Looking back, 2023 was dominated by three films. While Barbie and The Super Mario Bros. Movie owned the box office, becoming the only films of the year to pass the magical $1B figure, Oppenheimer took the lion's share of the plaudits. With a re-release of Nolan's biographical thriller just ahead of the Oscars, one would be unwise to bet against it dominating the 2024 awards.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 and the excellent Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse proved that super-hero movies, when well made, are still big audience pullers and Fast X showed that speeding cars, big set piece stunts and a closely bonded (tries and fails to do the voice) FAMILY are still crowd-pleasers!
Perhaps the biggest surprises of the year were Indiana Jones failing to set the box office alight and The Hunger Games prequel falling short of its predecessors, despite some strong reviews. We predict that both will do well on home streaming over the coming months.
Looking ahead, 2024 is packed with exciting movies. The impact of the strikes that halted film production this year are still working their way through schedules, so with the caveat that some of these dates are bound to change, here are some of the films that we are looking forward to in the first half of 2024!
Bob Marley : One Love - 12th January
Poor Things - 12th January
The Boys In The Boat - 12th January
The Color Purple - 26th January
Migration - 2nd February
Argylle - 2nd February
The Iron Claw - 9th February
Madame Web - 14th February
Dune: Part II - 15th March
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire - 29th March
Kung Fu Panda 4 - 29th March
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - 12th April
The Fall Guy - 3rd May
Furiosa - 24th May
IF - 24th May
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes - 24th May
There is a lot more to come in the second half of the year! Here are a few of the highlights...
Despicable Me 4 - 5th July
Captain America: New World Order - 26th July
Deadpool 3 - 26th July
Borderlands - 9th August
Kraven the Hunter - 30th August
Beetlejuice 2 - 6th September
Joker: Folie a Deux - 4th October
Transformers One - 18th October
Venom 3 - 8th November
Paddington in Peru - 8th November
Gladiator 2 - 22nd November
Wishing you all the very best for 2024!
Adam and the Art of the Movies team.