It's hard out there for a summer movie not tied to a lucrative franchise. Some two dozen reboots, sequels, video-game adaptations and comic-book spectacles will hit theaters over the course of the next four months. It all begins this weekend -- a month and a half before the official start of summer -- when "Captain America: Civil War" inevitably knocks "The Jungle Book" off its box-office perch.
We'll soon find out whether there's another "Jurassic World"-sized behemoth on our hands. The 13 potential cash cows we've targeted merely scrape the surface. There are also new "X-Men," "Alice in Wonderland," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Ice Age" and "Star Trek" installments on the horizon -- not to mention "The Angry Birds Movie," "Warcraft," "The Legend of Tarzan" and, for some reason, a CGI-laden "Ben-Hur" redo. Next week we'll preview some under-the-radar titles whose noise and visual effects won't scorch your senses, but here is a handful of big-budget releases worth marking your calendar for.