RandomAxe: Seequinn: I thought that was part of the studio life-cycle.It goes like this:- Auteur / independent director / producer makes unexpected film that generates vast profit and/or prestige.- Studio executives, most of whom have no special talent for their jobs, fear looking stupid for not knowing that film would make a ton of money. Or they worry about looking stupid for missing the next one. (This despite the fact that single mega-blockbusters are a much worse investment than groups of small-budget films that make smaller profits.)- Studios foam up and hire auteurs, give them huge budgets. Most of the resulting big-budget films fail to make big profits, and many of them bomb. Badly.- Studio execs, who fear looking stupid for what they just did, become conservative again. Often they overreact and only greenlight uninspired projects similar to what other studios are also trying to market. If they all wind up looking stupid, then no particular exec looks particularly stupid.- Rinse. Repeat.This particular kind of executive behavior, it should be noted, is not unique to Hollywood. People tend to get into upper management not because they're good at management but because they really want to be at the top and have the connections to get there.
karasoth: While the movie was good, it was not good enough to see it in a theater
Tenatra: I've never thought that this movie was all that great but for some reason I love it.
farkeruk: karasoth: While the movie was good, it was not good enough to see it in a theaterNot just that, there really isn't much of an audience for this. People like to see certain types of films at the theater. Big action movies, family films, romantic comedies and gross-out comedies. Dramas? People wait for the DVD or TV.Sorry, but studios know what they're doing. They have the numbers. The highest grossing talkie drama (so not big special effects like Titanic) ever is The Blind Side that had a box office of $250m. Lincoln made around $170m, and that had a best actor and the world's most famous director. A drama about an ageing gay musician that most people under 40 have never heard of? No, there really isn't a massive theater audience for it.In the UK it took $5m at the box office, which put it somewhere in the 70-80 in the biggest grossing films of the year. It's made good money for a film with a $23m budget in one country. If you scaled that up globally, you'd probably be looking at $50m. So, maybe they missed out on a reasonable return. But it's not like that's a monster hit that will cause them to reassess the business models.
Tenatra: Tenatra: I've never thought that this movie was all that great but for some reason I love it.errr broken image[upload.wikimedia.org image 295x418]
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