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Discussion in 'Movies' started by TerryRL, Dec 31, 2005.
It appears as though "Chronicles of Narnia" will win the last frame of 2005/first of 2006.
Looks like a lean year. The only film on the list I'm looking forward to is SUPERMAN RETURNS, and I'm curious about CASINO ROYALE. Next Christmas looks especially depressing for event films.
Much to director Bryan Singer's chagrin, WB's "Superman Returns" boasts the year's biggest budget (its also the most expensive film WB has ever produced). After marketing costs are factored in, the film will have a final budget in the area of $275-$300 million (making it the most expensive film ever made, especially if you count the millions WB has spent over the years trying to get the movie off the ground), so the studio is obviously hoping for a gigantic performance from it.
As far as which film will be the biggest hit of the year? Personally, I think it'll come down between "Cars" and 'Dead Man's Chest'. I think both 'X3' and 'Superman' will be monster hits, but my money is on "Cars" and 'Pirates'. I'm probably wrong, but that's how I see it right now.
I can't believe how few films on are on my must see list at this point... I mean, I had this many on my list to see just in Nov-Dec of this year!
Must see list (First run):
The Da Vinci Code
X3: The Last Stand
Hannibal: Behind the Mask
Look interesting (Second run):
V for Vendetta
Mission: Impossible III
A Prairie Home Companion
The Devil Wears Prada
I think The Da Vinci Code will be the movie to beat this year, considering how many copies the book has sold. That's what you call a built-in audience. This will also be the first year since I was old enough that I won't be seeing the new Bond film (my first: The Living Daylights) in the theater due to my extreme disappointment in the direction the franchise is heading.
I'm interested in how they handle CASINO ROYALE, but it may very well by my last Bond if it's another stinker like DIE ANOTHER DAY.
Lean year for sure. at least for now. The only one that has me really hyped is Superman Returns, MI3 in a way if Cruise will keep his mouth shut this year.
BTW, Terry, thanks for ALL the figures and your assessment of those on the 2005 thread. Seeing your posts we get the industry voice as well as your own. Very cool. Thanks!
If 2006 is shaping to be not such a great year at the box office, what films already planned do you think will make a big splash in 2007?
Like Larry, I'd be interested in "Casino Royale"...but Daniel Craig?? Eugene Levy is more Bond-like.
My sentiments exactly. He's almost on my "Won't Watch in Anything" list right next to Russell Crowe (whose behavior I find execrable) and Woody Allen (ditto).
Spidey 3 shouldn't do too bad.
Tim, thanks for the compliment.
As for 2007, here are some of the flicks that are expected to hit theaters that year...
"The Bourne Ultimatum"
"Fantastic Four II"
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
"His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass"
"Indiana Jones IV"
"Pirates of the Caribbean III"
"Rush Hour 3"
I know that the execs are going to have sky high expectations, but can you really blame them with some of the films expected to open in 2007?
If Indy IV does make it out in time then 2007 overall will easily make up for the rather empty 2006. I can see easily 4 titles on that list which can likely break 300 million.
We will never see Indy IV.
I'll predict right now: Halo, no matter who is behind it, will be a stunning FLOP.
To take Tino's comments further, I'd hate to see Spielberg waste his time on an Indy IV movie. I'd rather see his Lincoln biopic, a musical from him, anything!
I doubt Halo will be a flop. I doubt it will make $300M, but it's a pretty basic sci-fi action film. Those make money.
Film's I am positive will break $200 Million:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Film's I think have a good chance to break $200 Million:
The Da Vinci Code
Films that will do good but not $200 million:
Mission: Impossible III
Wasn't Doom a "pretty basic sci-fi action film"? It made $28 million. Why would Halo be any different?
It's not directed by the guy behind Ecks vs. Sever. It's not being dumped. It'll get promoted (which is key for opening weekend). It has a more basic sci-fi plot...not a horror plot.
I don't know about you guys, but all the "2's" and "3's" tell me that the movie industry is running out of stuff to do. Don't get me wrong, some movie's warrant sequels and beyond, but after looking at the '06 & '07 lists, it looks like overkill to me.
I would like to see some fresh idea's, new material ie. Sin City. Plenty of great Director's out there to get "R" dun.
That being said, I know I will go see Pirate's DMC, X3, Underworld Evolution, and Spidey 3. Its just sad that most of the movie's that are supposed to carry these next two years are going to be in some part an extended version of a movie we have already scene.
well and sequels are easy to announce, there's no reason in announcing the equivalents of the Must Love Dogs and Maria Full of Graces if the scripts haven't been written or picked up yet. There's no point in studios announcing every production company that receives a script in consideration.
On the other hand, it's very easy to announce a sequel before you have any contracts, script, outline, or schedule. And sequels/franchises are quite successful right now, seems the only movies people want to bother about in theatres are shrek, star wars and spiderman movies.
Clearly we need more movies that start with the letter S because those are the most successful!