The Oscar Project
This will be the first big test of 2023 to see where the box office sits. We have a holiday weekend (President's Day on Monday) which last year saw Uncharted take the top spot with around $51 million over the four days. 2020 was an even higher $70 million over four days for Sonic the Hedgehog, just before everything went into lock down for the pandemic.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
All that said, the numbers for Quantumania will likely blow anything from Sonic and Uncharted completely out of the water.
The film arrives after several months of no new Marvel content since the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in early November. While there are several new shows slated for the rest of the year, including a second season of Loki where we first met Kang the Conqueror, Quantumania is the only Marvel title for q while.
It has been almost five years since the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp and so much has happened in the MCU since that film. We've seen the end of the Infinity Saga, the beginning of Marvel shows on Disney+, and a half dozen new movies that have introduced many new characters across the universe. After Thor: Love and Thunder took things back to the cosmic realm, it will be interesting to see how Quantumania takes things microscopic with the hidden quantum realm as well as how that relates to Kang's role as the next Thanos.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
This is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen and it opened my eyes to new possibilities in filmmaking when I first saw it. At the time, I didn't know who Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Zi Yi, or Ang Lee were, but all these names have seen varying degrees of fame increase since this film was released.
While not a special anniversary re-release like Titanic was last week, this re-release is likely trying to gain a boost from the recent Oscar nomination of Michelle Yeoh for Best Actress. If there is one film of Yeoh's that deserves a re-release, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the one.
There are just a handful on the calendar this weekend as most films are avoiding the Ant-Man weekend like the plague. Here are the few brave films that are dropping in limited release this weekend.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?