It's no secret that the 2014 Summer Movie Season was relatively weak - at least as far as the stateside box office is concerned - with ticket sales having dropped some 22 percent from the same time frame in 2013. For many cinephiles, though, 2014 as a whole is merely the calm before the storm of "event films" and/or blockbusters due to arrive in 2015 and 2016, so the drop-off in box office isn't a reason for concern. Similarly, what could down as the biggest movie of the year financially, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, doesn't open in theaters for another two months.
Mockingjay - Part 1 topped Fandango's Most Anticipated Movies of 2014 survey at the beginning of the year, and it remained on top in the site's recent Most Anticipated Fall 2014 Movies poll (via The Wrap). It makes sense: trailers for Mockingjay - Part 1 has been promising-loooking; the previous installment, Catching Fire, was the biggest title at the U.S. box office in 2013 (not globally, however); and the continued popularity of YA source material and dystopia subject matter, coupled with good will generated by the well-received first two installments, ensures that the Hunger Games brand remains as bankable as ever.
Second on Fandango's Most Anticipated Fall 2014 releases list is Gone Girl, the upcoming film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling mystery/crime novel that was directed by David Fincher, scripted by Flynn, and stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Flynn's popular source material is partly to credit for that, as is the film's marketing campaign - one that has effectively teased the movie's various secrets in a way that's very much intriguing for newcomers, yet has avoided giving the game away too soon.
Current outlook is that Gone Girl should be just as popular (if not more so) at the U.S. box office than Fincher's last film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which itself was also a troubling and dark Fincher offering geared towards adults. Behind Gone Girl, at the number three spot on Fandango's Fall 2014 rundown, is Christopher Nolan's sci-fi feature Interstellar. The latter is likely to outperform Gone Girl at the box office, but it makes sense that more people are buzzing more about Fincher's movie (which opens in just a couple of weeks) than Nolan's space exploration film at this point in time.
Bear in mind, Fandango survey results are, by no means, a perfect way to predict how things will play out the box office. Case in point: Foxcatcher, the upcoming true story-inspired sports drama starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, is riding high on a wave of early positive reviews and engaging trailers, so it makes sense for it to have landed a spot on Fandango's list.
However, when push comes to shove, just about nobody's seriously expecting that film to beat out the likes of Disney's animated Marvel comic book movie Big Hero 6 or perhaps even the upcoming Dracula Untold at the box office (neither of which made the cut here). It's an imperfect science, for sure.
Having said that, here's the full list of the Top 10 Most Anticipated Fall 2014 Movies according to Fandango (as in, the films that its users are talking the most about right now):
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
- Gone Girl
- The Equalizer
- The Penguins of Madagascar
- The Judge
- Dumb and Dumber To
- The Good Lie
How about it, then - what Fall 2014 film release are you most excited to see right now?
Source: Fandango [via The Wrap]