September is generally seen as one of the slowest months of the year at the box office, but boy, did 2017 pack a wallop. There were box office disappointments to be sure, with mother! (understandably) struggling to lure in general audiences and The Lego Ninjago Movie proving the franchise's limitations. Despite all the notable releases that hit theaters last month, it was a demonic clown that ultimately ruled the day. IT has been nothing short of a sensation, quickly topping a $500 million worldwide gross amid critical raves. While hype was high for director Andy Muschietti's Stephen King adaptation, no one expected it to be as much of a runaway success as it has been. Of course, this begs the question of what film will surprise us all this month. Let's take a look at what will be playing in a theater near you.
As always, here are 10 films to check out in October 2017:
Blade Runner 2049 (Release Date: October 6)
Nowadays, any film directed by Ridley Scott seems to be highly anticipated. While Blade Runner marked his follow-up to Alien, it failed to attract an audience back in 1982, despite the presence of leading man Harrison Ford, an intriguing premise and gorgeous production design. It may have taken many years (and a variety of alternate cuts), but Blade Runner is now considered a landmark for science fiction and genre filmmaking.
For this reason, all eyes are on Blade Runner 2049 this month, as it attempts to follow in the footsteps of one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time. Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) seems like a wise choice for a cerebral sci-fi adventure, and Ryan Gosling should prove to be a compelling lead alongside Ford's return. But will the pre-release hype translate into a hefty box office take?
Check out the latest trailer for Blade Runner 2049.
The Florida Project (Release Date: October 6)
Director Sean Baker's 2015 comedy/drama Tangerine isn't the type of film that becomes a blockbuster, though its tale of a transgender sex worker earned plenty of critical love. With that success behind him, Baker forges confidently ahead with The Florida Project, and the film -- which hits limited release this month -- is already poised to become one of the most widely praised releases of 2017.
The film follows young Moonee (Brooklynn Kimberly Prince) and her mother (Bria Vinaite), as they live out their lives in a hotel near Walt Disney World in Orlando. In particular, The Florida Project has been gaining critical notices for its rich and moving story as well as the supporting performance of Willem Dafoe, who is already been tapped as a likely awards contender come Oscar time.
Check out the latest trailer for The Florida Project.
The Foreigner (Release Date: October 13)
Ask any Jackie Chan fan about the actor's American releases over the years, and you're likely to get a very divisive reaction. However, there's good reason to be hopeful that The Foreigner will be one of the good ones, as it reunites director Martin Campbell (Goldeneye) and Pierce Brosnan for Chan's latest action thriller.
In the film, Chan plays a businessman bent on revenge when his daughter is killed, and Brosnan is the government agent who stands in his way. There's a very Taken vibe in the premise of The Foreigner, one that could easily catapult it into becoming one of the fall's biggest sleeper hits. If there's one thing we've learned, it's never to underestimate a star as legendary as Chan.
Check out the latest trailer for The Foreigner.