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2022 Oscar Season Box Office Preview: December

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

December 2, 2022

Violent Night

Premise: From IMDb: “When a group of mercenaries attack the estate of a wealthy family, Santa Claus must step in to save the day (and Christmas).”
Box Office Prospects: $45 M
Expectations: Poor. There isn’t a lot of good history for Christmas-set horror, most of the films go direct to video or to a streaming service that caters to such films. This one will be an interesting test of the genre.
Oscar Prospects: None.
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2022 Oscar Season Box Office Preview: November

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November 4, 2022

One Piece Film: Red

Premise: From IMDb: “For the first time ever, Uta – the most beloved singer in the world – will reveal herself to the world at a live concert. The voice that the whole world has been waiting for is about to resound.”
Box Office Prospects: $15 M
Expectations: Uncertain. Not every anime film can perform like the recent Dragon Ball movie. There is an upper limit around $30-35 Million, but many make less than half a million, so it’s impossible to know just how well this will perform. That said, its wide release will probably boost its chances, so I’m putting this one higher than I normally would, but not as high as some others.
Oscar Prospects: None.
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2022 Oscar Season Box Office Preview: October

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

October 7, 2022

Amsterdam

Premise: From IMDb: “Set in the ’30s, it follows three friends who witness a murder, become suspects themselves, and uncover one of the most outrageous plots in American history.”
Box Office Prospects: $50 M
Expectations: Uncertain. The prospects of a David O. Russell film at the box office seems in direct proportion to its Oscar buzz…Joy barely had any and it didn’t do well whereas his prior films did and did great. So, since this one seems to be on the low end of Oscar expectations, so go the box office predictions.
Oscar Prospects: Uncertain. It skipped the festival circuit, which isn’t a good sign and early reviews have been all over the place. I suspect that the film might end up skipped, though some craft category considerations might be possible.
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2022 Oscar Season Box Office Preview: September

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

September 2, 2022

Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.

Premise: From IMDb: “In the aftermath of a huge scandal, Trinitie Childs, the first lady of a prominent Southern Baptist Mega Church, attempts to help her pastor-husband, Lee-Curtis Childs, rebuild their congregation.”
Box Office Prospects: $35 M
Expectations: Uncertain. There will be a segment of the population that will flock to this, but will it be a large enough batch of attendees to turn it into a surprise hit? Seems doubtful.
Oscar Prospects: None.
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2022 Blockbuster Season Box Office Preview: August

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August 5, 2022

Bodies Bodies Bodies

Premise: From IMDb: “When a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game turns deadly in this fresh and funny look at backstabbing, fake friends, and one party gone very, very wrong.”
Box Office Prospects: $75 M
Expectations: Good. It’s been a long time since a horror film so effectively targeted teens, so this would could do quite well, but it has stiff competition.
Oscar Prospects: None.
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2022 Blockbuster Season Box Office Preview: July

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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

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

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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