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Top Ten Films Updated!

Published August 30, 2005 in Top Films
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of respective holders.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire sits comfortably as the number one most anticipated film.
It is time to say goodbye to the films that carried us through summer and hello to the films that will take us through 2006. Actually, some of us may be surprised to see a fall/winter box office that has the ability to score even better than summer. With quite a few anticipated films, and one being the we - get - more - hype - than - any - sith - movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there just may be more people heading to theatres.

Top Ten Films


The top ten most viewed films on CanMag.Com before the recent update were:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (233,892 views)
Superman Returns
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Dukes of Hazzard
Fantastic Four
King Kong
Batman Begins
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
War of the Worlds
DOOM

Though most of these films should have been expected, there were a few surprises. First, I didn't expect to see Superman Returns to already beat our Revenge of the Sith in terms of page views until November or December. And, now that Revenge of the Sith will be removed from the list [only on the side bar], Superman Returns will find a good portion of its competition switched over to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Are Star Wars fans beginning to convert over to Potter or are they waiting for a similar genre that can be found in Whedon's Serenity?

All of the other films on the above list were expected except for DOOM. Though it was predicted DOOM would receive a ton of hype because of The Rock, Karl Urban and the fact that the film is based off of a best-selling FPS video game, I did not expect it to appear on the top 10 as soon as it did; especially with the competition still up. However, with a trailer as cool as the one recently released for DOOM, how can we deny this film?



Doom DOOM is the biggest surprise as it sits at #4.
The top ten most viewed films on CanMag.Com after the recent update are:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (233,892 views)
Superman Returns
King Kong
DOOM
X-Men 3
Underworld: Evolution
Ghost Rider
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Aeon Flux
V for Vendetta (12,784 views)

Though the top two films, Potter and Superman, are seated comfortably in each of their ranks, the other eight films are slightly closer in page views. You could easily take a look at this list and tell which films are looking to have box office success at the theatres.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
will continue to remain strong thanks to the support of the books plus the fact that Goblet of Fire is probably the best book in the entire series. Add the fact that this is the first Potter film rated PG-13 and we can really have something here.

Superman Returns has always had a huge fan base ever since the first comic featuring the alien being hit newsstands. Add the fact that Bryan Singer is at the helm and this comic book adaptation has got the goods.

Who doesn't love a remake that features prehistoric animals, a giant ape, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, and Naomi Watts? The story goes all the way back to old New York where we encounter Kong and his now-expected demise. A final animatic was shown to various crew of how the ending of this version of King Kong is pictured to happen; the response was nothing short of excellent. Add the fact that Peter Jackson is coming off his Lord of the Rings high and here is a holiday film worth catching.

DOOM is rated fourth! It has always been known that there is a nice relation between gamers and moviegoers; check out all of the film - to - game and game - to - film adaptation we have coming our way. By bringing the best-selling FPS shooter to film, with nothing short of stunning effects and a hard R rating, this could be one of the first adaptations that pleases all [if not, we always have Halo]. Add the fact that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Karl Urban have teamed up for this action thriller and we just may want to bring a date.

The casting updates for X-Men 3, never mind the repeated change of directors, have been enough to give the film a lot of attention; not saying whether that is good or bad. Though X-Men fans felt deserted after losing not one but two directors, the latest additions at least give the film an impressive cover. Add the fact that Kelsey Grammer supposedly looks amazing as Beast and we could have a film that continues the progress already made by Bryan Singer.

Underworld: Evolution follows a simple formula that has been known to work. Dark atmosphere, sexy vampires, enough fantasy to fulfill vampire and comic book fans alike, cool weaponry and hottie Kate Beckinsale in tight black leather. Add the fact that she looks even hotter with either eye color and you are guaranteed full theatres by horny males.

Ghost Rider has received a lot of easy hype just by having a cool cast [Nicolas Cage] and the fact that it is another comic book adaptation. An early trailer was posted online but later pulled as it was meant only for comic con. We have still a lot to see from this film, especially that of an official shot of the Ghost Rider skull on fire; something Mark Steven Johnson [director] is still working to figure out. If they can make Nicolas Cage look half as cool as the teaser poster, then we may have another one of those few comic book adaptations that raise the bar on film just a little bit higher.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is finally in the top ten; so stop bugging me about it. With more than a few emails asking why this film isn't beating out some of the others that were previously listed, I had begun to wonder the same. The only thing that is currently carrying the hype for Pirates of the Caribbean 2 is the fact that the original film was just so damn good and the entire cast is returning. Add the fact that we also now have Bill Nighy as the CGI character Davy Jones and we could have a sequel that outmatches the original.

Aeon Flux poster Aeon Flux has all the right elements to bring people to the theatres.
Aeon Flux is another example of where action and sex sells. Based on the animated series played on MTV, the film should have featured Charlize Theron running around in little less than maybe a foot of leather. However, due to the fact that it was probably impossible to find a gifted actress to wear the Aeon outfit, Paramount Pictures added a little bit more material. Though I was disappointed with this move, the fact that the film remains in the top 10 is a good sign of others forgiveness.

Alan Moore's graphic novel, V for Vendetta, is a great tale about a relationship of a known terrorist, 'V', and a young girl who later joins his cause. Though similarities between the terrorist activities performed by 'V' and the latest bombings to occur in England may ring a little too close to home, Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers have not held back any of the planned events for the film. The only problem is that Alan Moore is not exactly happy with the adapted screenplay and is now less than supportive of the project. Judging by the set pics and movie stills, V for Vendetta may have a little too much action for Moore. However, take into account that the Wachowski brothers have had a humbling experience with the Matrix sequels and may be working to restore faith in their projects.

That's the new top 10! Agree or disagree with the most popular* films on CanMag.Com? Let us know!

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*popularity is judged by how many times each movie page has been opened.


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