Somewhat surprisingly, there is one more wide release planned in October than September.
We’ve been following the historic movie theater scene in 2020 and what a year so far, huh? Not from amazing movies coming out and huge box office numbers — what could/should/might have been in some parallel universe — from everything that seems to prevent that from happening.
Brief recap. In mid March all US theaters closed. In late August they started reopening and as of this writing at the end of September an estimated 70% of theaters have not reopened. The two major markets, New York and California still have many closures, but I keep reading that they’re planning on reopening soon. In our local area — not too far from the Seattle area where most of this all started — a bunch of theaters, like a couple dozen at least, remain shuttered. These areas are still in Phase 2 of the local government shutdown and cannot reopen theaters yet. These local restrictions are, very slowly, being relaxed and unless there are missteps with the virus, should reopen before No Time To Die (ironic title, I must admit) is scheduled to come out.
Tenet, the biggest movie since the pandemic started launched hasn’t had the US box office sales hoped for. Blame on this in part is placed on the two major markets with theaters still closed. Meanwhile.
Below you’ll find the movies listed as being released in theaters before month’s end as well as the streaming and VOD movies and at the bottom the movies that were originally planned to be released in September and delayed along with the current release dates, if known.
As has been the case since the end of March 2020, all titles remain subject to change, but since we’re actually seeing movies in theaters again, if this positive trend of reopening theaters continues, we should be able to get back to a schedule of releasing these coming soon lists sooner. In the meantime there’s no point in releasing ~45 days or so before the month due to the studio changes and postponements.
For historical reference, we’re including the films originally planned along with their rescheduled release dates, several have been pushed to 2021.
If you’d like to see a list of all movies released in 2020 click here (that post is being updated throughout the year). We have a post showing all wide release movies scheduled in 2021, but as of this writing is still in draft status due to frequent changes being made. Would like to say we’re confident no further changes will be made, but that isn’t realistic currently. We’re going to post it sooner or later, probably sooner. Several movies are planned for 2021 that we had planned to see in 2020 and there are still 2021 planned titles coming to fruition — maybe.
Here, for now, let’s focus on October 2020.
All movie release dates unless otherwise indicated are for the United States, the release dates in other countries can/may/will vary.
OCTOBER 2020 (5 movies)
- The War With Grandpa – FIRST LOOK (Oct 9)
- Honest Thief (delayed, moved from Sept 4 to Oct 9, move #2 to Oct 16)
- 2 Hearts (delayed, Sept 11 to October 16)
- The Empty Man – FIRST LOOK (delayed, August 7 to December 4, 2020, move #2 to Oct 23, 2020)
- Fatale (moved AHEAD from Oct 20, 2020 to June 19, move #2 delayed to Oct 30)
- The Lie – FIRST LOOK (Oct 6) – Amazon Prime Video
- Hubie Halloween – FIRST LOOK (Oct 7) – Netflix
- The Trial of the Chicago 7 (delayed, moved from Oct 9 to Oct 16 streaming) – Netflix
- Rebecca (Oct 21) – Netflix
Wonder Woman 1984– FIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from June 1 to Aug 24, 2020, move #2 to Oct 2, move #3 to December 25) BIOS– (delayed, moved from October 2, 2020 to April 16, 2021) Tom Hanks Venom 2(delayed, moved from October 2, 2020 to TBA 2021, move #2 to June 25, 2021) Marvel MCU Without Remorse(delayed, moved from September 18 to Oct 2, move #2 to Amazon Prime Video and “TBA 2020”) Halloween Kills(delayed, moved from October 16, 2020 to Oct 15, 2021) Jamie Lee Curtis Candyman(delayed, moved from June 1 to September 25, move #2 to Oct 16, move #3 to “TBA 2021”) The Witches(delayed, moved from October 16, 2020 to TBA 2021) based on Roald Dahl story, has potential Connected(delayed, moved from Oct 23 to “TBA 20202”) Snake Eyes(delayed, moved from Oct 23 to Oct 22, 2021) Everybody’s Talking About Jamie(delayed, moved from October 23, 2020 to January 22, 2021) Death on the Nile(delayed, moved from Oct 9 to Oct 23, move #2 to Dec 18, 2020)
As we look through the DELAYED list above, those 11 delayed movies would have been a major boost to movie theater interest. Instead, we’ll get the five movies below … maybe.
The War With Grandpa
Of the five wide release movies planned in October, this is #2 am most looking forward to seeing. It has a fun looking old vs. young vibe, especially with that wacky dodgeball scene. I like how De Niro asks the older woman if she wants to get back at the kids and she’s like “yeah!” This could be a dud or fun or … well, it could be underwhelming. I’m going to try and stay positive on this one. I mean, Christopher Walken, Robert De Niro … these guys are talented actors. Don’t lay an egg on us, please!
(delayed, moved from Sept 4 to Oct 9, move #2 to Oct 16)
Somewhere I remember reading or seeing a video that Liam Neeson wanted to get out of action films. Or at least films like Taken, but maybe I’m dreaming, because this role seems very Taken-ish. Especially with his “I’m coming to get you” revenge line. I like Liam Neeson’s quiet guy goes postal routine.
With Wonder Woman pushed to Christmas day, this becomes the standout title of October in theaters. Am looking most forward to this one.
(delayed, Sept 11 to October 16)
Lukewarm interest from the trailer, but of course we’ll see it regardless. This might be an OK date night movie, I don’t know.
The Empty Man
(delayed, August 7 to December 4, 2020, move #2 to Oct 23, 2020)
No official trailer available as of this posting.
October is the perfect month for horror films. We had some good ones planned that got postponed, and no idea how this one will fare, should it go on as expected, but it’s #3 of the 5 for films I’m most looking forward to seeing in October.
I’m intrigued from the comic book aspect and more than a little surprised we don’t see a trailer for this yet. It’s like three weeks away and still no official trailer?
(moved AHEAD from Oct 20, 2020 to June 19, move #2 delayed to Oct 30)
No official trailer available as of this posting.
I don’t know much of anything about this movie other than the plot synopsis on IMDB. That’s not enough to make it move from #5 of 5 for looking to see in October 2020.
Which of these movies, if any, are you looking forward to seeing?
Of the list of movies above released or delayed, what are you most looking forward to seeing? Are you going to wait for these movies to come to streaming or venture into theaters? If you’re still in a holding pattern, it’s all good. Let’s chat about it in the comments.
As always, wishing you all happy viewing, whatever you’re watching!