The Films We Are Looking Forward To - January to June 2023
In 2019, the top nine films of the year all took over $1B at the box office. The top film of the year, the MCU's Avengers: Endgame took an incredible $2.8B!
For understandable reasons, 2020 and 2021 were very different. In 2020, no film took over $0.5B. In 2021 only Spider-Man was able to swing past the $1B mark, finishing with an amazing $1.9B, over $1B ahead of the second-place film.
2022 has marked some-what of a recovery. Albeit, an uncertain one. Jurassic World, Doctor Strange, The Minions, Batman and Black Panther all fared well. But it was Tom Cruise's Top Gun: Maverick that soared high, taking close to $1.5B. Despite all of that, for the first eleven months of the year, audiences have remained a third below pre-covid levels.
We think that is about to change. If only for a month or two. As I sit and write, on a wet and windy New Year's Eve, James Cameron's Avatar: The Way of Water has taken an astonishing £1.2B in just two weeks. With the festive break on-going and with no Blockbuster competition until February, who would bet against Avatar's wave rolling and rolling? It is the film that cinemas and movie-theatres have been waiting for.
Cinema owners and their advertisers are also bullish for 2023 and with good reason. Releases are picking up and 2023 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the movie-goer.
Here are some of the films we are looking forward to in the first half of 2023!
Empire Of Light - 9th January
Babylon - 20th January
The Fabelmans - 27th January
The Whale - 3rd February
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania - 17th February
Creed III - 3rd March
Scream 6 - 10th March
Shazam! Fury of the Gods - 17th March
John Wick: Chapter 4 - 24th March
The Super Mario Bros. Movie - 7th April
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 - 5th May
The Little Mermaid - 26th May
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - 2nd June
Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts - 9th June
Elemental - 16th June
Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny - 30th June
The post-pandemic pick-up in movie releases continues and here are the major films that are currently scheduled for release in the second half of 2023...
Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One - 14th July
Oppenheimer - 21st July
Barbie - 21st July
The Marvels - 28th July
Equalizer 3 - 1st September
The Expendables 4 - 22nd September
Dune: Part Two - 3rd November
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes - 17th November
Wonka - 15th December
Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom - 26th December
Happy New Year!
Adam and the Art of the Movies team.