1-18-08 Competition

January is a very slow time for the cinema. That's why a lot of skeptics are eying Cloverfield to bust out and do big numbers for one of the worst movie months.

Studios must have their Oscar contending flicks in by the end of December, at least in limited release. Also, January is the slowest spending month for consumers.

After the holidays and the start of the tax season, can you really blame them?

If Cloverfield/1-18-08 is good enough to live up to the hype it will have a great chance to make some big numbers. For the most part, there is very little competition in the theaters to detract from Cloverfield/1-18-08.

Other movies that open the same week as Cloverfield/1-18-08 are:


"Star Wars" fans travel to Skywalker Ranch to steal an early copy of "Episode I: The Phantom Menace" for their dying friend. Stars Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell, and with cameos by Seth Rogan and William Shatner.

Mixed early reviews and a changing opening date have already given this movie a black eye. It very well could be moved up to the week before to open. However, it is targeting a similar 'geek' crowd as Cloverfield.

Fanboys Trailer

Mad Money

Within the confines of the Federal Reserve, three female janitors conspire to steal a fortune in money that is about to be destroyed. Stars Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes.

A chick-flick that should do no harm to Cloverfield's crowd.

Mad Money Trailer

City of Men [limited]

The official U.S. release is 1-18-08 for City of Men. It's a Brazilian flick that has been released in its homeland already. I'm not sure how foreign films work into the whole Oscar race, but it used to be that all movies had to show by the end of the year in at least one U.S. city. So, this one might get moved around to an earlier showing since it's already made and released elsewhere if that will be a factor.

City of Men Trailer

Also of note, Rambo opens up a week later in the final installment of the Sylvester Stallone action series.


HerOdyssey said...

Fanboys looks hilarious.

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What is Cloverfield?

Welcome to 1-18-08 Project Cloverfield Blog.

Cloverfield is the J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias) produced monster flick directed by Matt Reeves. Get caught up on all the Cloverfield news including the viral world of Tagruato, TIDOwave, and Slusho!? And now Aladygma?

However, I love viral campaigns. Cloverfield taught me the fun of being involved with the viral world of movies and TV. That's why I'd like to branch out this site to cover some of the major viral campaigns as they are developing. Feel free to drop me a line or tip on any you find interesting.

Welcome to Cloverfield

Very few facts emerged from the viral campaign that was Cloverfield. It all started after a short, teaser trailer for Cloverfield appeared with the Transformers movie in early July of 2007. Since then, speculation surrounded what the title of the movie would be (Monstrous, Overnight, etc...) and what the monster really is and why it is tearing up New York City.

A few pictures and covert videos from the film showed up online and there were only a few core facts we knew of including the poster, the teaser trailer, and a few websites at 1-18-08, Tagruato Corp, and Slusho .

In November, the official full-length Cloverfield trailer was released that helped open up the story as well as cement the "Cloverfield" name for the movie. A short glimpse of the Cloverfield Monster was seen but for most people they still had little or no clue as to what it was.

The movie centered around five young New Yorkers throwing their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives. Cloverfield opened the weekend of 1-18-08 and set box office records for a movie in January with a monster take of over $40M. Continue to check back here for updates on the mystery and viral campaigns of Cloverfield.

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Get Started with the Cloverfield Viral Marketing

If you're new to the Cloverfield viral world than let's get started. First off, for the beginners let's look at what we're talking about.

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1-18-08.com Updates with pictures randomly. Each picture is layered onto of the previous update and all can be dragged and moved around the screen. Click and hold the mouse to 'grab' an image and move it around. While holding the image, shake it back and forth quickly and it will flip over. Some images have writing on the back.

Slusho This is the Japanese frozen drink made from a secret ingredient gathered from the bottom of the ocean. Slusho gives you a kick and makes you extremely happy. Prior to 1-18-08 Slusho was not sold in the US. However, recent FDA approval gave Slusho clearance to come to the states. Rob Hawkins, the lead character, was recently promoted to vice-president of Slusho and was on his way to Japan the night of the attack. Slusho is owned by the Tagruato Corp. of Japan. Slusho also first made an appearance on J.J. Abrams Alias during a scene where characters buy the drink at a store.

Tagruato This ficticious Japanese company is the parent company of Slusho as well as the Yoshida Medical Research, Bold Futura, and ParafFUN! Wax Distributors. Besides drilling the oceans for Slusho ingredients, Tagruato builds everything from space satellites to medical gear.

T.I.D.O wave An activist group set out to bring to light all the damage Tagruato has done to the envirnoment.

Jamie and Teddy A minor character from the movie, Jamie popped up on a 1-18-08.com picture and the MySpace profiles for the movies characters before getting famous for her "Jamie and Teddy" website. The site is comprised of video journals from Jamie. The site is password protected but can be accessed by the password "jllovesth"

What Is Slusho?

Slusho ! You Can't Drink 6

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Poster Official Cloverfield Poster. The poster was officially released the week of the 2007 Comic-con in San Diego.

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