Spring Break is in the air, and summer movies are on the horizon!
Tinseltown has increasingly turned to comic book movies and sequels to drive ticket sales. And 2017 is no different, with some of the most anticipated movies fitting one category or another and often times both, according to ticket vendor Fandango, which compiled a list of the 30 most anticipated films this year.
2017 is expected to see a modest bump in revenue from 2016, when it generated around $11.43 billion, according to MKM Partners analyst Eric Handler. "While no one film genre stands out in 2017 as was the case in 2016, the year does appear deeper than last year with solid tent pole titles in nearly every month of the calendar," Handler wrote in a note to investors.
That should help offset lower ticket sales, as more consumers look to stay home to watch movies to look for alternative forms of entertainment.
Everything gets underway, starting this week, with the latest film in the X-Men franchise, Logan. "Logan is [kicking off] the month of March like a solid punch to the gut later this week with the very R-rated film looking to replicate in some respects, the Deadpool R-rated superhero phenomenon," said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian via email.
"Wonder Woman and Justice League look to give DC Comics a huge boost this year and Guardians of the Galaxy [Vol. 2] will be the latest in a long line of successful Marvel films to officially kick off the summer movie season over the first weekend in May," he added. "I have seen no signs of Superhero fatigue, just bad movie fatigue... so as long as the movies deliver the goods, people will keep lining up for them."
In addition to known and existing properties, star power should help drive ticket sales, Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey wrote in a December research note.
Emma Watson from Beauty and the Beast was voted the most anticipated actress, with Daisy Ridley from Star Wars: The Last Jedi's coming in second. Chris Pratt, who plays Starlord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, was voted most anticipated actor.
Here's a list of 10 movies this year that are sure to rack up the ticket sales -- and maybe a few popcorns and sodas too.