2019 Spring Season Preview: January

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

January 4, 2019

Escape Room

Premise: From IMDb: “Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to survive.”
Box Office Prospects: $40 M
Expectations: Decent. This inventive horror film should do quite well with little competition.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

January 11, 2019

A Dog’s Way Home

Premise: From IMDb: “A dog travels 400 miles in search of her owner.”
Box Office Prospects: $55 M
Expectations: Good. Reminiscent of A Dog’s Purpose, this film should tickle the emotions of any dog lover, which could help its box office take.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

Replicas

Premise: From IMDb: “A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident.”
Box Office Prospects: $40 M
Expectations: Uncertain. Keanu Reeves doesn’t have the best box office track record, but this should do decently for him.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

The Upside

Premise: From IMDb: “A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy paraplegic and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.”
Box Office Prospects: $55 M
Expectations: Good. Kevin Hart is on a role and this film opposite Bryan Cranston should have a solid opportunity with audiences.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

January 18, 2019

Glass

Premise: From IMDb: “Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has 24 personalities.”
Box Office Prospects: $150 M
Expectations: Good. Based on the reception of the now-second film in the Unbreakable trilogy, this one should do quite well at the box office.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

January 25, 2019

The Kid Who Would Be King

Premise: From IMDb: “A band of kids embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace.”
Box Office Prospects: $35 M
Expectations: Uncertain. There aren’t a lot of people clamoring for a film like this one and that may depress attendance for this kid-friendly action adventure.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

Serenity

Premise: From IMDb: “The mysterious past of a fishing boat captain living in the Caribbean comes back to haunt him, ensnaring his life in a new reality that may not be what it all seems.”
Box Office Prospects: $20 M
Expectations: Uncertain. A lot of people keep trying to make a Matthew McConaughey renaissance happen and while he’s done much better since his Oscar win for Dallas Buyers Club, his box office successes have been others’ wins rather than his. I wouldn’t expect too much from this.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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