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Final box office numbers are in

Doctor Strange made just a hair under $85.1 million space bucks over the weekend. Second highest opening for a single character Marvel movie. #1 movie in the world. Disney and Marvel were expecting $55-70 million. Glowing critical reviews. CinemaScore of “A.” It’s all good news, not a single drop of bad news in there.

Speaking of drops, are those tears I hear? Tears from the haters and naysayers and faux SJWs and all those people who were loudly clamoring for boycott?

  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: the man of uncle bombed in the box office it has a total estimated budget of $120M and total gross is only at $100M and that means warner bros will most likely not do a sequel which sucks because the movie was great i mean not award-winning great but greatly enjoyable with great characters that break stereotypes and cliches especially in the spy movie genre and among other things, there is a bpd character, the female characters are strong badasses in their own right, and the two top male spies from russia and us have a serious debate about fashion designers like nothing. it is not the thing that will be an iconic fave or cult classic because it was not meant to be one. it is a simple enjoyable ride, the kind that you want to ride over and over again and tell everyone about because it's THAT fun. it's very satisfying but also very unsatisfying because it will leave you wanting to see 5 more movies with those characters, in that guy ritchie cinematic style but you will cry because it is severely underrated and ignored and because of that you won't get the extra five movies you so deeply need.
Why The Blockbuster Movie Bubble Will Burst In 2018

In 2013, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predicted the film industry as we know it would “implode” if/when, in the near future, too many wildly expensive blockbuster movies flopped. And if ever there were a year for an implosion on that scale to occur it would be 2018, the year when there are nearly as many major studio tentpole releases as there are weeks in the year. Well, here’s the thing …

Do you like big blockbuster movies? The kind that will make a billion dollars but will never be financially profitable, thanks to Hollywood’s shady accounting practices? If so, here’s the insane slate of blockbusters 2018 has to offer:

Avengers: Infinity War, Ready Player One, Pacific Rim 2, Aquaman, Toy Story 4, Deadpool 2, Black Panther, The Flash, How To Train Your Dragon 3, Ant-Man And The Wasp, Jurassic World 2, The Predator, Fifty Shades Freed, Jungle Book: Origins, Marry Poppins Returns, Tomb Raider, Alita: Battle Angel, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 2, The Secret Life Of Pets 2, an animated Spider-Man movie, Hotel Transylvania 3, The Wolf Man, Wreck-It Ralph 2, the Star Wars Han Solo spinoff, the Transformers Bumblebee spinoff, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Gigantic (Disney’s next hand-drawn animated musical).

Here’s another seven movies that, at the time of publishing, don’t have solid release dates but are scheduled for 2018:

Madagascar 4, Independence Day 3, Gambit (an X-Men spinoff), The Invisible Man, Venom (a Spider-Man spinoff), Uprising (Bryan Singer’s big-budget movie about a war on the goddamn moon), Mission: Impossible 6.

And then there are the spots in the schedule studios have claimed but haven’t specified what movies are going to be released. Like Nov. 2, 2018, the date Disney plans to release another live-action adaptation of an animated movie they made 50 years ago. Or March 2, the day Marvel and Fox will, presumably, release whatever scraps of the X-Men franchise they can cobble together into a movie with a tube of Elmer’s glue.

And all of it would have been even crazier if Warner Bros. hadn’t decided to haul The Lego Movie 2 out of its original July 2018 release date and into the safe confines of February 2019, where it will likely destroy box office records instead of getting lost in the shuffle of an unreasonably packed 2018 release schedule.

So 2018 will see the release over 40 massive, tentpole movies. There are nearly 20 releases that happen exactly a week apart. This means that Marvel’s Black Panther will have only a week to make most of its money before Pacific Rim 2 steals its audience, which will give the unnamed Marvel/Fox movie a week to make its money before Wreck-It Ralph 2 comes out, which will only have a week before The Flash and/or Tomb Raider comes out, because Warner Bros. is dumb and scheduled two of their own tentpole movies for the same day. And all of those movies will be released in February and March, the two months studios usually use as a landfill to dump the movies they think suck.

