2020 At The Boxoffice

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It’s that time of year again when we can start discussing 2020 boxoffice.
Here’s a RT article on the films coming out.
Welcome to the year when your patience finally pays off. The movies 2020 is offering have us almost hyperventilating – mostly because it feels like we’ve been waiting forever for many of them to land in theaters. We’re finally getting the next James Bond film, https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bond_25
No Time to Die, with director Cary Fukunaga taking over for once-attached Danny Boyle, and Daniel Craig returning (for one last time?). Then there are long-awaited follow-ups to Bad Boys and Legally Blonde, and Tom Cruise is back to race across the sky in Top Gun: Maverick. Plus, Wonder Woman returns in Wonder Woman 1984, and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow will kick off Marvel’s Phase Four. It’s not all sequels and reboots though, and if you’re a musical fan, you’re in for a treat, with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights coming to the big screen, courtesy of Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu. It’s never too early to get excited about movies, so start marking these titles in your calendar. [Updated on 12/9/19]

Jan-Mar | Apr-June | July-Sep | Oct-Dec

The Best Movies of 2018 | The Best Movies of 2019



https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/most-anticipated-movies-of-2020/
 
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The cynic in me says that 2020 is going to be, overall, a down year at the box office. Analysts will look for a reason, and cite the lack of a Star Wars or Avengers movie as a culprit, or will look at mid-level franchises not performing at A-levels and blame it on audience fatigue.

But the real reason will be much simpler: there are more entertainment options than ever, and a lot of the best work being done today is being done for direct-to-consumer platforms like streaming and premium cable.

In an era when there’s an app to bring every convenience in the world to your doorstop, the big question is what kind of space that leaves for a theatrical market, and whatever happens, I think 2020 will shed some light on potential answers to that question.
 

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Yeah. There were a lot of surprise disappointments at the boxoffice in 2019.

I think that trend will increase in 2020.
 
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2020 Release Schedule


subject to change. Click each title for project info / to view a trailer (if available).

JANUARY 2020

January 3 (Friday)
The Grudge

January 10 (Friday)
The Informer
Just Mercy (Expands)
Like a Boss
Underwater
Les Misérables (Limited)
Three Christs (Limited)

January 17 (Friday)
Bad Boys For Life
Dolittle

January 23 (Thursday)
Sundance Film Festival (until February 2)

January 24 (Friday)
The Gentlemen
Run
The Turning
Color Out of Space (Limited)
The Last Full Measure (Limited)

January 31 (Friday)
Gretel and Hansel
The Rhythm Section
The Assistant (Limited)
The Traitor (Limited)

FEBRUARY 2020

February 7 (Friday)
Birds of Prey
And Then We Danced (Limited)
Come to Daddy (Limited)
The Lodge (Limited)

February 14 (Friday - Valentine's Day)
Fantasy Island
The Photograph
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Expands)
Sonic the Hedgehog
After Midnight (Limited)
Buffaloed (Limited)
Downhill (Limited)
VFW (Limited)

February 21 (Friday)
Brahms: The Boy II
The Call of the Wild
Emma (Limited)

February 28 (Friday)
The Invisible Man
Burden (Limited)
Wendy (Limited)
The Whistlers (Limited)

MARCH 2020

March 6 (Friday)
Pixar's Onward
The Way Back
First Cow (Limited)

March 13 (Friday)
Bloodshot
I Still Believe
My Spy

March 20 (Friday)
A Quiet Place: Part II
The Climb (Limited)
The Truth (Limited)

March 27 (Friday)
Mulan
Saint Maud (Limited)

APRIL 2020

April 3 (Friday)
Fatherhood
The Lovebirds
The New Mutants
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

April 10 (Friday)
No Time To Die

April 17 (Friday)
Monster Problems
Trolls World Tour
Antlers (Limited)
Charm City Kings (Limited)
Promising Young Woman (Limited)

April 24 (Friday)
Antebellum
Bad Trip



Summer 2020

MAY 2020

May 1 (Friday)
Black Widow

May 8 (Friday)
Greyhound
Legally Blonde 3
Covers (Limited)

May 12 (Tuesday)
Cannes Film Festival (until May 23)

May 15 (Friday)
New Saw Movie
Scoob!
The Woman in the Window

May 22 (Friday)
Fast & Furious 9
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On the Run

May 29 (Friday)
Artemis Fowl

JUNE 2020

June 5 (Friday)
Wonder Woman 1984

June 12 (Friday)
Candyman

June 19 (Friday)
Pixar's Soul

June 26 (Friday)
In the Heights
Top Gun: Maverick

JULY 2020

July 3 (Friday)
Free Guy
Minions: The Rise of Gru

July 10 (Friday)
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
The Purge 5

