With new Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Avengers movies due, big screen outings for the Entourage and Peanuts crews, plus Seth MacFarlane’s Ted sequel set to lower the tone gloriously, 2015 should have something to tempt even the most hardcore Netflix shut-in to the cinema. Here’s our preview of the 15 most exciting openings of next year.
Avengers: Age of Ultron: The sequel to the third biggest film of all time finds Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow teaming up again to combat Ultron, an Artificial Intelligence system that has decided humans need to be eradicated. Marvel favourites Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Vision make appearances too, so expect plenty of thrills and spills.
Ted 2: The sequel to the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever features a new female lead, Amanda Seyfried, and a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking teddy bear who apparently has "bigger fish to fry" now. There's also a David Hasselhoff cameo, so it's safe to presume Mark Wahlberg isn't fibbing when he says things get "crazier than ever" second time around. Due in cinemas in June.
Fifty Shades Of Grey: The film of the erotic novel stars The Fall's Jamie Dornan as kinky businessman Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson - daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith - as Ana Steele, the college student he seduces. Shrewdly scheduled to hit cinemas for Valentine's Day, this will be among 2015's most talked about movies whether it's a turn-on or a turn-off.
Minions: The scene-stealing little yellow fellas from the Despicable Me films get their own spin-off this June. The plot sees minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob recruited by a super-villain and her husband, voiced by Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm, who are hatching a dastardly plan to take over the world. Something tells us things won't run quite according to plan...
Terminator: Genisys: The fifth Terminator film is the first to feature Arnold Schwarzenegger as the iconic T-800 cyborg in 12 years. With Arnie back, Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) behind the camera and Matt Smith, Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke in support roles, this will surely be better than 2009's Terminator Salvation starring Christian Bale.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2: The Hunger Games saga climaxes with Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss and crew spearheading a full-on revolution against the Capitol - so this blockbuster franchise is hardly going to bow out quietly. Mockingjay - Part 2 is especially bittersweet for featuring the last ever film appearance from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Tomorrowland: This Disney film from director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible 4) is set in an "enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland". Little else is known, but with George Clooney and Hugh Laurie leading the cast, and Lost's Damon Lindelof co-writing the script, it should be a high-end sci-fi adventure.
Straight Outta Compton
This biographical drama charts the rise and sizeable impact on pop culture of LA-based hip-hop crew NWA, whose groundbreaking 1988 debut album gives the film its title. NWA alumni Dr Dre and Ice Cube are among the producers, so it shouldn't be wishful thinking to hope for some authenticity from the storytelling.
Entourage: The film picks up where the TV show left off, with Adrian Grenier returning as super-cool movie star Vincent Chase and Jeremy Piven back as his bragging agent Ari Gold. Other cast favourites Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara are also along for the ride, which hits cinemas in June, and this time, the A-list cameos come from Liam Neeson and, erm, Piers Morgan.
Insurgent: The second film in the Divergent series has a new director, Flightplan's Robert Schwentke, and an even more impressive cast, with Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet now joined by Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts. So when it arrives in March, this sequel stands a decent chance of shaking off the franchise's "poor man's Hunger Games" tag.
The Jungle Book: Disney is either brave or crazy to be remaking Rudyard Kipling's classic again, but there's no denying the Mouse House has assembled a classy voice cast for this CGI/live-action 3D adventure, due out in August. Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken and Lupita Nyong'o all take on key parts, but it's Bill Murray as Baloo that's sure to steal the show.
Bond 24: Sam Mendes is back behind the camera for the follow-up to Skyfall, Bond's biggest ever hit, and Daniel Craig makes his fourth appearance as 007. It's scheduled for release in October but doesn't have a title yet, and rumours that Christoph Waltz is playing the villain have yet to be confirmed. All we know for sure is that Judi Dench's M won't, gulp, be returning.
The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy and the gang are brought to life with CGI in their first ever big screen adventure, which arrives in November. The script was co-written by Craig and Bryan Schulz, son and grandson of late Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, so this feature-length computer-animated film should have some of the wry humour that made the original comic strip so popular.
Jurassic World: The franchise is revived with rising star Colin Trevorrow directing and Steven Spielberg back as exec producer. Chris Pratt heads the cast as a key staff member at Jurassic World, the dinosaur theme park that's now running as Richard Attenborough's John Hammond had intended, but about to make a big mistake in a bid to increase ticket sales.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Star Wars 7 is set 30 years after Return Of The Jedi, and has veterans Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher rubbing shoulders with newcomers including Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac. The plot's under wraps, but if anyone can honour the legacy of George Lucas, now retired, it's JJ Abrams, who directs from a script he co-wrote.