August is often referred to as the “Dog Days of Summer,” and it’s not just because of the intense heat that is permeating the country, but also because at a certain point, the box office just dies, as people go on vacation and others prepare to return to school in September.

This is a particularly onerous August, not just due to the ongoing strikes that will guarantee no late night talk show appearances … or shows, for that matter. But also, since July got super-primed by the whole “Barbenheimer” craziness, as well as how well “Sound of Freedom” has done (after barely getting a mention in my July preview), the pressure is on more than ever.

Still, the best bets for the month will be the franchise films, with a number of comic book movies and a sequel to a surprise hit. Read on for Gold Derby’s August 2023 box office preview.

“The Inventor” (Blue Fox Entertainment  – Aug. 25)

This stop-motion animated film written and directed by Jim Capobianco follows the life of Leonardo da Vinci with a voice cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Daisy Ridley, Stephen Fry and Matt Berry.

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