Skip to comments.(Vanity) Brokeback Mountain, a Curious Attendance Story
Posted on 01/06/2006 3:31:19 PM PST by Balding_Eagle
Did anyone else hear this on the Michael Medved talk radio today?
A man called in, near the end of the hour. He said he had been taken his kids to the theater, and the kids movie they were waiting to see had a very long line. Brokeback Mountain was also showing at that theater. He said he sat near the ticket booth for 35 minutes, as his kids waited in line to buy tickets for their movie.
During that 35 minutes he never heard one person buy a ticket for Brokeback Mountain. However, during that 35 minutes, the SOLD OUT sign came on for Brokeback. Out of curiosity, he went in to the Brokeback theater, and only saw 4 people in there. The theater manager refused to comment when the man questioned him.
Is this how all those theaters are getting such high attendance for Brokeback? Imaginary theater goers?
Perhaps other theater goers can investigate for themselves this weekend.
I can only vouch for the fact that this man called in a related the story as I presented it here, not if its true. Callers can make up stories too. It peaked my interest though.
Follow his reply...in that post he's talking about "Walk the Line"
It's a politcal forum. Brokeback is a political film. Narnia isn't.
I don't know how many in Hollwood are "always" seeking to change the culture. I know people who work in movies, and they want to make a good movie, tell stories, etc. Where's the evidence that a movie supposedly no one is seeing is somehow changing the culture? Are people saying "Hey, this movie I haven't seen says gay love is cool, I'm gonna turn gay"?
In case you haven't noticed there's a lot more than politics discussed on FR. Football isn't a political topic, yet I seem to recall seeing a few threads about it.
The Passion also had the most vindictive press of any movie release I have ever seen, while BM has had the most fawning.
I think most people on FR see through hollyweird's marketing ruse and think you are a hollyweird sycophant for pushing that ruse and saying it is s a success, when it really is not, and if anything shows hollyweird's declinging clout in the culture wars.
A movie will remain exclusively in the cinema circuits anywhere from two weeks to 4 months - although they may continue to run in cinemas long after the initial exclusivity has been withdrawn.
Of the revenues generated at the box office, the studio ultimately will take home 50-55 percent, leaving the balance to the cinema-owners. During the early weeks of a film's release, the studio's cut can be as high as 90 percent in some cases; at the end of a long run, this ratio can inverted, providing 90 percent to the cinema-owners and only 10 percent to the studios. This may be one of the reasons the length of the theatrical window has declined in recent years, as studios have determined that it may be friendlier to the bottom line to move their films more quickly to the retail sales / rental market.
The data is from the theatre manager, not the pimply faced usher. Not that the manager might not have a few pimples. Also, spot checks are made on the theatres. These checks are made by independant companies paid by the studios. The checks include head counts and checking the ticket sales. There are also covert checks, where someone goes to see the movie and gets the count on that particular show in that theatre.
I'm sorry, I just liked those sentences.
I understand that, and Narnia has been discussed along with other secondary topics. You asked why Brokeback was getting so much attention here, that's the reason. It's a film with a political agenda. And this is a (primarily) political board.
I'm not entirely sure why you're splitting hairs here. The answer to your question is fairly obvious.
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To paraphrase another poster on one of these ButtBuddy Mountain threads: That's b-a-a-a-a-a-d!
No argument there.
I think most people on FR see through hollyweird's marketing ruse and think you are a hollyweird sycophant for pushing that ruse and saying it is s a success, when it really is not, and if anything shows hollyweird's declinging clout in the culture wars
Yeah, whatever, pushing the ruse, blah blah blah.
Funny how you can't even admit that I just praised The Passion to high heaven, and have been pointing out the success of BBM only as money-making ventures. Unlike you, who get pissy because I refuse to lie as you are, I deal in truth, I know about the economics of the movies, and I am providing actual information, as opposed to your bizarre lies. And of course, you don't like the truth so you use a smear.
If you can quote a single sentence in which I say a single positive thing about the actual movie BBM, post it. But you can't, because I haven't said any such thing, because this is a discussion of money, pure and simple.
But your ignorance of the financial facts has been shown up, and you pout and insult. Boo hoo, poor baby. Grow up and stop talking about things you know zero about and stick to the topic at hand, and stop throwing mud when you've been show up to be an ignorant jerk.
Not splitting hairs, just wondering. The answer to my question is not obvious, because people post about movies and books they enjoy all the time, with no political content--ever notice the "Bloggers/Peronsal" and "General/Chat" links on the side? I don't find many discussions about a movie people here love, only endless false info about the finances of a movie they hate.
And if one movie allows the theater to keep more money than another movie, it would be in the theater manager's best interest to sell tickets for the latter in the name of the former.
By the time I'd had all I could stand and got up to leave, I wanted all those horrid "Ordinary People" to be dead in horrible ways.
How about this to top it.
All the while his people were taking calls (and giving him updates on the giveaway numbers), he kept bitching about how the theater gave them a bunch of tickets for Bareback Mountain. Did they give them tickets to see the last Starwars? NO. Did they give them tickets to see King Kong? NO. Did they give them tickets to see (fill in the blank with every popular movie in the last year)? NO. All they ever gave them was a bunch of tickets to see a couple of gay cowboys. It was hilarious.
Bullhonkey! Michael Medved said `Brokeback Mountain' is not only pro-homosexual, it's anti-family as well! Two married men leave their wives and families to bugger each other in the Hollywood Hills.
`Liked the movie'. Yeah, right.
Endless false info about "Brokeback Mountain"?
Is Free Republic sullying this fine film's good name?
Well, now I know. I guess the book biz is more corrupt than the movie biz, LOL!
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