The year isn’t just crowded; it’s a clusterfuck, and there are going to be big casualties. There are too many massive movies and not enough people to watch them.

Less and less people are watching movies in theaters, but studios are making more than ever on theatrical releases. Why? The average price of a ticket has nearly doubled, from $4.35 in 1995 to $8.43 in 2015. Right now, in 2016, the average ticket price is the highest it’s ever been: $8.66. For that uptick you can thank 3D movies and premium-seating theaters with dining and alcoholic-beverage options that make falling asleep during a movie more luxurious than ever. As studios spend more per ticket on big movies that result in less-than-impressive returns, they’re making fewer mid-range films. While we’re all being dazzled by comic book adaptations, cinematic universes, and sequels to movies released 20 years ago, the middle-class of the film industry is dying. Those less expensive comedies, thrillers, and dramas aren’t being made anymore (at least for theater distribution), even though their smaller budgets make it easier for them to turn a profit.

What does all of that mean? Spielberg and Lucas will tell you.

Without much breathing room, all of these movies are going to start cannibalizing each other’s revenues. And that’s why 2018 has the potential to be a year of reckoning for Hollywood’s blockbuster industrial complex.

Or 2018 will end up being the year when two of the film industry’s back-up plans for financial success will succeed beyond everyone’s wildest expectations and we’ll get an unstoppable train of blockbusters every month of every year until we all die after Michael Bay blows a moon-sized hole in the Earth while filming Transformers 15.

Hollywood is making these gigantic movies not just for American audiences but for the rest of the world, too. Mostly China. Pacific Rim is getting a sequel in 2018, even though it only recouped $101 million domestically of its $191 million budget. But then it made $114 million in China, with a grand total of $411 million worldwide. Warcraft was a colossal failure by American standards, making only a pathetic $46 million domestically on a budget of $160 million … and it’s more than likely getting a sequel after it reeled in $376 million worldwide, with $156 million of that coming from China alone. It beat out the box office totals of The Force Awakens and every Marvel movie. The American film industry is going to keep pumping out gigantic movies, even if they suck terribly and their predecessors bombed here, because nothing gets lost in translation when the movie you’re trying to sell overseas is about robots punching monsters.

The lesson here is that studios are learning to not give a shit if a hugely expensive movie sucks. The reason for that goes deeper than just overseas box office returns. Summer blockbusters are spreading out into every other month on the calendar, partly because every studio either has or desperately wants their own mega-franchise that can launch 1,000 smaller franchises that will generate ancillary revenues from now until the end of the (cinematic) universe. The idea isn’t new, but it’s recently been taken to its logical extreme.

According to shady Hollywood accounting, every movie by Marvel Studios up to the first Avengers movie actually lost money. About $50 million each. That’s considered a failure if you only think of them as individual movies and not as a small piece of a sprawling multimedia empire of geeky shit with dozens of parts that prop each other up. People aren’t buying tickets to a single comic book movie. They’re watching a dozen movies, a handful of TV shows, and buying the DVD and Blu-ray box sets. Toys and action figures and apps and theme park tickets and Iron Man-shaped dildos and life-sized Hulk fist butt plugs all play a big part of that too, but they aren’t nearly as important as the development of a franchise. The same could be said for pretty much everything under the Disney banner, from Star Wars to Frozen to anything made by Pixar. One new movie in a theater is an excuse for a studio to make a fortune on ancillary revenues that flip a failure into a success because the meta-franchise is doing OK. And it’s not just Disney. It’s Paramount with Transformers. It’s Warner Bros. with the DC cinematic universe and Harry Potter. It’s Universal with Fast And The Furious. And Universal with their weird monster movie shared universe. And Universal with Jurassic Park. Universal needs an intervention. They’re out of their goddamn minds.

