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Silver Petticoat Review’s Spring 2016 Box Office Preview

Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in "Love & Friendship." | Spring 2016 Box Office
Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in “Love & Friendship.” | Photo: Amazon Studios

Now that the holidays are over and the winter season is nearing its end, the box office is already placing its energies on the summer blockbuster season. That leaves the next month or two in a strange pattern and suffering the misfortune of being an inconsequential box office season. For those of us who enjoy quieter films, however, this is a good season to find a new film to head to the movies to see. The only downside of the upcoming films listed in our Spring 2016 Box Office Preview is that many of these will be in limited release.

Emilla Clarke and Sam Claflin in Jojo Moyes "Me Before You." | Spring 2016 Box Office Preview
Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin in Jojo Moyes “Me Before You.” | Photo: MGM / New Line Cinema

In my search, I found some Indie dramas and more mainstream films that sound charming with talented actors. Among these are romances, comedies, and fantasy films. Hopefully, of the films featured below, there’s something to pique every movie aficionado’s ideal movie-going experience.

Spring 2016 Box Office Preview (April – June)

Sorted by release date (releases subject to change)

Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain in "The Huntsman: Winter's War." |Spring 2016 Box Office Preview
Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.” | Photo: Universal

1. God’s Not Dead 2

Jesse Metcalfe, Melissa Joan Hart, and Sadie Robertson | Opens April 1st | Rated PG

Gods Not Dead 2 Movie Poster Spring 2016 Box Office Preview

This follow-up sequel to the 2014 film boasts a more familiar cast list with a similar story centering on a group of people standing up for their belief that God exists.

2. High Strung

Stars: Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine, and Jane Seymour | Opens April 8th | Rated PG

High Strung Poster Image Spring 2016 Box Office Preview

See the music. Hear the dance.

Despite its awkward poster, this one sounds cute. The story revolves around an NYC classical ballerina (on scholarship) and a “hip hop” violinist. High Strung is one film that snuck up on me. As I read more about it, I realized it would very likely be something I might enjoy seeing. The main cast is unknown, but Jane Seymour will be a familiar name. Michael Damian (A Princess for Christmas) directs and produces.

3. One More Time

Stars: Christopher Walken and Amber Heard | Opens April 8th | Rated Unknown

One More Time Movie Poster Spring 2016 Box Office Preview

Walken plays a once superstar rocker who finds himself trying to connect with his free-spirited daughter.

4. Colonia

Stars: Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl | Opens April 15th | Rated Unknown

Colonia Movie poster Spring 2016 Box Office Preview

Set in the 1970s, Colonia tells the story of a young couple caught in the Chilean military coup.

5. The Jungle Book

Stars: Scarlett Johannson (voice) and Idris Elba (voice) | Opens April 15th | Rated PG

Disney's The Jungle Book Poster Spring 2016 Box Office Preview

Personally, this isn’t my favorite story, but I do love seeing Disney make so many of their beloved classics into live-action films!

6. The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Emily Blunt | Opens April 22nd | Rated PG-13

The Huntsman Winter's War Poster Spring 2016 Box Office Preview

A prequel to the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman, this film is part sequel and part origin story. Snow White is not a character and instead, this tells the story of the Huntsman and reunites him with his childhood love.

7. Florence Foster Jenkins

Stars: Meryl Streep, Rebecca Ferguson, and Hugh Grant | Opens May 6th (Limited) | Rated Unknown

Florence Foster Jenkins Spring 2016 Box Office Preview

A period drama inspired by a true story, this one is about an aging New York heiress with big dreams of being a songstress, despite being unable to carry a tune.

8. Sunset Song

Stars: Agyness Deyn | Opens May 13th (Limited) | Rated Unknown

Sunset Song Movie Poster Spring 2016 Box Office Preview

Most films today step away from romantic westerns. This limited release sounds like it might make for a nice quiet drama that looks like it becomes intense as it progresses. The story follows a young woman, the daughter of a Scottish farmer, living on the frontier in the 1900s.

9. Love & Friendship

Stars: Kate Beckinsale  and Chloë Sevigny | Opens May 15th (Limited) | Rated Unknown

Love and Friendship Poster Spring 2016 Box Office Preview

A lady never reveals her tactics.

Loosely based on Jane Austen’s story, Lady Susan, this adaptation stars the familiar face of Austen heroine portrayer, Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan. The trailer promises a characteristic of Austen’s special brand of comedy and charm with plenty of classy wit.

10. Alice Through the Looking Glass

Stars: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and Mia Wasikowska | Opens May 27th | Rated PG

Alice Through the Looking Glass Poster Spring 2016 Box Office Preview

Disney and Tim Burton follow up their 2010 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland with this reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s book. With its main cast returning, this sequel looks as quirky and fantastically unique.

11. Me Before You

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman, Brendan Coyle and Charles Dance | Opens June 3rd | Rated PG13

Me Before You poster Spring 2016 Box Office Preview

Originally slated for release in April, Me Before You was pushed back for a later release. It’s based on the international best-seller. The story promises to require a box of tissues while consoling us with some great British talent including Sam Claflin.

Also Coming Soon

Watch for these other promising films releasing over the next few months (trailers linked in the titles).

Midnight Special (Already in Limited Release; Keep an eye open in the coming weeks)

+ The Man Who Knew Infinity (April 29th)

Mother’s Day (April 29th)

+  Captain America, Civil War (May 6th)

+  X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27th)

+  Now You See Me 2 (June 10th)

+  Finding Dory (June 17th)

Independence Day Resurgence (June 24th)

Which of these are you anticipating from our Spring 2016 Box Office Preview? Are there any I’ve not covered that you’re looking forward to? Comment down below with your thoughts. I look forward to reading about the films you’re planning to see.

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By on March 31st, 2016

About Rissi JC

Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (https://www.rissiwrites.com).

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2 thoughts on “Silver Petticoat Review’s Spring 2016 Box Office Preview”

  1. I’ve been excited about Winter’s War since I heard about it. It’s the kind of story that draws me in. Hope it’s good. I really, really want to see “Love and Friendship”, but I don’t know if it will be coming to my country. I doubt it. :/ You’re spot on with how awkward that High Strung poster is. The first time I saw it, I thought it was a parody movie or comedy of some sort.

    • As have I, Dixie-Ann! I’m beyond excited to discover what “Winter’s War” is in terms of a story narrative. It looks more like a prequel (and seems to be billed that way), but I’ve also read it’s a kind of sequel (going beyond where “Snow White” ended). Either way, hoping it’s good! I’m hopeful I’ll see “Love & Friendship” in theaters (because Austen!) but don’t know if it’ll play close enough either.

      YES! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thought “High Strung” looked awkward. The story sounds cute (but then I’m a sap for these kind of films), but golly, the marketing team did their film no favors with this poster. *sigh*


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