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Rogue One, Finding Dory among most anticipated movies of 2016, survey finds

(Jonathan Olley)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t even a month into its record-shattering theatrical run, but fans are already looking forward to this year’s voyage to the galaxy far, far away.

The next film on the Star Wars release calendar, Rogue One, was named the most anticipated movie of 2016 in a survey of moviegoers conducted by Fandango.

More than 1,000 people were surveyed during the last week of December for Fandango’s annual Hot List. Rogue One, starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, and Mads Mikkelsen, arrives in theaters on Dec. 16, 2016 — just shy of a year after The Force Awakens Dec. 18 debut.

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“Film fans already know what they want for their 2016 holiday present, as they count down the days till Dec. 16 when the next Star Wars story opens in theaters,” says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. “The new year promises plenty of action, star turns and first-time comic book adaptations to satisfy a wide range of consumers and to continue the momentum of 2015’s banner year for moviegoing.”

Coming in behind Rogue One on the survey is Pixar’s Finding Dory, which brings back the Ellen DeGeneres-voiced forgetful fish (and introduces some of her new friends). Rounding out the top five are Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the next installment in the Bourne franchise, and Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War.

Other results from the survey found that Melissa McCarthy (Ghostbusters) is the year’s most anticipated actress, and Matt Damon is the most anticipated actor (for his return as Jason Bourne). Sophie Turner (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War) were picked as top rising female and male stars, respectively. Wonder Woman was named most anticipated film debut of a comic book character, for Gal Gadot’s upcoming turn in Dawn of Justice.

We don’t have trailers for Rogue One or Bourne yet, but you can see trailers for the rest of the top five below, along with more survey stats from Fandango.


Most Anticipated Movie:
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Dec. 16)
Finding Dory (June 17)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25)
Untitled Jason Bourne Movie (July 29)
Captain America: Civil War (May 6)
Star Trek Beyond (July 22)
Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24)
X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27)
Zoolander No. 2 (Feb. 12)
The Jungle Book (April 15)

Most Anticipated Actress:
Melissa McCarthy (Ghostbusters)
Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: Civil War)
Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: Apocalypse)
Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train)
Charlize Theron (The Huntsman: Winter’s War)

Most Anticipated Actor:
Matt Damon (Untitled Jason Bourne Movie)
Will Smith (Suicide Squad)
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
George Clooney (Hail, Caesar!)

Rising Female Movie Star:
Sophie Turner (X-Men: Apocalypse)
Leslie Jones (Ghostbusters)
Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad)
Christina Wren (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Nadia Hilker (The Divergent Series: Allegiant)

Rising Male Movie Star:
Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War)
Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse)
Stephan James (Race)
Ed Speleers (Alice Through the Looking Glass)

Most Anticipated Comic Book Character Debuting in a Major Role:
Wonder Woman (Gal Godot in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool)
Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad)
Aquaman (Jason Momoa in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange)
Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman in Captain America: Civil War)