Four of 2015's five most anticipated films are sci-fi

It seems mainstream movie audiences crave their sci-fi and superhero movies almost as much as we do.

In a survey taken by leading online movie ticket retailer Fandango, four of the five most eagerly awaited films of 2015 come from one of those genres. The most heavily anticipated movie of next year? I doubt you'll be surprised when I tell you it's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The full top five are:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

2. The Avengers: Age of Ultron

3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

4. 50 Shades of Grey

5. Jurassic World

50 Shades of Grey (which sort of has a genre connection itself, since it originally started as erotic Twilight fan fiction) is the one glaring exception, and as Collider notes, it would be interesting to see how the poll broke down demographically -- it's not too much of a stretch to say, for instance, that not a whole lot of men are breathlessly awaiting that movie.

Elsewhere, Avengers leader Robert Downey Jr. and Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence are rated the top male and female "fan favorites" returning to the screen in 2015, while Star Wars newbies John Boyega and Daisy Ridley made their respective "breakout" lists.

While the movie picks are not exactly a surprise, it does tell us that sci-fi and its associated genres are bigger than ever going into 2015 -- which is great news going into the New Year. What upcoming movie are you most excited about in the next 12 months?

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