Biggest Movie News of 2016
It's been a huge year for film news, with box office records being smashed, much-hyped films receiving less than stellar reviews, and some genuine surprises thrown in among the tried-and-true crowd pleasers. Join us as we look back at the year that was in movies to recap everything you need to know about film in 2016.
January: Golden Globe winners, Wonder Woman, Terminator terminated
The 2016 award season kicked off with big wins for The Revenant at the Golden Globes. The brutal survival thriller won best dramatic film, while its star Leonardo DiCaprio and director Alejandro González Iñárritu also took home prizes. The other big winners on the night included Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure The Martian, while Matt Damon, Brie Larson, and Sylvester Stallone all won in the acting categories.
Early footage from DC’s Wonder Woman was revealed in January. It was glimpsed during a DC special on the CW, and was the first look at the movie which stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Robin Wright, and arrives in summer 2017.
Tom Cruise was confirmed as the star of The Mummy, one of Universal’s reboots of its classic monster movie franchises. The studio’s plan is to build an ongoing, interconnected series featuring a host of classic horror characters, including Dr Jeykll, Van Helsing, The Wolfman, and The Invisible Man. The Mummy is due in June 2017.
A new trailer was revealed for a mysterious movie called 10 Cloverfield Lane. The surprise film came from JJ Abram’s production company Bad Robot, and appeared to be a sort-of-sequel to his 2009 monster hit Cloverfield. Abrams later clarified that the movie would be a "blood relative" to that earlier movie--in fact, it had initially gone into production as a completely unconnected film known as Valencia and The Cellar, before being rewritten and retitled. It was released in March to strong reviews.
There was bad news for fans of The Terminator series. After the disappointing box office results of 2015’s Terminator: Genisys, Paramount removed the sequel, which was scheduled for 2017, from its release calendar. Although the studio claimed that the series was still an “active property”, there has been no news since about the direction of the sci-fi franchise. Whatever happens, James Cameron, the writer and director of the original 1984 film and its 1991 sequel, will regain control of the rights to the property in 2019.
January's Biggest Movies
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2 The Revenant
3 Daddy's Home
4 Ride Along 2
5 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
6 Kung Fu Panda 3
7 The Hateful Eight
9 The Big Short
10 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
February: Oscar winners, Deadpool becomes a box office smash
February was Oscar month. While Spotlight took home Best Picture, the big news of the night was Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning the Best Actor prize for his role in The Revenant. Elsewhere, Revenant director Alejandro G. Inarritu won Best Director for the second year in a row, Brie Larson scored Best Actress for Room, and Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) won Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively.
One of the biggest surprises of the year hit theaters in February. Deadpool was an R-rated, modestly budgeted superhero spinoff from the X-Men series, and has gone on to become the highest grossing R-rated film of all time. With an astonishing worldwide take of more than $782 million, it has outgrossed every other film in Fox’s X-Men franchise to date and outperformed many of its more family-friendly superhero rivals. Naturally, Deadpool 2 is now in pre-production.
The title of Matt Damon’s return to the Bourne series was revealed--rather boringly, the star’s fourth movie in the hit action franchise was to be called Jason Bourne. Luckily, we also had an exciting first trailer that suggested that the movie would deliver the expected action goods when released in July.
Another hotly-anticipated sequel to be given an official title--plus a cool poster--in February was The Predator. The reboot of the ‘80s sci-fi horror classic is due to be released in 2018, to be directed by Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black (who also acted in the original Predator). Black would later reveal that he planned to make a movie with a much bigger scope than previous entries in the series. "I think the first one was great, and it was contained, and it was a perfect little gem for what it was. [But] I think there's an expansion that needs to take place,” he said.
Production on Star Wars Episode VIII kicked off in London, with Looper director Rian Johnson behind the camera. The movie would shoot for five months under the usual extremely high levels of secrecy, although a few location shots did creep out along the way. Most of the cast from Star Wars: The Force Awakens are returning to the movie, with the likes of Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro also joining the cast. The movie is due in December 2018.
