No matter what way you slice it, aside from “Identity Thief” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, 2013 has been a terrible year so far for film. I’m not just talking about the quality of the movies. Arnold, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson all opened action films. “A Good Day to Die Hard” is doing the best and it’s trailing “Live Free or Die Hard” by a significant margin. Even “Safe Haven”, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation couldn’t match some of the recent hits based on his novel. But March should have a number of blockbusters right?

We’ve got horror with “The Last Exorcism Part II”, special effects fueled tent poles in “Jack the Giant Slayer”, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “The Croods”. Gerard Butler joins the action movie game this year with “Olympus Has Fallen” and then there’s “The Host” and “Oz The Great and Powerful”. There’s also more coming out as well. March has seen some huge blockbusters, most notably “Alice in Wonderland” and “300”. But don’t expect any of March’s films to reach those levels.

“The Last Exorcism” will be a success, but only because it doesn’t come with a huge budget. “Jack the Giant Slayer” from Bryan Singer is in big trouble. So far, audience reaction to the trailers have been luke warm at best. It lacks the star power and the known quantity at director to really draw people in. This one may open decently, but will fade fast. “Oz” should open big. But “Alice in Wonderland” big? It’s tough to tell. It is set in the Oz universe, which is beloved by many. But James Franco’s performance in the trailer seems awfully dreadful. And since leaving “Spider-Man”, Sam Raimi hasn’t had a big hit. But this could be the one film to be a bona fide blockbuster by the time March is over.

“Olympus Has Fallen” looks like Die Hard with Butler. And when’s the last time Butler’s made a good movie? This has bomb written all over it. “The Host” is going to struggle much like “Beautiful Creatures” did. There just hasn’t been another book like ‘Twilight” that attracted the young female crowd in droves.

“The Call” with Halle Berry will have limited appeal. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” could do well since people may be looking for another all-star high concept comedy. And “The Croods” being the first big family release in a while, should draw in the family crowd in decent numbers. G.I. Joe will open decently, but well below the original. I mean how many people really wanted a sequel? Think about it.

March has become a time when a blockbuster can be released other than the summer and Christmas period. But with so many films coming out and the levels of quality not exactly looking like it’s top notch, be prepared for a lot of disappointments.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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