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The top 10 summer movies that are taking aim at ‘Avengers’

The tremendous response to “Avengers: Endgame” — which not only set opening-weekend box office records but now has claimed the title of the “most-tweeted-about movie ever” — set the bar pretty high for the slate of summer movies. But that doesn’t mean that the rest of Hollywood is giving up without a fight — be it involving superpowers (Spider-Man), superstars (Elton John) or super hits (“Toy Story”). Here are the movies that will be jockeying for superiority in the next few weeks (release dates are subject to change).

‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Lion King’

On the heels of the remake of “Dumbo” in March, Disney is revisiting two more of its classic animated films. First up is a live-action version of “Aladdin” with Will Smith playing the genie (if anyone could replace the effervescent Robin Williams, he’s the one). Later this summer we’ll get a reboot of “The Lion King” in what’s being described as “photorealism,” a souped-up version of computer-generated images that supposedly resemble photographs. From what we’ve seen of them so far, they are, indeed, impressive. “Aladdin” opens Friday, “The Lion King” on July 19.


The four Oscars won by the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” haven’t even had a chance to start gathering dust yet, but here comes another splashy, toe-tapping biography about a musical icon. In this case, it’s Sir Elton John. Among the similarities between the two movies is director Dexter Fletcher, who was hired to wrap up “Rhapsody” after Bryan Singer was fired. British TV star Taron Egerton, who does his own singing in the movie, got John’s seal of approval to the point that the two of them have performed together. May 31.

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