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'Brokeback' a Box Office Success So Far
AP in Yahoo News ^ | December 29, 2005 | Sandy Cohen

Posted on 12/29/2005 6:11:43 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

LOS ANGELES - Who's afraid of a couple of gay cowboys? Not moviegoers, who helped "Brokeback Mountain" post the highest per-screen average over the film-flush holiday weekend.

The Ang Lee film, which follows the 20-year forbidden romance between two roughneck ranch hands, earned $13,599 per theater, compared with $9,305 for weekend winner "King Kong" and $8,225 for "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

The big question is whether "Brokeback" can maintain its momentum as it moves from selected cities, where audiences are receptive to the subject matter, to suburbs far and wide, where that might not be the case.

Early numbers — and early awards buzz — establish the picture's staying power, industry insiders say. "Brokeback" earned a leading seven Golden Globe nominations.

"It delivered very strong growth in what is truly a highly unforgiving, competitive, cruel market at this Christmas period," said Jack Foley, president of theatrical distribution for Focus Features. "It showed it has breadth beyond the gay community."

Distributors planned to roll out the film slowly. It opened in just six theaters, where it earned an "unprecedented" $109,000 per venue, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: boxoffice; hollyweird; homosexualagenda; pudding
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1 posted on 12/29/2005 6:11:44 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

There's a reason they're rolling this movie out so slowly...


2 posted on 12/29/2005 6:14:46 AM PST by loreldan (Lincoln, Reagan, & G. W. Bush - the cure for Democrat lunacy.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I guess when the total box office take is crummy, you talk about sales per screen. There is a reason the movie is on so few screens...a very limited audience. Who really wants to see two gay sheepherders. If there is a sequel, I suggest the sheep go into hiding.


3 posted on 12/29/2005 6:14:59 AM PST by frankjr
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

ROTF. Now we know where Baghdad Bob landed....


4 posted on 12/29/2005 6:15:31 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Hollyweirds contribution to society= normalizing homosexuality, promiscuity and a general lowering of morals.


5 posted on 12/29/2005 6:15:44 AM PST by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire, but I swear I looked in my rearview mirror.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The hack flacking for this film is unreal! Every other box office tally lists the amount of million$ the film grossed over the period. In order to inflate this one, they have to use the "per-screen average." Pure propaganda.


6 posted on 12/29/2005 6:16:26 AM PST by JennysCool (Non-Y2K-Compliant)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I guess we all need to keep our fingers crossed for this movie's success, right? Isn't it great that all of those Golden Globe nominations for this movie were announced just in time to help make it successful? barf


7 posted on 12/29/2005 6:17:06 AM PST by Clara Lou (A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality. --I. Kristol)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

All this means is that most of the gays are seeing it. I think everybody knew they would go flock to see the movie, it has a built-in niche audience.


8 posted on 12/29/2005 6:17:11 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Hmm...because of it's relatively limited release, wouldn't it be more accurate to compare the "per theater" earnings of Kong and Narnia in the same cities where Brokeback was showing? Just a thought.


9 posted on 12/29/2005 6:17:32 AM PST by Castigar
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To: frankjr
"Who really wants to see two gay sheepherders?"

Um... gay sheepherders, perhaps?

;o)
10 posted on 12/29/2005 6:18:17 AM PST by LIConFem (A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The lies of the left know no bounds.


11 posted on 12/29/2005 6:18:26 AM PST by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: loreldan

Probably to make money...


12 posted on 12/29/2005 6:19:13 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

hmmm... I have NEVER (NEVER NEVER NEVER) heard of this 'per screen' average being used to rate a movie success.

I wonder why

Mel Gibson made a half billion for 'The Passion of the Christ'- what is the total take for this piece of excrement ?

They are trying to compare apples to oranges.


13 posted on 12/29/2005 6:20:14 AM PST by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don't help...)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Their marketing strategy is to roll it out to the top homo markets across the U.S. They're almost out of markets. The producers spent $14 million to the movie and the box office take has been $8 million, which means the producers have made approximately $4 million of that. They're still $10 million in the hole (pun not intended!) This movie is a flop, regardless of what the gay media cheerleaders try to say.


14 posted on 12/29/2005 6:20:32 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: dfwgator

I suspect they are going to see it multiple times as winter weather makes picking up one night stands in parks a bit uncomfortable.


