Exceeding Hollywood’s expectations, original films are surprising at the box office

Hollywood’s hunger for originality may be paying off, according to Kim Masters. “The Woman King” – the historical action drama with an ensemble of black women – did not disappoint at the box office and could be followed up. And despite several controversies surrounding the director and cast members, the psychological thriller Don’t Worry Baby may have a surprise opening this week. Meanwhile, James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequel could be a “tough roll of the dice” for Disney, Masters says.

Hungry for original material

Kim: People in Hollywood are very happy to see “The Woman King” with Viola Davis, an original action film with amazing black actresses, making a number of 19 million dollars in the month of September, which was expected to be a complete dead zone. It’s not the double number of “Top Gun: Maverick,” but it has an A-plus score for cinema.

Hollywood is hungry for original material that can be made into movies at all, and that encouraged people.

“Don’t worry honey” dispute.

Kim: “Don’t Worry Darling” is another original project. Most people have heard of it since the incredible controversy with Olivia Wilde, and the question would be, “Does it help or hurt?”

Matt: I don’t think we need to go into all the details of what happened. If you know, you know. But there’s a question of whether all these distractions, the off-camera stuff, will affect people’s desire to go see the film. Tracking is around $16, $17, $18 million for this weekend. Some believe it could go as high as $20 [million].

All this other stuff is just noise”

Matt: I think most moviegoers don’t care about that stuff. When they decide to go to a movie, maybe they heard about it through controversy, I think they look at reviews, see if there are stars they know, if they think it’s attractive. I think all these other things are just noise and really don’t affect the desire to go see the movie.

Kim: I don’t know what motivates people to go to the movies at this point, but I have to think there’s a bit of curiosity. Some of these rumors about this movie have gotten super crazy, but maybe people want to see if they can tell the tension between some of the lead characters.

Olivia Wilde, who is the director, used to date Harry Styles, who is in the movie. Presumably, Florence Pugh simply wanted nothing more to do with these people when this was done. And maybe that’s a tantalizing thing for people to watch and try to say, “I wonder if I can see that in their performances.”

The Harry Styles factor

Matt: There’s an element of a car crash, but there’s also the Harry Styles factor here. He’s a huge pop star and has fans who would probably watch this movie even if the Rotten Tomatoes score was zero. This happens at about 33 [percent], which is not great. Critics don’t like this movie, but this movie can still do a lot because of the Harry Styles factor.

The whole movie business is a gamble

Kim: Look, the whole movie business is a gamble. You think you have the elements. You hope you have the elements. You spend the money and pray.

Matt: The same can be said for the Avatar franchise, because we have [another] great movie. This weekend, the original Avatar returns to theaters after 13 years to get us excited for Avatar:[The Way of Water]”, which is due in December.

Matt: It’s a franchise that Fox has agreed to make four sequels to. They invest about $1 billion in this franchise and then all of a sudden Fox doesn’t exist anymore. It was filmed by Disney. Disney is now either blessed or stuck with four Avatar movies.

“It’s a tough roll of the dice

Kim: When I say the movie business, and the whole business is a gamble, never more so than with Jim Cameron. He has delivered. I mean, those of us old enough remember the agony of the Titanic, and it certainly paid off.

I usually don’t believe in the words “Don’t bet against this guy” because sometimes I feel like you can actually bet against a guy. I wouldn’t want to bet against Jim Cameron, but this one feels like a heavy roll of the dice. The effects will be amazing, but it’s been a long time since Avatar came out. These characters are from long [time] before.

Matt: They are, but that’s why they’re doing the reissue. And I think the marketing will get us reacquainted with them before this movie comes out. It’s very hard to bet against the sequel to the highest grossing movie of all time when it was released.

Kim: There it is!

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