Flaco's 2015 Holiday Preview
This is setting up to be quite the interesting holiday season at the box office. Potentially two of the biggest movies ever are launching within a month of each other and there isn't much substantial in between as it seems everyone is avoiding competing with them directly. On one hand, it's smart because no studio wants to see their big movies dwarfed, but it also guarantees that these tentpole films will have a free ride to the top of the box office charts. Let's take a look at the big behemoths and the few movies that did decide to release around the same time.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
The first of the two box office monsters comes out a week before Thanksgiving in the states. Expect the highest Hunger Games box office ever as all the fans show up in droves on week 1 to send it off. The true test will be whether it has staying power once the story is all wrapped up.
The Night Before
This year's Seth Rogen comedy is not controversial enough to get the boot from theaters like last year's The Interview, but the big question is, “will it be funny?” It seems his movies have been trending downward since the meta apocalypse comedy This is the End, but they do still tend to make money.
The Good Dinosaur
Two Pixar movies in one year? This is a rare treat. However, in this case it's because The Good Dinosaur had a very un-Pixar-like troubled production with the original director getting replaced and having to start over from scratch. Still, having the massive success of this year's earlier hit Inside Out as a lead-in can't hurt.
Frankenstein is one of those classic movie franchises that, appropriately enough, everyone keeps trying to bring back to life even though it's never been as successful as the original back in 1931. This version looks to focus on the titular mad scientist and his relationship with his assistant Igor as its hook.
I miss cheesy monster movies, so when I saw they were mashing that idea up with a Christmas movie and adding a bunch of great comic actors it seemed like a good way to liven up the genre. Hopefully it has more of a Tremors vibe than recent too-serious horror films.
In the Heart of the Sea
Ron Howard does his Ron Howard thing and gets yet another stellar cast together for some big budget action film. Maybe this is counter programming for the more sophisticated crowd with so many other movie goers attention elsewhere, but the trailer doesn't sound that interesting.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Did I mention there were two big movies this season? Because while I know Hunger Games is going to be huge, this has a chance to be historic. I would not at all be surprised if this movie broke every record, starting out with the biggest opening weekend ever followed by becoming the biggest box office hit of all time. It has all the nostalgia and momentum in it's corner now it just needs to not suck.
Can't wait to see how the following three movies do in the aftermath of The Force the previous week, but I salute them for trying. First up, Leo DiCaprio once again adds another top flight director to his resume in the talented Alejandro González Iñárritu for this survival/revenge flick.
I don't know how you remake such a classic cheesy action movie like the original Point Break, but if this movie can't at least sell the bromance like the original then I don't even care to bother with it.
The Hateful Eight
Tarantino's latest has the best chance to survive the post Star Wars box office. It’s perfect counterprogramming and he has a proven track record of scoring with the mature crowd over the holiday season. Plus, it's not like he needs to gross a small fortune to make a hit, since he keeps his budgets respectable.
So that's it for this holiday season! Vote below for your most anticipated as I'm really interested to see where films 3-10 land considering the top 2 are a lock. See you in January for the winter preview.