15 posted on 12/29/2005 6:21:15 AM PST by Quilla
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This is the homosexual "Titanic," a movie that will be seen 10-20 times by males homos as a date movie and by f*g hags. Since there are far less homos than teen girls, the take at the box office will be miniscule for the pudding eating movie in comparison to ship-sinking special effects.


16 posted on 12/29/2005 6:22:45 AM PST by peyton randolph (<a href="http://clinton.senate.gov/">shrew</a>)
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To: jimbo123

I wouldn't say it's a flop. It was relatively cheap to make, and there are enough gays who do want to see the movie for it to recover it's costs and make a profit. But it will never play in fly-over country, but it still won't prevent the movie from being profitable.


17 posted on 12/29/2005 6:23:46 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Once they are gone...It's crickets chirping...


18 posted on 12/29/2005 6:23:46 AM PST by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death"( Al-Qaeda & Democratic Party)
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To: JennysCool

Next they will be toting up the amount of popcorn sold to try and convince the public that this farce is making any money. But, in the end it doesn't matter if this movie totally flops. Hollyweird will hail it as a cinematic "masterpiece" and it will sweep the oscars.


19 posted on 12/29/2005 6:24:21 AM PST by SAMS (Nobody loves a soldier until the enemy is at the gate; Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Here's the real story.....

http://exposingtheleft.blogspot.com/2005/12/minimal-appeal.html


20 posted on 12/29/2005 6:24:40 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"Two Queers on a Saddle"
I don't think so...
21 posted on 12/29/2005 6:25:01 AM PST by grobdriver (Let the embeds check the bodies!)
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To: SAMS
Next they will be toting up the amount of popcorn sold to try and convince the public that this farce is making any money

I wonder how many times the "popcorn trick" from Diner is going to happen in those theaters?

22 posted on 12/29/2005 6:25:27 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Oh, we're doing per screen averages now?

Don't like the outcome? Change the rules!

23 posted on 12/29/2005 6:26:20 AM PST by TankerKC (Who will hold the NYT accountable for knowingly releasing classified info?)
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To: Quilla

They'll get a good turn-out from the highway, rest-stop crowd.


24 posted on 12/29/2005 6:26:40 AM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
:)
Or, gives new meaning to:
"Bobby Gets His Gun"
Or somebody's.....
25 posted on 12/29/2005 6:26:43 AM PST by grobdriver (Let the embeds check the bodies!)
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To: frankjr

Right. It's sort of like saying that Rolls Royce makes more money per vehicle produced than Toyota does -- and yet nobody considers Rolls Royce a giant in the auto industry.


26 posted on 12/29/2005 6:27:00 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Said the night wind to the little lamb . . . "Do you see what I see?")
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To: dfwgator

It's a financial flop. $14 million to make. $4 million in revenue. $10 million in the hole and the hype is wearing off in the homo markets. Look at the per screen averages.

How is it going to make another $10 million dollars to break even? They're out of homo markets.


27 posted on 12/29/2005 6:27:16 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Domestic Total as of Dec. 26, 2005: $7,573,000 (Estimate)
Running Time: 2 hrs. 14 min.
Production Budget: $14 million

that doesnt include marketing and * gifts *


30 posted on 12/29/2005 6:28:35 AM PST by kajingawd (" happy with stone underhead, let Heaven and Earth go about their changes")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Brokebutt, I can't wait to not see it.


31 posted on 12/29/2005 6:28:44 AM PST by Protagoras (If jumping to conclusions was an Olympic event, FR would be the training facility.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Who's ==>afraid<== of a couple of gay cowboys?

What is it with people who think that when normal people are repulsed by the gay life style that they are afraid of it?

32 posted on 12/29/2005 6:28:58 AM PST by Alouette (Happy Hanukkah FReepers!)
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To: jimbo123

It's kind of silly to call a movie a flop a few weeks after its opening when they're still planning to expand it to more theaters. It's like calling a basketball game exceptionally low-scoring after 4 minutes.

All the signs indicate the movie's going to do very well for a small independent film, make its producers some money, and not be seen by the large majority of Americans.


33 posted on 12/29/2005 6:28:59 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: jimbo123
They're still $10 million in the hole

And we're talking millions and millions of free publicity; through the Globe nominations, the evening news spots, the newspaper articles, etc. The MSM is going to the mat with this and maybe theyll make a few bucks on it. More hype than anything else.

