MGM, once a Hollywood studio titan and king of the movie musical, has recently been seen as a companion distribution studio with other big names, like Sony and Warner Bros. But 2018 marks a re-vamp for MGM, which is back to sole distribution on major movies.
MGM’s “Death Wish”, the action remake starring Bruce Willis, opened in March and grossed more than $33 million in the U.S. According to Box Office Mojo, “Death Wish” was the first film since 2010’s “Hot Tub Time Machine” to have core distribution from MGM.
Coming this Summer: a modern take on “Valley Girl” (June 29) and an Untitled Anne Hathaway & Rebel Wilson Comedy (Aug. 10), and in September: Dwayne Johnson’s “Fighting with My Family” (9/14) and Oscar Isaac’s “Operation Finale” (9/21).
The most interesting title in their 2018 lineup is “Creed 2”, opening November 21. The first “Creed”, released in 2015, was a combined Warner Bros. and MGM effort, with WB handling the majority of the marketing and distribution. WB is not a part of this sequel, reverting things solely back to MGM, which distributed 2006’s “Rocky Balboa”.
And in October 2019, MGM will release a highly-anticipated animated “Addams Family” film… and now that theme song is stuck in my head.
MGM has also recently announced a partnership with Annapurna Pictures, the studio behind Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit”, which will include distribution of next year’s “Bond 25”.