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The year's not over yet.
Following some middling box-office fare the year before, 2012 was supposed to be our cinematic salvation with superhero spectaculars aplenty, an "Aliens" prequel, and remakes that promised to exceed the originals. Well, for every "Avengers" win there was a "John Carter" letdown, and mega-projects like "Prometheus" and "Total Recall" received mixed reception while comedies like "Magic Mike" perked up audiences with unexpected delights.
And now, as Hollywood has done in recent years, all the juicy Oscar bait and movie extravaganzas get thrown into the waters about now, timed with those familial holiday get-togethers. With two months left to go, there's plenty for audiences to be excited about — and they're giving a sneak peek of what they're keen on, via their online searches. Here now, a countdown to the season's most anticipated films, based on Yahoo! user searches.