The ongoing pandemic continues to affect movies at the box office, release dates, and I also want to add a note here about mental health. Press Screeners and Screenings If there’s one thing that’s improved any during the past year, it’s the ability for press to do their jobs from home. To those studios who have press screening platforms on Apple TV or Roku, thank you. To those who don’t, it’s 2021 for Pete’s sake!…"Movies, Box Office, Pandemic, and Mental Health"
While most people are staying away during the pandemic, movie theaters are still important and people will return once vaccinated. One of the things I keep going back this early in the year is The Big Picture by Ben Fritz. It’s been a few years since the book was published but what Fritz has to say is still relevant. Do not be surprised if you see me come back to this book throughout the year…"Movie Theaters: I Will Return When The Time Comes"
While some states are starting to reopen businesses, the question remains whether people will be going back to the movies when theaters reopen. All eyes are on July 17th as Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is still scheduled to open. While Warner Bros. hasn’t moved the film, the best bet is they will. A decision needs to be made and soon. Without a vaccine, movie theaters won’t be running at a capacity studios need to make their…"Movies: Will Audiences Return Without A Vaccine?"
Another winner this summer was original summer content that came in the form of Baby Driver, The Big Sick, Dunkirk, and Girls Trip. 47 Meters Down also makes the list given how much it made at the box office against its budget. Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver opened in late June to an opening of $20.5 million. Wright’s film used a musical soundtrack in ways that the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise may never reach. The…"Summer Winner: Original Summer Content"
The next summer loser was the entire month of August. In a month packed with so many independent films fighting for an audience, it was the studios that failed to offer a film that could appeal to the entire family or at least a few of the movie-going quadrants. The month started off with the release of The Dark Tower from Sony Pictures and Aviron’s Kidnap starring Halle Berry. Nevermind the fact that Sony had…"Summer Loser: The Month of August"
The R-rated comedy is going to need to be revamped heading into next year because aside from Girls Trip, they landed with a dud. The best comedies this summer were all indie comedies and I’ll have more on that when I visit the summer winners on Monday. Snatched, starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, opened against King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. But a front-loaded opening weekend of $19 million wasn’t enough to keep it…"Summer Loser: The R-Rated Comedy"
August has been a down month at the box office even as we head towards a Labor Day weekend that won’t see the studios release a huge film. But for so many films selected for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, it’s been an even bigger struggle to make a dent. Throw in the wide releases this past month and the box office is really telling. Overall weekend grosses have dropped from $122,787,691 at the start…"What happened with Indie Films at the Box Office in August?"
Memorial Day used to mark the kick-off of the summer movie box office season but that changed the minute that Sony dated Spider-Man for release at the start of May 2002. Many films released this past month have opened below studio expectations. Are audiences tired of these tentpoles or are movies thought to be critic-proof no longer critic-proof? Before I started writing reviews regularly, I would turn to the likes of Roger Ebert for my…"Summer Box Office: Is Tentpole Fatigue in Play?"