The 5 Most Anticipated Movies Opening in August

Everyone seems to want to see Jason Statham kick a giant shark in the face, but a reimagined Disney classic and the latest Spike Lee joint also made the cut.

by | August 2, 2018 | Comments

You know the summer is starting to wind down when the biggest movies coming out include robotic dogs, foul-mouthed puppets, and horror movies based on internet memes. As it happens, none of those made it onto our list of the most anticipated movies in August, as determined by Want-to-See votes on RT and polls on our social media channels. We’ll tell you this, though: everyone seems to want to see Jason Statham kick a giant shark in the face, and that seems perfectly reasonable to us.

1. The Meg (2018) 46%

(Photo by Warner Bros.)

723 Want-to-See Votes
#1 pick by our Facebook and Twitter fans, #2 pick by our Instagram fans
Opens Friday, August 10

Look out behind you, Jason Statham! There’s a giant prehistoric shark lurking outside your research submarine, and once it successfully terrorizes your crew, it plans on heading to the mainland of China to feed on unsuspecting tourists! Gather your international compatriots — including characters played by Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, and Li Bingbing — and stop that megalodon before it winks at the camera and says, “Jaws ain’t got nothin’ on me.”

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2. Christopher Robin (2018) 72%

(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)

812 Want-to-See Votes
#1 pick by our Instagram fans, #2 pick by our Facebook fans, #4 pick by our Twitter fans
Opens Friday, August 3

What if Christopher Robin grew up, forgot about Pooh and his Hundred Acre Wood friends, and became another soulless corporate cog who spends more time at work than he does with his own family? That’s the idea behind Disney’s latest effort to bring A.A. Milne’s popular characters to the big screen, a live-action/animated hybrid that finds Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore traveling to London to help C-Rob keep his job and remember what’s most important in life. Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell star, with the voices of Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Peter Capaldi, and Toby Jones, among others.

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3. BlacKkKlansman (2018) 95%

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(Photo by Focus Features)

601 Want-to-See Votes
#2 pick by our Twitter fans, #3 pick by our Facebook and Instagram fans
Opens Friday, August 10 (limited)

Among the action films and blockbuster features, our fans found room for the latest Spike Lee joint, a based-on-true-events crime comedy about a Colorado detective named Ron Stallworth who, despite being black, managed to infiltrate the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. John David Washington (son of Denzel), Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, and Topher Grace star in the film, which premiered at Cannes and has already earned rave reviews.

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4. Mile 22 (2018) 23%

(Photo by STXfilms)

355 Want-to-See Votes
#3 pick by our Twitter fans, #4 pick by our Instagram fans, #5 pick by our Facebook fans
Opens Friday, August 17

Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg have worked together on three films in the past four years, and all three have been Certified Fresh. That said, all three of those movies were also based on real events, while this fourth collaboration is a purely fictional action flick, centered on a CIA agent (Wahlberg) who is tasked with escorting a high priority asset (Iko Uwais of The Raid) through dangerous territory. Co-starring John Malkovich, Ronda Rousey, and The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Cohan, this film may test the impressive Berg-Wahlberg partnership, but it was popular enough with our audience to rank as the fourth most anticipated August movie.

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5. Alpha (2018) 79%

(Photo by Sony Pictures)

815 Want-to-See Votes
Opens Friday, July 13

Outside of the top four most anticipated movies this month, it was a bit of a toss-up for the fifth spot. Strangely enough, the movie that earned the most Want-to-See votes of any August release on RT barely registered at all in our social media polls, and that movie is Alpha. This adventure drama essentially sets out to depict the beginnings of the relationship between humans and dogs, following a prehistoric man who becomes lost after a hunt and befriends a wolf. Kodi Smit-McPhee stars, with Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) behind the camera.

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