Hard to say, but I think TPM have had higher hype among fans and big expectations to become another cult, iconic milestone, while TFA generated much wider hype, but without expectations to change it's generation's lives.
TFA has more forced hype through advertising and promotion campaigns. Fucking Star Wars apples. There's also internet now, so everywhere people hyping it up even if they're not a film blog, retweets and shit, have to be part of Star Wars now to be cool.
Hype for TMP was genuine and without pretense.
Phantom Menace without a doubt, I remember everyone thinking it would be one of the greatest films ever made rivaling the original trilogy.
TFA had more of the expectation of being better than the prequels and redeeming the franchise a bit since Lucas was gone, but most of the hype just came from the marketing campaign they set up for it.
I miss the hype I used to have for movies.
TFA had Disney's advertising juggernaut behind it,creating aburd amounts of artificial hype.
But among the public no movie ever was more anticipated than TPM.
There's not even a comparison between the two
Why do people keep asking this? TPM, without a doubt, had higher hype.
The time between Ep. III and TFA is peanuts compared to the span of Ep. VI and TPM and how much time people had to hype themselves up.
You tell me.