This past October came with a few surprises. While franchise films Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Inferno were never expected to become major blockbusters, general audiences have shown even less interest in either film than seemed likely. Especially surprising was the fact that despite being the sole nationwide release, Inferno came in at No. 2 for its opening weekend behind holdover Boo!: A Madea Halloween, further showcasing the drawing power of Tyler Perry.
This upcoming November features surprisingly few sequels (just Bad Santa 2), a handful of franchise films, and several awards contenders. Thanks to likely blockbusters Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Moana, as well as a number of promising titles, this month should come out ahead of 2015’s November when Spectre and the final entry of The Hunger Games franchise ruled the box office.