The billion-dollar civil war of the studios is in full swing, with Warner Bros. naming plans for a massive total of 10 DC movies between 2016 and 2020, not to mention a spell of three Harry Potter lumos-es and building three LEGO movies.
But forget these distant futures and their unleashing of Batman v Superman, 2017 is set to be the year Warner Bros. should zoom ahead of competitors like Fox, Universal and Sony — given the superhuman powers of its arsenal of 17 movies for that period.
Here are six of what we expect to be the biggest money-spinners for Warner Bros. in 2017:
6. 'Tomb Raider'
Nostalgia-hungering franchise spin-offs will be more precious than ancient illuminati artifacts this year, the latter being what Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) sought in the 2001 original.
This first one retained the mantle of highest-grossing video game adaptation until 2010, winning $274.7 million at the box office. Its 2003 sequel The Cradle Of Life made less, but still hauled in a weighty $156.5 million. Though details are scarce, we can assume the movie will lean heavily on the rose-tinted glasses of those who love(d) the games (including myself) — a proven cash-scoring formula.
5. 'Kong: Skull Island'
Kong: Skull Island will be the second installment in Legendary's Godzilla-Kong cinematic universe, a prequel to Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020. It will doubtless be pumped marketing-wise as much as possible to build momentum for this giant jurassic world, as well as Godzilla 2 in 2018 (also of Warner Bros.), up to skyscraper-defying levels.
Kong versions have crushed the box office time and time again: $505.5 million in 2005 and $377 million in 1976, adjusted for inflation. In 2017 they have a hairy formula of a formidable tribe of actors including Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson.
To be released March 10.
4. 'The LEGO Batman Movie'
If BvS whets your appetite for more of the Bat, which it will, then The LEGO Batman Movie may provide a welcome respite from the general lack of caped Ben Affleck in 2017. The husky tones of Will Arnett will voice Batman, building on the success of his role playing the same in The LEGO Movie in 2014, which hauled in $469.2 million.
The direct-to-DVD LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite from 2013 was well received; a fine precursor for the behemoth that The LEGO Batman Movie promises to be. As well as Arnett, a starry cast of Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes and even Mariah Carey will help boost this blocky wonder.
To be released February 10.
3. 'Wonder Woman'
The success of Wonder Woman played by the phenomenal Gal Gadot has already also been prepped by the superhuman marketing of fellow DC movie BvS, which promises to be a record-breaker, if the pre-sales are anything to go by.
Advanced sales saw BvS outstrip those of Deadpool, with between $20-25 million, greasing the runway for Gadot to shoot into a victory of hundreds of millions. In other recent DC pictures, Man Of Steel made $668 million in 2013 and The Dark Knight Rises made over $1 billion the year before (both internationally). Basically, Warner Bros. does DC well.
2. 'Jungle Book: Origins'
The Disney prequel to The Jungle Book, to be released in April this year, promises to be a stunning revisit of the studio's 1967 predecessor, and will tickle our jungle instinct in preparation for the Warner Bros. version of Rudyard Kipling's book in 2017.
The original was a classic, pulling in a massive $205.8 million from the tiny budget of only $4 million. A starry cast including Christian Bale (Bagheera), Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Khan) and Scarlet Johansson (Kaa) will ensure the live-action Warner Bros. cash in on the already huge popularity of the franchise.
To be released October 6, 2017.
Watch the awesome trailer for Disney's The Jungle Book (2016):
1. 'Justice League: Part One'
Yet another superhero movie shows demand for spandexed ass is not expected to slow. The winning combination of Zack Snyder as director with super familiars like Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams and J.K. Simmons, should fire Justice League: Part One into the stratosphere.
Other than Sucker Punch, Snyder's only movie based on an original concept, all of the movies he has directed have made over $100 million at the box office. 300 alone made $465 million. So it stands to reason that this Snyder-DC-Warner Bros. bonanza will also gross high. With writer Chris Terrio of BvS at the script, it's sure to push beyond the boundaries and make Warner Bros. a bucketload of cash.
To be released November 17, 2017
Warner Bros. Made $2 Billion in 2015
The studio had a relatively slow 2015, with only two movies (San Andreas and Mad Max) pulling in over $100 million in the domestic box office — meaning they will be raring to surge past others this year and the next. Overall their cash pile clocked in at over $2.1 billion internationally that year, around 14% of the market share.
Bring on 2017!
Which Warner Bros. movie are you most excited for in 2017?
Source: The Wrap