Brits have revealed the films they can’t wait to see on the big screen when cinemas open with James Bond’s No Time to Die, Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7 topping the list.
A study of 2,000 adults found three in 10 are more excited about watching long-awaited movies on the big screen now than they would have been when they were originally released, due to the wait.
While Daniel Craig’s final gig as James Bond topped the list, other titles Brits are counting down the days for include Spider-Man: No Way Home, Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn in The Suicide Squad and John Krasinski’s follow up thriller A Quiet Place: Part II.
Other long-awaited films making up the top 40 list were nostalgic remakes and sequels including Cruella, Space Jam 2 and Peter Rabbit 2.
Hardest parts of lockdown
It also emerged more than a tenth of adults said cinemas closing had been one of the hardest parts of lockdown for them.
And Brits were left with no option but to watch films on their TV (85 per cent), laptop (16 per cent), tablets (14 per cent) and even their phones (10 per cent).
And when the big screens reopen on May 17th, 16 per cent are planning to make a trip during the first week, with the average adult hoping to go twice a month.
Watching at home
The research, commissioned by Compare the Market to celebrate cinemas reopening, found a third of adults watched a film at least once a week during lockdown to spark a sense of nostalgia.
British film critic James King said: “There is so much to look forward to with cinemas reopening – not just the films of which there are clearly lots of long-awaited blockbusters, –but the whole experience.
“Meeting with friends, family or your other half to enjoy a bucket of fresh popcorn, comfy chairs, a film on the big screen with surround sound, complete with the company of an audience, is something we took for granted pre-lockdown.
“There is something nostalgic about a trip to the cinema, whether it’s the film itself, the food, or the memories, people clearly can’t wait to get back to their local cinemas.”
The study also found 56 per cent agreed viewing a film at home doesn’t offer the same adrenaline as doing so at the cinema.
And the things people have missed about going to the cinema in the past year include the big screen (44 per cent), the surround sound (31 per cent) and watching trailers (20 per cent).
Similarly, the smell of popcorn (18 per cent), collective reactions from the audience (15 per cent) and the nostalgic feeling (23 per cent) were missed.
Recreating the experience
In order to recreate the cinema experience during lockdown 15 per cent have home-made popcorn, 20 per cent dimmed the lights and 13 per cent turned the volume up loud.
A further 65 per cent of those polled via OnePoll feel it’s important to support cinemas post lockdown.
And people typically feel excited (33 per cent), nostalgic (19 per cent) and even emotional (15 per cent) about doing so.
More than a quarter have watched films which they would now also like to see on the big screen, including Bad Boys for Life (32 per cent), Mulan (31 per cent) and The Witches (27 per cent).
Julie Daniels from comparethemarket.com said: “The cinema experience is one we love as a nation and our research shows just how much people are looking forward to returning, with two thirds planning a visit at least once a month when cinemas are open again.
“We’re excited to be part of the reopening of our big screens across the country from the 17th of May with our Meerkat Movies rewards offering 2 for 1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday.
“It’s the perfect excuse to get down to your local cinema, and embrace the magic of the silver screen once again.”
Top 40 films Brits are looking forward to seeing at the cinema:
1. No Time to Die2. Top Gun: Maverick3. Mission: Impossible 74. Spider-Man: No Way Home5. Black Widow6. The Matrix 47. Fast & Furious 98. The Suicide Squad9. Ghostbusters: Afterlife10. A Quiet Place: Part 211. Venom: Let There Be Carnage12. The King’s Man13. Peter Rabbit 214. The Addams Family 215. West Side Story16. Hotel Transylvania: Transformania17. Nomadland18. Cruella19. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard20. Candyman21. Space Jam: A New Legacy22. Cinderella23. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It24. Dune25. The Boss Baby: Family Business26. The Father27. The Croods 2: A New Age28. Jungle Cruise29. Those Who Wish Me Dead30. Halloween Kills31. The Forever Purge32. Last Night in Soho33. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings34. In the Heights35. The Eternals36. Snake Eyes37. Free Guy38. Infinite39. The Paw Patrol Movie40. Malignant