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(LA Times)   Film studios are cannibalizing the budgets of their mid-range pictures to finance mega-budget sure things like 'Battleship'   (latimes.com ) divider line
    More: Obvious, movie studio, Michael Caine, Overture Films, studio executives, distribution company, Neal Moritz, major studio, production budget  
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2012-07-20 10:18:36 AM  
Sooo...you're saying you CAN'T maintain the impression of ever-increasing profits and revenues forever with increased ticket prices and clever accounting, and you'll actually have to create a quality product to keep your business alive?

I don't believe it.
 
2012-07-20 10:19:14 AM  
I think this article sort of undermines its whole point by citing The Hunger Games, which basically is a mid-range budget movie.
 
2012-07-20 10:20:07 AM  
Game makers have been doing this for years: since the start of this generation if not even sooner. Sounds like Hollywood is jumping on the bandwagon.
 
2012-07-20 10:25:06 AM  
So for every The Avengers, there will be a Pluto Nash?
 
2012-07-20 10:34:46 AM  
Why wouldn't they? As long as you keep standing in line for "Transformers 8: Rappin' Robots" then you'll keep getting crap.
 
2012-07-20 10:40:57 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Why wouldn't they? As long as you keep standing in line for "Transformers 8: Rappin' Robots" then you'll keep getting crap.


I read that word a different way...
 
2012-07-20 10:43:46 AM  
Hollywood survives on "tentpole" movies thanks in large part to George Lucas and Steven Spielberg
 
2012-07-20 10:44:16 AM  
If Battleship had put Rihanna in a smaller, tighter uniform they could have saved some studio coin for other films.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-20 10:49:38 AM  
The article lays out exactly what lots of the problems are, and everyone except studio execs seems to know what the answers are. If you didn't already realize that movie goers don't just "go to the movies on a friday night and pick a movie to see off the marquee" anymore you are a farking moron and shouldn't be in the movie business. The vast majority of us know we want to see a movie, know that it is in theatres, and decide to go see THAT movie in theatres. I'm pretty sure for many of us that is what we have been doing for at least a decade, if not longer.

Going the blockbuster is high-risk, high-reward. There will always be smashes and flops.
 
2012-07-20 11:06:09 AM  

Burr: Rapmaster2000: Why wouldn't they? As long as you keep standing in line for "Transformers 8: Rappin' Robots" then you'll keep getting crap.

I read that word a different way...


That would be big in Japan.
 
2012-07-20 11:46:33 AM  

entropic_existence: Going the blockbuster is high-risk, high-reward.


Don't more blockbusters succeed than fail?

I'd actually be interested to know what percentage of movies that fit whatever the "blockbuster" criteria is don't eventually turn a profit when everything is figured in. Is it greater than 50%?
 
2012-07-20 12:08:42 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Burr: Rapmaster2000: Why wouldn't they? As long as you keep standing in line for "Transformers 8: Rappin' Robots" then you'll keep getting crap.

I read that word a different way...

That would be big in Japan.


Well, it would be on par with what some people say Bay did to their childhood

/not me though, I was only 4 when generation 1 came out, so I have very few memories of it
 
2012-07-20 12:13:44 PM  

Burr: Rapmaster2000: Why wouldn't they? As long as you keep standing in line for "Transformers 8: Rappin' Robots" then you'll keep getting crap.

I read that word a different way...


I'd stand in line to see that, as long as they brought ol' biatchy whatserface back.
 
2012-07-20 12:51:59 PM  

Rent Party: Burr: Rapmaster2000: Why wouldn't they? As long as you keep standing in line for "Transformers 8: Rappin' Robots" then you'll keep getting crap.

I read that word a different way...

I'd stand in line to see that, as long as they brought ol' biatchy whatserface back.


Shia LaBeouf?
 
2012-07-20 12:52:38 PM  
Lets see, the last time I ever went to see a random movie. Was way back when the first 'Harry Potter' movie came out. At the time I never read the books or even had an idea what series was about.

