The most-anticipated holiday film of 2021 is…

MADISON, Wis.– How long as it been since you stepped foot inside a theater?

Nowadays, it’s easy to stay home and stream movies on TV. But starting this month, industry experts hope that starts to change.

“I have a giant dent on my sofa,” joked Greg Marcus, owner of the Marcus Theatres chain. “Who doesn’t, right?”

According to a new survey of 2,400 moviegoers, while 36% of families saw a movie together during Christmas week in 2020, 62% plan to do so this year. And here’s what they’re most excited to see:

  1. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (63%)
  2. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (62%)
  3. “The Matrix: Resurrections” (49%)
  4. “The King’s Man” (45%)
  5. “Sing 2” (43%)

In addition to the new releases, the people surveyed rated their favorite holiday films to see on the big screen. Here are their top five:

  1. “Elf” (57%)
  2. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (50%)
  3. “A Christmas Story” (46%)
  4. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (46%)
  5. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (42%)

“It’s about being in a room full of people and the energy that comes with that,” Marcus said. “Even if the theater isn’t full, and trust me, I like to see it full. But even if it isn’t, there’s just something about seeing a movie with other people that is different. It just feels right.”

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