Despite a few expensive flops scattered throughout the year, 2013′s total box office haul managed to narrowly beat 2012′s, thanks to big-budget franchise sequels like Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Despicable Me 2 – the latter of which also broke the record for home video sales. It was another year of comic book films and sequels grabbing the attention of moviegoing audiences and 2014 looks to follow the trend.
The Screen Rant editorial staff has perused through all of the films debuting in theaters in 2014 and narrowed down a list of 20 that we’re most anticipating. From familiar franchises, ambitious comic book projects and a few interesting adaptations – 2014 is looking to be another promising year for movie geeks.
Keep in mind, these are not films we necessarily expect to be the “best” – these are movies at the time of this publication (some don’t even have a trailer yet!) that we are most excited to see and cover on the site. They’re genre films we discuss and analyze most on Screen Rant and ones we hope to enjoy along with our readers and podcast listeners. Let’s begin our countdown of the 20 movies we’re anticipating most in 2014.
- Most Anticipated Movies of 2014 (16-20)
- Most Anticipated Movies of 2014 (11-15)
- Most Anticipated Movies of 2014 (6-10)
- Most Anticipated Movies of 2014 (1-5)
- Most Anticipated Movies of 2014 (Honorable Mentions)
Release Date: December 17, 2014
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage
After continued mixed reviews and a drop at the box office with 2013′s The Desolation of Smaug, Peter Jackson needs to knock it out of the park with the trilogy-closing third installment in the drawn-out adaptation of The Hobbit. With the return of the incredibly animated and voiced Smaug and an epic war about to be had, we are excited to see how The Hobbit leads into The Fellowship of The Ring and hope it can make up for the lower points of its predecessors.
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Director: Doug Liman
Cast: Bill Paxton, Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise
Matt Damon powered up in a powered exoskeleton combat suit in 2013 with Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium - and in 2014, Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt will do the same in a war against alien invaders (and time). The footage at Comic-Con and the film’s cast make Edge of Tomorrow an interesting sci-fi followup, albeit an unrelated one, to 2013′s Oblivion - which we dug here at Screen Rant.
Release Date: August 15, 2014
Director: Patrick Hughes
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Harrison Ford, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes
While The Expendables 2 left much to be desired, seeing even more action stars sign up for the three-quel with a new director at the helm has us excited at the potential for improved action, and more plain ol ’80s action fun.
Release Date: April 18, 2014
Director: Wally Pfister
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall
With a cast of elite talent, Hollywood A-List cinematographer Wally Pfister – a regular on Christopher Nolan’s works – makes his directorial debut with Transcendence – a story about a dying scientist (Depp) who manages to put his mind into a computer to become all-powerful.
Release Date: January 17, 2014
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Costner
One of author Tom Clancy’s most beloved characters (Jack Ryan) returns to the big screen in this franchise reboot. Chris Pine (Star Trek) takes over the role previously occupied by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck in what Paramount hopes to be the beginning of a large franchise, continuing forward with Kevin Costner’s character William Harper (who, assuming that things work out, will appear in the spinoff Without Remorse by Christopher McQuarrie).
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