• January is a tough month to premiere a movie
  • Learn which January releases have been successful

Firstly, a clarification should be made on what constitutes a "January movie". For this particular article and video, a film must be available to the general public to some extent for the first time in January in order to be recognized as a January movie. In other words, any movie that held its premiere in January with its opening weekend coming in February is disqualified such as The Silence of the Lambs. Get Out premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2017 but the general public was not able to see the show until the following month so that movie is likewise ruled out.

January Movie Releases That Were Successful

Furthermore, if a film had a limited theatrical release in December in order to qualify for the upcoming awards season, it is likewise grounds for disqualification. Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is such an example. The Paddington films also don't count as January films because they were available for European audiences in December. 

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Now that the rules have been articulated, watch the video above to learn about movies that were successfully released in a month reserved for losers.