I still really need to see Arrival - it's like pulling teeth getting some of my friends to see anything other than the big blockbusters. =/
Can't wait to see Moana as well.
As for Fantastic Beasts, I'm glad to see it with a decent hold.. but I really cannot imagine these are the numbers WB wanted. The Potter franchise was a juggernaut, and this new film doesn't really reflect that in the BO. Considering four more films are inbound, and this movies cost $180mil to make, they need to do better marketing the sequel IMO.
I made a thread a month ago forecasting it, but Marvel/DC Superhero films are officially over $4.7B worldwide combined in 2016 as of this weekend.
Following up on the $4.7B for superhero films this year, here are some previous yearly totals.
EDIT: Some superhero totals from previous years
2015 - $2.092B over 3 films (one was Fan4stic)
2014 - $3.602B over 5 films (including BH6's $658M)
2013 - $2.943B over 4 films
2012 - $3.495B over 4 films (one was Ghost Rider 2)
2011 - $1.394B over 4 films
2010 - $624M for Iron Man 2 (you can bump that up by $11M if you want to add Jonah Hex)
2009 - $558M over 2 films
2008 - $2.011B over 4 films
You might notice a pattern
but what is Disney's world wide boxoffice at as of this weekend, in comparison to the rest of the studios?
Disney has to be at a wiiiide margin lead at this point.
It's hard to get up to date worldwide studio totals unless we get press releases.
Disney did announce that they set a new record for their biggest year at $5.851B as of November 1st. Doctor Strange had made $110M overseas at that point.
So adding that figure plus another $603M for Moana, Disney is now at $6.454B worldwide. The all time record is around $6.9B set by Universal last year. Disney's total of $5.84B last year was the second biggest year of all time for a single studio until 2016 Disney.
Second place for 2016 has to be WB currently.
Next year is gonna be interesting, 2 big movies for DC and Marvel has a follow-up to a sleeper, a return only on the good side and Thor
Damn, what did Universal release last year!?
I know they had Fast & Furious, but I'm gonna have to look up the rest of their releases for last year.
That's the return to the good side
Guardians, Thor and Spider-Man are all going to make a shit ton of money (with Thor probably lagging behind the other two by a decent amount).
Furious 7, Jurassic World, 50 Shades of Grey, Minions, Straight Outta Compton did really well, as did Pitch Perfect 2. Almost everything they released performed insanely well.
Disney has released five of the years ten highest grossing films, is the leader in terms of market share, and is poised to set a new record for annual grosses. Its hits include Zootopia, Doctor Strange, Finding Dory, The Jungle Book, and now Moana, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story waiting in the wings.
completely anecdotal, but I went to the 1st showing of the day yesterday, showing up about 15 minutes before the movie started and theater was already pretty full. When the movie was over, there was already a line formed outside the entrance to that theater (about 30 deep) for the next showing in 30 minutes.
It was a fantastic movie, one that I personally liked even more than Zootopia and Frozen, so hopefully word of mouth gives it similar legs to both of those.
I think next year Thor will do a bit better than the first two, Guardians will be big (900 m?), and Spidey will be big as well (800-900 m). But only if the quality at least is in line with the preceding MCU highlights. I think Guardians will see the biggest gain, people still talk about the first one and it seems to fare well with non-superhero audiences as well. Spidey does have 3 shitty films before it, so I can see that one needing a bit convincing, though Iron Man and Civil War help that film a lot. Thor 3 I am not sure what to expect.
DC I am hesitant to predict. Nobody knows WW over here (heavily anecdotal) so I am not sure she is popular in the EU? Still, that didn't stop some other recent superhero films so who knows (most of the MCU, for example). Furthermore, MoS and BvS were not a good look but Batfleck and the Flash and it being the DC alternative to the Avengers probably will make JL a big success. I assume WB's marketing will be as on point as it has been this year.
Anyways, next year will remain a very successful year for superheroes in my opinion. I feel people are tired of origin stories but not tired enough to entirely skip them (Dr Strange) and most upcoming films aren't origins anymore, allowing for more varying plotlines.
(and almost seriously: the Fast series has basically become a superhero franchise as well and next year has Fast 8)
It will have a monster opening, that is for sure. I just wonder how well the legs will do with it being a May opener instead of August this time. The first one had great legs in August.Yeah Guardians is going to be really big, especially if it's good
Dr Strange should break 700m now, right?
Paramount's best grosser was Star Trek Beyond, which barely made a profit. TMNT 2 was probably just under profit as well. 10 Cloverfield Lane and Jack Reacher 2 made money, but small potatoes shit. Arrival will probably be the same. 13 Hours bombed. Ben-Hur bombed hard.
Sony looks worse because of pure volume. Angry Birds and Sausage Party made money worldwide, the latter because it was so goddamn cheap. Ghostbusters is their highest grossing film domestically, but that bombed. Magnificent Seven didn't make money. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies bombed. 5th Wave made money, but no one cares. Inferno wildly underperformed.
Fantastic Beasts is ahead of The Hobbit for 10-day numbers according to Box Office Mojo. Good.
If Wonder Woman fails to hit big, prepare for the deluge of articles saying a female led super hero film will never work.
As much as I wasn't impressed by WW in BvS (I don't know WW other than BvS, outside maybe some very minor cameo's in Batman media), that would suck. I really hope WW does well and that Captain Marvel becomes a success as well. Two successful female led superhero films could lead to some positive changes in the industry, I feel.
AgreedAs much as I wasn't impressed by WW in BvS (I don't know WW other than BvS, outside maybe some very minor cameo's in Batman media), that would suck. I really hope WW does well and that Captain Marvel becomes a success as well. Two successful female led superhero films could lead to some positive changes in the industry, I feel.