It’s a big day for Thor: Ragnarok. The tickets for Walt Disney’s action fantasy sequel went on sale this morning at 6 am. Unless Fandango is mistaken, we now know that the film runs 130 minutes, which means it’s about as long as most other MCU sequels (but longer than the prior Thor movies). And Disney celebrated the occasion by calling it “Thorsday” and releasing eight character posters (posted below). And, as icing on the cake, Fandango just released one of their seasonal surveys, and the Chris Hemsworth MCU adventure is the most anticipated movie of the Fall season. The results of the 1,000-voter survey are below, and it’s slightly surprising that Thor: Ragnarok is tops ahead of Justice League.
Thor comes out two weeks earlier, and the trailers and press for Taika Waititi’s MCU sequel have been a bit more well-received and/or positive in nature than that of the Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon DC Films sequel. The mood around Thor 3 has been light and optimistic, while the mood around Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc.’s Justice League has been of the “Oh, please don’t screw this up!” variety. Still, if you recall, the Piedmont holiday season poll in late 2015 showed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part II being more anticipated than Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
To be fair, this poll is only an account of the kinds of moviegoers who would vote in said poll (the Bronies didn’t make themselves heard). This explains how New Line’s It is in fifth place behind Blade Runner 2049 and Fox’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Barring a fluke, I think It is going to do a little better than those action sequels. The best news for Justice League is that Gal Gadot was voted “most anticipated actress.” It’s no secret that Wonder Woman will give Justice League a big boost, and I imagine that plenty of folks burned by Dawn of Justice will sample Justice League just to see Diana kick ass again. It’s telling that of the five “most anticipated actresses, only Jennifer Lawrence is the outright lead in her respective movie (mother!), while four of the five actors (counting Ben Affleck as the lead in Justice League) are the main characters in their respective films.
Beyond that, the results aren’t terribly surprising. In the realm of comedies and family films, it’s essentially a list made up of the only such films opening between September and Thanksgiving. Lionsgate has two films in the “family movie” category with the animated My Little Pony and the live-action Wonder. And Wonder is the only live-action film of the bunch, highlighting an utter drought of live-action kid-friendly flicks between Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok.
In terms of comedies I would be pleasantly shocked if Paramount/Viacom Inc.’s Suburbicon performed better than Lionsgate’s Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween.I am amused that the top two comedies of the season, STX Entertainment’s A Bad Moms Christmas and Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2, are essentially the same movie released within a week of each other. They even have one older actor as one of the parents who have courted controversy in the form of Susan Sarandon (as one of the prime faces of the doomed Bernie-or-Bust movement) and Mel Gibson (for… you know).
Anyway, I do enjoy digging through these polls when the occasion arises, and since they coincided on a Thor marketing dump, I thought I’d chime in. We are less than two months away from Thor: Ragnarok and just over two months away from Justice League. And, since this poll ends at Thanksgiving, Star Wars: The Last Jedi need not yet apply.
MOST ANTICIPATED FALL MOVIES (Sept-Nov.):
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Justice League
- Blade Runner 2049
- Kingsman: The Golden Circle
MOST ANTICIPATED ACTOR :
- Chris Hemsworth (Thor: Ragnarok)
- Ryan Gosling (Blade Runner 2049)
- Idris Elba (Molly’s Game, Thor: Ragnarok, The Mountain Between Us)
- Channing Tatum (Kingsman: The Golden Circle)
- Ben Affleck (Justice League)
MOST ANTICIPATED ACTRESS:
- Gal Gadot (Justice League)
- Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok)
- Jennifer Lawrence (mother!)
- Halle Berry (Kingsman: The Golden Circle)
- Mila Kunis (A Bad Moms Christmas)
MOST ANTICIPATED COMEDY:
- A Bad Moms Christmas
- Daddy’s Home 2
- Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
- Home Again
Most Anticipated Family Movie:
- Pixar’s Coco
- The LEGO Ninjago Movie
- The Star
- My Little Pony: The Movie
Source : Forbes