2010 Box office preview: This year's highly anticipated movies

Alice in Wonderland – March 5th

Tim Burton adds his own twist to the Disney classic Alice in Wonderland. In this story Alice (Mia Wosikowska) falls back into the hole she visited as a child to complete her true quest — to stop the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and help out her friends in Wonderland. Johnny Depp stars as The Mad Hatter in his seventh collaboration with Burton.

Iron Man 2 – May 7th

Iron Man 2 continues the story of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), a billionaire inventor who created the Iron Man suit to help fight evil in the world. Stark faces pressure from the government, press and public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to give up his inventions, he forges an alliance with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) to help the world against powerful new enemies.

Twilight Saga: Eclipse – June 30th

This movie is a sure sell-out in theaters as it continues telling the story of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and her conflict of choosing her true love for Edward (Robert Pattinson) or Jacob (Taylor Lautner). She also has to deal with a female vampire Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) who wants revenge on Edward for killing her boyfriend.  

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 – Nov. 19th

As Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) power continues to grow, he now controls the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) decide to follow through and finish Dumbledore’s original plan by finding the rest of the horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. There is little hope for the three as they embark on a journey more extreme than in any other Harry Potter movie. 

by Chris Roche