Many movie freaks must have been awaiting the New Release Dates for Blockbusters in 2023. Some of the most anticipated movies are coming out in the later part of this year. In this article, I will be providing some hit movies you wouldn’t want to miss.
Release Dates for Blockbusters in 2023
In 2022, the box office was all over the place in terms of mega-hits and total flops, making it difficult to determine whether the COVID pandemic was still having an impact or whether audiences had simply become more picky or overburdened with other content.
The year 2023 will undoubtedly be one to watch, as there are far more potential franchise blockbusters on the way.
“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” (Warner Bros) – March 17
One month after the first Marvel film of the month, Warner Bros. returns with the sequel to the 2019 film, which grossed $140.3 million in the United States and starred Zachary Levi as the DC Comics superhero as powerful as Superman. This one introduces new characters from “West Side Story,” played by Oscar winner Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu, and Rachel Zegler, but we’ll probably never see the Shazam Family face off against their greatest foe, Dwayne Johnson’s “Black Adam.”
“John Wick: Chapter 4” (Lionsgate) – March 24
Keanu Reeves’ popular action franchise was hampered by COVID in a way that few others have been, because it was scheduled to be released in May 2021, two years after the hugely successful third chapter, which grossed $171 million in North America. The film didn’t even begin production until June of 2021, which should help build anticipation for the next chapter. They’re already filming the spin-off “Ballerina,” starring Ana de Armas and featuring many of the main series’ characters, including Keanu.
“Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3” (Marvel/Disney) – May 5
As it has been for the past 15 years, Marvel gets to kick off the lucrative summer movie season with the conclusion of James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” trilogy, which serves as both his long-awaited return to the MCU and his swan song, as he now oversees Warner Bros’ DC Cinematic Universe.
From the deliberately vague first trailer, we know very little about this three-quel, except that Will Poulter (“Midsommar”) will play Adam Warlock, a major cosmic character with connections to David Bautista’s Drax and Zoe Saldana’s Gamora.
“Fast X” (Universal) – May 19
Vin Diesel is reunited with his street racing family in the penultimate chapter of the action franchise that began in 2001. This one is directed by Louis Letterier (“The Incredible Hulk”), who took over for franchise regular Justin Lin, but little is known about the tenth film’s direction as of yet. Brie Larson, Jason Momoa, and Michael Rooker from “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” are the most significant additions to an already crowded cast, so they may need more cars.
“The Little Mermaid” (Disney) – May 26
Disney and their latest live action adaptation of one of the studio’s popular animated films, in this case, the 1989 musical that introduced the world to Ariel, have taken over Memorial Day weekend. This should be a fantastic follow-up to previous Disney blockbusters like “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast,” directed by Rob Marshall (“Mary Poppins Returns”) and starring Halle Bailey.
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (Sony) – June 2
The animated Miles Morales Spider-Man film franchise continues in June, with more Spider-Men and Women than you can shake a Multiverse at. Many people were surprised when Sony Animation announced that this would be the first of two sequels, with “Beyond the Spider-Verse” scheduled for March 2024.
“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” (LucasFilm/Disney) – June 30
Harrison Ford last played Indiana Jones 15 years ago in 2008’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” which grossed $300 million domestically. While that installment is often derided, the fifth and presumably final installment is directed by James Mangold (“Ford v Ferrari”), and it will presumably end Indy’s story in the same way that 2021’s “No Time to Die” ended Daniel Craig’s run as James Bond.
“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One” (Paramount) – July 14
Tom Cruise’s follow-up to his 2022 mega-blockbuster, “Top Gun: Maverick,” and the first of two finales to a franchise that Cruise began making all the way back in 1996, is likely to be another of 2023’s most anticipated films. The previous film in the franchise, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” grossed $787 million worldwide, and early previews in front of “Top Gun” and “Avatar” have made this one of the summer’s must-see films.
“Oppenheimer” (Universal) – July 21
Following the unfortunate release of “Tenet” in the midst of a global pandemic, filmmaker Christopher Nolan switches studios for his historical look at the creation of the atomic bomb, starring Cillian Murphy in the title role of Robert Oppenheimer.
It will be interesting to see if Nolan can reclaim his former glory with an original film released during a summer filled with highly anticipated sequels and franchise films.
“The Marvels” (Marvel/Disney) – July 28
Although the third and final Marvel film of 2023 will be released before the end of the summer, this is a sequel to Brie Larson’s debut as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, bringing in a number of other Marvels, including Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau. The original “Captain Marvel” grossed $426.8 million domestically in March 2019, and while there hasn’t been a trailer or much other information about this sequel, directed by Nia DaCosta (“Candyman”), fans of the 2019 film are likely eager to catch up with Carol.
“Dune Part 2” (Warner Bros.) – Nov. 3
Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to his 2021 sci-fi epic, which only grossed $108.3 million but won six of the ten Oscars for which it was nominated, is also set to release this year. The sequel should do much better than the first, as it won’t be released concurrently on HBO Max like the first, and it should be a great start to this year’s holiday and awards season.
“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” (Lionsgate) – Nov. 17
The four films based on Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of dystopian young adult novels were such a huge success for Lionsgate that it makes sense for the studio to want to adopt Collins’ 2020 prequel novel, though because it takes place decades before Katniss Everdeen’s adventures, none of the original trio – Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson will be returning. Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage, and Jason Schwartzman are the stars of this prequel. Will it make a difference? We’ll know in November.
“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” (Warner Bros.) – Dec. 25
The big holiday release for 2023 is James Wan’s sequel to his 2018 film based on DC Comics’ King of the Seven Seas, which grossed $335 million domestically. Although the film was delayed a full year as part of the 2022 Warner Bros. shake-up, it will benefit from having less competition in December, so perhaps the year-long delay will be beneficial.
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