February's Biggest Movies
2 Kung Fu Panda 3
3 How to Be Single
4 The Revenant
5 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
6 Hail, Caesar!
7 Zoolander 2
9 The Choice
10 Ride Along 2
March: BvS bombs with critics, Dark Tower
March’s big movie release was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film made an impressive $873 million worldwide, but the negative critical reaction to the film--combined with the fact that it didn’t break the $1 billion barrier that many thought studio Warner Bros. were expecting--had lasting repercussions for the DC universe, including the adoption of a lighter tone for upcoming movies and a change of personnel within Warner itself. It also spawned Sad Affleck, one of 2016’s most amusing memes, as Ben Affleck silently reflected upon the movie’s bad reviews.
The leads for the much-anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s classic fantasy series The Dark Tower were officially announced. The author himself confirmed that Idris Elba would play the movie’s lead, gunslinger Roland Deschain, while Matthew McConaughey will portray demonic sorcerer Walter Padick, aka the Man in Black. The initial release was initially set for February 2017, although that has since moved to July next year.
Another much-loved fantasy property that hasn’t had as much success reaching the screen is Sandman, which lost producer and potential star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The Dark Knight Rises actor joined the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s classic comic book series in 2015, but by March this year he had quit the project. “I came to realize that the folks at New Line and I just don’t see eye to eye on what makes Sandman special, and what a film adaptation could/should be,” he said. “So unfortunately, I decided to remove myself from the project. I wish nothing but the best for the team moving forward."
Finally, there were a host of new trailers released in March for some of 2016’s most anticipated movies. These included first looks at the female-led Ghostbustersreboot, superhero sequel X-Men: Apocalpyse, and Legend of Tarzan, while fans also got a look at what to expect from The Lego Batman movie due in 2017. There were also new promos for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the big budget game adaptation Warcraft, and the Pixar sequel Finding Dory.
March's Biggest Movies
2 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
4 10 Cloverfield Lane
5 London Has Fallen
6 Divergent: Allegiant
7 Miracles from Heaven
8 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
9 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
10 Gods of Egypt
April: Jungle Book reigns supreme, Spider-Man revealed
Disney’s live-action remake of animated classic The Jungle Book was the king of the box office in April. The movie, directed by Jon Favreau, was warmly received by critics and scored a massive opening weekend gross, the second highest ever for an April release in the US. As a result, Disney announced a slate of live-action fairy tale movies with five release slots scheduled over the next few years. While no titles were revealed at the time, we now know that Jungle Book 2 and The Lion King are due--both directed by Favreau--with Aladdin and Mulan also in development.
Another live-action version of an animated classic due for release next year is Ghost in the Shell. April saw the release of the first image of star Scarlett Johansson, playing cyborg cop The Major. There was also some controversy over the decision to cast a white actress in a role that is portrayed as Japanese in the anime film. However, the publisher of the manga defended Johansson ‘s casting. "Looking at her career so far, I think Scarlett Johansson is well-cast," Sam Yoshiba, director of Kodansha's international business division said. "She has the cyberpunk feel. And we never imagined it would be a Japanese actress in the first place. This is a chance for a Japanese property to be seen around the world."
The big trailer of the month was for Rogue One, the Star Wars spinoff due in December. The two-minute teaser provided a first look at the movie, which is directed by Gareth Edwards and is set before the events of the original Star Wars.
We wouldn’t see the latest screen version of Spider-Man for another month, when he made his Marvel Studios debut in Captain America: Civil War. Nevertheless, the title of the standalone Spidey film that is due in the summer of 2017 was revealed--Spider-Man: Homecoming. The film will be a co-production between Sony and Marvel Studios, after a deal was struck between the two companies in 2015. The movie rights to the character were previously owned solely by Sony, but the arrangement allows the iconic webslinger to now be a part of Marvel's ongoing cinematic universe.
As for DC’s superhero slate, it was reported that Suicide Squad, due in August, was undergoing reshoots to lighten the film's tone. This was following the negative reaction to Batman v Superman; Dawn of Justice, although director David Ayer was quick to deny that the reshot material would alter the movie much. "I wouldn't say we're going back to make it funnier," he said. "There's some additional action stuff that we've been doing, which is pretty dope. Really, we're just kind of adding in that sense. You can't believe everything you read."
