Fantastic Appeal for Fantasy Movies

From joining the quest of destroying that ‘One Ring’ – Lord of the Rings, drifting into the realm of ‘Narnia’- home to mythical beasts and talking animals – The Chronicles of Narnia, to learning the art of witchcraft and wizardry at ‘Hogwarts’ – Harry Potter and coexisting with the local tribe on the lush alien world of Pandora – Avatar, we can all agree that fantasy is fundamentally ridiculous. But, once in a while, the real world gets a tad boring, and good old fantasy is our best and cheapest bet!

Fantasy has the power to transport audiences from the bounds of reality into the world of escapism and incredulity – and what better medium than cinema to escape reality (larger than life image and surround sound with booming bass).

Over the years, the genre has gone from strength to strength, and today, we’re in the middle of an unprecedented fantasy boom.

2017 witnessed a myriad of fantasy movies, with three of them making it to the list of Top 10 Highest Grossing Hollywood Movies (worldwide) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi (over US$1.32B and the 9th highest grossing movie of all time), Beauty and the Beast (Over US$1.26B and the 11th highest grossing movie of all time) and Wonder Woman (over US$817M). Another notable fantasy movie of 2017 is The Shape of Water which won 4 Oscars, 2 Golden Globes and 2 BAFTA Awards.


UAE fantasy movie admissions stats:



Avengers: Infinity War – Ranks 1st in UAE Top 10 Movies of 2018, ran for 23 weeks and did approximately 733K admissions



Beauty and the Beast – Ranks 3rd in UAE Top 10 Movies of 2017, ran for 14 weeks and did approximately 499K admissions

Wonder Woman – Ranks 10th in UAE Top 10 Movies of 2017, ran for 13 weeks and did approximately 330K admissions

Justice League – Ran for 8 weeks and did approximately 322K admissions

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Ran for 9 weeks and did approximately 178K admissions



Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ranks 2nd in UAE Top 10 Movies of 2016, ran for 13 weeks and did approximately 541K admissions

Suicide Squad – Ranks 5th in UAE Top 10 Movies of 2016, ran for 10 weeks and did approximately 339K admissions

Doctor Strange – Ran for 10 weeks and did approximately 245K admissions

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Ran for 11 weeks and did approximately 234K admissions

Warcraft: The Beginning – Ran for 9 weeks and did approximately 182K admissions



Avengers: Age of Ultron – Ranks 3rd in UAE Top 10 Movies of 2015, ran for 12 weeks and did approximately 530K admissions

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Ranks 8th in UAE Top 10 Movies of 2015, ran for 15 weeks and did approximately 398K admissions

Cinderella – Ran for 12 weeks and did approximately 303K admissions


Upcoming fantasy movie releases in November  December 2018:


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 

Release Date: 15th November 2018

Starring: Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Eddie Redmayne


Mortal Engines 

Release Date: 13th December 2018

Starring: Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang and Robert Sheehan



Release Date: 20th December 2018

Starring: Jason Mamoa, Amber Heard and Nicole Kidman


*Fantasy movies mentioned above are as per genre listings on IMDb.


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Sources: IMDb, Writing Cooperative, The Telegraph and YouTube

Cinema Guarantees Audience Delivery in Nov & Dec 2018

Some audiences are harder to reach than others through traditional media. Cinema however delivers premium first-run content within a captive environment to an attentive audience of varying demographics. And with an exciting and diverse line-up of movies set to release over the months of November and December 2018 – just in time for the dawn of the new year, there’s never been a better time for advertisers to turn audiences into consumers.




Bohemian Rhapsody

Starring: Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello and Mike Myers

Release Date: 1st November 2018

Fun Fact – Rami Malek got to meet Freddy Mercury’s sister while in costume. When she saw him, she said: “That’s my Freddy.” She initially laughed, but later cried on an emotional note.


Girl in the Spider’s Web

Starring: Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks and Lakeith Stanfield

Release Date: 08th November 2018

Fun Fact – It is based on the novel of the same name by David Lagercrantz, and continues on the “Millenium”-series created by Stieg Larsson, who passed away in 2004.


The Grinch

Starring: Rashida Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch and Angela Lansbury

Release Date: 08th November 2018

Fun Fact – This was Benedict Cumberbatch’s second animated film. His first was Penguins of Madagascar (2014), four years prior.



Starring: Wyatt Russell, John Magaro and Pilou Asbæk

Release Date: 08th November 2018

Fun Fact – One of the filming locations for the film was a decommissioned branch-line of the heritage train line and popular tourist attraction, the Bluebell Railway, in West Sussex, England.


Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Starring: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy and Morgan Freeman

Release Date: 08th November 2018

Fun Fact – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms marks the 298th time Keira has portrayed a character in a period piece.


Thugs of Hindostan (Hindi)

Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir khan and Katrina Kaif

Release Date: 08th November 2018

Fun Fact: This will be the first time that Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan will be seen in a film together.


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Jude Law

Release Date: 15th November 2018

Fun Fact – Newt Scamander carries a wand, practices magic, and works for the Ministry of Magic even though he was expelled from Hogwarts, which puzzled several fans online especially since Hagrid wasn’t afforded those liberties. J.K. Rowling explained that the reason for this will be revealed throughout the series.


Robin Hood      

Starring: Taron Egerton, Ben Mendelsohn and Jamie Dornan

Release Date: 22nd November 2018

Fun Fact: The ancient techniques of speed shooting from the draw hand and the double draw are used by Robin Hood in this movie.


Ralph Breaks the Internet

Starring: Kristen bell, Gal Gadot and John C. Reilly

Release Date: 22nd November 2018

Fun Fact: The logo for the movie was made to resemble an app icon, while the “Wreck-It Ralph 2” banner resembles a notification/update.


2.0 (Tamil)

Starring: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson

Release Date: 29th November 2018

Fun Facts: This will be the first Indian film directly shot in 3D. Akshay Kumar will make his Tamil debut with this film. This is the first time Rajnikanth and Akshay Kumar will be working together.

*the movie will release in 15 languages (worldwide)




Mortal Engines

Starring: Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang and Robert Sheehan

Release Date: 13th December 2018

Fun Fact: This will be director Christian Rivers’ first full feature film as a director (He previously directed a short and a section of an anthology).



Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Nicole Kidman

Release Date: 20th December 2018

Fun Facts: According to Amber Heard, the underwater filming required cast members to be hosed down, and then shooting took place on a cold soundstage. Additionally, The Fishermen tribe were created through a combination of make-up (for the top half, the upper torso) and computer-generated imagery (for the bottom half, the tails).



Starring: Justin Theroux, Hailee Steinfeld and Marcella Bragio

Release Date: 20th December 2018

Fun Fact: John Cena is the third wrestler to appear in a Transformers feature, after Dwayne Johnson (who played Cliffjumper in Transformers Prime (2010)) and Joe Seanoa (who played Predaking in Transformers: Power of the Primes (2018)).


Zero (Hindi)

Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma

Release Date: 21st December 2018

Fun Fact: Shah Rukh offered Sridevi a cameo role in this film, so that he can share screen with her for 2nd time in his career. Since her death, this will be Sridevi’s last appearance in films.


Mary Poppins Returns

Starring: Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth

Release Date: 27th December 2018

Fun Fact: The sequel will be released 54 years after Mary Poppins (1964), setting a new record as the longest gap between a live-action film and its sequel in history.


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Sources: IMDb and YouTube