18 Movie Tie-In Popcorn Buckets We Loved (And Hated)


A collage of various tie-in popcorn buckets, including Dune, Saw X, Barbie, Ghostbusters, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Wars.

Image: AMC Theatres / Cinemark / Kotaku

As it turns out, the Dune: Part Two sandworm-shaped monstrosity that AMC is passing off as a popcorn bucket isn’t the only one of its kind. In fact, since 2019, AMC has apparently made a killing selling all kinds of collectible tie-in buckets for the year’s biggest blockbusters, from Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker to Taylor Swift: Eras Tour. It’s all a racket, I tells ya, but a racket that has spawned a bigger market than I was led to believe. Cinemark and other movie theater chains have also jumped on the train, and by now there are folks with a sizeable-enough bunch of these buckets at home to call it an honest-to-goodness collection, and their interest in them an obsession.

And frighteningly, we may just be at the start of this trend, considering that starting this week, you can pick up a Slimer bucket to coincide with your viewing of the new Ghostbusters flick. After diving down this rabbit hole, and proceeding to become the fucking Joker about it, I’ve come to you all with my findings. I’m so sorry. Here are some of the best, and absolute worst, popcorn buckets you can pick up.

For real American dollars.

Of your own volition.

For some reason.





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