April's Biggest Movies
1 The Jungle Book
2 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
4 The Boss
5 Barbershop: The Next Cut
6 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
7 The Huntsman: Winter's War
8 Miracles from Heaven
9 God's Not Dead 2
10 The Divergent Series: Allegiant
May: Civil War crushes, a new Han Solo, Power Rangers
May saw the summer movie season kick off with Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. And it was MASSIVE, scoring the fifth biggest US opening of all time, and ending the year with a $1.15 billion worldwide gross. Critics loved it too, and it placed Spider-Man and Black Panther into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the most crowd-pleasing way possible.
Speaking of Spider-Man, a big piece of casting was reported for 2017’s standalone Spidey movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Former Batman star Michael Keaton was said to be “final negotiations” to play a villainous role, which would ultimately turn out to be the Vulture. Keaton had been offered the part initially and declined, but this latest story revealed that he was back on board as the winged bad guy.
Another piece of key casting news was the announcement about who would play the young Han Solo in the 2018 Star Wars spinoff movie. After months of speculation and a process that saw Lucasfilm audition thousands of potential actors, it was reported that Hail Ceaser’s Alden Ehrenreich would portray the iconic space smuggler. The film is set to be directed by 21 Jump Street and Lego Movie directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord, with a script from Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon.
More worrying was the news about the first of the Star Wars spinoffs, Rogue One. It was reported that the movie was heading back for major reshoots, allegedly following early test screenings for studio bosses. Reshoots on big budget films are not uncommon, and the filmmakers were quick to deny there were any issues. "There's nothing about the story that's changing, [just] a few things that we're picking up in additional photography," Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy said.
However, the length of the new production schedule was extensive, stretching for up to six weeks, and ultimately led to Bourne writer Tony Gilroy being hired to assist director Gareth Edwards with both the reshoots and the ensuing post-production process.
Finally, May also provided fans with a first look at the new Power Rangers costumes. The classic ‘90s show is getting a big screen reboot next year, and their new-look Ranger suits were somewhat reminiscent of Halo’s Spartans. Production designer Andrew Menzies explained the approach he had taken to updating the colorful spandex of the original show. "It's tricky finding a new language for a superhero costume," he said. "Ours is an alien costume that grows on them, that's not man-made. You can't win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans."
May's Biggest Movies
1 Captain America: Civil War
2 The Jungle Book
3 X-Men: Apocalypse
4 The Angry Birds Movie
5 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
6 Alice Through the Looking Glass
7 Money Monster
8 Mother's Day
9 The Nice Guys
10 The Huntsman: Winter's War
June: Independence Day tanks, Pacific Rim casting
June saw some big movie releases, but several major studio movies failed to make a mark at the box office. The belated sequel Independence Day: Resurgence didn’t do nearly the business of the 1996 original, while the failure of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows pretty much killed off the current iteration of the long-running franchise. But while the long-awaited big screen game adaptation Warcraft also failed to find an audience at home, it proved to be far more popular in China, where it outgrossed Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Pixar’s Finding Dory was the big success story that month, emerging as another massive hit for Pixar.
With the production of Fast & Furious 8 (now known as The Fate of the Furious) underway, we saw some impressive behind-the-scene videos of the spectacular car action the film will undoubtedly deliver, plus some intriguing casting news. Charlize Theron traded driving recklessly as the heroine of Mad Max: Fury Road for a similar job as the villain of Fast 8. Even more surprising was the addition of Helen Mirren to the cast, who explained that "I like very serious films, I love foreign films, and I love big, fun movies--as long as they're well made and they've got good scripts. That's the most important thing."
Fresh from winning the Best Supporting Actress awards at the Oscars for the drama Room, Brie Larson was reported to be in talks to play Captain Marvel, in what will be Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie. The news was confirmed a few months later, and the film is currently set for a March 2019 release. However, despite Marvel boss Kevin Feige’s comments in April that we would know the identity of the movie’s director by the summer, this is yet to be announced.
