While 2013 is still several months away, franchise fans and avid moviegoers alike are already looking forward to many of the new movies coming out next year.
In latest “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” movie news this Wednesday, the bestselling novels-into-film series has earned another victory outside the Hunger Games arena. According to “Ranker” and “Soda Head” sites this week, the fans have spoken, and the “Catching Fire” film is the most hotly anticipated movie of 2013.
“The Hunger Games” movie sequel wasn’t ahead in the national ranking polls by much, but still managed to snag a first place win against quite a few other films in the competition. Some other movies coming out in 2013 that gave Suzanne Collins’ second book’s adaptation a challenge was several new superhero flicks (including “Man of Steel” and “Iron Man 3”) as well as a new “Star Trek” sequel.
Based upon the recently revealed results this Wednesday, “Ranker” has listed what they expect (based on national participants’ votes) to be the biggest blockbuster hits of 2013. The top three were “Catching Fire,” another installment in “Iron Man 3,” and a relatively new and popular samurai film, titled “47 Ronin.”
Though it was a close call, the sequel to 2012’s immensely popular “The Hunger Games” film was voted most anticipated with a small 3% lead. Much like the bestselling “Twilight Saga” movies and “Harry Potter” book adaptations before it, the series is likely performing so well due to not only its strong content, but wide teen fan base.
While it may not have as large a number of female fans as the “Twilight Saga,” “Soda Head” rankings reveal that girls are actually quite the driving force behind “The Hunger Games” film series, and may be to thank for “Catching Fire’s” place at the top of the most wanted movies of 2013. It was reported that female voters were over three times as likely to choose “Catching Fire” than other films, leading almost 50% to choose it over only 15% of male voters.
The 2013 “Star Trek” sequel did quite poorly in the teen polls (scoring under 10%), but it was no surprise that “Iron Man 3” did so well. Next to “47 Ronin,” the only film that came close was not even mentioned in the list, but is long known by now to Marvel’s Superman or Henry Cavill fans—“Man of Steel.” “Man of Steel” came out as a surprise contender with almost 20% of the vote. It will star actor Henry Cavill next year and is directed by “300” film director Zack Snyder.
And with “Catching Fire” casting almost finished this late summer—and filming planned to begin this September with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson already spotted in Atlanta, Georgia—it won’t be long before this “Hunger Games” sequel catches fire very soon in U.S. movie theaters next November.
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