July 17 (Friday)
Bob's Burgers
Tenet

July 24 (Friday)
Jungle Cruise

July 31 (Friday)
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
Morbius

AUGUST 2020

August 7 (Friday)
Empty Man
Infinite

August 14 (Friday)
Escape Room 2
Malignant
The One and Only Ivan

August 21 (Friday)
Bill & Ted Face the Music

August 28 (Friday)
Spell

SEPTEMBER 2020

September 4 (Friday)
Monster Hunter

September 11 (Friday)
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

September 18 (Friday)
The King's Man
Without Remorse

September 25 (Friday)
Last Night in Soho
The Many Saints of Newark
Praise This

OCTOBER 2020

October 2 (Friday)
Bios

October 9 (Friday)
Death on the Nile
Fatale
Respect
The Witches

October 16 (Friday)
G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant
Halloween Kills

October 23 (Friday)
Everybody's Talking About Jamie

NOVEMBER 2020

November 6 (Friday)
The Eternals
Stillwater (Limited)

November 12 (Thursday)
**Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3 (NEW RELEASE DATE NOVEMBER 2021)**

November 13 (Friday)
Red Notice

November 20 (Friday)
Godzilla vs. Kong
Happiest Season

November 25 (Wednesday - Thanksgiving)
King Richard
Raya and the Last Dragon

DECEMBER 2020

December 11 (Friday)
Samaritan

December 18 (Friday)
Coming 2 America
Dune
Uncharted
West Side Story

December 23 (Wednesday)
The Croods 2
Tom and Jerry

December 25 (Friday - Christmas Day)
News of the World
The Tomorrow War
The Last Duel (Limited)

‹ 2019 Release Schedule | 2021 Release Schedule ›
https://www.firstshowing.net/schedule2020/
 
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The mistake some analysts and armchair observers have made this year and will continue to make in my view, is to assume that audiences simply have no interest in the content, when I think the truth is more nuanced. That there is audience interest, but that the audience is perfectly happy to watch it at home, especially if that audience got new big screen 4K TVs during the holiday season.
 
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Streaming and digital viewing is akin to Television being introduced back in the 50’s. Studios had to adapt to that threat. Wonder what they will do to combat this emerging “ digital/ streaming home theater threat”?
 
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A correction to that schedule: Fantastic Beasts 3 is scheduled for November 2021, so we've got a while to go on that one.

What are you guys looking forward to in 2020?

As of right now, my most anticipated movies on the 2020 schedule are In the Heights, West Side Story, Raya and the Last Dragon and Onward.
 
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Streaming and digital viewing is akin to Television being introduced back in the 50’s. Studios had to adapt to that threat. Wonder what they will do to combat this emerging “ digital/ streaming home theater threat”?
I thought the answer was going to be to upgrade all theaters to IMAX/Dolby Cinema/3D/Atmos quality at no extra charge so that your moviegoing experience just got better without you having to think about it or pay more for it, but sadly that’s not the direction they went.

The studios are all being bought by telecom companies who are seeing their output as more valuable for their cable/internet/satellite/data businesses than theatrical - so I wonder if push comes to shove, if those parent companies will care to try to innovate to save theatrical.
 

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I just went looking to see what Warner Bros. is putting in that slot instead, and it's Godzilla v. Kong, which was pushed back from March.
 

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What do you do when a movie bombs, but the sequel's already completed principal photography?
Pray. ;)

And speaking of other potential disasters, I think it's funny that Disney has yet to remove The New Mutants from its scheduled April 3 debut. There's no way that's happening.
 
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What do you all think will end up the #1 film of 2020?

The last few years it has been all Marvel or Star Wars. But this year there won't be a Star Wars (all the money The Rise of Skywalker makes in 2020 will count toward the 2019 chart because it opened then) and Marvel has two films that are probably going to be hits, but I suspect Black Widow and The Eternals are going to be smaller than their Infinity War/Endgame size behemoths.

So...I really can't tell what the biggest one this year will be.

By a different metric just in terms of my personal excitement level, the ones I'm most looking forward to are In the Heights, West Side Story, Raya and the Last Dragon and Onward.
 

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I don’t know what will be the biggest hit (probably still something owned by Disney) but I think what I predicted earlier will probably hold true - that there will be a lot of quality films that nonetheless underperform their studios’ expectations because we’re overloaded with entertainment options, because there’s no consequence for missing a film in theaters anymore, and because theatrical isn’t keeping pace with the innovations that have been steadily evolving with home viewing.