Another piece of casting news was Force Awakens star John Boyega landing the lead role in Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, playing play the son of the character portrayed by Idris Elba in the original 2013 film. The Pacific Rim sequel had a bit of trouble getting to the production stages, with the film disappearing from release schedules and Guillermo Del Toro stepping down as director. However with former Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight directing and Jurassic World writer Derek Connolly penning the script, Boyega’s announcement that was he taking the starring role meant that the film was finally moving forward.
June's Biggest Movies
1 Finding Dory
2 The Conjuring 2
3 Central Intelligence
4 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
5 X-Men: Apocalypse
6 Independence Day: Resurgence
7 Now You See Me 2
8 Me Before You
10 Alice Through the Looking Glass
July: Family movies dominate, Star Trek
July’s box office was largely dominated by a pair of family movies, Finding Dory and The Secret Life of Pets. The latter exceeded expectations by opening with a $104.4 million first weekend, the sixth-biggest of all time for an animated film, and the highest opening for an original film. It went on to earn $874.7 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing original animated film not produced by Disney or Pixar.
The other two big films of the month were parts of established franchises--Star Trek Beyond and Jason Bourne. Neither film were ultimately able to match the success of their predecessors--in Jason Bourne’s case, nearly a decade of inflation still couldn’t bring it to match The Bourne Ultimatum’s massive 2007 popularity.
The annual Star Wars celebration took place in London this month, with the cast and crew from both the original trilogy and the latest movies taking part in a series of panels and Q&As. Particularly entertaining was Mark Hamill’s one-man show, in which the Luke Skywalker actor spent an hour answering questions from fans and telling anecdotes from his time on the classic Star Wars movies. Hamill also revealed the level of secrecy on recently-wrapped Episode VIII. "It can be really annoying and intrusive," he said. "You get the call sheets and there are no names, everyone's got a number. You're number 11, you're 33. You're looking at the call sheets, wondering who's working today. I need old-school, I need a script! That you can write on, that you can take home and read."
Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenent finished production in Australia, and we began to get an idea of what to expect from it. The film began life as a direct sequel to Scott’s 2012 hit Prometheus, but a title change and confirmation that the film would feature familiar creatures aligned it much closer to the Alien franchise. Co-star Danny McBride revealed that despite the fact that he was known as a comic actor, Covenant would in fact be a “dark horror movie” with “no comic relief in this at all.” Star Michael Fassbender said much the same thing, stating that “it's gonna be super scary”. All will be revealed when the movie arrives in May next year.
A movie starting production in Australia just as Alien: Covenant finished was Thor: Ragnarok. The third Thor movie is directed by New Zealand filmmaker Taiki Waititi, and features an impressive cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Karl Urban, and Jeff Goldblum alongside Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Bruce Banner actor Mark Ruffalo had previously described the film as a “buddy movie” between Hulk and Thor, and given Waititi’s previous work as comedy director, a fairly-light-hearted approach is expected. With hard hitting and apocalyptic Norse imagery of course.
July's Biggest Movies
1 The Secret Life of Pets
2 Finding Dory
3 The Legend of Tarzan
5 Star Trek Beyond
6 The Purge: Election Year
7 Jason Bourne
8 The BFG
9 Central Intelligence
10 Independence Day: Resurgence
August: Suicide Squad hits big, Ghostbusters a bust
The second of the year’s big DC movies hit in August, and like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad was met by mixed reviews but big box office. However, a report revealed that the film had a troubled, confused production, with the script written in just six weeks, multiple editors working on alternate cuts, and “millions of dollars worth of additional photography," required to complete a movie that the studio (if not critics) were happy with.
Over at Marvel, it was confirmed that Avengers: Infinity War would now be a singe film. The Russo brothers, who previously made Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War for the studio, would still be shooting the next two Avengers movies back-to-back, but the original plans to split Infinity War changed. In an interview, Anthony Russo spoke about the challenges that face the pair making two massive blockbusters at the same time. "One piece of the process is really important to us: that we watch and cut scenes every 48 hours. So that we're constantly assessing how the ideas are working. And if they are working, how can we make them work even better? And if they're not working, then how do we fix them? I think it'll be a very difficult, long shoot."
