‘Star Wars’ Tops ‘Avengers’ Sequel for Most Anticipated Movie of 2015

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It looks like the Force is still strong with the Star Wars franchise; J.J. Abrams’ forthcoming installment, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, topped the upcoming Avengers sequel to be crowned Fandango’s most anticipated film of 2015.

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes in at number two on Fandango’s most anticipated list, while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Jurassic World round out the top five.

A strong crop of highly-anticipated films could help propel Hollywood box office receipts past the $11 billion mark for the first time in 2015, according to Reuters. The new Star Wars film will reportedly bring together previous franchise stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, with a younger cast of potential breakout stars like John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.

Fandango’s survey also asked moviegoers to rank their favorite actor, actress, breakout stars  both male and female, and most anticipated family film of 2015.

The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence topped the favorite actress list for the second straight year, while Avengers‘ Robert Downey Jr. led in the male category. Biggest Male Breakout Movie Star honors went to Jamie Dornan for his upcoming role as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, while Daisy Ridley led all breakout female stars for her role in the new Star Wars film.

The most anticipated family film of 2015 is the Despicable Me spinoff movie, Minions, according to the survey.

The new Star Wars film is set to be released on December 18, 2015.

Below are the top five candidates in each category of Fandango’s survey, courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter:


Most Anticipated 2015 Movie
1. Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron
3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
4. Fifty Shades of Grey
5. Jurassic World
Fan Favorite Actress in 2015 Movies
1. Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Joy)
2. Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
3. Angelina Jolie (By the Sea)
4. Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
5. Halle Berry (Kidnap)

Fan Favorite Actor in 2015 Movies
1. Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
2. Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Hat, In the Heart of the Sea)
3. Daniel Craig (Spectre)
4. Chris Pratt (Jurassic World)
5. Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible 5)

Biggest Male Breakout Movie Star, 2015:
1. Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey)
2. John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
3. Levi Miller (Pan)
4. Neel Sethi (The Jungle Book)
5. Tony Jaa (Furious 7)

Biggest Female Breakout Movie Star, 2015:
1. Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
2. Lily James (Cinderella, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
3. Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey, A Bigger Splash)
4. Kate Mara (The Fantastic Four, The Martian)
5. Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service)

Most Anticipated Family Film of 2015:
1. Minions
2. Cinderella
3. Pixar’s Inside Out
4. Peanuts
5. Pan