Making Careful Movie Choices First Week of June and Beyond


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Making Careful Movie Choices First Week of June and Beyond

By: Dr. Diane Howard

On June 1, Box Office Mojo shows that there are some top box office movies at this time that look appealing to kids but are not appropriate for children or families of young people. Fortunately, also on June 1, Box Office Mojo reveals that many good movies for children, families and more have continued in theaters for many weeks and even months in some cases. Moviegoers as buyers or consumers must beware of titles or movie posters that look appealing to children or youths but may not have stories that are appropriate for them. Fortunately, reviews of movies for families and more are readily available on excellent sources such as Movieguide. Savvy consumers, whose ticket sales influence Hollywood and independent studios, are making a difference. Over many years research has shown that family-friendly movies stay in theaters longer and make more money over time, which in turn promotes the production of ongoing, family-friendly, intergenerational movies.

On June 1, Box Office Mojo’s current data shows that some of the best pick family movies available in theaters include the following according to their current box office rankings (linked to specific reviews): 5. “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, 9. “Home”, 11. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″, 15. “Where Hope Grows” (up from last week), 20. “Little Boy”, (up from last week) 26. “Paddington”, (up from last week even after months in theaters), 30. “Do You Believe”, (up from last week even after many weeks in theaters) and 25. “When Marnie Was There” (up from last week). (Moviegoers need to check reviews for guidance as to age acceptability for these family movies. Some are not appropriate for children but are generally more appropriate for teenagers, adults or multi-generational families with youths.)

It has been interesting to watch how consumers have kept the movies they like in theaters far beyond the expectations of some movie critics. Consumers have even enabled some movies that critics have panned to surprisingly climb in box office rankings and have more success over time. As consumers share with their friends, families, and social network connections their enthusiasm for their favorite movies, it makes a difference in the success of those movies and the future production of more like them. Consumers are learning how to use consumer power for social, cultural, and eternal good in promoting family values in redemptive movies.

In ongoing private screenings and interviews with producers, directors and actors of leading family and redemptive movies, it is clear that there are many more good family values movies on the horizon.  Some of the redemptive and family films in various stages of production for the near futures include the following and more: July 1-” Faith of our Fathers”, August- “Shake off the World”, August 28-“War Room”, Fall 2015- “Adrenaline”, Fall 2015- “90 Minutes in Heaven”, Sept. 18- “Captive”, Sept. 30- “Hillsong: Let Hope Arise”, October 16- “Woodlawn”, January 22- “Risen”, February 26- “Ben-Hur”, March 11- “Christ the Lord: Out of of Egypt”, March 23- “God’s Not Dead 2”, March 23- “Miracles from Heaven”, April 29- “Same Kind of Different as Me”, Spring 2016- “Providence” and Summer 2016- “Left Behind 2”.

Other family and/or redemptive movies in development include the following: “Do You Believe 2”, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair”, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew”, “Ten Commandments”, “King David”, “Apostle Paul”, “Pontius Pilate”, “Unveiled” and HD Texas movies. Stay tuned.

Written by Diane Howard, Ph.D., Performance Studies,