The honor of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” falls to “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” as the latter proves to be the most anticipated movie for cinemagoers, according to a published report by US firm Piedmont Media Research.
It was well known that while running in the theatres “Star Wars” may crunch the box office record in the forthcoming December but the final installment of the blockbuster “Hunger Games” has jeopardized that possibility.
Piedmont Media Research, a consumer tracking company has polled 3,000 people about their most-anticipated upcoming release and the sci-fi saga “Mockingjay Part 2” has moved ahead of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, with a rating of 514 out of 1,000.
Interestingly, the company has not recorded a higher rating than this in the last five years, since they stepped into the business of generating polls. In a previously held research, the firm has recorded a figure of 509 for “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, a release of last year that achieved $1.4 billion at the global box office, whereas “The Force Awakens” got 495, the third-highest rating the company has ever recorded. It also had the best score ever among males at 553, while females rated it at 383.
While those two movies are the titans of summer, a few high-profile films didn’t score so well on the Piedmont scale but the end result in box office was lucrative enough. So obviously there are quite a few interesting nuggets to be found in this stirring report.
Now, the question is whether it seems prudent to assume such a bold anticipation by surveying with the caveat of only 3,000 people, as it is not the same as the Hollywood tracking system, which delivers predictions of box office success. It exemplifies the merits of film-industry oracles that have been misguided the box office result in recent months.
Although “Mockingjay Part 2” has a deeper impression in the consciousness of cinemagoers, but “The Force Awakens” indicates to be 2015’s highest-grossing film. As the first trailer for JJ Abrams’ space-opera reboot was released last November, it generated waves of anticipation surrounding it. So despite the speculations the critics will be little surprised if “Mockingjay Part 2” does better than “Star Wars” in the box office.
Critics proclaim that both films are poised to do well as they drop about a month apart in November and December respectively. “Star Wars Episode 7” debuts in the US on December 18, a day after its UK release. Experts have already predicted the film will open to a world record $615m (£398m) global opening over its first weekend. While “Mockingjay Part 2”, with a release on November 20, will have likely earned 80-85% of its total domestic gross by the end of its fourth weekend.
Whatever the result may be, fans are praying that both films become the biggest box office hauls of all time.
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