The October doldrums are past (where The Martian was the #1 movie for four of the past five weeks?!). Last weekend saw the double whammy of James Bond and Charlie Brown gain 76% of the weekend box office, and the total take of all movies to be 148% over the previous weekend’s cumulatives and 6% over this time last year.
But that’s nothing. Christmas will come a week early this year when the latest Star Wars movie debuts! Looking at available tickets, there are multiplexes in New York City which are screening the movie at ten-minute intervals on Thursday Night, the 17th. (7:00, 7:10, 7:20…) Will we see the round-the-clock showings like there were for The Phantom Menace (more sanely scheduled every hour, on the hour)? Will there be a movie cineplex with enough screens to outdo the initial 32-screen release in 1977? Will people line up for repeat screenings? Will Star Wars VII beat Jurassic World’s second week box office record of $103 Million? Or Avatar’s third week record of $68 Million? (If it breaks the first four weeks of box office records, it will have earned, a minimum, of $434 Million.) Has Disney already recouped every dollar spent producing and marketing this movie? YOU BETCHA!
Here’s the latest movie schedule, culled from various sources…
NOTE: My colleagues have noted the confusion over Warner Brothers’ superhero schedule.
To be clear: past Suicide Squad, Warners Brothers/DC Entertainment has not matched announced movies with opening dates.
So, you will see a listing like:
Unknown 2018 Flash
3/23/2018 Untitled DC
That does not mean that there are two movies scheduled, only that DCE is planning movies, and has claimed dates. Other news sites have linked titles to dates. This has not been officially announced or confirmed by Warner Brothers, and until I see official confirmation, will continue to list the names and dates separately. When do I expect to see that confirmation? Either at a shareholder’s meeting, or maybe a special press conference.
Production on the Wonder Woman feature begins this month, 20 months before a possible June 2017 opening. BvS started filming in October 2014, principal photography ended in December 2014, and the movie comes out next March. That’s 15 months of post-production on BvS. The Dark Knight Rises had 8 months to get the film ready. Suicide Squad will have a year. So there’s no time to worry. Yet.
But what about the November 2016 movie, debuting five months later? No additional directors have yet to be named.
Meanwhile, Disney added a whole buncha dates to the calendar! Disney might have three nominees for Best Animated Feature in 2016. Not by their design, but because of Academy voters. This could split the vote, but Disney’s likely to push one particular title, just like they only push one song for the nomination. Disney did have three nominees in 2012, with Brave winning.
Updates are in bold. I have included links back to Box Office Mojo, which is the source of most of this data.
|11/25/2015||The Good Dinosaur||Pixar|
|12/18/2015||Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Disney|
|3/25/2016||Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice||DCE|
|5/6/2016||Captain America: Civil War||Marvel|
|6/3/2016||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2||Paramount|
|7/8/2016||??? (Was Doctor Strange)||Marvel|
|7/22/2016||Star Trek Beyond||Paramount|
|8/19/2016||Kubo and the Two Strings||Focus/Laika|
|11/18/2016||Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them||Warners|
|12/16/2016||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||Disney|
|12/25/2016||Nation Awakes||Aamir Sajjad Ventures|
|2/10/2017||The LEGO Batman Film||Warners|
|3/17/2017||Beauty and the Beast (live action)||Disney|
|3/31/2017||Get Smurfy in 3D||Sony|
|3/31/2017||Ghost in the Shell||Disney|
|4/14/2017||Blazing Samurai||Open Road Films|
|5/5/2017||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||Marvel|
|5/26/2017||Untitled LEGO Movie ?||Warners|
|5/26/2017||Star Wars: Episode VIII||Disney|
|6/9/2017||The Fantastic Four 2||Fox|
|6/30/2017||Despicable Me 3||Universal|
|7/7/2017||Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales||Disney|
|7/21/2017||Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets||EuropaCorp|
|12/22/2017||Untitled Disney Live Action Fairy Tale||Disney|
|2/9/2018||Untitled Warner Animation Group Project||Warners|
|5/4/2018||Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1||Marvel|
|5/18/2018||The LEGO Movie Sequel||Warners|
|5/25/2018||Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film||Disney|
|6/15/2018||Toy Story 4||Pixar|
|7/6/2018||Ant-Man and the Wasp||Marvel|
|7/13/2018||Untitled Fox / Marvel||Fox / Marvel|
|7/20/2018||Spider-Man (animated film)||Sony|
|9/21/2018||Scooby-Doo Animated Feature||Warners|
|11/2/2018||Untitled Disney Live Action Fairy Tale||Disney|
|11/16/2018||Untitled WB Special Event Film||Warners|
|11/21/2018||Untitled Disney Animation||Disney|
|3/29/2019||Untitled Disney Live Action Fairy Tale||Disney|
|4/12/2019||Untitled Disneytoons Studios||Disney|
|5/3/2019||Avengers: Infinity War, Part II||Marvel|
|5/24/2019||Untitled Warner Animated Film||Warners|
|6/21/2019||The Incredibles 2||Pixar|
|11/8/2019||Untitled Disney Live Action Fairy Tale||Disney|
|3/13/2020||Untitled Pixar Animation||Pixar|
|6/19/2020||Untitled Pixar Animation||Pixar|
|11/20/2020||Untitled WB Special Event Film||Warners|
|11/25/2020||Untitled Disney Animation||Disney|
|Unknown 2016||Untitled Lego Movie||Warners|
|Unknown 2017||Wonder Woman||DCE|
|Unknown 2017||Justice League, Part One||DCE|
|Unknown 2017||Lego Batman||Warners|
|Unknown 2017||Captain Underpants||Dreamworks|
|Unknown 2018||HP: Fantastic Beasts 2||Warners|
|Unknown 2019||Justice League Part Two||DCE|
|Unknown 2020||Green Lantern Corps||DCE|
|Unknown 2020||HP: Fantastic Beasts 3||Warners|
|UNKNOWN||The Amazing Spider-Man 3||Sony|
|UNKNOWN||The Amazing Spider-Man 4||Sony|
|UNKNOWN||Untitled Frozen sequel||Disney|
|UNKNOWN||The Billion Brick Race (Lego)||Warners|
I’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010.
I’ve been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, and spreading the graphic novel gospel since 1994.
I’m a bookseller, a librarian, an amateur scholar, a cool uncle, and a comics evangelist.
Ask me anything!