With Oscar season contenders and holiday blockbusters on the way, 2008 is still far from over, but according to MovieTickets.com, many people are already looking forward to next year’s films.
MovieTickets.com reportedly did a survey of 4,000 movie fans that bought tickets from its site for their most anticipated films, and the results are in. The most popular pick was “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the sixth film in the series, which was pushed back to next summer from a previously announced holiday release. And larger-than-life action heroes led the rest of the pack, with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen” coming in second and third, respectively.
The list also includes some spandex-free big-budget sequels — Ben Stiller’s “Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian,” and Tom Hanks’ “Angels & Demons,” which is actually the prequel to the wildly successful “The Da Vinci Code.” Kids are looking forward to another “Ice Age” film, “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” while grown-ups should thrill to “Public Enemies,” a Michael Mann-directed crime drama starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale as well as “The Informant,” a real-life tale starring Matt Damon. Rounding out the list is “The Taking of Pelham 123” with Denzel Washington and John Travolta, which follows hijackers who take over a New York City train. And for those who can’t wait till next year, there’s even a 2008 film on the list — sci-fi remake “The Day The Earth Stood Still,” due December 12.
Below, the full list of the most anticipated films.
1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 17, 2009, Warner Bros.)
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (May 1, 2009, 20th Century Fox)
3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June 26, 2009, Paramount)
4. Public Enemies (July 1, 2009, Universal)
5. Angels & Demons (May 15, 2009, Sony)
6. Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (May 22, 2009, 20th Century Fox)
7. The Informant (September 11, 2009, Warner Bros)
8. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (July 1, 2009, 20th Century Fox)
9. The Day the Earth Stood Still (December 12, 2008, 20th Century Fox)
10. The Taking of Pelham 123 (July 31, 2009, Sony)
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