ComingSoon.net asked its visitors last week which movie they think will top the worldwide box office in 2006. It was a close race for first place, but after 11,472 votes, Walt Disney Pictures’ sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest came out on top with 28.5% of the votes. The Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley action-adventure, again helmed by Gore Verbinski, barely defeated director Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, which received 26% of the votes. It’s interesting to note that these two films will be released in theaters just a week apart, with “Superman” flying in on June 30 and “Pirates” sailing in on July 7. We’ll have to see how/if they’ll affect each other’s box office.
20th Century Fox’s X-Men 3 came in at number three with 19.2% of the votes. The Brett Ratner-directed sequel, featuring all the principal cast members from the first two films with some new additions, hits theaters on May 26. A week earlier, on May 19, Columbia Pictures will release Ron Howard’s The Da Vinci Code, which pulled in 15.5% of the votes in fourth. The adaptation of Dan Brown’s popular novel stars Tom Hanks.
The top five was rounded out by Mission: Impossible: III, from director J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias) and starring Tom Cruise. The third installment received 2.3% of the votes and kicks-off the summer on May 5.
Visitors also had the option of picking “other film not listed,” which got 1.9% of the votes. Also on the list were Eragon (1.6%, Dec. 15), Casino Royale (1.5%, Nov. 17), Cars (1.4%, Jun. 9), Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (1.2%, Mar. 31), Lady in the Water (0.5%, Jul. 21) and Poseidon (0.4%, May 12).
While the list of options provided to our visitors was most certainly not all-inclusive, perhaps this will give us an idea of how the year will turn out.
You can see how 2005 is shaping up (many movies are not nearly done at the box office) at Box Office Mojo. A new ComingSoon.net poll is available weekly on the right side of the main page.