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9/19 Thoughts: Not much movement. As always, keep an eye on the latest installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, as they do well here. “Real Steel” could slip up as a sudden possibility. I think “Paul” deserves a lot of love for its effects work (if, unfortunately, nothing else).

Good bets:
1. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
2. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”

Other possibilities:
3. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
4. “Hugo”
5. “The Tree of Life”
6. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
7. “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”
8. “Captain America: The First Avenger”
9. “Super 8”
10. “Real Steel”

Dark horses:
11. “Cowboys & Aliens”
12. “Green Lantern”
13. “Anonymous”
14. “X-Men: First Class”
15. “Thor”

The rest of the field:
“Battle: Los Angeles”
“Fast Five”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“The Green Hornet”
“Immortals”
“Jane Eyre”
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
“Mr. Popper’s Penguins”
“Paul”
“Red Riding Hood”
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”
“Sucker Punch”
“Take Shelter”
“The Three Musketeers”
“War Horse”