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The most anticipated films of 2016

Does it come as any surprise that the most anticipated film of 2016 is a Star Wars movie?

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According to a new survey by US ticketing site Fandango, December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the film moviegoers are most looking forward to this year.

But before you get excited about an instalment to The Force Awakens, some back story: Rogue One is part of a new stand-alone series of films.

That means the film, while based in the Star Wars universe, will not include your favourite characters but instead centres on a group of new Rebel fighters.

The second most anticipated film of 2016 is Pixar's Finding Dory, a follow-up to the 2003 animated classic, Finding Nemo. Ellen Degeneres will reprise her role.

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In third place was March's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It is widely expected the film will kick-off a new DC Comic Justice League series as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman join forces in the new film.

The survey results spell more good fortune for Disney, who have made new blockbuster records with the immensely successful The Force Awakens.

The long-awaited Star Wars film, released in December, has already made $US1.5 billion worldwide and is largely expected to this week pip Avatar as the highest-grossing film in US history.

This year is shaping up to be a huge year for comic book fans, with new X-Men, Captain America and Star Trek films among the most anticipated.

Special mention also goes to long-awaited sequels such as Zoolander 2, Indepdendence Day: Resurgence and Matt Damon's return in the still untitled fifth Jason Bourne film.

Most anticipated films of 2016

1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16)

2. Finding Dory (June 17)

3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25)

4. Untitled Jason Bourne movie (July 29)

5. Captain America: Civil War (May 6)

6. Star Trek Beyond (July 22)

7. Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24)

8. X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27)

9. Zoolander 2 (February 12)

10. The Jungle Book (April 15)

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