Thursday, April 11, 2013

Is Your Local Movie Theatre Going to Have a Good May?

Working in a movie theatre, I have to check the upcoming releases before I can ask a weekend day off.  There's just no way I'm going to get a Saturday or Sunday off during the weekend of a blockbuster opening! So I pulled out the old "upcoming releases clipboard".  I have no idea when I'm going to be able to have a Saturday off after April!  It's constant huge movies for months.  Ha, Hollywood says they are being effected by the recession...

So to answer the heading, theatre owners and corporations are going to have a wonderful summer, theatre employees are going to be wishing for winter.  Keep in mind, even if a movie turns out to be crap, if the hype is enough, it will have a strong opening weekend.

Here's the biggest titles coming out next month!

May 3

  • Iron Man 3
    • The third installment in the Iron Man series if you count The Avengers as a spin-off.  Most theatres are going to have this release at 9 PM on May 2nd, and for those of you interested, AMC is doing an Iron Man Marathon starting that afternoon.  This film stars Robert Downey Junior and is a guaranteed financial success.
  • There is a small collection of limited releases also coming out that day, but nothing that is going to compete with Iron Man or that my theatre is going to get.

May 10

  • The Great Gatsby
    • Originally supposed to come out on Christmas day, this film was pushed back until May.  I assume it was so it wouldn't compete with Django Unchained.  This film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan among others.  Based on the classic book, and another guaranteed success.
  • A few other films, including a Tyler Perry movie, are also released on the 10th, but my theatre will not be getting any of those.

May 17

  • Star Trek Into Darkness
    • Sequel to the 2009 film.  The first movie grossed over $250 million domestically, and if history repeats itself, sequels make more.  This movie going to be yet another guaranteed success.

May 24

  • Epic
    • With a huge, very famous, cast and extremely nice visuals, one might think this is a guaranteed success, but I'm not so sure.  Dreamworks has certainly had major flops in the past...
  • Fast and the Furious 6
    • Being the sixth film in the series, this seems about the point where things start to die off, but think this is going to huge.  The last one grossed over $200 million domestically.  Living in a small, rural town, our biggest movies have cars of horses.  Even if it isn't a huge success nationwide, it will be here.
  • Hangover Part III
    • This is the third film in the beloved Hangover series.  This series is one of the few modern comedies I actually enjoy.  The first two have been huge financial successes, especially considering their budgets.  This one will be too.

May 31

  • Now You See Me
    • I wasn't excited about this at first.  After seeing the trailer and poster, I'm already hooked.  The film is about a group of magicians outwitting the FBI.  It stars Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, and Michael Caine.  Just for the cast alone, it's going to an opening weekend success.
  • The Purge
    • This movie won't have any staying power, much like Evil Dead, but it will have a solid Friday and Saturday.  In some kind of horrible future, the government sanctions a 12-hour period where all crime is legal.  One family is trying to protect their home from whoever is trying to come inside.  Sounds okay, won't last.

So my entire May is held up, and it doesn't get better after that.  June and July certainly aren't looking any better at all.  Wolverine, Superman, new Pixar movie, it never ends!  Good news for movie fans though!


  1. But the opportunities for Stubs enrollments/renewals will be endless!

    1. I wish there was an AMC near me for that reason!