AMC stock is at about $7 a share right now. It debuted at $18 about five years ago on an IPO. It soared to nearly $40 at its peak. How long can that company keep going when they’re hemorrhaging value like that and playing movies to mostly empty auditoriums most of the time?

I don’t have the foresight to know what exactly will happen or when. But I don’t see how things can just continue on indefinitely as they always have.
 

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Fast & Furious 9 will be one of the top grossers worldwide, along with No Time To Die and Jungle Cruise.

There are some wildcards that could be breakout hits, or massive bombs, like Top Gun 2 and Monster Problems.
 
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I won't bet against Marvel, but because they killed her last year and this is a prequel, I'm not sure Black Widow is going to do quite as much as it would if she had lived and the movie was taking place in a post-Endgame world. It will probably still be big, but it seems like it will see a dip from Avengers-level grosses.

I'm thinking Wonder Woman 1984 has a good shot at being #1. The first was extremely well-liked, and it seems primed to go even higher, if they can deliver something as good as the first one was.

The highest-grossing original (non-sequel/adaptation from existing IP) film of 2019 was Us with $175 million domestic. The highest-grossing original film of 2018 was A Quiet Place with $188 million. After two consecutive sequels, Pixar is back in originals mode this year with both Onward (in March) and Soul (in June), and then there is Tenet in July from Christopher Nolan. I think the highest-grossing original title will be one of those three, and they'll be significantly higher than the last couple of years.
 
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I won't bet against Marvel, but because they killed her last year and this is a prequel, I'm not sure Black Widow is going to do quite as much as it would if she had lived and the movie was taking place in a post-Endgame world. It will probably still be big, but it seems like it will see a dip from Avengers-level grosses.
And I'm sure Marvel budgeted it accordingly.
 
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And I'm sure Marvel budgeted it accordingly.
Absolutely. There is no question that it should be a profitable hit.

That being said, given that Disney's overall slate looks less loaded than last year, I bet they wish they could have had Guardians 3 this year. It would have almost surely taken the slot given to Black Widow if it had not been derailed by James Gunn's temporary firing. Black Widow was probably slated for the July 2020 slot which Marvel vacated after Guardians fell apart, as it is more important to them to have a movie in the traditional May window than July, if they have to choose.
 

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First weekend of 2020

And we’re off..........

1 (1) Star Wars: The Rise o… Walt Disney $33,739,000 -53% 4,406 n/c $7,658 $450,796,441 3
2 (2) Jumanji: The Next Level Sony Pict… $26,500,000 -25% 4,134 -93 $6,410 $236,206,405 4
3 (4) Little Women Sony Pict… $13,575,000 -19% 3,308 n/c $4,104 $60,023,332 2
4 N The Grudge Sony Pict… $11,300,000 2,642 $4,277 $11,300,000 1
5 (3) Frozen II Walt Disney $11,291,000 -33% 3,175 -90 $3,556 $449,876,364 7
6 (5) Spies in Disguise 20th Cent… $10,084,000 -24% 3,502 n/c $2,879 $46,729,961 2
7 (6) Knives Out Lionsgate $9,025,000 -9% 2,142 +120 $4,213 $130,256,694 6
8 (7) Uncut Gems A24 $7,820,000 -18% 2,686 +338 $2,911 $37,825,474 4
9 (9) Bombshell Lionsgate $4,075,000 -15% 1,721 +241 $2,368 $24,569,144 4
10 (8) Cats Universal $2,600,000 -46% 2,902 -478 $896 $24,690,935 3
11 (10) Richard Jewell Warner Bros. $1,700,000 -45% 1,870 -632 $909 $21,179,186 4
12 (11) Ford v. Ferrari 20th Cent… $1,680,000 -7% 730 -63 $2,301 $109,949,840 8
13 (14) A Beautiful Day in th… Sony Pict… $1,225,000 -15% 856 -158 $1,431 $58,803,665 7
- (12) Queen & Slim Universal $1,210,000 -29% 625 -74 $1,936 $42,704,770 6
- (17) Parasite Neon $888,122 +56% 222 +52 $4,001 $23,900,735 13
- (16) 1917 Universal $590,000 +2% 11 n/c $53,636 $2,279,867 2
- (19) 21 Bridges STX Enter… $400,000 +60% 476 +247 $840 $28,270,000 7
- (18) Jojo Rabbit Fox Searc… $358,000 +42% 209 +1 $1,713 $21,592,814 12
 

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