Hollywood has wised up to the fact it can release tentpole movies in theaters during late winter / early spring and still enjoy massive ticket sales. And March is filled with a collection of films for nearly every genre.
March 3rd Movie Releases
The big one comic book movie fans have been waiting on. The success of Deadpool last year gave the green light to push Hugh Jackman’s final turn as Wolverine in ‘Logan’ into an R-rated movie. The trailers look great. Critics love it. Count me in.
Other releases on March 3rd include a teen drama ‘Before I Fall’ and the wedding comedy ‘Table 19.’ It’s counterprogramming to Logan, but the buzz behind Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine is intense.
March 10th Movie Releases
Logan’s ability to have legs at the box office will be put to the test by the latest iteration of King Kong. ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is the continuation of the Monsters franchise which should see mashup movies with Godzilla and Kong by 2020. It’s a new play of the cinematic universes Marvel and DC have created.
Hell, it has Samuel L. Jackson in it. Damn right I’m there.
Competition for the weekend’s top spot will be a battle with Logan’s second weekend, though Kristen Stewart’s ‘Personal Shopper’ and ‘The Sense of an Ending’ do offer moviegoers other, less action-oriented, choices.
March 17th Movie Releases
All other movies should get out of the way. Disney’s live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ starring Emma Watson opens that weekend. If there’s a movie with legs past its opening weekend in March, it’ll be this film.
The weekend has other new releases, including the indie horror film ‘Raw’ going wide, and the latest Terrence Malick film, ‘Song to Song.’ Let’s be real, it’s Disney’s weekend and it’ll last through the rest of March.
March 24th Movie Releases
The films trying to dethrone Beauty and the Beast have their work cut out for them. The buddy action-comedy ‘CHiPs’ doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.
‘Power Rangers’ should have moved off this release date. Is nostalgia enough to get people into the theaters with their kids? It’s a tough task when they are belting out songs from Emma Watson.
And ‘Life.’ A sci-fi thriller which has the best chance of claiming the box office crown. Taking on Disney needs a stellar cast, and the sci-fi genre is cementing itself at the box office. We will see, but I have hope for this one.
March 31st Movie Releases
The weekend everyone should be watching. How does Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Ghost in the Shell’ perform? Does it pull a Lucy and become a bonafide hit? Or are the returns more modest? The live-action take on the anime classic will be up against the World War II drama ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ and the animated family film, ‘The Boss Lady.’
March is packed with tentpoles that officially kick off the blockbuster season. April has even more in store for moviegoers, but first we get to enjoy the Wolverine movie we have always wanted in ‘Logan.’