Now allot of planning goes into seeing a movie. Mostly because my fellow movie goers are farking ass munches.
 
2012-07-20 12:55:23 PM  

Burr: Rent Party: Burr: Rapmaster2000: Why wouldn't they? As long as you keep standing in line for "Transformers 8: Rappin' Robots" then you'll keep getting crap.

I read that word a different way...

I'd stand in line to see that, as long as they brought ol' biatchy whatserface back.

Shia LaBeouf?


That made me lolz. :)
 
2012-07-20 01:08:02 PM  
Yes, because that worked so well for AMC right? Cannibalize The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad so the actors on Mad Men can have higher salaries. Brilliant.
 
2012-07-20 01:08:53 PM  

Slow To Return: Don't more blockbusters succeed than fail?

I'd actually be interested to know what percentage of movies that fit whatever the "blockbuster" criteria is don't eventually turn a profit when everything is figured in. Is it greater than 50%?


Really I meant big-budget. But yeah I'm guessing most eventually break even once you add overseas markets, DVD profits, etc.
 
2012-07-20 01:39:27 PM  

ForceIsStrong: Yes, because that worked so well for AMC right? Cannibalize The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad so the actors on Mad Men can have higher salaries. Brilliant.


Makes sense, explains where all the writers for TWD went...
 
2012-07-20 02:08:31 PM  

Captain_Ballbeard: ForceIsStrong: Yes, because that worked so well for AMC right? Cannibalize The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad so the actors on Mad Men can have higher salaries. Brilliant.

Makes sense, explains where all the writers for TWD went...


They were all out looking for Carl.
 
2012-07-20 02:24:38 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Captain_Ballbeard: ForceIsStrong: Yes, because that worked so well for AMC right? Cannibalize The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad so the actors on Mad Men can have higher salaries. Brilliant.

Makes sense, explains where all the writers for TWD went...

They were all out looking for Carl.


The award for Best Supporting Role of a Character Not in the House goes to....
 
2012-07-20 03:27:16 PM  
SURE THINGS LIKE BATTLESHIP HAhahahahahahahaha ahahahahahahahaha *falls on ground lauhing
 
2012-07-20 07:10:45 PM  

Slow To Return: Don't more blockbusters succeed than fail?


Well...yeah. 100% of blockbusters succeed, since it's not a blockbuster until a fat stream of box-office receipts start coming in.
 
2012-07-20 10:07:09 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: Well...yeah. 100% of blockbusters succeed, since it's not a blockbuster until a fat stream of box-office receipts start coming in.


Yea, it's already been amended to "big budget", thanks.
 
2012-07-20 11:15:10 PM  

Burr: Rapmaster2000: Why wouldn't they? As long as you keep standing in line for "Transformers 8: Rappin' Robots" then you'll keep getting crap.

I read that word a different way...


You didn't say rap twice.
 
2012-07-21 01:41:30 PM  
Why do the studios and theater chains not realize the writing on the wall for the last decade? We don't want to spend $10 or more for a shiatty or okay film. Along with that, we don't want to have to take out a second mortgage to have enjoyment for 2 hours. $20 should be what it costs to see a movie with the wife and have popcorn and soda. Until hollywood and movie theater chains realize that, this problem of theirs is only to get worse and worse.
 
2012-07-22 06:30:10 AM  
when movies are coming out on dvd two months after they hit theaters, you're going to see a whole lot of mid-range movies bombing in theaters because, hey, we don't need to go to a theater cause we can get it from redbox next month. the only movies worth seeing in a theater in that situation are the guaranteed hits and huge blockbusters like batman or avengers. smaller budget films, movies that you aren't inundated with marketing for and therefore don't know as much about, aren't worth the risk to see in a theater, especially when they are competing against gigantic blockbusters and the tickets are so damn expensive. so people just wait to rent them on dvd instead, which is cheaper and more convenient in the long run anyway.
 
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