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Holiday Movie Preview: Who Will Control The Box Office?

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With the holiday season among us and shoppers saving for all the great deals, why not go ahead and save to spend a little (or a lot) of cash at the big screen this season. The last couple of years have been relatively duds in the movie world with only a few great hits here and there, and only a couple greats coming out during the holidays. This year is bound to start the ball rolling in Hollywood again.

The holiday season is a very popular one for cinemas across the country, and is a great place to go with your family, take a date, or bond with friends while you’re home. Previews and gossip have been circling around like wildfire for the movies premiering this holiday season, so let’s take a sneak peak of what all is coming out.


Maybe a movie trailer that has fallen behind the excitement of Mockingjay and The Hobbit is that of Foxcatcher. This R-rated movie premiering today stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo, and contrary to your first thought, it is not a comedy. The movie will follow Carell into his transformation into a schizophrenic wrestling coach working with Olympian brothers, played by Ruffalo and Tatum, in an attempt to train another team for the ’88 Olympics. This is a true crime story coming to the big screen from Bennett Miller, the director of “Capote,” and “Moneyball.” The film is already being acclaimed by the critics after its screening at Cannes and Carell may just be in the running for an Oscar.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1

If you are a fan of the popular books by Suzanne Collins, or just the movie franchise, you’ve been counting down the days to Nov. 21. Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen in this first half of the final book in the trilogy. The movie will pick up following the events of last year’s Catching Fire and spends an amount of time trying to get to Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). The main conflict and well known plot is also led by Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabanks, and the late Seymour Hoffman. In attempts to save the world from the evil capital, Mockingjay has the potential to make bank at the box office and dethrone Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie is rated Pg-13.

The Imitation Game

Fans of BBC’s Sherlock will be excited to see the premiere of Benedict Cumberbatch’s new movie The Imitation Game premiering on Nov. 21 as well. It has already received great reviews from its premiere in Toronto and it follows Cumberbatch’s character, Alan Turing, through his pioneering on early computer systems and cracking Nazi Enigma codes. The movie also co-stars Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong.

Horrible Bosses 2

To contrast the dramas this season, Horrible Bosses 2 will premiere on Nov. 28 and is a reunion sequel to Horrible Bosses. This R-rated comedy follows Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day’s characters through another criminal scheme. In addition to the original trio, Chris Pine and fan favorite Christoph Waltz joins the crew.

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Biblical stories return to the big screen with Ridley Scott’s Exodus on December 12. The film focuses on the rivalry of Moses, played by Christian Bale, and Ramsses II, portrayed by Joel Edgerton. On top of the already heavily starred film, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, and Aaron Paul also star.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The strongly awaited third installment of The Hobbit opens up on December 17. Peter Jackson completes his journey through Middle Earth with this final film of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book by following Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the rest of the company of dwarves in their final battle with Smaug (Also Benedict Cumberbatch), Sauron and the Orcs, and the fight for their lives. Sure to be a hit, this one will be the movie to beat to control the box-office.

Into the Woods

Also strongly casted and long awaited is the musical Into the Woods. Christmas day sees the release of many awaited movies, and this one is sure to bring movie goers out. The mash up of fairy tales stars Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, James Corden, and Emily Blunt. With this many stars what can go wrong?


Christmas Day and the weeks before also hold the release of many more movies. Be sure to hit the theaters this holiday season and see for yourself. Which movie are you most excited for? Tweet us @RCbracketyack and let us know!