It's October 1, 2021. And finally, movie theaters really are starting to feel like they're coming back. AMC Theatres' video spot with Nicole Kidman launched a few weeks back and anticipated as much. Take a look.
The video was released 5 days after "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" debuted exclusively in movie theaters and shattered expectations. The film's now the first during the pandemic era to cross the $200 million mark.
And the box office return may truly just be getting started. October should be telling. Here are the big movies on the way, opening every weekend during the month.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Opening October 1 - The movie's already racked up $11.6 million from last night's Thursday previews, good for second best during the pandemic, falling only behind Disney/Marvel's "Black Widow" with $13.2 million. It's a Marvel movie (the Sony side of Marvel), and the first Tom Hardy "Venom" succeeded spectacularly, so expect lots of action onscreen and off here.
October 1, 2021
No Time to Die
Opens October 8 - The figures for the early international release of James Bond's 25th Eon adventure have it coming in north of $90 million through this Sunday. Next weekend, with its domestic opening, the sky's the limit. Given the rave reviews from critics and press so far, we're expecting box office to keep rolling through the season.
October 8, 2021
Opens October 15 - While Universal's "Halloween Kills" launches simultaneously in theaters and on Peacock, we still see this movie doing robust business at the cineplex. The 2018 reboot "Halloween" was a massive worldwide success, bringing in $255 million off of a $10 million budget. This sequel, arriving two weeks before the holiday, from the same cast and crew, likewise should kill (pun intended).
Opens October 22 - Big movies deserve big screens. For those who've seen "Dune" at various film fests, the word's been the same. See this on the largest screen, with the best sound possible. It's literally made for it. While filmmaker Denis Villeneuve's movie will also debut on HBOMax at the same time…seriously, you need to see this in a theater.
October 22, 2021
Last Night in Soho
Opens October 29 - The last weekend of October, for movie theater fans, should be used to check out filmmaker Edgar Wright's time-travelling psychological horror movie. The maker of "Shaun of the Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" is a creative powerhouse who's whipped up something fiendishly clever with this mind trip back to the '60s. It will make for a great nightcap to a month's worth of big box office films.
Last Night in Soho
October 29, 2021
Chuck is an editor/writer who's worked for NCM, Fandango, Movies.com, MediaTrip, Hollywood.com and Newsweek. His favorite movie is "Jaws." He's definitely a dog guy.