NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Twice a year, the motion picture industry rolls out its proverbial red carpet to entice moviegoers into theaters -- at the beginning of the summer and the start of the holiday season.
Though summer has just ended, the holiday season is fast approaching. Hollywood's ever-anxious movie distributors are ready. Looking ahead two months, Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros., 21st Century Fox's (FOXA) 20th Century Fox studio, Sony's (SNE) Columbia Pictures and the rest have lined up a slate of movies they hope will grab mass-market attention.
From animated movies like Big Hero 6 and The Penguins of Madagascar to the next installments in The Hobbit and The Hunger Games trilogies, there's enough variety hitting the theaters over the seven-week period through Christmas for all movie watchers -- or at least that's Hollywood's plan.
With the help of boxofficemojo.com, we've put together a list of 16 hot movies being released this holiday season.
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