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Most anticipated movies coming out in the second half of 2018

  • Most anticipated movies coming out in the second half of 2018

    In the same manner that sports fans get excited before the next big game, avid moviegoers count down the days until the next major flick is released. Luckily for cinema buffs, Hollywood still has plenty of tricks left up its sleeve in 2018. In other words, there’s no shortage of upcoming releases worth getting excited about. Should audiences expect remakes, reboots, and sequels? Of course. However, they should also get ready for the range of adaptations, biopics, Oscar contenders, and original films heading into theaters during the coming months.  

    Drawing comparisons between films and athletics once again, there’s definitely an element of competition between upcoming releases. After all, it’s no secret that any given Hollywood film will do whatever it takes to ensure seats are filled for movie premieres. Hence, for at least some of these films, the marketing campaigns and viral videos are already underway. That might lead one to wonder: What are the most anticipated movies coming out in the second half of 2018?

    For the answer, Stacker used data from Wikimedia Tool Labs, which analyzes page view counts for available Wikipedia pages in a given date. Films that will be released nationwide in theaters during the second half of 2018 are ranked by the number of Wiki page views they had in the last three months. Counting down from #50, here are the most anticipated movies coming out in the second half of 2018.

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  • #50. The Spy Who Dumped Me

    Expected release date: Aug. 3, 2018

    Three-month Wikipedia page views: 103,655

    In this female-driven action comedy, two best friends become embroiled in an international conspiracy after one friend gets dumped by a CIA spy. Playing the lead roles are actresses Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. Expect the bullets and jokes to fly in equal measure.  


  • #49. Operation Finale

    Expected release date: Sept. 14, 2018

    Three-month Wikipedia page views: 105,398

    This harrowing drama takes place 15 years after World War II has ended, and follows a group of Israeli spies as they tie up one last loose end. Specifically, they’re on the hunt for Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), a Nazi officer who played a significant role in orchestrating the Holocaust. Based on a true story, the film stars Oscar Isaac as one of the spies and sees comedian Nick Kroll (FX's "The League") tackling a serious role.


  • #48. Overlord

    Expected release date: Oct. 26, 2018

    Three-month Wikipedia page views: 107,997

    Representing the first official R-rated movie produced by J.J. Abrams, “Overlord” puts the respective war, sci-fi, and horror genres in a blender and pushes the maximum power button. The action takes place during D-Day, when the Allies invaded the beaches of Normandy in France. Two soldiers are surrounded by manmade violence on all sides, but something far more terrifying is lying in wait. According to Abrams, this film is not part of the “Cloverfield” franchise, nor is it connected to the Japanese novel series of the same name.


  • #47. The House with a Clock in its Walls

    Expected release date: Sept. 21, 2018

    Three-month Wikipedia page views: 111,488

    From the popular children’s novel by John Bellairs comes this big screen adaptation, helmed by Eli Roth. It centers on a young orphan and his eccentric uncle (Jack Black), who search for a hidden clock that has the power to destroy the world. Cate Blanchett and Kyle MacLachlan co-star.


  • #46. Night School

    Expected release date: Sept. 28, 2018

    Three-month Wikipedia page views: 120,942

    Kevin Hart co-wrote the script for this upcoming comedy, in which he plays an ambitious salesman with the potential to be a financial power player—on the condition that he completes his GED. His newfound objective sends him to night school, where he butts heads with a no-nonsense teacher (Tiffany Haddish).   


  • #45. Smallfoot

    Expected release date: Sept. 28, 2018

    Three-month Wikipedia page views: 121,630

    Featuring voice work from Channing Tatum, Zendaya, LeBron James, and Danny Devito—among numerous others, this animated flick from Warner Bros. reverse engineers popular mythology to comedic effect. To that end, the film features an oversized yeti, who’s convinced that there’s actually such a thing as a human being (aka “Smallfoot”), despite all evidence pointing to the contrary. The movie is based on a book by Sergio Pablos.   


  • #44. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

    Expected release date: Nov. 2, 2018

    Three-month Wikipedia page views: 123,575

    Adapting a classic story for modern audiences, this Disney film sends its young female protagonist (Mackenzie Foy) into a magical world. Once there, she crosses paths with the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley), gingerbread soldiers, and other fantastic creatures. In order to get back home, the girl must venture into the hostile Fourth Realm, which is run by an evil tyrant (Helen Mirren).


  • #43. Backseat

    Expected release date: Dec. 21, 2018

    Three-month Wikipedia page views: 130,453

    From the director of “The Big Short,” comes this harrowing biopic about Dick Cheney, who’s often referred to as the most influential vice president in modern history. Accordingly, the film will track Cheney’s rise to power and explore how his policies have impacted the global order. Playing the lead role is actor Christian Bale. Amy Adams and Steve Carell co-star.


  • #42. Welcome to Marwen

    Expected release date: Dec. 21, 2018

    Three-month Wikipedia page views: 131,180

    Directed by Robert Zemeckis of “Forrest Gump” and “Back to the Future” fame, this film stars Steve Carell as Mark Hogancamp, a cross-dressing man who gets brutally attacked outside a bar and wakes up with amnesia. Unable to afford therapy, Hogancamp turns to art and creates a ⅙ scale World War II-era Belgian village in his yard—complete with lifelike doll figurines. As the public begins to take notice, Hogancamp struggles to exist outside of the fantasy world he’s created for himself. The film is based on a 2010 documentary called “Marwencol,” and is likewise based on the true story of its protagonist.   


  • #41. Searching

    Expected release date: Aug. 3, 2018

    Three-month Wikipedia page views: 133,163

    Following in the tradition of 2014’s “Unfriended,” this gripping thriller takes place almost entirely on the internet. In the film, a desperate father searches through his daughter’s computer after she goes missing. The movie scored with audiences and distributors at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was screened under the name “Search.” Hopefully, it will carry that hot streak into theaters when it debuts in early August.  


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