The updates are in for the Thanksgiving weekend box office and it’s not good news for either Strange World or Devotion. One takeaway from this weekend is that we’re still not back to the pre-pandemic numbers. This weekend’s box office is down 12% compared to last year. It’s not even close to what the numbers were in 2018. Will numbers return to normal next year or is this going to be the new normal? When…"Thanksgiving Box Office Update: Not Good for Strange World, Devotion"
With the rising costs of tickets at movie theaters, make no mistake that streaming is continuing to have an impact at the box office. It isn’t necessarily the cost of tickets though as it could be the subject of a film. A story could still be important viewing but it might not be subject matter that falls under entertaining and enjoyable. Take a film like She Said, for instance. It flopped over it’s opening weekend…"Streaming Continues To Hurt Thanksgiving Box Office"
Bros, a long-overdue LGBTQ studio rom-com, flopped upon its theatrical release with a reported box office of under $5 million. The film’s estimated $4.8 million was good enough for a fourth place finish at the box office. It will land on Peacock in just under 45 days from now where it is sure to find an audience. Unfortunately, the film’s box office performance is not good for the future of LGBTQ-centric movies being released by…"Bros Flops As Comedies Continue Box Office Struggle"
Lightyear underwhelmed at the box office as the Pixar spinoff fell short of $100 million globally over the animated film’s opening weekend. The film’s weekend projections see it finishing its opening weekend in second place at $51 million, second to Jurassic World Dominion. Where the numbers are very disappointing is that the film fell short of Cars 3‘s $53 million opening weekend in 2017. Looking at box office history, Lightyear joins The Good Dinosaur (2015)…"Lightyear Underwhelms At The Box Office"
For the second week in a row, an Oscar-winning filmmaker has seen their new film–a remake–struggle at the box office. Names like Steven Spielberg or Guillermo del Toro should command your attention. Instead, their films are not making the money. It’s possible that the pandemic is affecting their box office revenue. However, this can’t entirely be the case because Spider-Man: No Way Home just ate up the box office with one of the biggest opening…"Box Office: West Side Story, Nightmare Alley Struggle"
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"