The release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at the end of the month already points to a solid year for Warner Bros. But that's not the only box office breaker the entertainment giant has in store, what with Suicide Squad and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them also being on its soon-to-be-released list. Adding confident predictions for the group's TV division, it's not surprising that the Time Warner CEO announced he is expecting particularly good sales for 2016.
'A Record Year'
At the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said he was expecting "another record year" for the group. The three movies from Warner Bros., Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad and Fantastic Beasts, will mostly be driving the results, with Batman v Superman already tracking at a $140 million opening weekend, three weeks before its release on March 25.
Bewkes was very positive about the new franchises:
“We’ve got a big slate of new franchise films coming out and, as we all have seen, big tentpole global franchises have a bigger share of box office.”
HBO Now Still Going Strong
On top of that, the TV products of Time Warner such as HBO should also provide great revenue. According to Bewkes, subscription channel HBO Now boasts "nearly 1 million subscribers," while the 450 hours of animated shows will "support product sales." Because kids obviously love toys.
'LEGO Dimensions' Expected In June
As for the games department, figures may not be as impressive as in 2015, when Warner Bros. released Batman: Arkham Knight, Mortal Kombat X, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, LEGO Jurassic World, and LEGO Dimensions. The only new release planned so far is LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens in June.
But that shouldn't stop Time Warner from meeting the expectations it set for itself, especially if Batman v Superman does indeed manage to beat Warner Bros.'s own estimate of $110 million in its opening weekend.
Between 'Batman v Superman,' 'Suicide Squad' and 'Fantastic Beasts,' which movie are you most excited for?