One ongoing franchise that doesn’t look like it will see anyone more big screen time was the Divergent series. The box office failure of Allegiant, the third in the series of young adult sci-fi action movies, meant that producers Lionsgate decided to can the series and possibly complete it as a TV show. However, the franchise’s stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley weren’t exactly keen on the idea, with Teller stating “they're messing with something that was not the original intention” and Woodley later saying “But I'm not necessarily interested in doing a television show."
At least Divergent made it to three movies before being cancelled--it doesn’t look like the rebooted Ghostbusters franchise will even make it to two entries. It was reported that Sony are facing a $70 million loss on its comedy remake, following lukewarm box office results. Although the studio denied the loss would be as much as that, there is no denying that a sequel looks like an unlikely prospect. Sources for The Hollywood Reporter claimed that the studio was now actively pursuing an animated feature as the next big screen release for the Ghostbusters franchise.
Finally, the cast was revealed for Ocean’s 8, the sequel/spinoff/reboot (take your pick) to the popular Ocean’s series. The latest comedy crime caper will feature an all-female team of heist experts that includes the likes of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter. The movie will be directed by the Hunger Games’ Gary Ross, and produced by Steven Sodebergh, who helmed the original trilogy. Ross stated that the new movie would very much follow the tone set by the earlier films.
August's Biggest Films
1 Suicide Squad
2 Jason Bourne
3 Sausage Party
4 Bad Moms
5 The Secret Life of Pets
6 Pete's Dragon
7 Star Trek Beyond
8 Don't Breathe
9 War Dogs
10 Kubo and the Two Strings
September: More Ghost in the Shell, Harley Quinn goes solo
The issue of whether Daniel Craig will return for a fifth Bond movie has been up-in-the-air since Spectre was released in late 2015, and in September it was reported that the star had been offered $150 million to return for another two 007 movies. Unsurprisingly there was no confirmation from either Craig or Bond’s producers as to whether was the case or not, but the following month month the actor did hint that he would be up for another film. "As far as I'm concerned, I've got the best job in the world," he said. "I'll keep doing it as long as I still get a kick out of it."
September also provided the first footage from the upcoming live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. A series of short, mysterious “glitch” trailers revealed that the movie was very much honoring the cyberpunk aesthetic of the original anime and manga.
There was some news about future movies in the DC cinematic universe this month. It was reported that Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie was developing a standalone Harley Quinn movie. Robbie signed a first-look deal with Warner, meaning that the studio will have the first option to make any projects that her production company develops--including the Harley movie. As for Ben Affleck’s Batman film, Warner boss Jeff Bewkes mentioned that it was "a year and a half out,” implying that we could see it in 2018. We already knew that Deathstroke would be the movie’s bad guy, and that it might be called The Batman.
September's Biggest Movies
2 The Magnificent Seven
3 Don't Breathe
4 Suicide Squad
6 When the Bough Breaks
7 Bridget Jones's Baby
8 Kubo and the Two Strings
9 Blair Witch
10 Pete's Dragon
October: Logan revealed, Doctor Strange releases
The third Wolverine movie got its official title this month. Hugh Jackman’s final outing as the clawed fan-favorite will be called Logan, and it hits theaters in March 2017. The gritty first trailer also arrived, and it certainly didn't look like your average superhero movie. It had already been confirmed that the film will carry an R-rating, and the script notes tweeted by director James Mangold backed this up. "If you're on the make for a hyper choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying, CG f**kathon, this ain't your movie," he wrote. "In this flick, people will get hurt or killed when s**t falls on them."
