Top 20 Movies Anticipated By Rabid Movie Fans

Published 8 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:47 pm,

movie theater Top 20 Movies Anticipated By Rabid Movie FansThere’s a new list out (don’t we all just love lists?) of the 20 most anticipated movies coming out in the next 12 months. polled 2,000 active moviegoers to determine what movies they were most looking forward to. What’s an “active moviegoer” you ask? It’s someone who’s seen a lot of movies this summer. Over 50% of those polled have seen at least six films this summer, with almost 20% having seen 11 or more! So I would imagine that means that many of those polled were teenagers or in their early 20′s.

Before I get to the big list, here’s the breakdown by gender:

Top Five Films Guys Are Looking Forward To:

1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
2. The Dark Knight
3. Iron Man
4. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
5. American Gangster

Top Five Films The Ladies Are Looking Forward To:

1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
2. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
3. The Dark Knight
4. American Gangster
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Come on girls, aren’t you interested in Iron Man, a suave playboy/James Bond-type that wears armor and flies? icon smile Top 20 Movies Anticipated By Rabid Movie Fans

Here’s the entire list, with commentary by yours truly:

1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Um, duh. Money in the bank.

2. The Dark Knight (Batman Begins 2)
Not a surprise at all considering how awesome the last one was.

3. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Wow… this one is wierd. The first one was just mildly entertaining. Maybe people like the “kidnap the President” aspect…

4. American Gangster
Ok, call me shocked for seeing a drama so high up on this list.

5. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Another interesting one considering there’s been very little news or promotion on this. I hope this one is better than the first Narnia film.

6. Iron Man
I’m very happy to see this one so high on the list, and I’m surprised it’s above some of the films below.

7. I Am Legend
I guess the promos for this don’t make it look compelling or exciting enough.

8. Get Smart
This one’s here based on pure nostalgia.

9. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
I’m not personally a big fan of these, but I’m quite surprised to see this so low in the top 10.

10. Charlie Wilson’s War
Wow. A political drama about the U.S.’s dealings with Afghanistan during their war with Russia in the top 10? Must be a thing that gets this one so high up on the list.

11. Hancock
Ok, somebody explain this one to me. A superhero movie starring Will Smith that I haven’t even heard of??

12. Beowulf
Coming out very soon and this low on the list? Ouch.

13. His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass
Ouch, Part 2.

14. Mamma Mia!
Um, what? “The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular ’70s group ABBA.”

15. The Incredible Hulk
People must REALLY be feeling burned by the Ang Lee version if this is below a movie in which the band ABBA plays a significant part.

16. Speed Racer
Memories of the Wachowski’s Matrix Revolutions must be keeping this one down here. You’d think it would be ranking close to Get Smart.

17. Step Brothers
A Will Ferrell romp I haven’t even heard of.

18. Bee Movie
Yikes! This thing opens in about three weeks…

19. Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
About a month away from release and way down here. Personally I don’t think I can buy Natalie Portman as a wide-eyed dreamer and Dustin Hoffman just comes across as weird in the trailer.

20. Starship Dave
Eddie Murphy takes yet another crack at comedy to see if people will find him funny again.

Glaring omissions from the list above (I don’t necessarily think these will all be great, I’m just very surprised they’re not on the list):

Saw IV
I thought this series had a following, but maybe folks are done with it.

Aliens vs Predator: Requiem
Really, REALLY surprised this one is nowhere to be seen on the list! It opens the same day as Charlie Wilson’s War and I’m sorry but that smells funny to me. I would bet cold hard cash that AVP-R makes more on opening weekend than the political drama.

Cloverfield / 1/18/08
Another really big surprise. But then again, I thought the viral marketing thing was implemented a few months too early plus it’s just too damned cryptic for most folks.

10,000 BC
Heh. “From the director of The Day After Tomorrow.”

Stephen King’s The Mist
I guess the string of weak King movies has dampened people’s desire for the movie version.

What!? Why in the heck is this NOT on the list, but Mamma Mia! is??

