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An overflowing popcorn bucket on a red countertop in this image from AMC.
The question isn’t if you’ll get popcorn, but which bucket you’ll be getting it in. (Image: AMC)

Going to the movie theater is an experience. For most people, that includes hitting the concession stand before the movie starts. True fans spring for the add-on specialty popcorn bucket. While some of these containers aren’t worth shelling out a couple of extra bucks, there are plenty that wowed me. I’ve ranked them below.

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

An R2-D2 popcorn and drink container in this image from AMC.
Now, fans can take their very own R2-D2 home with them.

As a “Star Wars” fan who grew up watching the original trilogy, the R2-D2 popcorn and drink container is the best. The attention to detail is incredible; all it's missing are a few sound effects.

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Thor’s hammer is stuck in mud in this image from AMC.
Feel like a superhero with Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir.

I’m obsessed with this popcorn tin. Who doesn’t want to feel like a superhero with their very own hero's weapon? The icing on the cake is the dirt holder that the hammer is “lodged” in, which means you have to pull to see if you’re worthy.

‘Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’

Two 20-sided dice, one popped open to reveal popcorn in this image from AMC.
The best die you’ll ever own. (Image: AMC)

We don’t recommend rolling this 20-sided die; you might lose your popcorn stash! The details in the scaled corners of the die are fantastic, and any Dungeons and Dragons player will tell you that it’s all in the die.


A ghost trap from “Ghostbusters” as a popcorn bucket in this image from AMC.
Bring “Ghostbusters” to life or even level up your Halloween costume with the ghost trap.

“Ghostbusters” is a classic ‘80s film, and I was so excited to see the ghost trap contraption recreated as a popcorn bucket. It’s playful and creative, and I love the purple paneling making it look like it’s sucking in a ghost.


A hot pink convertible in this image from AMC.
The “Barbie” convertible is officially licensed — doll sold separately. (Image: AMC)

Jump into the retro-esque “Barbie” universe with the hot pink convertible popcorn bucket. For most people, this will probably be the only convertible they get to own.

‘Mean Girls’

Two books side by side; one of the books is open, revealing an empty container in this image from AMC.
It’s all the best parts of the Burn Book, minus the mean gossip.

The Burn Book in “Mean Girls” is the most iconic prop from the film. While we don’t encourage keeping a Burn Book (in today’s slang, “keeping receipts”), I approve of this one.

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’

A glowing orange cube overflowing with popcorn in this image from AMC.
Bring the multiverse magic home with the popcorn vessel.

The “Doctor Strange” popcorn vessel has collapsible sides and clear-colored plastic to create a holographic effect. The writing and symbols on the side match what audiences see in the Marvel films, making this a fantastic addition to any bucket collection.

‘The Little Mermaid’

A dark background showing the clear siding of a “Little Mermaid” bucket filled with popcorn in this image from AMC.
The clear sides are fun and practical — you can see how much is left and when you need your refill. (Image: AMC)

As a popcorn enthusiast, I love this concept of turning it from “Under the Sea” to “Under the Popcorn.” My five-year-old self would’ve begged to have this bucket, and I can see so many other Ariel-loving kids enjoying this.

‘Captain Marvel’

Five pink eggs cracked open with different colored kittens jumping out in this image from AMC.
With five available options, we suggest collecting them all!

There are two things that I love about the Flerkittens popcorn container. First, it’s interactive, with the pink egg flipping open and shut. Second, the kittens come in five different colors, and it’s a complete surprise which one you’ll get!

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

A black, four-sided bucket with two clear panels filled with popcorn in this image from AMC.
Display this bucket in your Marvel collection. (Image: AMC)

While there’s nothing wrong with the “Black Panther”-themed bucket, it could’ve been done better. With the black and gold colors and the mask shape on the clear paneling, it’s obvious which movie this was for. However, they could’ve gotten more creative with it.

‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’

A “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” bucket on a theater seat armrest in this image taken by the author.
Having the bucket rounded out the concert experience in theaters. (Image: Taken by the author)

The “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” movie was an essential watch for Swifties on a budget; memorabilia we could take home, just like at a real concert, was a huge bonus. Plus, now we can bust it out when we watch the movie at home.


A star in a box for the movie “Wish” in this image from AMC.
Sidekicks are always the best characters and popcorn containers. (Image: AMC)

The little star character from “Wish” is adorable and silly, and seeing it as a popcorn bucket makes me smile. The best part is that it glows in the dark.

‘Black Adam’

A black bucket with yellow lightning and cracks in this image from AMC.
This bucket makes me want to watch “Black Adam.” (Image: AMC)

Personally, I thought “Black Adam” was an excuse to watch Dwayne Johnson run around wreaking havoc. However, I would’ve seen it in theaters just to get the bucket! The lightning and yellow cracks even light up.

‘Dune: Part 2’

Two images of the “Dune” popcorn bucket with the worm head in this image from Reddit user RJamieLanga.
It was an odd choice to design the bucket to look like a sandworm. (Image: Reddit user RJamieLanga)

While I thoroughly enjoyed the first “Dune” film and have been looking forward to the second installment, I won’t be getting the popcorn bucket. It looks too weird, and imagining the sensation on my hand is cringe.

Which movie popcorn bucket design is your favorite? Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments!

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