According to corporate strategy consultant Matthew Ball (whose three-part investigation into the failures that result in spectacular successes of this mega-franchise trend is a must-read), all of these movies with hyper-inflated budgets that are a part of Hollywood’s obsession with blockbusters have been eating into each other’s box office revenues for some time, often resulting in huge movies that never turn a profit but get a sequel/spinoff anyway. He predicts blockbusters will soon start eating into each other’s ancillary revenues as well, negating each other’s safety nets. So, what happens when studios, who are heavily relying on ancillary revenues to spin their losses into profits, have chewed away each other’s back-up plans? I don’t know. But we’ll find out in 2018.

By: Luis Prada

George Harrison at the pre-Concert for Bangladesh press conference, 27 July 1971

Photo: New York Daily News

“George Harrison’s Silence Is Golden

By Deborah Wilker, The Arts Column, Sun Sentinel, 1 September 1991

It’s not often that we think of George Harrison as an industry trailblazer. The quiet Beatle was typically, and often unfairly, perceived as just a guy along for the ride all those years ago.

But those of us who admire his significant contributions to popular music know that he is more than a mere image from the ‘60s. With the 20th anniversary this summer of Harrison`s precedent-setting benefit for Bangladesh, it seems as good a time as any to look back on his quiet humanitarianism and vision as well.

Particularly since Harrison will never stage a press conference to tell you about it himself.

When Harrison organized the Aug. 1, 1971, Concert For Bangladesh, it was conceived as a day of laid-back revelry at Madison Square Garden. Hastily and inexpensively put together by Harrison and his buddies, the show was a way to raise public awareness - not just money - for a crisis in a distant land.

Unlike more recent all-star fund-raisers such as USA For Africa, Live Aid and Farm Aid, the Concert For Bangladesh never became a media circus.

The show featured Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell and others. It was not overrun by the kind of desperate has-beens and never-weres who search for recognition and free TV time at such benefit concerts today.

Nor did the concert’s participants gouge promoters for backstage perks, such as the caviar and champagne that flowed freely and hypocritically through 1984′s We Are The World recording session.

BOON FOR UNICEF

At the end of that day at Madison Square Garden 20 years ago, box office receipts totalled a meager $243,418.50 - a sum turned over in full to UNICEF the following week.

Over the years, that small pot of gold has become a comparative fortune for the people of Bangladesh. Though the concert was not exploited with a big TV deal as is now customary, Harrison wisely created other projects that continue to reap millions for the cause.

The original soundtrack had earned nearly $1.5 million by 1972; a figure that has increased through the years thanks mostly to royalties. There was also a movie that did well, and finally, to commemorate the 20th anniversary, there is now a CD reissue in stores - the first time new copies of the album have been available in years.

As of this year, Harrison`s Bangladesh projects have earned more than $13.5 million for UNICEF, a figure that will only keep multiplying now that the new CD is available.

But almost as important as the benefit this money has wrought, is the unpretentious manner in which Harrison presides over this accomplishment - without fanfare and without public recognition from fans or the industry.

Unlike many celebrities, he has not junked-up his good intentions with endless talk show gigs. Nor has he sat for the ‘important’ interviews with big publications to mark the occasion, or even held a press conference to champion his activities.

He has never milked the PR train once, which must be some kind of show- business landmark.

He has simply gone about his business, and is now planning a new concert tour with Clapton while presumably writing new songs.

NOT HIS ONLY WORTHY CAUSE

Harrison has been involved with many causes over the years, most recently coming to the aid of Romania’s orphans. That project, organized by his wife Olivia, has earned $500,000 strictly from domestic sales of an all-star album, Nobody’s Child. The Harrisons have made several trips to Romania, working tirelessly to improve living conditions for that country’s tiny victims.

In an age when so many youngsters idolize all the wrong celebrities, it’s refreshing to know there’s at least one guitar hero still committed to rock music’s more purposeful contributions.”

As of right now (July 31, 2016), Ghostbusters has made a box office total of $158.3 million against a production budget of $144 million. 