Other movies that I think should be on the list include The Signal, John Rambo and The Spiderwick Chronicles.


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  1. Vic,note that Iron Man is probably NOT on the ladies’ list because IT IS NOT a sequel. Before the movie comes out,I wouldn’t expect most women to give a hoot about Iron Man,they didn’t care about Spider-Man either,before his movie came out,so don’t feel bad. And,honestly,if this were Indy 1 or National Treasure (which I hated)1,I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t care about that either. (No offence ladies)

  2. what about the hellboy, and the bond, and even the horton? and seriously, the only reason to anticipate starship dave is to see how bad it is. pluto nash anyone?

  3. Ah, I forgot to note that half of the films in the top 10 are sequels. The first “Hellboy” really didn’t do that well, did it?

    As far as “Bond 22,” I think it fell outside of the 12 month range because it opens over a year from now.


  4. I would think that if you look at the type of people they polled that it’s the type of person who probably stays on top of movie news. And look at some of the really obscure films high on the list like “Charlie’s War” while “Aliens vs Predator: Requiem” is nowhere to be seen!

    Call me paranoid, but I think there’s something fishy about this survey.


  5. This poll will change drastically just because most of the movie going public doesn’t know about 1/2 the films that are coming out next. Kudo to IM for doing so well this early!

  6. Totally agree, Vic.

  7. The big surprises for me were” Incredible Hulk and Speed Racer, two very expensive, nostalgia laden flicks that should be much higher on the list. Marvel may need to be worried. Brokeback Lee’s Hulk sucked so bad that one of the most recognizable characters of all time is no longer anticipated, despite an A-list lead? And the Wachowskis, their ending to the awesome Matrix saga was lacking, to say the least. Revolutions had hardly any Neo, y’know the reason eople went to see the movie in the first place? And it got lost in psycho-babble, stacked upon even more psycho babble. I think they just ran out of ideas and lacked a way to answer all the questions they posed in the first two films; so they just left everything mired in ambiguity.
    It’s obvious why Narnia is ranked so high: because it made boatloads of cash from people like me who saw it many, many times. I, and most people I know (admittedly religious people) loved it. I’ve read all the books several times and love the way Narnia is being translated to the screen.
    I am legend is going to be a bust, because Will Smith is not that good. He’s average at best. To be honest, I have a hard time taking him serious and see the fresh prince pretending to be tuff on screen everytime he’s in a movie. ID4 and Bad Boys I and II made huge profits, but what about his other flicks? Were they huge as well? I’m not too sure about that.

  8. Smith’s Ali movie proved he’s got acting chops and “Pursuit of Happyness” did well. He’s got a big likability factor that draws people to him and that so many actors are missing these days IMO.


  9. Bearacid, yeah… Seems wierd that movie wasn’t on the list, unless the survey was done before the studio really started to get the word out.


  10. I didn’t know there were trailers for AvP: Requiem; I’m going to have to go to their site and check it out. A lot of the films on that list I’ve never even heard of, and I agree with everyone here: How could they omit AvP: Requiem? Someone said Will Smith is not that good an actor? Wow, I must be out of touch because I thought most of his films have been blockbusters: Men in Black (1 & 2), Bad Boys (1 & 2), I Robot, Hitch, Pursuit of Happyness, Enemy of the State, all made tons of bucks at the box office. Also, I liked National Treasure and look forward to the sequel. If that puts a blemish on my mancard, so be it. :o)

  11. Yes, it had everything for a good family action movie. I just don’t understand what was soo bad about the movie. In a world inundated with movies of gratuitous sex and violence, I found National Treasure refreshing. Thanks for the link; I’ve been meaning to check it out at home but Trek:DS9 and Voyager keep making me forget. :o)

  12. It is hard to believe the “ladies” didn’t go for “Iron Man” Maybe they didn’t know RDJ was the MAIN MAN!! Too, they might be thinking it is an animation and/or certainly not realizing there is romance between Tony and Pepper!!!! I think Marvel might have to do a little extra PR’ing to educate the ladies.