‘Black Adam,’ ‘Halloween Kills’ Lead the Most Anticipated Movies of October | Chart

DC’s next installment, the latest “Halloween” flick, David O. Russell’s new star-studded film and another Harry Styles movie set in the 1950s are among the 10 most-anticipated movies of October.

As you might’ve guessed, “Black Adam,” the upcoming DC Comics blockbuster starring Dwayne Johnson, is the most anticipated movie of October, according to Whip Media’s U.S. Movie Anticipation Report, which reflects data from TV Time, a television and movie app that tracks viewer interest across 22 million global registered users.

“Black Adam” will see the Justice Society of America try to harness the antihero’s powers for good, rather than destruction, as he takes on an evil foe. Fans are clearly excited about Johnson’s starring superhero role. Last year, producer Hiram Garcia told TheWrap the brain trust behind the movie “mean business.”

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“We wanted to make sure people know that our tone was clearly different than some of the other movies, but also that we’re making sure we maintain the edge that Black Adam should have,” Garcia said. “Black Adam” is set to hit theaters on Oct. 21.

Fans are also looking forward to seeing the latest Michael Myers slasher movie, with “Halloween Kills” coming in at No. 2 on Whip Media’s ranker. “Halloween Kills” will be released on Oct. 14 — giving fans plenty of time to get their screams out before Halloween.

The latest “Halloween” — the 13th overall in the series, which kicked off with John Carpenter’s 1978 classic — will again feature Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, Myers’ long-running archnemesis. “Halloween Kills” also brings back the writing team of Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley and David Gordon Green from 2018’s “Halloween” — and why not? That flick brought in more than $250 million.

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Coming in third place on Whip Media’s ranker is “Amsterdam,” the new mystery-comedy from Russell. The period flick is set in the 1930s and revolves around three friends who become the prime suspects in the murder of a high-powered politician. “Amsterdam,” as you might’ve seen in the trailer, features a who’s who of stars in its ensemble cast, including Margot Robbie, Christian Bale, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana, Rami Malek, Taylor Swift and Robert De Niro, among many others.

While fans are looking forward to “Amsterdam,” critics haven’t loved it — with TheWrap’s review calling it “sloppy and disconnected.” “Amsterdam” will be in theaters Oct. 7.

At this point, Whip Media’s ranker shifts from heavily-anticipated theatrical releases to movies that — outside of limited theatrical runs — will be featured on streaming. That includes the fourth-ranked flick, “Luckiest Girl Alive,” a mystery-thriller starring Mila Kunis as a woman who must grapple with a major secret after she’s interviewed for a true crime documentary. The movie, based on the popular novel of the same name by Jessica Knoll, will hit Netflix on Oct. 7. (Similarly, the sixth-ranked film, “The Good Nurse,” is a crime drama based on a popular 2013 novel.)

At No. 5 on the anticipation report is “My Police Man,” Harry Styles’ new movie. This one — just like “Don’t Worry Darling” — is set in the 1950s, with Styles playing a gay British policeman who, while in a relationship with another man, marries a schoolteacher. “My Police Man” will be released in the U.S. on Oct. 21, before heading to Amazon Prime Video in early November.

The 10 most-anticipated movies of October 2022, U.S. (Whip Media)
The 10 most-anticipated movies of October 2022, U.S. (Whip Media)

Horror is featured again in the seventh slot, with Hulu’s “Hellraiser” rebooting the popular “Pinhead” character. The film — the 11th overall for the franchise — will hit Hulu on Oct. 7.

Jordan Peele, alongside Henry Selick, co-wrote the eighth most anticipated movie of October, “Wendell & Wild.” The stop motion horror-comedy features Peele and Keegan-Michael Key as the voices of Wendell and Wild, two demon brothers working to reach the Land of the Living. After a brief theatrical release, “Wendell & Wild” will be available on Netflix on Oct. 28.

Netflix-bound horror flicks anchored the last two spots as well, with “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” starring Jaeden Martell and Donald Sutherland, grabbing the ninth spot, and Marlon Wayans’ “The Curse of Bridge Hollow” rounding out the Top 10.

Sean Burch is a marketing insights analyst at Whip Media, a WrapPRO partner. Click here for more from Whip Media.

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