Fandango’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2023 Poll Led by Marvel | Popgen Tech


If Marvel fatigue is real, it’s not showing up in Fandango’s “most anticipated movie of 2023″ survey. Of the 5,000 Fandango users polled, the most anticipated movies coming next year are “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and the Sony-produced Marvel sequel “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.”

The hope is that the general increase in theatrical releases in 2023 will help close the gap between the current overall domestic box office for the late 2010s. The total box office is down about 43% from the last few years before COVID, and there are about 45% fewer theater shows compared to 2019.

Of those polled by the movie ticketing company, 99% are excited to see new movies in theaters, 97% have pledged to attend more often than in 2022 and 72% want to see more movies in IMAX and other premium large format auditoriums.

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While “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” topped all 2023 releases in terms of anticipation, the second most anticipated film was a Marvel film from Sony Animation.

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” is a follow-up to the Oscar-winning, critically acclaimed and leggy-as-hell ($190 million domestic from a $35 million debut weekend in December 2018) animated adaptation. There’s no better candidate in 2023 for being a big breakout sequel (when a sequel to a much-loved and slowly-discovered crowdpleaser opens big thanks to the goodwill it garnered for its predecessor) than the second Mile Morales superhero sequel .

For example, “John Wick: Chapter 2” followed up its first breakout cult hit ($43 million domestic and $88 million worldwide from a $14 million domestic debut) with a $30 million domestic launch and a $172 million global finish. “John Wick: Chapter 3” opened with $56 million in 2019 and went on to $172 million domestically and $323 million worldwide. Considering the massive stardom and popularity of Keanu Reeves’ hunted and haunted hitman character, it makes sense for “Chapter 4” (which brings Donnie Yen and Scott Adkins to the party) to come in fourth place in Fandango’s poll. Still, for an R-rated, original, star-driven franchise to poll so well is truly impressive.

The rest of the list is dominated by marquee character-driven sequels and IP plays like “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” “Mission: Impossible –Dead Reckoning Part I,” “ The Hunger Games : The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” (Lionsgate’s second entry on this list, impressive for a mini-major), “Creed III” and “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” by Illumination.

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Many people who don’t participate in online movie news/fan polls will still turn out in droves for the return of Ethan Hunt and Indiana Jones. Non-voting family audiences will flock to many multiplexes for both Illumination’s “Super Mario Bros.” flick and “Despicable Me 4.” Ditto, somewhat speaking, “Fast X.”

What’s always fun about these polls is how actors end up near the top (or at the top) because of the popularity of a particular IP.

All due respect to Halle Bailey (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”) or Christopher Walken (Emperor Shaddam IV in “Dune: Part Two”), but the same people who would crown Jonathan Majors’ Kang (from “Ant -Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”) as the third most anticipated new performance is also the type to not even bother watching “Devotion” in theaters. On the list, only Margot Robbie as Barbie arguably qualifies as a true star/character butts-in-seats draw.

The “most anticipated villain” results are slightly more complicated. Melissa McCarthy as Ursula in “The Little Mermaid” is a raw star and concept hook, as is Jack Black as Bowser in “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” less Bill Skarsgård as “the bad guy” in “John Wick 4.”

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Pixar’s “Elemental” ranks fifth among family films, below both obvious IP plays (“Spider-Verse,” “Super Mario Bros.” and “Little Mermaid”) and the arguably lower profile (so far ) of Disney’s “Haunted Mansion” is a re-adaptation. “Despicable Me 3” earned $1 billion in 2017 and “Minions: The Rise of Gru” earned $935 million in 2022, so “Despicable Me 4” could beat most of those at the box office, especially around the world.

The most anticipated horror film list is topped by a film without a release date. At least WB and New Line will know that a lot of people will see “Salem’s Lot” (based on Stephen King’s vampires-in-suburbia classic) every time it opens. The surprising first-place ranking among scare flicks was followed by Patrick Wilson’s directorial debut, “Insidious: Fear the Dark” (the previous four “Insidious” films grossed $555 million globally on a combined $26.5 million budget), Blumhouse’s “The Exorcist,” “Scream VI” and the upcoming “M3gan.”