Granted it has only been out for just over two weeks and still has a few international releases to go, I’m stoked about that news. This means that a female-driven action comedy is able to make a profit in the box office. Yes, the box office totals are nowhere near record-breaking, but I do sincerely hope that it’s enough to prove that there is a market for action/comedy films about and starring women.

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Total Box Office: $5.3 billion “I don’t think there’s any actor who has more power in terms of box office. I would be hard-pressed to think of anybody who has the freedom of choice that she has. What is great about her success is that her stardom is an incentive for Hollywood to do better—to write those roles so that they can then get Jennifer Lawrence in their movie. That’s real power.

Tell Me Anything

Characters: Sam x Reader

Words: 1070

Summary: The reader joins Dean and Sam on a small hunt, and Sam comes back with something new.

Part 8 in the Strange Series. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here, Part 5 herePart 6 here, and Part 7 here.

Don’t hurt me!!

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On this day in music history: July 29, 1973 - Led Zeppelin plays three sold out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Touring in support of their then current album “Houses Of The Holy”, the concerts are filmed for inclusion in the film “The Song Remains The Same” (released in October 1976). Before the last show, box office receipts totaling $203,000 are stolen from the safe deposit box at the Drake Hotel where band are staying. The box office receipts disappear sometime between the time the bands road manager Richard Cole and their attorney place the money in the hotel’s safe. Zeppelin’s personal manager Peter Grant holds a press conference discussing the situation. After a complete investigation, the money is never recovered and no one is ever charged in the theft.

Why It’s Important to Support “Zootopia” When it Comes Out March 4th:

I’m currently in the process of reading the Junior Novelization because I don’t give a shit about spoilers anymore and I thought that it’d be really good to pick it up while I had cash on me. 

From what I’ve read so far: THIS MOVIE IS GONNA BE FREAKING AMAZING

One of the constant recurring themes of this movie is that you can be whatever you want to be if you have the courage and determination to do it. Anybody can be anything and I think that’s a great message to send to kids coming from all different kinds of backgrounds. 

The characters are lovable as hell, they’re so enjoyable in their portrayals and I think that they could easily be some of Disney’s trademark animal characters. 

Nick and Judy’s relationship: ABSOLUTELY FUCKING AMAZING

If you’re a fan of “The Mentalist” you’ll find so many comparisons between Judy & Nick and Jane & Lisbon that you’d swear they were their animal counterparts. 

So why is it important to support this movie? Well let me list some reasons: 

  1. Great message about creating your own path, not giving up on your dreams and going against the odds to achieve the impossible. 
  2. The animation is gorgeous. Just from the trailers alone I can tell that this movie has a lot of love behind it and you can just FEEL the emotion come out of these characters when you look at their body language and facial expressions. 
  3. More Animal Characters! 
  4. Possible Sequels! This is a movie franchise that is OOZING with possibilities and I can tell you right now as someone who is reading the novelization and who already knows how it’s gonna end thanks to skimming through ahead of time at Walmart: THERE IS SO MUCH POTENTIAL YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW. 
  5. Animal Kingdom Inclusion: Disney could easily incorporate this movie into their theme parks and it would thrive if it was included in Animal Kingdom. While it would take a while for them to build a inclusive area for it, I think that this movie will have plenty of animal theme areas, rides, and food possibilities if this movie is popular enough. 
  6. Disney will finally LET FROZEN GO. At least in the sense that it was their most popular film of all time that even beat out The Lion King in world wide box office totals. If Zootopia is popular enough and has enough support, I can see this movie becoming a instant classic among the rest of their recent popular films. 
  7. The voice talent is great, the cast they got to do this film is really perfect for these roles and I think that they have a bright future ahead of them in Zootopia if this movie goes beyond what Disney thought this film would make. 

Zootopia has so much potential and I think that this film honestly deserves a lot more attention in the animation fanbase. 

If you’re planning on going out to the theaters more this year, put Zootopia on your list and give it a shot and if you don’t like it well at least you gave it a shot. 

Hopefully you guys will spread this post around and encourage people to go watch this film when it comes out! 

