2021 Blockbuster Season Box Office Preview: May

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

May 7, 2021

Wrath of Man

Premise: From IMDb: “The plot follows H, a cold and mysterious character working at a cash truck company responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week.”
Box Office Prospects: $10 M
Expectations: Weak. Even when there isn’t a pandemic going, Jason Statham films don’t do terribly well. I expect even worse during a pandemic.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

May 14, 2021

Spiral

Premise: From IMDb: “A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in SPIRAL, the terrifying new chapter from the book of SAW.”
Box Office Prospects: $15 M
Expectations: Uncertain. A steady performer during normal times, horror films have been even less successful during the pandemic. Attempting to reboot a once-popular series miight not work out right now.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

May 21, 2021

I Carry You With Me (Limited)

Premise: From IMDb: “Ambition and societal pressure propel an aspiring chef to leave his soulmate in Mexico and make the treacherous journey to New York, where life will never be the same.”
Box Office Prospects: $5 M
Expectations: Uncertain. The film is starting in limited and then expanding the following week. It’s not the kind of film that needs a platform release nor does it need a wide release. It could do well, but it’s highly doubtful that it will.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

May 28, 2021

Cruella

Premise: From IMDb: “A live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil.”
Box Office Prospects: $100 M
Expectations: Good. The second major Hollywood blockbuster push of the year, a late-pandemic release, it’s uncertain exactly how well it will perform, but Disney must expect decent returns if it’s going ahead with a release.
Oscar Prospects: Good. The film has solid prospects in Production Design, Costume Design, and Makeup & Hairstyling with a victory in Costume Design likely.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

A Quiet Place: Part II

Premise: From IMDb: “Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.”
Box Office Prospects: $50 M
Expectations: Uncertain. Horror has taken a major hit during the pandemic and it’s not certain if it will rebound as quickly as blockbusters like Godzilla vs. Kong. We’ll see how things go, but I wouldn’t expect the huge success of the original.
Oscar Prospects: Doubtful. The first film scored a Sound Editing nomination. Not only does that category no longer exist, but sequals usually underperform their predecessors at the Oscars, so I wouldn’t expect anything this time around.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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