2021 Oscar Season Box Office Preview: Introduction

To introduce you to the upcoming films, there will be two preview articles every month and this introduction every four months. The Season Preview article will focus on one of three seasons Spring Season (January through April), Blockbuster Season (May through August) and Oscar Season (September through December). In these introductory articles, I will give you the current release schedule for the specified season, which may change as the release dates get closer.

As our second Oscar season of the Pandemic Era begins, we’re looking for films to break out of the pandemic funk. Films that would have easily topped $100 million in years’ past have fallen short of that. Part of that is Disney’s hamfisted attempt to re-start vertical integration with its day-and-date releases on Disney Plus, part of it is a pandemic still raging and a public split between those who refuse to vaccinate and those who have with new strains causing added pain for cinemas. An impressive array of potential blockbusters and Oscar fare is on the offing and while it would be nice to return to pre-pandemic numbers, we might just be another year off of that.

September 3, 2021

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Wide)

September 10, 2021

The Card Counter (Wide)
Malignant (Wide)
Queenpins (Wide)

September 17, 2021

Blue Bayou (Wide)
Clifford the Big Red Dog (Wide)
CopShop (Wide)
Cry Macho (Wide)
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Wide)

September 24, 2021

Dear Evan Hanson (Wide)
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Wide)

October 1, 2021

The Addams Family 2 (Wide)
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (Wide)
The Jesus Music (Wide)
The Many Saints of Newark (Wide)

October 8, 2021

No Time to Die (Wide)

October 15, 2021

Halloween Kills (Wide)
The Last Duel (Wide)

October 22, 2021

Dune (Wide)
Jackass Foreever (Wide)
Ron’s Gone Wrong (Wide)
The French Dispatch (Limited)

October 29, 2021

Last Night in Soho (Wide)

November 5, 2021

Elvis (Wide)
Eternals (Wide)

November 11, 2021

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Wide)
Belfast (Wide on 11/12/21)

November 19, 2021

King Richard (Wide)
Top Gun: Maverick (Wide)

November 24, 2021

Encanto (Wide)
Gucci (Wide)
National Champions (Wide)
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (Wide)
Soggy Bottom (Limited)

December 3, 2021

Wolf (Wide)
Nightmare Alley (Limited)

December 10, 2021

American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story (Wide)
Violence in Action (Wide)
West Side Story (Wide)
Journal for Jordan (Limited)

December 17, 2021

Spider-Man: No Way Home (Wide)

December 22, 2021

The King’s Man (Wide)
The Matrix 4 (Wide)
Sing 2 (Wide)

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