Movies Dumped In January

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"The Book of Clarence" movie still, 2024. Pictured: LaKeith Stansfield as Clarence.
PLOT: After smoking a marijuana joint, Clarence is captivated by the power of the rising Messiah and soon risks everything to carve a path to a divine existence. Combine the stoner comedy "Friday" with "Monty Python's Life of Brian" and you get this. Both critics and moviegoers aren't sure what to make of it. Released on January 12, 2024, this $40 million comedy has earned $4.2 million as of January 25, 2024.
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"M3GAN" movie still, 2023.
The film underwent reshoots in post-production in order to secure a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association, after the original cut was deemed too violent. Marketed for a January release, this movie found not one but two audiences: horror fans and the LGBTQ+ community, with some calling the doll "a queer icon". It would earn $181 million and plans are underway for a sequel.
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"M3GAN" movie still, 2023. L to R: Amie Donald, Allison Williams, Violet McGraw.
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Amie Donald on the set of "M3GAN", 2023.
PLOT: An artificially intelligent doll arrives as a gift to a small girl and becomes hostile toward anyone who comes between her and her human companion.
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Amie Donald poses for a photo inbetween makeup sessions on the set of "M3GAN", 2023.
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"Scream" movie soundtrack, 2022.
Producers didn't want a Halloween or Christmas release - they chose the four-day Martin Luther King weekend for their target date. Expected to make $20 million on its first weekend, it made $30 million and wound up with a total of $139 million.
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"Scream" movie still, 2022. L to R: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox.
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"Scream" movie still, 2022. David Arquette as Dewey Riley.
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"Scream" movie still, 2022. Melissa Barrera as Sam Carpenter.
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"Scream" movie still, 2022. Pictured: Jenna Ortega as Tara Carpenter.
PLOT: 25 years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, Calif., a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town's deadly past. The Weinstein Company had produced the entire "Scream" franchise and was hesitant to produce another sequel after "Scream 4" was released in 2011. Seven years later, the company went bankrupt (way to go, Harvey) and the rights were in limbo. Enter Jason Blum - his Blumhouse Productions quickly bought the franchise and sought out to reboot the series.
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"Dolittle" movie poster artwork, 2020. Robert Downey Jr. as Dr. John Dolittle.
PLOT: A physician who can talk to animals embarks on an adventure to find a legendary island with a young apprentice and a crew of strange pets. Filming began in March 2018 and lasted through June, taking place around the United Kingdom. The film underwent three weeks of reshoots in the spring of 2019 after initial test screenings yielded poor results. It was originally set for May 24, 2019, but was moved to April 12 of that year, to avoid competition with "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker". After another round of poor test audience scores, it was later banished to January 17, 2020. After spending $100 million on production and another $75 million on marketing, the film needed to earn $500 million to break even. The worldwide take was $250 million. Sorry Universal Studios.
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"Serenity" movie still, 2019. L to R: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway.
PLOT: A fishing boat captain (McConaughey) is approached by his ex-wife (Hathaway) to murder her abusive new husband (Jason Clarke). Billed as a "steamy noir", this movie tested so poorly with preview audiences that the production company cut nearly all marketing for the movie and dumped it for a January release.
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"The Commuter" movie still, 2018. Liam Neeson as Michael MacCauley.
PLOT: An insurance salesman/ex-cop is caught up in a life-threatening conspiracy during his daily commute home. This British thriller was released first in England and then brought to the United States in January - it was another hit for Neeson and earned $119 million worldwide.
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On the set of "Split", 2017.
L to R: Writer/co-producer/director M. Night Shyamalan, James McAvoy. PLOT: Three girls are kidnapped by a man (McAvoy) with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th. Shyamalan had scored a huge hit with "The Visit" in 2015 and decided to make this film on his own. He spent $9 million of his own money to make the film and found a partner with Universal Studios. They pushed for a January release and bingo! This movie made $278 million worldwide, making a total profit of $105.1 million.
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"Exposed" Japanese movie poster, 2016. Top to bottom: Keanu Reeves, Ana De Armas.
PLOT: A police detective investigates the truth behind his partner's death. The mysterious case reveals disturbing police corruption and a dangerous secret involving an unlikely young woman. When Lionsgate purchased this movie, they thought they were getting a Keanu Reeves cop thriller. But the story was a surreal drama in two languages that focused on child sexual abuse, violence against women, and police overstepping their authority. In the editing stages, the studio focused more on Reeves' character and mangled the rest. The end result was a movie that earned horrible reviews and a limited January release earning $269,000 total.