34 posted on 12/29/2005 6:29:07 AM PST by Nonstatist
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To: jimbo123
Those are some seriously low numbers. Major motion pictures are now expected to clear the $100M mark within the first couple of weeks, or they are considered failures.

BBM has already played to it's demographic and has nowhere else to go. In the end (a year down the road) the producers may make a couple of million bucks.

Assuming it was a year in the making, and 2 years before the full returns are realized, not a great return on $14M dollars, but I suppose a person could do worse.

35 posted on 12/29/2005 6:29:32 AM PST by NeonKnight (Republican Death Machine)
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To: grobdriver

"Flaming Queers on Blazing Saddles"


36 posted on 12/29/2005 6:29:34 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Said the night wind to the little lamb . . . "Do you see what I see?")
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To: jimbo123

If my memory serves me, "limited market roll-outs" are generally subject to "special" (read: higher) pricing per ticket.


37 posted on 12/29/2005 6:29:49 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Dagnabit! I dint set my beeber to stune. How will I stop the the chimpeachment now?)
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To: NeonKnight
Major motion pictures

Which this obviously isn't. Its budget was 1/10 the budget of Narnia.
38 posted on 12/29/2005 6:30:10 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: TankerKC

The rules are that the makers of the movies need $28 million dollars in box office revenue in order to break even. The box office gross is only around $8 million. Their liberal math skills can't disguise the fact that they're $20 million short of break-even.


39 posted on 12/29/2005 6:30:26 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: JennysCool

"The hack flacking for this film is unreal! Every other box office tally lists the amount of million$ the film grossed over the period. In order to inflate this one, they have to use the "per-screen average." Pure propaganda."

I agree. I have never heard of a movie being evaluated on its "per screen average." There is obviously an agenda.



40 posted on 12/29/2005 6:30:43 AM PST by Cruz
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
I guess Meet the Flockers isn't going over too well in the hinterlands.......
41 posted on 12/29/2005 6:31:31 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: johnny7

No kidding. This explains the large per screen average. These deviants' relationships last all of two to three hours and this movie is the perfect venue for finding the next one.


42 posted on 12/29/2005 6:32:18 AM PST by Quilla
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

"Homos on the Range"


43 posted on 12/29/2005 6:32:27 AM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: NeonKnight

It will make more money in the home-release categtory. There, it can be watched in the privacy of the home, stopped for "intermission", continued, stopped for "intermission", continued, stopped for "intermission"...


44 posted on 12/29/2005 6:33:39 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Dagnabit! I dint set my beeber to stune. How will I stop the the chimpeachment now?)
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To: Castigar
Yup... the math is a little vague here. Of course BBM is going to post higher per screen numbers because there are far fewer screens to divide the paltry 4.5 million it earned. KK and CONTLWATW are grossing something like 55+ million, but are showing on a hellofalot more screens. Liberal media trying to hype a fag movie...
45 posted on 12/29/2005 6:33:45 AM PST by Mathews (Shot... Splash... Out!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Hollyporn continues to degrade the nation, but the glorification of gays in this sheepherder film is by far their most repugnant effort yet. Disgusting!


46 posted on 12/29/2005 6:33:52 AM PST by Paulus Invictus
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
In our local "Arts" theater [a Clearview Cinema facility] all of their screens are showing only this tale of two enamored/entangled shepherds. Normally more than one choice is provided for their potential customers.
47 posted on 12/29/2005 6:34:02 AM PST by NutmegDevil
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To: Castigar
Hmm...because of it's relatively limited release, wouldn't it be more accurate to compare the "per theater" earnings of Kong and Narnia in the same cities where Brokeback was showing? Just a thought.

Oh, they just have shown this crap in place like Castro district in San Francisco and Back Bay/South End in Boston.

48 posted on 12/29/2005 6:34:44 AM PST by A. Pole (Franklin: "The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Early numbers — and early awards buzz — establish the picture's staying power, industry insiders say.

D'OH!

If there is no real momentum, manufacture some...
This is no different than the hundreds of "polls" predicting a huge Kerrey "landslide"...

49 posted on 12/29/2005 6:35:12 AM PST by Publius6961 (The IQ of California voters is about 420........... .............cumulatively)
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To: Mathews
CONTLWATW

I have to ask why you think that's preferable to typing "Narnia." :)
50 posted on 12/29/2005 6:35:18 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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