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The Most Anticipated Movies of 2016  

Jason Bancroft
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List Rules Excited 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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May 6

Actors: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, + more

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Opening weekend gross: $181.7 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 90% Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics character. Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a ...more

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Actors: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, + more

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Opening weekend gross: $170.1 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%
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May 27

Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Opening weekend gross: $65.3 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 49% X-Men: Apocalypse is a 2016 Action, Adventure, Fantasy film written by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, Simon Kinberg and directed by Bryan Singer.

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Actors: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, + more

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

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August 5

Actors: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, + more

Directed by: David Ayer

Opening weekend gross: $135 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%

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February 12

Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, + more

Directed by: Tim MIller

Opening weekend gross: $133 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%
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November 4

Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, + more

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

Opening weekend gross: $85 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

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July 22

Actors: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, + more

Directed by: Justin Lin

Opening weekend gross: $59.2 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

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June 17

Actors: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, + more

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

Opening weekend gross: $136.2 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 94% Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Andrew Stanton, and a sequel to Finding Nemo. The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory (Ellen ...more

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December 21

Actors: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, + more

Directed by: Justin Kurzel

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April 15

Actors: Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

Opening weekend gross: $103.6 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%
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June 24

Actors: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, + more

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

Opening weekend gross: $41.6 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 34% Independence Day: Resurgence is a 2016 American science fiction action disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods and James ...more
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November 18

Actors: Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, + more

Directed by: David Yates

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2016 fantasy film directed by David Yates, based on the 2001 book by J. K. Rowling. The adventures of writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New ...more

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May 27

Actors: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas, Rhys Ifans, + more

Directed by: James Bobin

Opening weekend gross: $26.9 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed by James Bobin, based on the characters by Lewis Carroll and the sequel to the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland. ...more

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July 15

Actors: Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Walton, Ron Jeremy, + more

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Opening weekend gross: $46 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%

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June 3

Actors: Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Alan Ritchson, William Fichtner

Directed by: Dave Green

Opening weekend gross: $35.2 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 35%
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June 10

Actors: Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Clancy Brown, Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, + more

Directed by: Duncan Jones

Opening weekend gross: $24.1 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 27% Warcraft is an upcoming 2016 American epic fantasy film. It is based on the Warcraft video game series and set in the world of Azeroth. The film was first announced in 2006 as a project ...more

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January 29

Actors: Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, + more

Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

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Directed by: Jon M. Chu

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July 29

Actors: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, + more

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Opening weekend gross: $60 million; Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%

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July 8

Actors: Louis C.K., Lake Bell, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, + more

Directed by: Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud

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Actors: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson

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June 10

Actors: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

Directed by: James Wan

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July 1

Actors: Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, Jim Broadbent, + more

Directed by: David Yates

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March 4

Actors: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, + more

Directed by: Byron Howard

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