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Most anticipated movies coming out in 2020

  • Most anticipated movies coming out in 2020

    Hollywood is entering a new decade, following a period that brought mega-franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the return of box office behemoths like "Star Wars." The foundation of the American film industry has changed, and moviegoers are already eager for the biggest studio blockbusters of 2020.

    These don't necessarily have to be big-budgeted films, with anticipated films including smaller Christian films and character-based films that have garnered excitement due to the stars or director attached to the project. Nevertheless, big studios like Disney, Warner Bros., and Universal have already begun to promote their big tentpoles for the year.

    Some of them are continuations of franchises from the previous decade, like "Black Widow" and "The Eternals" as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Others are long-awaited sequels to films going as far back as the 1990s and even the 1980s. There are reboots and reimaginings to older properties and the occasional original film, which, of course, still carries a high concept premise and some star power to boot.

    When it comes to the most hyped films of the year, many of them will skew to the summer season and during the holidays, when audiences are available and are most keen for some escapism in the movie theater. These films don't particularly represent what will probably be the big award winners in the next Oscar season, but they will most likely haul plenty of cash in the box office due to several factors.

    To come up with this list and to measure anticipation, Stacker created a blended anticipation index of trailer views on YouTube and Wiki pageviews over the past three months (Sept. 30, 2019, to Dec. 30, 2019) for all American movies coming out in 2020. Movies with projected 2020 release dates that have yet to be announced were included.

    Click through to see which movies audiences are the most excited for, and decide for yourself which ones will get you to the cineplex on opening weekend.

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  • #45. The Woman in the Window

    - Trailer views: 3,043,343
    - Wikipedia page views: 185,763
    - Projected release date: May 15

    Adapted from the novel of the same name, "The Woman in the Window" stars Amy Adams as Dr. Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman who spies on her neighbors outside her window until she becomes witness to a disturbing act of violence. Originally meant for release in October 2019 by Fox, the film was reworked by Disney after test screenings, adding more curiosity about this 2020 release. The film also stars Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Julianne Moore. It comes from director Joe Wright ("Darkest Hour") and writer Tracy Letts.

    [Pictured: Amy Adams, star of the upcoming film "The Woman in the Window."]

  • #44. Antlers

    - Trailer views: 1,604,589
    - Wikipedia page views: 235,636
    - Projected release date: April 17

    Guillermo del Toro and David S. Goyer are producers for the supernatural horror film "Antlers," which features a frightening premise. Keri Russell plays a small-town teacher, and Jesse Plemons portrays her sheriff brother, both who take an interest in a young, troubled boy who turns out to be carrying a dark and dangerous secret. The trailer for the film has images of half-eaten bodies and mysterious monsters, promising scares and thrills as any del Toro project should.

    [Pictured: Keri Russell, star of the upcoming film "Antlers."]

  • #43. The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

    - Trailer views: not released yet
    - Wikipedia page views: 146,349
    - Projected release date: Aug. 28

    If the madcap premise of the 2017 action-comedy "The Hitman's Bodyguard" wasn't absurd enough, the 2020 sequel will add yet another element to it. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are returning as the titular bodyguard and hitman, respectively, with Salma Hayek also returning as Jackson's wife. Bryce (Reynolds) and Darius Kincaid (Jackson) have continued their friendship but must spring into action when Sonia Kincaid (Hayek) finds herself into deeper trouble. Director Patrick Hughes and writer Tom O'Connor return to their respective roles as well. While the original film didn't catch fire with the critics, it was crowd-pleasing enough to audiences.

    [Pictured: Ryan Reynolds, star of the upcoming film "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard."]

  • #42. Raya and the Last Dragon

    - Trailer views: not released yet
    - Wikipedia page views: 147,454
    - Projected release date: Nov. 25

    The next title from Walt Disney Animation Studios is not based on an existing property but is instead rooted in Southeast Asian culture and mythology. "Raya and the Last Dragon" comes from Malaysian screenwriter Adele Lim ("Crazy Rich Asians") and has a voice cast including Cassie Steele as Raya, a warrior who is searching for the last remaining dragon in the mysterious realm called Kumandra. Awkwafina, who recently won a Golden Globe for her role in "The Farewell," will voice Sisu, a water dragon who is the last of its kind and can transform into human form.

