So, we are now entering Autumn. The leaves are falling, Costa Coffee are selling Bonfire Spiced Latte and the temperature is cooler (thank goodness!). We are now entering a unique time of year for cinema, for the final three months of the year shall see all of the major contenders for the Oscars, BAFTAs, et cetera be released (most of which will be coming off the back of a successful run on the Festival circuit), but we will also have the last of the year’s blockbusters, especially in December time to coincide with the Christmas holidays.
In this post I shall be making my predictions for the highest grossing films worldwide of the final third of 2018, so without further ado, let us start with
10) Halloween (Dir. David Gordon Green)
Yes, this franchise has been done to death over the years, but this new film to commemorate the 40th Anniversary will retcon all of the previous sequels. Why I expect this to be a big hit is the fact that (for Horror fans) the original is an iconic piece of cinema, and the prospect of not only Michael Myers returning, but also Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode will draw numerous Horror fans to the cinema. My reason for not ranking it higher – Horror films are never the big hitters in the way that Science-Fiction films tend to be.
9) Creed II (Dir. Steven Caple Jr.)
Creed reinvigorated the Rocky franchise in 2015, and took the world by surprise with how good it was. With some powerful trailers recently, as well as the increased star power of Michael B. Jordan (following Black Panther), there is more than enough to pique the curiosity of those who are not particularly familiar with the iconic boxing franchise. Plus the fact that the film is tied in so well with the most divisive Rocky film (Rocky IV) will no doubt intrigue Rocky fans further.
8) First Man (Dir. Damien Chazelle)
The film stars Ryan Gosling and the trailers use the phrase “From the Director of La La Land“. Even for viewers who are not that interested in a film about the Space Race, that will be enough to pique their interests and drive them to cinemas. The question on everyone’s mind now though – will this film be Damien Chazelle’s first actual Best Picture winner. Oh yes, I went there, and I am not even sorry.
7) Bumblebee (Dir. Travis Knight)
Two years ago I would have placed a Transformers spin-off far higher in my predictions but, after the underwhelming performance of The Last Knight last year, it seems that the fan base finally has franchise fatigue for the Robots in Disguise. Nevertheless, attention has been drawn to the recent trailers, due to their depiction of what people see as a throwback to the Transformers of the 1980s so, for fans of the franchise pre-Michael Bay films, it will be one to see in cinemas.
6) Aquaman (Dir. James Wan)
Following Justice League and everything this year in the media to do with recasting the Joker, Batman and Superman, Warner Bros. have a lot riding on this sixth instalment in the DC Extended Universe. There does not seem to be much excitement for it in the way that there was for Wonder Woman, but superhero films are almost always box office gold, and the fact that this film is being released in the weekend that schools break up for Christmas will almost certainly boost its box office takings.
5) A Star is Born (Dir. Bradley Cooper)
A Festival circuit hit this high up on the list? You may well be thinking just that, and I understand. But there is so much hype surrounding this film, thanks not least to the terrific marketing of it, plus Bradley Cooper carries star status within the film industry, and here he is both co-lead and director. The three previous iterations of this film were huge hits for their respective generations of young cinema goers, and I am wholly banking on this one being so as well.
4) Mary Poppins Returns (Dir. Rob Marshall)
Over fifty years later and the original remains one of the most beloved Disney films to date, and with a cinema release in the same weekend that schools break up for Christmas, parents are going to be looking for a fun family film to take the children to for the afternoon. On top of this, the film has been well marketed and you have the star power of Emily Blunt taking over the titular role from Julie Andrews.
3) Venom (Dir. Ruben Fleischer)
Venom is currently one of the most anticipated films of the coming months, with comic book fans and casual superhero viewers alike intrigued by this iconic Marvel character getting his own solo film, a film which carries the star power of Tom Hardy. Expectations are mixed – some are pumped, some are fearing for the worst – but either way the turn out at cinemas will be huge.
2) Ralph Breaks the Internet (Dirs. Rich Moore/Phil Johnston)
Look, I will be honest, I am a little nervous for the quality of this film. However, let us be real here…it is a Disney film and a sequel to one of the most popular Disney films of the last twenty years. It really does not matter how good it is (though I will admit that it looks like a rather fun film), children and adults alike will flock to cinemas in their millions to see this.
1) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Dir. David Yates)
It does not matter how much controversy this film has already been at the centre of, this is a Harry Potter spin-off. I mean, for goodness sake, the established fan base alone is enough for this film to be a phenomenal hit, and the fact that it ties further into the main series by depicting a younger Dumbledore and the origin story of Nagini will have literally every Harry Potter fan out there at the very least curious. This will definitely be the biggest hit of the coming weeks.
So, those are my predictions for the highest grossing films worldwide of the remainder of 2018. At the start of February, once all of the late December releases have all had a fair shot at the box office, I shall return to the blog to discuss just how well I did in my predictions and highlight any surprises that came up. I will be seeing all of the aforementioned films in cinemas and publishing reviews, so keep an eye out for those and, as ever, Happy Reading!