Potential Dormant Hits Of 2023, From The Iron Claw To No Hard Feelings

With 2022 now in the rearview mirror, moviegoers are looking to the future. It’s time to take a look at what the theatrical landscape of cinema in 2023 has to offer. Right now, discussions about the movies of 2023 are largely focused on massive blockbusters (like new Marvel movies or the latest Impossible mission title) who have already launched their extensive marketing efforts. However, as 2022 hits like Everything everywhere all at once, Barbaric and The menu demonstrated, some of the most notable performers at the box office of any given year come from smaller films that may not be on the radar of even the most dedicated geeks at the start of the year.

2023 has plenty of movies set to hit the big screen throughout the year that could easily become the next big dormant box office hits. These range from comedies to thrillers to fantasy films and everything in between, while the factors indicating that they have the potential to become unexpected lucrative ventures are also varied. All of these upcoming movies, however, share the trait of reminding people to watch all kinds of movies and not just the ones with the loudest marketing campaigns. There are always all kinds of movies worth watching, including under-the-radar titles that have the potential to take the box office by storm.

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Hollywood didn’t pay much attention to big-screen comedies in 2021 and 2022, but 2023 is currently expected to feature several big theatrical comedies that could restore the genre’s box office clout. Among the most intriguing of these comedies is wanderersa new movie by Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar director Josh Greenbaum. A live action comedy about a dog (voiced by Will Ferrell) who begins to yearn for revenge after being abandoned by his owner, the high-concept premise and the presence of cuddly CG dogs might help wanderers lead the pack at the box office. Moreover, Greenbaum proved with beard and star that it’s capable of making modern action-comedy with the kind of luscious, sun-kissed visuals just begging to be experienced on the big screen. This talent could help wanderers immensely by being a box office draw.


Simply ask for titles ranging from Free fire to Me, and Earl, and the dying girl, and they’ll all tell you that it’s very difficult to translate the buzz of a film festival premiere into a general theatrical release. What works at Sundance or the Toronto International Film Festival may not be suitable for average moviegoers. Blackeninga new comedy from the director Tim’s story, made a big splash at the Toronto International Film Festival last September and hopes to be an equally big hit in theaters in June thanks to one key factor: it’s a horror movie. Specifically, the film operates as a comedic slasher film that, among other goals, interrogates the clichés associated with black characters in horror cinema. Scary Movies have been a reliable box office draw lately and tapping into the lucrative nature of these films could give this spoof the kind of genuine box office power that has eluded other film festival darlings.

No strong emotions

Jennifer Lawrence has often said how much she loves super silly classic comedies like Stupid and even dumber. This summer, Lawrence will have the chance to add a star vehicle to this canon with No strong emotionsa new R-rated comedy from the director of good boys. The idea that Lawrence could stretch her acting muscles in the context of a steamy comedy sounds like a very exciting concept. have the taste of Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Nathalie Morales around in the supporting cast only makes this project more appealing, while the sight of seeing Katniss Everdeen in something so silly might be enough to make it a box office hit. Let’s see if Lawrence can headline a comedy as effectively as some of his favorite entries in the genre.

The Legend of Ochi

The Legend of Ochi is so under the radar of the general public right now that it doesn’t even have its own Wikipedia page. Expect that to change once marketing begins to ramp up on this title, which functions as the first movie of Isaiah Saxon. This fantastic title is anchored by a star-studded cast that includes Helen Zengel, Finn Wolfhard, Emily Watsonand Willem Dafoe. As if those actors weren’t enough to put this one on people’s radar, this A24 movie is apparently a departure from nearly every other title this arthouse studio has released to date since it is a family film. There are a lot of promising ingredients in play here that could help The Legend of Ochi stand out with ease in the theatrical landscape of 2023. There is certainly enough potential here to The eyes to become a sleeper hit, maybe even a big enough moneymaker to warrant its own Wikipedia page…

True love

Godzilla and A thug director Gareth Edwards finally returns to the director’s chair with his first original feature in over a decade. This new cinematic effort, titled True lovekeeps its plot under wraps (although, like every other film Edwards has helmed, it will occupy the sci-fi genre), but we do know it boasts a stellar cast anchored by John David Washington and Gemma Chan. Original sci-fi has always been a major box office risk even before the COVID-19 pandemic threw all theatrical movies into unpredictable chaos. However, if distributor 20th Century Studios can conjure up a solid marketing campaign for True love Debuting in October 2023, this might be the kind of original sci-fi material that’s flourished in the fall of the past (see: Gravity). The stellar box office track record of Edwards’ latest films certainly suggests that people should keep their eyes on True love.

dumb money

The whole GameStop stock market debacle is about to become a major movie thanks to the new Craig Gillespie steering effort dumb money. This story is told through a star-studded cast anchored by Paul Dano, Sebastian Stanand Seth Rogen, among many others. While adult dramas have been hit or miss at the box office in 2022, dumb money, thanks to its base on the GameStonks event, understandably has a lot more youth appeal than some of the biggest box office drama duds of the previous year. Additionally, distributor Sony/Columbia Pictures managed to make the internet-centric hustle a box office hit with The social network in 2010. The odds could be in stupid money favor of at least approximating part of this David Fincher movie success.

cat island

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If there’s anything people should take away from the 2022 box office, it’s that audiences are still in love with it. Channing Tatum as they were in 2012. The double whammy of Dog and The lost city reaffirmed Tatum’s appeal to mainstream crowds. Tatum will get another chance to prove his box office prowess in cat island. Tatum will play the villain of this thriller, which functions as the first film of Zoe Kravitz. The concept of Tatum playing a counter-type as a bad guy might prove to be just as catchy for moviegoers in general as the title of cat island. Keep an eye out for this one as potential new evidence for just how much Tatum can pull off at the box office.

The iron claw

Zac Efron is back in the ring in 2023 as a movie star thanks to the upcoming Sean Durkin movie The iron claw. This feature film is a sports biopic covering the From Eric family, an iconic group of wrestlers. If this one receives as many reviews as Durkin’s previous films, The iron claw could pack a mighty punch in both art house theaters and mainstream multiplexes. Even though it functions more as a general release title rather than an awards season darling, however, The iron claw could still prove formidable at the box office thanks to the presence of in-demand actors like Efron and the bearit is Jeremy Allen White.

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