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The Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

Updated April 16, 2021 114.9k votes 4.5k voters 83.2k views72 items

List RulesExcited for a movie coming out in 2016 but don't see it below? Add it yourself! Opening weekend grosses listed represent domestic ticket sales only.

Editor's Note: Voting and Reranking have been closed.

If 2015 taught us anything at the movies, it’s that big budget flicks are just as popular as ever. A total of 61 films grossed over $100 million worldwide, with Jurassic World leading the way, raking in nearly $1.7 billion globally. This year looks like it may match the blockbusters of 2015, here are the most anticipated movies of 2016.

There is certainly no shortage of superheroes on this upcoming movies list. Perhaps the two most anticipated movies of 2016 are Deadpool and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. It will be interesting to see a new Marvel superhero (played by Ryan Reynolds) franchise take shape, and audiences are definitely already on the edge of their seats, waiting to see whether Ben Affleck is more Christian Bale or George Clooney, when it comes to playing The Dark Knight.

There are also several animated films coming out in 2016. Dory gets her very own flick in Finding Dory. The addictive game Angry Birds is finally coming to the big screen. And, if you haven’t had enough of Kung Fu Panda, the third installment will come at audiences in 3D on January 29.

If you’re into remakes, re-imaginings, or spinoffs, the future movies 2016 should not disappoint. The all-girls Ghostbusters crew starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones hits theaters on July 15. Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway star in Alice Through the Looking Glass, where Alice returns to Wonderland and travels back in time in order to save the Mad Hatter. Additionally, J.K. Rowling makes her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a Harry Potter spinoff starring Eddie Redmayne.

Which do you think are the best movies coming out soon? Be sure to up vote for the upcoming Hollywood movies that you are most excited for.
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    ActorsVera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Directed byJames Wan

    Opening weekend gross: $40.4 million

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    The Revenant

    January 8

    ActorsLeonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter

    Directed byAlejandro G. Iñárritu

    Opening weekend gross: $38 million

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    ActorsEva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O'Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett

    Directed byTim Burton

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    ActorsMegan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett, Brian Tee, Tyler Perry

    Directed byDave Green

    Opening weekend gross: $35.2 million

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    ActorsMary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher, Jr.

    Directed byDan Tractenberg

    Opening weekend gross: $25 million

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    ActorsShailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

    Opening weekend gross: $29 million

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    ActorsTom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Opening weekend gross: $22.87 million

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    Hail, Caesar!

    February 5

    ActorsGeorge Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ralph Fiennes

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    Opening weekend gross: $11 million

    Hail, Caesar! is a 2016 comedy film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. A Hollywood fixer (Josh Brolin) in the 1950s works to keep the studio's stars in line, which includes a pregnant actress (Scarlett...  more

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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

    February 26

    ActorsDonnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh

    Directed byYuen Woo-ping

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    ActorsSeth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dave Franco

    Directed byNicholas Stoller

    Opening weekend gross: $8 million

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    ActorsKristen Stewart

    Directed byRupert Sanders

    Opening weekend gross: $43.2 million

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    Dirty Grandpa

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    Moana

    November 23

    ActorsDwayne Johnson, Auli'i Cravalho, Alan Tudyk

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    ActorsBilly Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks

    Directed byMark Waters

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    The BFG

    July 1

    ActorsMark Rylance

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Opening weekend gross: $18.8 million

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    Gods of Egypt

    February 26

    ActorsGerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Courtney Eaton

    Directed byAlex Proyas

    Opening weekend gross: $14 million

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    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    February 5

    ActorsLily James, Lena Headey, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, Douglas Booth

    Directed byBurr Steers

    Opening weekend gross: $5 million

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    ActorsTeresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burk, Maria Bello

    Directed byDavid F. Sandberg

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    ActorsTina Fey, Margot Robbie

    Directed byGlenn Ficarro, John Requa

    Opening weekend gross: $8 million

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    Opening weekend gross: $16 million

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    Ride Along 2

    January 15

    ActorsOlivia Munn, Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt

    Directed byTim Story

    Opening weekend gross: $34 million

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    ActorsMorgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell, Aaron Eckhart

    Directed byBabak Najafi

    Opening weekend gross: $22 million

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    ActorsJames Badge Dale John Krasinski Max Martini Dominic Fumusa Pablo Schreiber David Denman Toby Stephens Demetrius Grosse Freddie Stroma

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Opening weekend gross: $16 million

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    Inferno

    October 14

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    Directed byRon Howard

    Opening weekend gross: $14.86 million

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