    [Pictured: Awkwafina, star of the upcoming film "Raya and the Last Dragon."]

  • #41. The Organ Donor

    - Trailer views: not released yet
    - Wikipedia page views: 148,359
    - Projected release date: May 15

    In what initially appears to be a bizarre mashup of talent and intellectual properties, comedian Chris Rock is leading a new movie in the "Saw" franchise. The story of "The Organ Donor" comes from Rock himself, who will star in the movie alongside Samuel L. Jackson. Not much is known about the actual plot, but fans can assume that it will go back to basics, as veteran "Saw" director Darren Lynn Bousman, who helmed the second, third, and fourth films, is returning to the series.

    [Pictured: Chris Rock, star of the upcoming film "The Organ Donor."]

  • #40. The Many Saints of Newark

    - Trailer views: not released yet
    - Wikipedia page views: 166,808
    - Projected release date: Sept. 25

    "The Sopranos" has been off the air since 2007 and yet is still celebrated, which means that fans of the legendary HBO show will undoubtedly be interested in the prequel film "The Many Saints of Newark." Not too many plot details have been specified or revealed, but the film will take place in the 1960s and 1970s and will provide background stories to the characters from the show, with the film featuring younger versions of these characters. One such is Tony Soprano himself, who will be played by Michael Gandolfini, the real-life son of the late Tony Soprano portrayer James Gandolfini; additionally, veteran "Sopranos" director Alan Taylor is also at the helm.

    [Pictured: Michael Gandolfini, star of the upcoming film "The Many Saints of Newark."]

  • #39. Antebellum

    - Trailer views: 6,372,145
    - Wikipedia page views: 157,839
    - Projected release date: April 24

    One of the many producers of thriller film "Antebellum" is Sean McKittrick, one of the producers of Jordan Peele's films "Get Out" and "Us"; with that connection heavily advertised, "Antebellum" is hoping to be a thriller in the same mold. Starring Janelle Monae as a successful author named Veronica Henley, the film finds Henley in a nightmarish and mind-bending reality. The short and cryptic teaser implies that Henley will be stuck between modern-day and an era marked by slavery in America.

    [Pictured: Janelle Monae, star of the upcoming film "Antebellum."]

  • #38. West Side Story

    - Trailer views: not released yet
    - Wikipedia page views: 188,299
    - Projected release date: Dec. 18

    Prolific director Steven Spielberg will finally release his own take on the celebrated Broadway musical "West Side Story" in the holiday season of 2020. While the "Romeo and Juliet"-like musical was already made into a highly acclaimed and Oscar-winning film in 1961, the new version promises to be closer to the Broadway show. Ansel Elgort plays Tony, while newcomer Rachel Zegler portrays Maria; original film star Rita Moreno will also appear in a supporting role.

    [Pictured: David Alvarez and Ariana DeBose in the upcoming film, "West Side Story."]

  • #37. Jungle Cruise

    - Trailer views: 4,322,441
    - Wikipedia page views: 230,626
    - Projected release date: July 24

    Disney has never shied away from making films based on their own theme park rides, with "Jungle Cruise" being the next such attraction. Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt co-star in this Disney vehicle, with Johnson portraying a riverboat captain and Blunt as a scientist who enlists his services while on the search for a healing Tree of Life. Other cast members include Jack Whitehall, who will reportedly portray a gay character, Paul Giamatti, Edgar Ramirez, and Jesse Plemons.

    [Pictured: Dwayne Johnson, star of the upcoming film "Jungle Cruise."]

  • #36. Venom 2

    - Trailer views: not released yet
    - Wikipedia page views: 190,068
    - Projected release date: Oct. 2

    While the first "Venom" film from Sony didn't inspire the most positive critical reaction, the dynamic between Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock and the CGI alien symbiote was enough to inspire discussion and enthusiasm for a sequel. The end of the first film teased "Spider-Man" villain and Venom rival Carnage, as played by Woody Harrelson, and the second film promises to follow up on this. The sequel will be directed by Andy Serkis, the actor best known for his expertise in motion capture performance.

    [Pictured: Tom Hardy, star of the upcoming film "Venom 2."]

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