. It's a very strong movie. I do recommend it."
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