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11th Apr '16 11:31:52 PM KaiYves
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* The CinemaSins review of ''New Moon'' jokes that it must be January if the only movies the characters have a choice of going to see are called "Face Punch" and "Love Spelled Backwards Is Love".
11th Mar '16 10:07:07 AM erforce
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Nowadays, the second half of August is generally considered a comparatively minor dump month, and the first half isn't at all. Films released at this time are usually put here not out of a lack of quality, but because the "main" blockbuster season has gotten so crowded that smaller films are pushed here out of necessity. August 2014, for instance, saw the release of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', which was the biggest hit of the year, and ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', which was also a modest success. In addition, August has become a popular release frame for horror films that can't make the October date, since it offers ample time to get the DVD in stores in time for Halloween without having to compete with the big summer blockbusters,[[note]]This practice owes at least part of its existence to the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' and ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' franchises' bulletproof status in October from the mid '00s through the early '10s.[[/note]] and it's also recognized as a great time to release more mature fare aimed at older audiences and women who are burned out from the heat of all the big action movies in the past three months. The unofficial end of the summer season falls sometime in mid-August, give or take a week depending on the year, with one or two final big releases before the drought. However, before UsefulNotes/{{The Blockbuster Age|OfHollywood}} it was considered a dump month like any other -- for example, when Creator/WarnerBros suspected that ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'' would fail, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork they dumped it in August]].

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Nowadays, the second half of August is generally considered a comparatively minor dump month, and the first half isn't at all. Films released at this time are usually put here not out of a lack of quality, but because the "main" blockbuster season has gotten so crowded that smaller films are pushed here out of necessity. August 2014, for instance, saw the release of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', which was the biggest hit of the year, and ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', which was also a modest success. In addition, August has become a popular release frame for horror films that can't make the October date, since it offers ample time to get the DVD in stores in time for Halloween without having to compete with the big summer blockbusters,[[note]]This practice owes at least part of its existence to the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' and ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' franchises' bulletproof status in October from the mid '00s through the early '10s.[[/note]] and it's also recognized as a great time to release more mature fare aimed at older audiences and women who are burned out from the heat of all the big action movies in the past three months. The unofficial end of the summer season falls sometime in mid-August, give or take a week depending on the year, with one or two final big releases before the drought. However, before UsefulNotes/{{The Blockbuster Age|OfHollywood}} it was considered a dump month like any other -- for example, when Creator/WarnerBros suspected that ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'' would fail, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork they dumped it in August]].
9th Mar '16 12:11:26 PM tmantookie
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The big-screen version of the FridayNightDeathSlot, the Dump Months are certain months of the year that are viewed as, effectively, cinematic landfills where little of value can be found at the box office. [[TroubledProduction Disastrous productions]] that the studio wants to get behind them as quickly as possible with minimal fallout, low-budget genre fare that can't hang with [[SummerBlockbuster the big boys of summer]], star vehicles for [[WhiteDwarfStarlet fading stars]], [[BMovie B-grade]] thrillers and comedies that aren't ''quite'' bad enough to be shuffled into the DirectToVideo netherrealm, films that got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed by the Studio]] and are only getting released theatrically out of contractual obligation (or because somebody involved with the film has dirt on a studio executive) -- all of this goes to the dump months to be forgotten about by the time they come out on DVD and start airing late at night on cable (or, these days, on Creator/{Netflix}} and the like) three months later.

