Impressive List of the Public's Most Anticipated Movies
by Alex Billington
October 11, 2007
If you are a moviegoer at all then you know there are two main websites to buy your movie tickets: Fandango.com and MovieTickets.com. Well the latter held a survey on their site recently and polled the general public on which movies they're looking forward to the most. The results are in and they're quite impressive and possibly a bit shocking. Before you jump ahead and see the full list, take a guess - out of all movies between now and the end of 2008, what do you think is the most anticipated movie?
If you guessed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, then congrats on a good guess! The poll was held from August to September this year and each respondent purchased at least one ticket during that time. Here are the results:
1 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (May 22, 2008)
2 - The Dark Knight (Jul 18, 2008)
3 - National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Dec 21, 2007)
4 - American Gangster (Nov 2, 2007)
5 - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (May 16, 2008)
6 - Iron Man (May 2, 2008)
7 - I Am Legend (Dec 14, 2007)
8 - Get Smart (Jun 20, 2008)
9 - The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Aug 1, 2008)
10 - Charlie Wilson's War (Dec 25, 2007)
11 - Hancock (Jul 2, 2008)
12 - Beowulf (Nov 16, 2007)
13 - The Golden Compass (Dec 7, 2007)
14 - Mamma Mia! (Jul 18, 2008)
15 - The Incredible Hulk (Jun 13, 2008)
16 - Speed Racer (May 9, 2008)
17 - Step Brothers (Jul 25, 2008)
18 - Bee Movie (Nov 2, 2007)
19 - Mr. Magnorium's Wonder Emporium (Nov 16, 2007)
20 - Starship Dave (May 30)
There are a number of very intriguing observations to be made from this list. First and foremost is that out of all the good movies that are coming up between now and December, the first two on the list (Indiana Jones 4 and The Dark Knight) are both set for release in the summer of 2008. I would think that movies that are coming up in one to two months would have built up the buzz more by now than those two movies which don't even have trailers!!
Next, I'm amazed at how high up on the list National Treasure: Book of Secrets and American Gangster are compared to I Am Legend, Beowulf, The Golden Compass, or Bee Movie, all coming out in November and December as well. I certainly would not have thought they would have more anticipation compared to the others.
I'm completely baffled by how Charlie Wilson's War, Step Brothers, and Starship Dave are even on the list at all! None of them have a poster, a trailer, or even a single production photo out yet! Their anticipation comes entirely from the cast and the plot description and I'm amazed to think that the general public actually follows films that closely.
Overall this is one of the most revealing and interesting lists I've seen in a while. There is so much that I wasn't expecting and is quite eye-opening. I'll definitely keep a tab on all of these and always make sure to cover the latest news, all the hype, and everything else related to these 20 most anticipated movies.
We want to hear what you think! Do you fully agree with the list? Is there a movie that's missing? Is there one that you're looking forward to more than another?
Reader Feedback - 18 Comments
Surprised that Cloverfield movie didn't come up.
CDZ on Oct 11, 2007
Cloverfield built some quick hype, but J.J. and company didn't do much to keep the hype machine buzzing.
Mark on Oct 11, 2007
You must also realize that there are a lot of idiots out there and that some people go to see movies for different reasons. Some follow actors...Like Will Smith in the bastardization of I Am Legend.
Heckle on Oct 11, 2007
I love how some people condemn a movie before it's ever even out. Gotta love it. I am surprised at a a lot on this list. I am really disappointed that people are encouraging a sequel to "National Treasure", one of the more annoying movie experiences I have had in awhile, so much. My list would look a lot different, I get more excited about independent films and such. I guess the "Donnie Darko" cult following didn't get a chance to put "Southland Tales" up there. Or perhaps not many have even heard of it. They better get to promotin'.
Nate on Oct 11, 2007
I'm surprised that Speed Racer was on the list. Low on the list but on the list. When I mention it most people are shocked that a studio would make that into a movie. I love the show and I can't wait for the movie.
Samantha on Oct 11, 2007
National Treasure? The Mummy? Hancock? Once again, I question the judgment of the American public.
Great White Snark on Oct 11, 2007
I don't see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, even though I think everyone will be probably seeing it.
Sam on Oct 12, 2007
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium? Charlie Wilson's War, Hancock and Starship Dave? These are movies that won't make anything near 80 million! There's no way 'Magorium' will make half of Enchanted. Sure American Gangster has some favorite actors but it looks thin. You're not gonna tell me that "Lions for Lambs" is #21 are you?
Micah Ingram on Oct 12, 2007
National Treasure, Narnia, The Mummy 3??? Give me a fuckin' break! I'm looking forward to: 1 American Gangster 2 Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 3 Righteous Kill 4 Rambo To Hell and Back (aka John Rambo) 5 I Am Legend Grtz from Belgium
Kenneth on Oct 12, 2007
Several of those look really good, but there are a few that I have no desire to see. Bee Movie? And I don't even know what Mama Mia, Hancock, and Step Brothers are. My list is chronological order is: Michael Clayton 30 Days of Night Gone Baby Gone No Country for Old Men (!!!) Be Kind Rewind Iron Man Indiana Jones 4 The Incredible Hulk The Dark Knight
Ty Myrick on Oct 12, 2007
My most anticipated movies are out of the list, The Dark Knight I am Legend Indiana Jones 4 Other than that the other movies I will watch but I dont really eargerly await them.
Nalindra on Oct 12, 2007
Glad to see American Gangster ranked so well, and I don't know what Micah's smoking, but no way in hell does AG look "thin". I also would not underestimate Charlie Wilson's War. Tom Hanks is a strong box-office draw and (with the exception of the DaVinci Code and a few other movies) a reliably good actor. Plus, it's based on a best-selling book and takes a delightfully satirical take on how the US funded the Afghan rebels against the Soviets in the '80s. The trailer (which came out on the 12th) met with a good reception on movie forums, and there HAVE been production photos, Alex. You just need to know where to look. I'm not at all surprised that Indiana Jones and The Dark Knight rate so highly. TDK's viral marketing campaign, teaser, and the promise of a trailer/prologue with the release of I Am Legend clearly have people excited. As for Indiana Jones, if I need to explain this one to you, then maybe you should steer clear from covering movies.
Elessar on Oct 30, 2007
No Rambo???? this film will kick the year off in good fashion not sure about some of these films but my top 5 are rambo dark knight Iron man Indie jones 4 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Darren Cage on Nov 4, 2007
i say: cloverfield the new rambo iron man harold and kumar 2 indiana jones 4 i am legend the incredible hulk i also heard about a justice league movie probly be worth to see seven superheroes at once on screen.
volpe on Dec 13, 2007
Eddie Murphy in STARSHIP DAVE is probably a winner based on recent Dreamgirls performance and good writers for DAVE
Jonathan on Dec 14, 2007
For me: the chronicles of narnia prince caspian wall e dark knight indiana jones 4 harry potter 6
lucy p on Dec 25, 2007
Thier is another great list of the most anticipated movies of 2008 it allows you to filter by genre, actor, or whatever. It combines a bunch of users lists and is pretty cool. http://seekler.com/lists/Anticipated+Movies+of+2008 my personal list is as follows 1. The Dark Knight 2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 3. Speed Racer 4. Hellboy 2 5. Bond 22
dan on Jan 6, 2008
My personal list is: 1. The Dark Knight 2. Step Brothers (watching it while taking party pills (http://legal-drug.com) is just great) 3. Walle 5. Harry Potter 6
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