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The Comic Years Podcast: Breaking Down The 2021 Box Office Results (So Far)

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BY October 29, 2021

It’s been a weird year for the box office. The pandemic saw a severe drop in people going to movie theatres with all the lockdown rules in effect in North America. So much so that many theatres have even shut down or gone out of business. Studios’ reacted by focusing on their streaming platforms and pushing whatever new releases to them, or to Video On Demand. But many other studios held on to their signature films, hoping for an eventual theatrical release, and all the monies that come with it. The 2021 box office is the topic of discussion on this episode of the Comic Years Podcast. 

Loss of business, streaming push, upset filmmakers, increase in piracy and so much more had an impact on this year’s box office results. So much so that our own Joshua M. Patton and Meghan Hale had to sit down to break it all down on this 2021 box office podcast episode. Join them as they deep dive into how this year is going for the movies.

2021 Box Office Podcast Has To Distinguish Between A Regular Hit, Or Pandemic Hit

2021 box office podcast episode no time to die. Image via Universal Pictures.

A lot of movies saw day and date releases this year. While others came out exclusively in theatres. So it was hard to determine which movies truly succeeded, financially, at least. For example, the long-awaited The Suicide Squad was apparently a flop, given it split viewers from the theatres due to its HBO Max release as well. While others like Venom 2, Free Guy and the recently released No Time To Die is breaking box office records.

But are these numbers reflective of a pre-pandemic movie release? Or are expectations lower given the current state? This was the major issue surrounding the Scarlett Johansson and Disney lawsuit, which seems to have worked itself out. But these are the variables that Joshua and Meghan discuss in his 2021 box office podcast episode.

Which Movies Will Succeed In The Rest Of The Year?

My favourite part of this nuanced 2021 box office podcast episode is the lightning round. Joshua and Meghan single out the major releases that are still to come in the year, and discuss which they believe will be hits or flops. And their reasons why, obviously. It’s an interesting discussion as there are so many factors that go into why a movie will resonate with audiences. Joshua earlier brings up exactly which kinds of movies are worth seeing in theatres, versus which can be skipped and seen at home. It’s reminiscent of another Comic Years Podcast episode we did earlier, about which is the better experience, theatre or home?

So check out this 2021 box office podcast episode and be sure to let us know which movies you think will win this year. At the same time, let us know which of your favourite movies weren’t box office hits, and why you think they deserve more love. Be sure to subscribe to our show on Apple Podcasts and all the major podcasting apps. Leave us a 5-star rating and review to make our podcast a ‘hit’.

Featured image via 20th Century Studios.


Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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