Category: Preview

2022 Blockbuster Season Box Office Preview: July

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

July 1, 2022

Minions: The Rise of Gru

Premise: From IMDb: “The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain.”
Box Office Prospects: $280 M
Expectations: Excellent. The first Minions movie outperformed all but the second film in the Despicable Me series. At $363 million, it gives us an idea of how this second film might perform. That said, the third Despicable Me came out after and there was a noticeable drop. With uncertainty about family attention at the box office, I’m going a bit conservative with this prediction.
Oscar Prospects: Poor. The Academy hasn’t shown much interest in this franchise, so I doubt we’ll see it in the Oscar nominations.
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2022 Blockbuster Season Box Office Preview: June

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June 3, 2022

Watcher

Premise: From IMDb: “A young woman moves into a new apartment with her fiancé only to be tormented by the feeling that she is being stalked by an unseen watcher in an adjacent building.”
Box Office Prospects: $25 M
Expectations: Weak. This film looks like one of those horror thrillers that disappoints when released wide.
Oscar Prospects: None.
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2022 Blockbuster Season Box Office Preview: May

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May 6, 2022

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Premise: From IMDb: “Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens the doorway to the multiverse, including a alternate versions of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff.”
Box Office Prospects: $300 M
Expectations: Excellent. The first film pulled in $232 million. After six years, that number is sure to go up, but will it be enough to surpass the original when adjusted for inflation? It’s not certain.
Oscar Prospects: Good. After Spider-Man: No Way Home, the multiverse is likely to be a Visual Effects powerhouse for the MCU.
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2022 Spring Season Box Office Preview: April

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April 1, 2022

The Contractor

Premise: From IMDb: “After being involuntarily discharged from the Marines, James Harper (Pine) joins a paramilitary organization in order to support his family in the only way he knows how.”
Box Office Prospects: $35 M
Expectations: Weak. There’s no evidence to support this type of film or this actor (Chris Pine) is enough of a box office draw to overcome the familiarity and low key nature of the film itself.
Oscar Prospects: None.
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2022 Spring Season Box Office Preview: March

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March 4, 2022

The Batman

Premise: From IMDb: “In his second year of fighting crime, Batman uncovers corruption in Gotham City that connects to his own family while facing a serial killer known as the Riddler.”
Box Office Prospects: $200 M
Expectations: Good. It’s hard to say how Warner Bros. will do now that they’ve stopped forcing day-and-date on their features. This should be an interesting test, though it’s fascianting how few wide release are coming out in the typically more lively March.
Oscar Prospects: None.
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March 25, 2022

The Lost City

Premise: From IMDb: “A reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.”
Box Office Prospects: $100 M
Expectations: Good. Give audiences a good action-adventure romance film and they’ll show up. The question is will this be good enough to summon people to the box office.
Oscar Prospects: None.
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2022 Spring Season Box Office Preview: February

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February 4, 2021

Jackass Forever

Premise: From IMDb: “After 11 years, the Jackass crew is back for their final crusade.”
Box Office Prospects: $100 M
Expectations: Good. Whether or not this franchise can withstand the pandemic box office decline, the series has done quite well with audiences who apparently like mindnumbing entertainment.
Oscar Prospects: None.
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2022 Spring Season Box Office Preview: January

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January 7, 2022

The 355

Premise: From IMDb: “When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands, a wild card CIA agent joins forces with three international agents on a lethal mission to retrieve it, while staying a step ahead of a mysterious woman who’s tracking their every move”
Box Office Prospects: $35 M
Expectations: Poor. This film has been held back longer than it should have and its concept isn’t likely to liven up the January box office.
Oscar Prospects: None.
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2021 Oscar Season Box Office Preview: December

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December 3, 2021

Wolf

Premise: From IMDb: “A high-concept arthouse drama about a boy who believes he is a wolf.”
Box Office Prospects: $1.5 M
Expectations: Poor. If this is truly releasing wide, it has little hope of doing well as the concept is far too strange to be a hit.
Oscar Prospects: None.
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Nightmare Alley (Limited)

Premise: From IMDb: “An ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.”
Box Office Prospects: $45 M
Expectations: Uncertain. Guillermo del Toro has made a lot of money at the box office, but his smaller efforts, with big names, tend to also do decently at the box office. How that works out during the pandemic remains to be seen.
Oscar Prospects: Good. Del Toro has also been a surprisingly consistent Oscar player with The Shape of Water doing far better with Oscar voters than initially expected. With this being a remaking of a film noir, it could also do well.
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December 10, 2021

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2021 Oscar Season Box Office Preview: November

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November 5, 2021

Eternals

Premise: From IMDb: “The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.”
Box Office Prospects: $200 M
Expectations: Excellent. With the box office starting to rebound, Disney has done tremendously well getting audiences to the theater for films like Shang-Chi, so I expect this one should do fairly well.
Oscar Prospects: Good. The film will surely compete in Sound and Visual Effects categories if nowhere else.
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2021 Oscar Season Box Office Preview: October

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October 1, 2021

The Addams Family 2

Premise: From IMDb: “The Addams get tangled up in more wacky adventures and find themselves involved in hilarious run-ins with all sorts of unsuspecting characters. Sequel to the 2019 animated film, ‘The Addams Family’.”
Box Office Prospects: $90 M
Expectations: Good. The first animated film scored nearly $100 million in its outing two years ago. The pandemic has changed the box office a bit, so it might struggle to reach that threshold, but kids’ films have been faring better than addult entertainment lately, so it’s possible to equal out.
Oscar Prospects: Poor. The first film failed to score an Oscar nomination and sequels struggle a great deal, so don’t expect it.
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2021 Oscar Season Box Office Preview: September

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September 3, 2021

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Premise: From IMDb: “The movie, based on Marvel Comics, will focus on Shang-Chi; ‘The Master of Kung-Fu’.”
Box Office Prospects: $170 M
Expectations: Good. Black Widow managed to pull in over $170 million at the box office, which means Marvel is still good, even in a pandemic, for drawing people to the theater. That said, attendance has been dropping ever since, so this might be wishful thinking.
Oscar Prospects: Uncertain. While the MCU has done decently in the past scoring Oscar nominations, their product hasn’t always made the case, but this film certainly could due to its more fantastical elements.
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2021 Blockbuster Season Box Office Preview: August

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August 6, 2021

The Suicide Squad

Premise: From IMDb: “Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.”
Box Office Prospects: $250 M
Expectations: Uncertain. The first Suicide Squad made over $325 million, but the Harley Quinn-focused Birds of Prey made $85 million thanks to the rise of the pandemic. The pandemic is still in play, so it might not be able to come close to the original, but we shall see.
Oscar Prospects: Uncertain. The first film was nominated for, and won, an Oscar for Best Makeup & Haristyling. Lightning isn’t likely to strike twice, but we will see.
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