Sunday, March 18, 2012

People's Choice: Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

With a release schedule full of big blockbusters, Super Hero franchises, hilarious comedies, intensely dramatic feature films, shocking horror flicks, and a bunch of smaller and independent films that you may have never heard of, 2012 looks like it could be a banner year for the industry.

After asking the Two Oh Six audience which movies they are looking forward to the most, we have compiled our list of the top 10 most anticipated films for this year...chosen by you!

The list is ranked top to bottom by number of votes received. Using the question making tool on this blog's Facebook page, one simple question was asked without any specific determining factors and that question was "What movies are you most looking forward to this year?".

  1. The Dark Knight Rises
  2. The Hobbit
  3. The Avengers
  4. The Hunger Games
  5. Snow White and the Huntsman
  6. Men In Black III
  7. Finding Nemo (3D Release)
  8. The Bourne Legacy
  9. Three Way Tie:
  10. John Carter

(Click movie titles to view trailers and/or reviews.)

At First Glance:

Most of the movies that made the list are coming out during the spring and summer. None of the fall or winter releases, with the exception of The Hobbit, made the top 10. This does make sense though, as the marketing campaigns for the later releasing movies won't kick in until the summer season is well under way.

Movies like Django Unchained, Resident Evil: Retribution, Skyfall, The Twlight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, and Paranormal Activity 4 are really not on anyone's radar right now even though they will be some of the biggest movies of the year when its all said and done.

Biggest Surprises:
I really didn't think there was that much awareness for Snow White and the Huntsmen or Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but apparently people are pretty excited about them. Both look very interesting to me with lots of good action although they could also be two that end up falling short of expectations.

On the other side of the list, I was really surprised at the lack of interest in the new Spider Man movie. For my part, I think it looks terrible and an unnecessary reboot after Sony messed the franchise up so bad that director Sam Raimi and Toby McGuire didn't want to have anything to do with it any more. I'd explain that in more detail, but I'll save that rant for its own blog post one of these days. Either way, this is still Spider Man, but so far there's not much buzz going on.

Biggest Disappointment:
Brave, which is Pixar's latest feature film, hardly received any votes at all. Come on people this is Pixar! Based on everything I've seen so far, it looks amazing and there's no reason why anyone shouldn't be excited about this movie! Check out the trailer HERE.

In Conclusion:
Any way you look at it, this is going to be a huge year with super hero movies dominating the summer season and some major franchise blockbusters rounding out the rest of the year. On top of that, there are sure to be some surprises thrown in that we aren't expecting and some others that we don't even know exist right now (ie: The Artist).

Thank you very much to everyone that participated in the survey, this wouldn't be possible without you,  and we are definitely looking forward to another big year of watching movies at all of our local theaters.

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