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The big-screen version of the FridayNightDeathSlot, the Dump Months are certain months of the year that are viewed as, effectively, cinematic landfills where little of value can be found at the box office. [[TroubledProduction Disastrous productions]] that the studio wants to get behind them as quickly as possible with minimal fallout, low-budget genre fare that can't hang with [[SummerBlockbuster the big boys of summer]], star vehicles for [[WhiteDwarfStarlet fading stars]], [[BMovie B-grade]] thrillers and comedies that aren't ''quite'' bad enough to be shuffled into the DirectToVideo netherrealm, films that got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed by the Studio]] and are only getting released theatrically out of contractual obligation (or because somebody involved with the film has dirt on a studio executive) -- all of this goes to the dump months to be forgotten about by the time they come out on DVD and start airing late at night on cable (or, these days, on Creator/{Netflix}} Creator/{{Netflix}} and the like) three months later.
2nd Mar '16 5:47:06 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* {{Defied|Trope}} in [[http://bloody-disgusting.com/editorials/3381035/10-horror-films-released-in-february-that-were-actually-good/ this article]] by Trace Thurman of Bloody-Disgusting, listing ten horror movies released in February that actually weren't terrible. He notes how January and February have a terrible reputation for this, with studios using the time to clear house on movies they think will bomb, which makes it that much more fulfilling to find a diamond in the rough.
1st Mar '16 2:11:40 PM Josef5678
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The big-screen version of the FridayNightDeathSlot, the Dump Months are certain months of the year that are viewed as, effectively, cinematic landfills where little of value can be found at the box office. [[TroubledProduction Disastrous productions]] that the studio wants to get behind them as quickly as possible with minimal fallout, low-budget genre fare that can't hang with [[SummerBlockbuster the big boys of summer]], star vehicles for [[WhiteDwarfStarlet fading stars]], [[BMovie B-grade]] thrillers and comedies that aren't ''quite'' bad enough to be shuffled into the DirectToVideo netherrealm, films that got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed by the Studio]] and are only getting released theatrically out of contractual obligation (or because somebody involved with the film has dirt on a studio executive) -- all of this goes to the dump months to be forgotten about by the time they come out on DVD and start airing late at night on cable (or, these days, on {{Netflix}} and the like) three months later.

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The big-screen version of the FridayNightDeathSlot, the Dump Months are certain months of the year that are viewed as, effectively, cinematic landfills where little of value can be found at the box office. [[TroubledProduction Disastrous productions]] that the studio wants to get behind them as quickly as possible with minimal fallout, low-budget genre fare that can't hang with [[SummerBlockbuster the big boys of summer]], star vehicles for [[WhiteDwarfStarlet fading stars]], [[BMovie B-grade]] thrillers and comedies that aren't ''quite'' bad enough to be shuffled into the DirectToVideo netherrealm, films that got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed by the Studio]] and are only getting released theatrically out of contractual obligation (or because somebody involved with the film has dirt on a studio executive) -- all of this goes to the dump months to be forgotten about by the time they come out on DVD and start airing late at night on cable (or, these days, on {{Netflix}} Creator/{Netflix}} and the like) three months later.



Once in a while, a film released in a dump month will break out and become a hit. Defiance of the 'dump month curse' is a bit more common than defiance of the FridayNightDeathSlot. In particular, given the reputation for crappy product that the dump months hold, a merely ''good'' film that would've been outshined by ''great'' ones at any other time of year has a chance of breaking out and becoming a SleeperHit.

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Once in a while, a film released in a dump month will break out and become a hit. Defiance of the 'dump month curse' is a bit more common than defiance of the FridayNightDeathSlot. In particular, given the reputation for crappy product products that the dump months hold, a merely ''good'' film that would've been outshined by ''great'' ones at any other time of year has a chance of breaking out and becoming a SleeperHit.
15th Feb '16 3:09:51 PM Josef5678
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There are some silver linings, however. Valentine's Day weekend is typically a great time to release {{romantic comed|y}}ies and [[ChickFlick female-oriented films]], for obvious reasons. Likewise, teen-oriented films are liable to succeed during this time, largely as counter-programming to the OscarBait and televised sporting events that teens usually aren't as interested in as the adults. Notable recent examples include ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', ''Film/WarmBodies'', and ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' which for many movie theaters was the busiest day in recent years for its Saturday Valentine's Day shows. In addition, critically-acclaimed films such as ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', and ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' have met box office success despite being February releases.\\

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There are some silver linings, however. Valentine's Day weekend is typically a great time to release {{romantic comed|y}}ies and [[ChickFlick female-oriented films]], for obvious reasons. Likewise, teen-oriented films are liable to succeed during this time, largely as counter-programming to the OscarBait and televised sporting events that teens usually aren't as interested in as the adults. Notable recent examples include ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', ''Film/WarmBodies'', and ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' which for many movie theaters was the busiest day in recent years for its Saturday Valentine's Day shows. In addition, critically-acclaimed films such as ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', and ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' have met box office success despite being February releases.\\



The 'winter dump season' typically ends sometime in March. March and April serve as a buffer of sorts between the winter wasteland and the SummerBlockbuster season, offering up lighter fare than the summer yet better quality than the winter as spring break and Easter provide open weeks for families, teenagers, and college kids to go to the movies. Movies that did well at that year's Oscars will often linger for a couple of weeks to do a victory lap as people decide to check out why they won, but as the 'losers' from the Oscars fade out of sight, studios start bringing out their first really big movies of the year. The move of the Oscar ceremony to late February starting in 2004, together with the success of ''Film/ThreeHundred'' in 2007, arguably established the precedent of releasing big movies in March, and since then at least one or two second-tier blockbusters sees release during this month, one of the most notable recent films being ''Film/TheHungerGames'' (which was number one at the box office for four weeks and one of the biggest hits of 2012).