October’s other big trailer was Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2. It was really just a teaser, but it was enough to get fans excited for the same mix of offbeat humour and spectacular sci-fi action that made the first movie a hit in 2014. James Gunn is directing once more, with the likes of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper all returning to their roles. It arrives in theaters in July 2017.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange opened internationally at the end of the month to impressive box office. Predictions had put it in line with previous Marvel movies such as Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy, both of which were based on similarly lesser-known properties, but it outperformed both, and was met by positive critical reaction. The movie would go on to perform extremely well at the US box office too, crossing $100 million in less than a week and climbing to the seventh biggest movie in the Marvel cinematic universe by early December.
Unfortunately there was bad news for fans of a certain gang of wise-cracking shelled martial arts heroes . Following the failure of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, producer Andrew Form admitted that there wouldn’t be a third film in the current rebooted series. "For some reason it did not find the audience that the first movie found," he said. "And we talk about it all the time, and we tried to figure it out, but we cannot put our finger on what happened. We really can't.”
October's Biggest Movies
1 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
2 The Girl on the Train
3 The Accountant
4 Boo! A Madea Halloween
5 Deepwater Horizon
6 The Magnificent Seven
7 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
9 Ouija: Origin of Evil
November: Fantastic Beasts opens big, Dark Tower gets delayed
The Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was November’s big release. While the film didn’t quite hit the heights of the Potter series at the box office, it still proved a big hit. Which is a good job, as Warner had announced no fewer than five sequels back in the summer. Various pieces of news emerged about the second movie this month--director David Yates confirmed that Johnny Depp would play Gellert Grindelwald, former friend to Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore, and that it would be set in Paris. Yates also revealed that the young Dumbledore would feature in the film. "In the second movie Dumbledore comes back," he said. "He's got a couple of good scenes with [lead character] Newt. We're discussing who would play Dumbledore. Any suggestions would be good."
After the massive success of The Jungle Book, the next Disney classic to get the live-action treatment will be Beauty and the Beast We saw the first images of stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens this month, which was followed by a full trailer. Disney has described the film as a "re-telling" of the animated classic, tailored for a "contemporary audience” that will stay true to the original music, while adding some new tunes. The movie also stars Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, and Emma Thompson. It arrives in March.
The eagerly-awaited Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower will have to be eagerly-awaited for a while longer, as it was announced that the movie had been delayed. It was originally scheduled to be released in February 2017, but has moved back to an unspecified date in the summer. Although filming was completed in July, the ambitious post-production process meant that it could no longer hit that initial date; the movie has a relatively modest production budget of $60 million, and a February release would have meant adding millions to the cost. Instead, Sony opted to delay the release in order to give the filmmakers time to complete the film on budget.
Another movie facing a potential delay is DC’s The Flash, after the second director quit the movie. Rick Famuyiwa was hired back in June, following the departure of Seth Grahame-Smith, but "creative differences" with Warner led Famuyiwa to also head for the door. The film is currently scheduled for a May 2018 release, but it looks increasingly likely that this could change.
Monster fans had much to celebrate when the first trailer for Kong: Skull Island hit. The ‘70s set King Kong reboot is part of Legendary Picture’s ongoing big monster universe--following 2014’s Godzilla--and features an island filled with terrifying creatures. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts also spoke about spoke about the challenges of depicting Kong, and how he would differ from previous movies. "I had a mandate that I wanted a kid to be able to doodle him on the back of a piece of homework,” he said. “Our Kong was intended to say, like, this isn't just a big gorilla or a big monkey. This is something that is its own species. It has its own set of rules, so we can do what we want." Kong: Skull Island hits theaters on March 10, 2017.
November's Biggest Movies
1 Doctor Strange
2 Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
6 Hacksaw Ridge
7 Almost Christmas
8 The Accountant
10 Boo! A Madea Halloween
December: Rogue One releases, plenty of trailers
December was of course Star Wars month. Rogue One hit cinemas to great reviews and huge box office, and there was no shortage of promotional TV spots, teaser, and trailers in the build up to it.
Finally, there were also lots of trailer for some of next year’s most-anticipated movies, including Spider-Man: Homecoming, Transformers: The Last Knight, War for the Planet of the Apes, and The Fate of the Furious. Here’s to 2017!