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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.

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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

and

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.

Movie schedule:
11/25/2015 The Good Dinosaur Pixar
12/18/2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Disney
2/12/2016 Deadpool Fox
3/4/2016 Zootopia Disney
3/25/2016 Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice DCE
5/6/2016 Captain America: Civil War Marvel
5/27/2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Fox
6/3/2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Paramount
6/17/2016 Finding Dory Pixar
7/8/2016 ??? (Was Doctor Strange) Marvel
7/22/2016 Star Trek Beyond Paramount
8/5/2016 Suicide Squad DCE
8/19/2016 Kubo and the Two Strings Focus/Laika
9/23/2016 Storks Warners
10/7/2016 Gambit Fox
10/7/2016 Monster High Universal
11/4/2016 Doctor Strange Marvel
11/18/2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Warners
11/23/2016 Moana Disney
12/16/2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Disney
12/25/2016 Nation Awakes Aamir Sajjad Ventures
1/13/2017 Power Rangers Lionsgate
2/10/2017 The LEGO Batman Film Warners
3/3/2017 Untitled Wolverine Fox
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
6/16/2017 Cars 3 Pixar
6/23/2017 Untitled DC DCE
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
7/28/2017 Unititled Spider-Man Sony/Marvel
9/22/2017 Ninjago Warners
11/3/2017 Thor: Ragnarok Marvel
11/17/2017 Untitled DC DCE
11/22/2017 Coco Pixar
12/22/2017 Untitled Disney Live Action Fairy Tale Disney
2/9/2018 Untitled Warner Animation Group Project Warners
2/16/2018 Black Panther Marvel
3/9/2018 Gigantic Disney
3/23/2018 Untitled DC DCE
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
7/27/2018 Untitled DC DCE
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
3/8/2019 Captain Marvel Marvel
3/29/2019 Untitled Disney Live Action Fairy Tale Disney
4/5/2019 Untitled DC DCE
4/12/2019 Untitled Disneytoons Studios Disney
5/3/2019 Avengers: Infinity War, Part II Marvel
5/24/2019 Untitled Warner Animated Film Warners
6/14/2019 Untitled DC DCE
6/21/2019 The Incredibles 2 Pixar
7/12/2019 Inhumans Marvel
11/8/2019 Untitled Disney Live Action Fairy Tale Disney
3/13/2020 Untitled Pixar Animation Pixar
4/3/2020 Untitled DC DCE
5/1/2020 Untitled Marvel Marvel
6/19/2020 Untitled DC DCE
6/19/2020 Untitled Pixar Animation Pixar
7/10/2020 Untitled Marvel Marvel
11/6/2020 Untitled Marvel Marvel
11/20/2020 Untitled WB Special Event Film Warners
11/25/2020 Untitled Disney Animation Disney
Unknown 2016 Popeye Sony
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 Flash DCE
Unknown 2018 Aquaman DCE
Unknown 2018 HP: Fantastic Beasts 2 Warners
Unknown 2019 Shazam DCE
Unknown 2019 Justice League Part Two DCE
Unknown 2020 Cyborg DCE
Unknown 2020 Green Lantern Corps DCE
Unknown 2020 HP: Fantastic Beasts 3 Warners
UNKNOWN The Batman DCE
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
UNKNOWN Sinister Six Sony

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t think there’s a multiplex big enough to beat 32 simultaneous screenings. For some time, the largest number of screens under one roof was 20, at Grand Rapids Michigan’s Studio 28 (so-named because of it’s location on 28th Street). This was at the height of the multiplex craze in the 1990s, when more was always better, before cinema attendance started to drop off. (There was talk of expanding to 28 screens – because obvious – but it never happened… and Studio 28 is now just a really big parking lot.) There’s probably a few bigger plexes out there somewhere, but I doubt anyone’s built one that much larger.

  2. Yes… I did some basic research, and there doesn’t seem to be a 32-plex.

    AMC does have the Empire 25 in Times Square. Many of the theaters on the top floor are smaller theaters, usually used for screenings and foreign films.

  3. With regard to the 7/8/2016 date, noted as “??? (Was Doctor Strange)”: I believe that’s now held for the Ant-Man sequel, “ANT-MAN AND THE WASP,” the addition of which pushed the BLACK PANTHER and CAPTAIN MARVEL movies to these later-than-originally-announced dates.

  4. Oops, got that wrong!

    The Ant-Man sequel is for July 2018, not 2016! To the extent that the 7/8/2016 date may be a hole to be filled in the schedule, I’m not sure if any “nerd-friendly” flick will move to fill the space vacated by DOCTOR STRANGE, or if folks will cede July to things like GHOSTBUSTERS and STAR TREK that have staked out spaces later in that month.

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