New 'Star Wars' tops 2015 most-anticipated movie list: survey

( Agencies ) Updated: 2014-12-31 10:08:29

New 'Star Wars' tops 2015 most-anticipated movie list: survey

J.J. Abrams poses at the party at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California September 10, 2013.[Photo/Agencies]

The upcoming installment of the "Star Wars" franchise tops moviegoers' lists of most anticipated films of 2015, ticket seller Fandango said on Tuesday in what Hollywood watchers expect to be a banner box office year for studios.

"Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" highlights a year of big-budget franchise releases that includes runner-up films "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."

Those films are expected to push challenge 2013's record year of about $11 billion in US ticket sales. This year so far, films have grossed $9.4 billion domestically, according to

The new "Star Wars" film, which will be the first produced by Walt Disney Co, is set to be released on Dec 18 and the reboot of George Lucas' sci-fi universe will be directed by "Star Trek" filmmaker J.J. Abrams.

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