All the best to you while contending with COVID-19. It’s been a unique time, which has hopefully been mostly positive for you. Well, a lot has happened since our April 2020 update. Back then the number one movie of the weekend was Resistance, which got a $2,460 gross at one drive-in theater in Florida.
The releases that did come out were thrillers like Russell Crowe road raging Unhinged and Infidel along with romance Words on Bathroom Walls, the period drama The Personal History of David Copperfield, and the long-delayed The New Mutants plus re-releases including The Goonies, Ghostbusters, Jaws, and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. Recent re-release Hocus Pocus could end up having a better run now than during its original 1993 theatrical release. Tenet was incredible and did all it could with a handful of U.S. theaters open with the biggest opening (approx. 20 million) since March 6 (Onward – 39 million).
Wonder Woman 1984 and the next Agatha Christie adaptation from actor/filmmaker extraordinaire Kenneth Branaugh Death on the Nile are currently set for the Christmas holiday and The Croods: A New Life moved up from Dec. 25 to Thanksgiving.
Many recognizable, big studio flicks hoping to fire up the fall have now been regulated to 2021 release dates and include Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch (possibly opening at the Cannes Film Festival in May), Godzilla vs. Kong, No Time to Die, A Quiet Place Part II, Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, Top Gun: Maverick, and Steven Speilberg’s version of West Side Story.
Since April, several planned theatrical releases were released on various streaming platforms including Seth Rogen’s fantasy comedy on HBO Max, An American Pickle. and the Tom Hanks lead WWII action thriller on Apple+, Greyhound. HBO Max also has The Witches swooping in on October 22. Netflix had several quality films that could have been released theatrically including Da 5 Bloods, Enola Holmes, Extraction, and The Old Guard with Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, Jingle Jangle, and The Christmas Chronicles 2 coming soon. Disney+ released Artemis Foul and The One and Only Ivan …could Pixar’s Soul be next? Amazon Prime aims for a huge hit as audiences hope for laughs on October 23 with Sacha Baron Cohen’s surprise comedy sequel Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
The limitation of limited releases kept Bill & Ted Face the Music from taking off. I saw that one at a brave multiplex on opening night that had 42 patrons for the night …total! I was one of five in my 7 p.m. show. Looks like the family comedy War With Grandpa and documentary Aggie will release in theaters giving a much-needed injection of new releases with Liam Neeson’s latest action-thriller Honest Thief and drama romance 2 Hearts coming next weekend.
More hope could be coming with the Spider-Man 4: Fan Film (Dec. 1), Ryan Reynold’s latest action-comedy Free Guy (Dec. 11), Director Denis Villeneuve’s version of Dune (Dec. 18), the Eddie Murphy comedy sequel Coming 2 America (Dec. 18), and Tom Hanks/Paul Greengrass reteaming for the Western News of the World on Christmas Day. When will more theaters open again? God only knows.
Note: releases dates as of 10/3/20.