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The 'winter dump season' typically ends sometime in March. March and April serve as a buffer of sorts between the winter wasteland and the SummerBlockbuster season, offering up lighter fare than the summer yet better quality than the winter as spring break and Easter provide open weeks for families, teenagers, and college kids to go to the movies. Movies that did well at that year's Oscars will often linger for a couple of weeks to do a victory lap as people decide to check out why they won, but as the 'losers' from the Oscars fade out of sight, studios start bringing out their first really big movies of the year. The move of the Oscar ceremony to late February starting in 2004, together with the success of ''Film/ThreeHundred'' in 2007, arguably established the precedent of releasing big movies in March, and since then at least one or two second-tier blockbusters sees release during this month, one of the most notable recent films being ''Film/TheHungerGames'' (which was number one at the box office for four weeks and one of the biggest hits of 2012).
14th Feb '16 7:13:28 PM LtFedora
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There are some silver linings, however. Valentine's Day weekend is typically a great time to release {{romantic comed|y}}ies and [[ChickFlick female-oriented films]], for obvious reasons. Likewise, teen-oriented films are liable to succeed during this time, largely as counter-programming to the OscarBait and televised sporting events that teens usually aren't as interested in as the adults. Notable recent examples include ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', ''Film/WarmBodies'', and ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' which for many movie theaters was the busiest day in recent years for its Saturday Valentine's Day shows. In addition, critically-acclaimed films such as ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' and ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' have met box office success despite being February releases.\\

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There are some silver linings, however. Valentine's Day weekend is typically a great time to release {{romantic comed|y}}ies and [[ChickFlick female-oriented films]], for obvious reasons. Likewise, teen-oriented films are liable to succeed during this time, largely as counter-programming to the OscarBait and televised sporting events that teens usually aren't as interested in as the adults. Notable recent examples include ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', ''Film/WarmBodies'', and ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' which for many movie theaters was the busiest day in recent years for its Saturday Valentine's Day shows. In addition, critically-acclaimed films such as ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', and ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' have met box office success despite being February releases.\\
6th Feb '16 7:03:18 PM LtFedora
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There are some silver linings, however. Valentine's Day weekend is typically a great time to release {{romantic comed|y}}ies and [[ChickFlick female-oriented films]], for obvious reasons. Likewise, teen-oriented films are liable to succeed during this time, largely as counter-programming to the OscarBait and televised sporting events that teens usually aren't as interested in as the adults. Notable recent examples include ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', ''Film/WarmBodies'', and ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' which for many movie theaters was the busiest day in recent years for its Saturday Valentine's Day shows.\\

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There are some silver linings, however. Valentine's Day weekend is typically a great time to release {{romantic comed|y}}ies and [[ChickFlick female-oriented films]], for obvious reasons. Likewise, teen-oriented films are liable to succeed during this time, largely as counter-programming to the OscarBait and televised sporting events that teens usually aren't as interested in as the adults. Notable recent examples include ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', ''Film/WarmBodies'', and ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' which for many movie theaters was the busiest day in recent years for its Saturday Valentine's Day shows. In addition, critically-acclaimed films such as ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' and ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' have met box office success despite being February releases.\\
22nd Jan '16 7:44:13 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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On top of this, winter in the U.S. is a time when several large cities at once can easily be shut down by a large snowstorm, greatly lowering movie theater revenue. This is especially known to happen in the densely-populated Northeast and Midwest, and in most of UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} outside ''maybe'' UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}} or UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}. Furthermore, the two main [[UsefulNotes/AmericanHolidays U.S. holiday weekends]] during this time, Martin Luther King Day and Presidents' Day, aren't universally celebrated as days off, so a big-budget release would be wasted in these months without three days of dependable box office returns. Lastly, the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl effectively turns the first weekend of February into a dead zone, as the game draws most of the nation's attention towards their televisions and away from theaters. There are some silver linings, however. Valentine's Day weekend is typically a great time to release {{romantic comed|y}}ies and [[ChickFlick female-oriented films]], for obvious reasons. Likewise, teen-oriented films are liable to succeed during this time, largely as counter-programming to the OscarBait and televised sporting events that teens usually aren't as interested in as the adults; notable recent examples of this include ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', ''Film/WarmBodies'', and 2015's ''Film/{{Fifty Shades of Grey}}'' which for many movie theaters was the busiest day in recent years for its Saturday Valentine's Day shows.\\

