Online ticket retailer Fandango polled more than 6K ticket-buyers this month and asked movie fans which films they were most looking forward to watching in theatres in the coming year. Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever tops the list, and is followed by Sony/Marvel’s animated feature Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One).
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is on a production hiatus due to star Letitia Wright’s recovery from a previous on-set injury, but shooting is expected to resume in January, and the film’s release date is still standing on November 11th.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, moviegoers have shown recently that they’ll come out for event movies, particularly Marvel Cinematic Universe titles like Spider-Man: No Way Home which became the first movie to clear $1 billion during the Covid era over Christmas. Deadline reports that Gower Analytics forecasts that the domestic box office will grow to $9.2B next year, a 114% surge above the current 2021 level in U.S. and Canada through Dec. 26 at $4.3 billion.
Fandango also asked ticket-buyers about their recent experiences at the movie theater and their anticipated moviegoing habits in the new year, with the following results:
–94% want to go to the theater more often in 2022 than they did in 2021
–89% were gratified to see new movie releases on the big screen this year.
–88% are excited by the 2022 line-up of theatrical releases.
–86% picked Action/Adventure as one of their favorite genres.
–80% hope to see five or more movies on the big screen in 2022.
–70% plan to see movies in premium large-screen formats whenever possible.
All survey respondents saw at least one movie in a theater during the last year and were polled during the first three weeks of December. Below, you can check out the films in their order of most anticipated:
2022’s Most Anticipated Blockbusters:
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Nov. 11)
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Oct. 7)
The Batman (March 4)
Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)
Jurassic World: Dominion (June 10)
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)
Avatar 2 (Dec. 16)
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Dec. 16)
Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)
Mission: Impossible 7 (Sept. 30)
2022’s Most Anticipated Action/Adventure Movies (non-superhero):
Jurassic World: Dominion
Top Gun: Maverick
Mission: impossible 7
Uncharted (Feb. 18)
2022’s Most Anticipated Animated/Family Movies:
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Pixar’s Lightyear (June 17)
Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 1)
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (April 15)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (April 8)
2022’s Most Anticipated Horror Movies:
Halloween Ends (Oct. 14)
Scream (Jan. 14)
Jordan Peele’s Nope (July 22)
Orphan: First Kill (TBD)
The Black Phone (June 24)
2022’s Most Anticipated Returning Performances:
Chris Hemsworth (as Thor), Thor: Love and Thunder
Benedict Cumberbatch (as Dr. Stephen Strange), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Natalie Portman (as Dr. Jane Foster), Thor: Love and Thunder
Zoe Saldana (as Neytiri), Avatar 2
Elizabeth Olsen (as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
2022’s Most Anticipated New Performances:
Robert Pattinson (as Bruce Wayne/Batman), The Batman
Dwayne Johnson (as Black Adam), Black Adam
Christian Bale (as Gorr the God Butcher), Thor: Love and Thunder
Issa Rae (as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman), Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Zoe Kravitz (as Selina Kyle/Catwoman), The Batman
So there you have it. What movie’s and performances are you most excited to see on the big screen in 2022? I can’t wait for Thor: Love & Thunder, The Batman, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.