Harry Potter most anticipated movie for 2009

Half Blood Prince tops MovieTickets.com poll to find out what cinema-goers are eagerly awaiting.
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Nine months ahed of its box office release, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the film cinema-goers are looking forward to the most, according to a new poll by MovieTickets.com.

In a survey conducted between August 8th and October 5th in the US, nearly 4,000 movie fans who had just purchased tickets at MovieTickets.com weighed in with their picks for the most anticipated films over the next 12 months.

Completing the top three were X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Consumers were asked to rank a list of upcoming films slated for release within the next year on a scale on one to five, with one signifying they had little-to-no interest in seeing the film and a five meaning they had significant interest in seeing it.

Respondents aged 24 and under indicated that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was the film they were most interested in seeing, while for 25 to 39 year-olds, X-Men Origins: Wolverine topped the list.

"These polling results provide very early, valuable insight into comparative long-lead moviegoer awareness and interest levels," said Gary Hiller, president of MovieTickets.com's research and analytics division.

The 2007 MovieTickets.com poll on the same topic found that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Dark Knight and National Treasure: Book of Secrets were the top three most anticipated films. Each of the three grossed over $450m worldwide.

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