Channing Tatum’s “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” (which compared to its trailer looks like a mix of “Magic Mike” and the subsequent “Step Up” sequels, and yes, that’s praise) led live-action comedies , followed by “Barbie,” “Cocaine Bear,” the upcoming “House Party” revamp and “80 for Brady.”

“Fast X” coming in under both the upcoming “Hunger Games” prequel and “Transformers: Rise of the Beast” in non-superhero action flicks isn’t great, but Jason Momoa made the cut with the villains and , again, fan-driven properties tend to skew the results accordingly. Although the top two such actions are the fantasy-lite “Indiana Jones 5” and “Mission: Impossible 7,” but it’s a bit sad that pop culture has become so focused on Marvel/DC that even a new movie ” Transformers” qualifies as “something different.”

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The top five superhero flicks are the big four Marvel movies (“Guardians 3,” “Across the Spider-Verse,” “Ant-Man 3” and “The Marvels”) and the “Aquaman” sequel starring Jason Momoa of DC. Considering “Aquaman” grossed more ($1.148 billion worldwide) than the previous four films ($869 million in 2018, $375 million in 2018, $620 million in 2018 and $1.128 billion in 2019), it’s likely that it was closer to a fair fight. Too bad about “The Flash,” but there’s time (no contextual pun intended).

Whatever happens, though, this is the first year since 2019 where it’s pretty certain that many (if not most) of the movies listed above won’t be delayed over the course of the year.

The full results from Fandango’s 2023 Most Anticipated Movies Survey are as follows:

Most Anticipated Blockbuster of 2023:

  1. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”
  2. “Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse”
  3. “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”
  4. “John Wick: Chapter 4”
  5. “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”
  6. “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”
  7. “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”
  8. “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of the Songbirds and Snakes”
  9. “Creed III”
  10. “The Super Mario Bros. Movies”

Most Anticipated New Performance on the Big Screen:

  1. Halle Bailey (“The Little Mermaid”)
  2. Viola Davis (“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”)
  3. Jonathan Majors (“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”)
  4. Christopher Walken (“Dune: Part 2”)
  5. Margot Robbie (“Barbie”)
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Most Anticipated Heroes:

  1. Chris Pratt as Star-Lord (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”)
  2. Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones (“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”)
  3. Keanu Reeves as John Wick (“John Wick 4”)
  4. Zoe Saldaña as Gamora (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”)
  5. Paul Rudd as Ant-Man (“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”)

Most Anticipated Villain:

  1. Melissa McCarthy as Ursula (“The Little Mermaid”)
  2. Bill Skarsgård as the Marquis (“John Wick: Chapter 4”)
  3. Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror (“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”)
  4. Jack Black (voice) as Bowser (“The Super Mario Bros. Movie”)
  5. Jason Momoa as Dante (“Fast X”)

Most Anticipated Family Movie:

  1. “Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse”
  2. “The Super Mario Bros. Movies”
  3. “the little mermaid”
  4. “Haunted Mansion”
  5. “Pixar’s Elemental”
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Most Anticipated Horror Film:

  1. “Salem’s Lot”
  2. “Insidious: Fear the Dark”
  3. “The Exorcist”
  4. “Scream 6”
  5. “M3gan”

Most Anticipated Live-Action Comedy:

  1. “Magic Mike’s Last Dance”
  2. “Barbie”
  3. “Cocaine Bear”
  4. “House Party”
  5. “80 for Brady”

Most Anticipated Action/Adventure (Non-Superhero) Movie:

  1. “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”
  2. “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”
  3. “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of the Songbirds and Snakes”
  4. “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts”
  5. “Quick X”
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Most Anticipated Superhero Movies

  1. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”
  2. “Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse”
  3. “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”
  4. “The Marvels”
  5. “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”

Favorite Genre:

  1. Action/Adventure/Superhero
  2. Comedy
  3. Animated/Family
  4. Drama
  5. Horror/Thriller
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