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Upcoming Top Movies to Release


Anna Mower and Sawer Radke cuaght watching the new "Avatar" movie trailer in class. Photo by Sadie Cox.

The Holiday season is the time of year when production companies have some of their biggest movies of the year come out. According to CNBC, “On average, the week between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve equates to between $400 million and $600 million in ticket sales.” Movie companies know this and use it to their advantage to get all the families on winter break or vacations out to the movies.

This year, the holiday line up will include everything from animated blockbusters to realistic war dramas. Surely, there will be something to satisfy someone from every walk of life and mood. Three of the biggest movies fit most of these categories. Adults with mature content, a PG-13 Action and Adventure, and a Universal Studios animated story.

Starting off is “Emancipation”. This is a movie of a runaway slave during the Civil War staring Will Smith. This is bound to be an Oscar favorite with four time Oscar Nominee Will Smith and a story of historical significance and tackling a serious topic of African American history and the struggles they went through.

For the broader “every day person” category, the second installment of the Avatar franchise (Avatar: The Way of Water) is coming out. For nearly 10 years, Avatar had the prestigious honor of being the highest grossing box office movie of all time (until Avengers: Endgame2019).

It is projected, “'Avatar: The Way of Water' Predicted to Earn $649 Million at Domestic Box Office,” according to Collider.

Lastly, the kids will be able to enjoy the thrilling story of “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”. The movie is a spin off of the highly successful “Shrek” franchise and a sequel to the original “Puss in Boots” movie. With an all star cast of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Florence Pugh, and John Mulany, it’s bound to be a comedic adventure everyone, regardless of age, will be able to enjoy.

The history of the movies is bound to help draw crowds to the theaters. “The Week” has reported the entire Shrek franchise (four movies with Shrek and the one Puss in Boots spin-off) has grossed 3.5 billion dollars. This is sure to instill confidence in the viewer of the quality and time that Universal Studios has put into these movies to ensure it will please the fans that have been so loyal for many years.

This is only scratching the surface of the lineup for this year’s holiday. Local movie lover and Snow College student Marylee Giddings said, “My friends and I are thrilled for the movies this December. We’ll be planning on staying in town together and are going to be visiting the theaters here for sure. The one I am most excited for is ‘Puss in Boots’ because I’ve always been a fan of the franchise and think they are great.”

Be sure to hit the local theater to be transported to another world and experience the feelings that only movies can bring in people’s life this Christmas season.