Here’s the trailer if you need to be convinced that this’ll be a fun film: 

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U.S. Theater Chain AMC Lists The Boy and the Beast Anime Film as Opening in February

“American theater chain AMC is listing a February 12 opening for Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and The Beast (Bakemono no Ko) anime film. The Laemmle theater chain in California and the Amherst Cinema theater in Massachusetts are also listing that the film will open in these theaters on March 4 and March 5, respectively.

FUNimation Entertainment licensed the American rights to the film, and plans to release the film nationwide in early 2016, but has not yet provided an exact opening date. Theatrical screenings have also been set for France, and the major French movie studio Gaumont is handling international sales outside Asia. Funimation is working with Gaumont International to release the film.

The film debuted at #1 in the Japanese box-office on July 11 and earned 667,035,100 yen (about US$5.4 million) in its first two days. It eventually surpassed the total box office earnings of Hosoda’s previous film, Wolf Children. The film was the second-highest grossing domestic film in Japan in 2015.”

games are now one of the most popular and most profitable enterainment juggernaut industries out there. people everywhere fucking play video games. it’s not a small thing, it’s not a niche group, it’s a massively popular and massively funded and massively profitable industry with budgets and profits to rival that of the film industry. grand theft auto 5 cost, in development and marketing, 265 million dollars. that’s more than the budget of smash hit blockbuster The Avengers, which cost 220 million.

grand theft auto 5 pulled in over 800 million in its first 24 hours. 1 billion in three days. the avengers took in a total box office of 1.5 billion. a forbes article back in may says that GTA5 has sold about 2 billion worth just at retail

and people are still constantly fucking going “defend the image of the gamers!” and are so very concerned with the public image of “gamers" as if we’re back in the 90s and worrying about joe lieberman shutting down the release of fucking night trap or whatever

and concerning themselves with that and the obviously highly industry and advertisement tied nature of video games journalism that has been around since they were in fucking diapers

and not the fucking ongoing hate, harassment, and everything

people fucking worried about "gamers” looking bad when they are now in-fucking-deed the goddamn majority out there and wanting to dodge the conversation about “hey what about all the endless fucking hate and harassment out there”

fucking people worried about the image of “gamers”

this ain’t middle school anymore. fucking everyone plays metal gear and final fantasy.

jesus shit.

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Disney’s live action adaptation of their 1950 Animated film has been in theaters for 10 days and here is the overall Box Office so far. 

Domestic Total = $122,516,793 

Foreign Total = $131,100,000 

Worldwide Total = $253,616,793 

This movie’s released budget to the public was $95,000,000 

Since Disney just recently released this film in theaters, my guess it’ll be in theaters for at least 5 / 6 months. Then after that it’ll go straight to DVD & Blu-Ray. 

Just thought I’d give an update for this film. 

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The Boy and the Beast's English Dub Cast, March Opening Announced
Luci Christian, Eric Vale, John Swasey, Bryn Apprill listed to star in latest Mamoru Hosoda anime film.

“FUNimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast and the March 4 theatrical opening of Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and The Beast film on Tuesday.

The film debuted at #1 in the Japanese box-office on July 11 and earned 667,035,100 yen (about US$5.4 million) in its first two days. It eventually surpassed the total box office earnings of Hosoda’s previous film, Wolf Children. The film was the second-highest grossing domestic film in Japan in 2015.

Theatrical screenings have also been set for France, and the major French movie studio Gaumont is handling international sales outside Asia. Funimation is working with Gaumont International to release the film.”

Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour Has Now Grossed $130 Million

Taylor Swift has taken her 1989 World Tour to the $130 million mark in ticket sales, according to Billboard Boxscore, and it’s on track to become her highest-grossing tour ever.

The 1989 tour has grossed just $20 million less than the final box office tally from her Red tour that wrapped last summer after a 15-month span (its currently her highest-grossing tour). And the 1989 tour still has four months to go before ending on Dec. 12 in Australia.

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