‘Deadpool 3’ Tops Fandango’s Franchise-Heavy List of Anticipated Films for 2024





Deadpool 3 is the film audiences most look forward to seeing on the big screen next year, according to Fandango’s 2024 Most Anticipated Movies Survey.

2024 is shaping up to be a year where big franchises get updates, including Beetlejuice 2, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, Dune: Part Two, Venom 3, Despicable Me 4, and Inside Out 2. Fandango, one of the leading online movie ticket-buying services, conducts a survey every year to determine the movie audiences can’t wait to see. Last year was also filled with sequels and prequels with Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 topping the list.

This year’s survey showed 88% of ticket-buyers plan to see several movies in theaters next year, and 81% said they were more excited to head to the theater in 2024 compared to 2023, a year that saw Barbie, Oppenheimer, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie smash box office records and re-spark interest in returning to theaters after a few years of stagnation, despite none of these films ranking at the top of the list in 2023. 

The Super Mario Bros. Movie ranked 10th on the Most Anticipated Movies list of 2023, and Barbie got second in the Live Action Comedy category, while Oppenheimer was overlooked entirely, showing that what audiences say they want to watch doesn’t always align with what they flock to see.

“2023 was a monumental year for moviegoers and theaters alike, with blockbusters like Barbie, Oppenheimer, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and many more uniting audiences of all ages to experience brilliant stories on the big screen,” said Erik Davis, managing director of Fandango. “The new year is looking to bring even more people back into theaters through returning franchises such as Deadpool, Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice, and Despicable Me, beloved reimagined stories like Mean Girls and Wicked Part 1, and highly anticipated action blockbusters like Dune: Part Two and A Quiet Place: Day One.”

Of the 8,000 surveyed, 80% felt theaters provide an experience that can’t be recreated at home, a sentiment echoed by Pixar’s creative chief officer Pete Doctor who said the small screen doesn’t capture the full effect of his studio’s creations. Additionally, Fandango’s survey participants said 71% plan to see films in a premium format, such as IMAX or Dolby, while 68% plan to watch multiple movies in this enhanced setting.

Audiences are also excited to see Lady Gaga’s performance as Harley Quinn in Joker: Folie à Deux and Jenna Ortega in Beetlejuice 2. The list breaks down the most anticipated films by genre, including Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire as the number one action film, Despicable Me 4 for family-friendly films, and Beetlejuice 2 as the top movie in horror and comedy.

Do these films make your list? Leave us a comment and tell us which films you’re most excited to see next year.

The full results from Fandango’s 2024 Most Anticipated Movies Survey:

2024’s Most Anticipated Wide-Release Films:

  1. Deadpool 3
  2. Beetlejuice 2
  3. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
  4. Dune: Part Two
  5. Venom 3
  6. Despicable Me 4
  7. Inside Out 2
  8. Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim
  9. Gladiator 2
  10. A Quiet Place: Day One

 Most Anticipated New Performances on the Big Screen:

  1. Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn in Joker: Folie à Deux
  2. Jenna Ortega in Beetlejuice 2
  3. Ariana Grande as Glinda in Wicked Part 1
  4. Chris Pratt as Garfield’ in the new Garfield Movie
  5. Pedro Pascal in Gladiator 2

Most Anticipated Heroes:

  1. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Deadpool 3
  2. Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson in Deadpool 3
  3. Steve Carell as Gru in Despicable Me 4
  4. Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in Venom 3
  5. Jack Black as Po in Kung Fu Panda 4

 Most Anticipated Villains:

  1. Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice in Beetlejuice 2
  2. Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn in Joker: Folie à Deux
  3. Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in Joker: Folie à Deux
  4. The Aliens from A Quiet Place: Day One
  5. Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha in Dune: Part Two

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

  1. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
  2. Dune: Part Two
  3. Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim
  4. Gladiator 2
  5. A Quiet Place: Day One

Most Anticipated Family Movies:

  1. Despicable Me 4
  2. Inside Out 2
  3. Kung Fu Panda 4
  4. Mufasa: The Lion King
  5. Garfield 

Most Anticipated Comedies:

  1. Beetlejuice 2
  2. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
  3. Bad Boys 4
  4. Mean Girls
  5. Wicked Part 1 

Most Anticipated Superhero Movies:

  1. Deadpool 3
  2. Venom 3
  3. Joker: Folie à Deux
  4. Transformers One
  5. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Most Anticipated Horror/Suspense/Thrillers:

  1. Beetlejuice 2
  2. Alien: Romulus
  3. Nosferatu
  4. Twisters
  5. The Watchers

Most Anticipated Theatrical Genres:

  1. Action/Adventure
  2. Comedy
  3. Superhero/Comic Book
  4. Drama
  5. Animated/Family

Image credit: Fandango

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