5 Ways to Prep: Christmas Releases 2017

By George Rose

December 21, 2017

Damn straight.

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#1) PITCH PERFECT 2 (5/15/15): The previous entry will help prep you for the next sequel and shows just how powerful these pitches are ($184 million domestic, $287 million worldwide)
#2) SISTER ACT (5/29/92): And people really do love watching a bunch of sassy yet wholesome women sing together as one happy family. ($140 million domestic, $231 million worldwide)
#3) A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS (11/1/17): But people get tired of watching the same women do the same thing, especially if all they’re doing is causing trouble during the holidays. ($71 million domestic, $122 million worldwide)
#4) GIRLS TRIP (7/21/17): Unless you take an extremely generic and played-out concept, change it ever so slightly by making the cast black, and strike gold with an untapped demographic that’s also looking for girlfriends behaving badly ($115 million domestic, $139 million worldwide)
#5) INTO THE WOODS (12/25/14): Because the charming Anna Kendrick + music + the holidays = a fairly reliable recipe for box office success in December. ($128 million domestic, $213 million worldwide)

Average Earnings: $128 million domestic, $198 million worldwide


#1) HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS (6/23/89): This shows just how big movies can be when they feature a tiny cast. ($131 million domestic, $223 million worldwide)
#2) THE MARTIAN (10/2/15): And this shows how big movies starring Matt Damon can be, even if he’s alone on another planet ($228 million domestic, $630 million worldwide)
#3) THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (12/25/13): But audiences don’t necessarily like when A-list superstars show up during the holidays to force a quirky drama down our throats. ($58 million domestic, $188 million worldwide)
#4) SUBURBICON (10/27/17): Not even when Matt Damon is in a quirky comedy. ($6 million domestic, $6 million worldwide… seriously)
#5) GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (12/25/10): But even total garbage movies about tiny people starring A-list celebrities can be saved by worldwide audiences during the holiday season ($43 million domestic, $237 million worldwide)

Average Earnings: $93 million domestic, $257 million worldwide



#1) WEDDING CRASHERS (7/15/05): Because Owen Wilson was once one of the modern day kings of comedy. ($209 million domestic, $285 million worldwide)
#2) THE INTERNSHIP (6/7/13): But that was a long time ago and not even reteaming with Wedding Crashers’ castmate Vince Vaughn could guarantee box office success. ($45 million domestic, $93 million worldwide)
#3) VACATION (7/29/15): And Wilson’s latest comedy partner, Ed Helms, is no box office draw these days either, not even with an established brand to help ($59 million domestic, $105 million worldwide)
#4) MAMMA MIA! (7/18/08): Then again, people do go crazy for a movie about finding out who your real parents are. ($144 million domestic, $610 million worldwide)
#5) MOTHER’S DAY (4/29/16): Unless you’re not singing about who your real parents are, then it’s super depressing and boring and nobody cares about your mama. ($32 million domestic, $48 million worldwide).

Average Earnings: $98 million domestic, $228 million worldwide

5 WAYS TO WRAP-UP XMA5: I hope you enjoyed this variation of the regular article as much as I did making it for you, even if this isn’t the most effective way to guess the future earnings of new releases; Greatest Showman and Jumanji seem like pretty good guesses, Pitch Perfect 3 looks a little lower than expected, Downsizing might be a touch bigger than expected and Father Figures can only hope for half of those totals at this point. No matter what happens at the box office this holiday season, there’s something for everyone and plenty to check out. Keep your fingers crossed for movie theater gift certificates in your stocking stuffers this year. I know I will and hopefully I see you all at the movie theater this Christmas. Happy holidays, everyone!

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