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On top of this, winter in the U.S. is a time when several large cities at once can easily be shut down by a large snowstorm, greatly lowering movie theater revenue. This is especially known to happen in the densely-populated Northeast and Midwest, and in most of UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} outside ''maybe'' UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}} or UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}.UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}. Furthermore, the two main [[UsefulNotes/AmericanHolidays U.S. holiday weekends]] during this time, Martin Luther King Day and Presidents' Day, aren't universally celebrated as days off, so a big-budget release would be wasted in these months without three days of dependable box office returns. Lastly, sporting events are a major draw on every weekend, with the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]] entering its postseason and the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]], the [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]], and NCAA college UsefulNotes/{{basketball}} in the middle of their regular seasons.[[note]][[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Major League Baseball]] is the only one of America's 'big four' sports leagues that plays predominantly in the summer as opposed to late fall and winter.[[/note]] The UsefulNotes/SuperBowl in particular effectively turns the first weekend of February into a dead zone, as the game draws most of the nation's attention towards their televisions and away from theaters. There are some silver linings, however. Valentine's Day weekend is typically a great time to release {{romantic comed|y}}ies and [[ChickFlick female-oriented films]], for obvious reasons. Likewise, teen-oriented films are liable to succeed during this time, largely as counter-programming to the OscarBait and televised sporting events that teens usually aren't as interested in as the adults; notable recent examples of this include ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', ''Film/WarmBodies'', and 2015's ''Film/{{Fifty Shades of Grey}}'' which for many movie theaters was the busiest day in recent years for its Saturday Valentine's Day shows.theaters.\\


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There are some silver linings, however. Valentine's Day weekend is typically a great time to release {{romantic comed|y}}ies and [[ChickFlick female-oriented films]], for obvious reasons. Likewise, teen-oriented films are liable to succeed during this time, largely as counter-programming to the OscarBait and televised sporting events that teens usually aren't as interested in as the adults. Notable recent examples include ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', ''Film/WarmBodies'', and ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' which for many movie theaters was the busiest day in recent years for its Saturday Valentine's Day shows.\\
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25th Dec '15 5:43:42 PM MsChibi
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The big-screen version of the FridayNightDeathSlot, the Dump Months are certain months of the year that are viewed as, effectively, cinematic landfills where little of value can be found at the box office. [[TroubledProduction Disastrous productions]] that the studio wants to get behind them as quickly as possible with minimal fallout, low-budget genre fare that can't hang with [[SummerBlockbuster the big boys of summer]], star vehicles for [[WhiteDwarfStarlet fading stars]], [[BMovie B-grade]] thrillers and comedies that aren't ''quite'' bad enough to be shuffled into the DirectToVideo netherrealm, films that got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed by the Studio]] and are only getting released theatrically out of contractual obligation (or because somebody involved with the film has dirt on a studio executive) -- all of this goes to the dump months to be forgotten about by the time they come out on DVD and start airing late at night on cable three months later.

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The big-screen version of the FridayNightDeathSlot, the Dump Months are certain months of the year that are viewed as, effectively, cinematic landfills where little of value can be found at the box office. [[TroubledProduction Disastrous productions]] that the studio wants to get behind them as quickly as possible with minimal fallout, low-budget genre fare that can't hang with [[SummerBlockbuster the big boys of summer]], star vehicles for [[WhiteDwarfStarlet fading stars]], [[BMovie B-grade]] thrillers and comedies that aren't ''quite'' bad enough to be shuffled into the DirectToVideo netherrealm, films that got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed by the Studio]] and are only getting released theatrically out of contractual obligation (or because somebody involved with the film has dirt on a studio executive) -- all of this goes to the dump months to be forgotten about by the time they come out on DVD and start airing late at night on cable (or, these days, on {{Netflix}} and the like) three months later.
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