Silver Petticoat’s Winter Box Office Preview
If you were to take a look at the film’s opening in theaters in the next three months, you’d find a specific genre stands out. After the noisemakers of the summer, and the comedies to entice families during the holidays, what you’d see now are quiet dramas. Or that’s my impression, at least.
RELATED | Fall 2016 Box Office Preview
There is still a variety of films arriving including some comedy and plenty of adaptations, but what I’m most interested in is the influx of period dramas. The second thing that surprised me was all of the dramas that were familiar. This, I discovered, is because many of them were slated to release last year, and later received new release dates.
Beyond this bit of trivia (or explanation of why some of these are showing up on another box office preview), as with each preview we publish, there is bound to be a little something to appeal to everyone looking to go to the movies.
Silver Petticoat’s Winter Box Office Preview
(January-March, listed by release date; all dates are subject to change)
1. Hidden Figures
Stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer | Opened January 6 | Rated PG
This historical biopic recounts the story of the women behind putting John Glenn in orbit.
2. A Monster Calls
Stars Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall |Opened January 6 | Rated PG-13
Originally this was set to open last fall before it received a winter date. Based on the novel by Patrick Ness, this is one adaptation that’s already creating buzz.
3. The Book of Love
Stars Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Biel, Maisie Williams | Opens January 13th | Rated PG-13
This is set up to be a “dark comedy” about a man whose wife has died and the young homeless girl who helps him heal.
4. Lost in Florence
Stars Brett Dalton, Stana Katic | Opens January 27 | Rated PG-13
Tells the story of a man who visits his cousin (Katic), and in pursuit of a local girl he meets in Florence, he becomes involved in a dangerous sport.
5. Same Kind of Different as Me
Stars Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Djimon Hounsou | Opens February 3 | Rated PG-13
I’m not entirely sure what this story is all about, so here’s how the official summary reads: “International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.”
6. The Space Between Us
Stars Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson | Opens February 3 | Rated PG-13
Presumably, this one was pushed back to play into the Valentine’s Day holiday. It’s about a young man who was born on Mars and the girl who lives on earth he risks his life for. (As noted in the Fall 2016 preview, I’m quite curious about the age gap between its lead stars, and how it might affect their characters.)
7. The Great Wall
Stars Matt Damon | Opens February 17 | Rated PG-13
This one has sparked plenty of controversy with its choice of cast. It’s slated to tell the story of the Great Wall of China and its construction (presumably with plenty of action scenes).
8. A United Kingdom
Stars Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo | Opens February 17 | Rated PG-13
Set in the 1940s, this one sounds like more of a romance than anything though it’s bound to deal with politics. It’s about a Botswana Prince who causes a stir when he marries a white Londoner.
9. Tulip Fever
Star Alicia Vikander, Cara Delevingne, Christoph Waltz | Opens February 24 | Rated NR
Justin Chadwick (Bleak House) directs this period drama about an artist who, while commissioned to paint a (married) woman’s portrait, falls in love with her.
10. Before I Fall
Stars Zoey Deutch, Jennifer Beals | Opens March 3 | Rated PG-13
I’ve never read one of Lauren Oliver’s novels but must confess I’m curious to do so after this trailer dropped. It looks like a kind of (forgive the poor comparison) Groundhog Day scenario only this one has a different grasp on the concept.
11. The Shack
Stars Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw | Opens March 3 | Rating Unknown
Based on a novel of the same name, this one introduces us to a “grieving man” who is invited to “meet God.”
12. Table 19
Stars Anna Kendrick | Opens March 3 | Rated PG-13
Starring the always funny Anna Kendrick, this rom-com looks like a fun flick to enjoy for a girls day out.
15. The Sense of an Ending
Stars Jim Broadbent, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode | Opens March 10 | Rated PG-13
With a man’s sorrowful past returns, it begins to affect everything he has in the present.
16. Beauty and the Beast
Stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Emma Thompson | Opens March 17 | Rated PG
The tale as “old as time” is about to be remade as a live-action adaption by Disney. Needless to say, this is, far and away, the one film I’m most anticipating.
17. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Stars Charlie Hunnam, Katie McGrath, Jude Law | Opens March 24 | Rated PG-13
First, he undertook the Sherlock Holmes legend, now Guy Ritchie adds another classic story to his resume. If you judge this by his earlier films, this one is sure to spin the legend with a contemporary feel.
18. The Zookeeper’s Wife
Stars Jessica Chastin | Opens March 31 | Rated PG-13
Another book-to-screen adaptation about a couple who save countless animals during the Nazi invasion.
Also Opening Soon in Theaters (Some Limited Release)
- Lost & Found PG (January 6; On DVD/Digital 1/10)
- Master Rating Unclear (January 6)
- Railroad Tigers PG-13? (January 6)
- Underworld: Blood Wars rated R (January 6)
- 100 Streets Rating Unclear (January 13)
- Alone in Berlin Rated R for Brief Violence (January 13) Historical Drama
- Go North Rating Unclear (January 13)
- Le Fils de Joseph Rating Unclear (January 13)
- Ok Jaanu Rating Unclear; Romance (January 13) Romantic Drama
- Silence Rated R (January 13) Historical Drama
- Sophie and the Rising Sun Rated R (January 13 OR January 27) Historical Romantic Drama
- Worlds Apart NR (January 13) Romantic Drama
- My Bakery in Brooklyn NR (January 20)
- The Red Turtle PG (January 20)
- The Resurrection of Gavin Stone rated PG (January 20)
- Split rated PG-13 (January 20)
- A Dog’s Purpose PG/PG-13 (January 27)
- The Salesman rated PG-13 (January 27)
- Renegades PG-13 (February 3)
- God Bless the Broken Road Likely PG (February 10)
- Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical PG (February 16, 18, and 22 only)
- Bitter Harvest R for Violence (February 24) Historical Drama/Romance
- Collide PG-13 (February 24)
- Leap! (Also called Ballerina) PG? (March 3)
- The Last Word rated R (March 3)
- Logan rated R? (March 3)
- Kong: Skull Island rated PG-13 (March 10)
- The Ottoman Lieutenant NR (March 10) Historical Romance
- Frantz PG-13 (March 15) Historical Romance
- Burn Your Maps PG-13 (March 17)
- Song to Song (aka Weightless) Rating Unclear (March 17)
- Life PG-13? (March 24)
- Their Finest rating unclear (March 24)
- Cezanne and I Rating Unclear (March 31)
- Ghost in the Shell Rating Unclear (March 31)
- After the Storm PG (Release Date unclear – could be February)
Which of these are you going to see in theaters? Comment down below with your thoughts!