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Summer movie season wasn't a breeze for Hollywood (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Los Angeles Times ^ | September 7, 2009 | Ben Fritz and John Horn

Posted on 09/07/2009 2:18:10 AM PDT by abb

If the year's first four months defied all expectations for what Hollywood could do in a recession, this summer delivered some sobering reality.

Through the end of April, domestic box-office receipts leaped 17% while admissions surged nearly 16% from the previous year, according to Hollywood.com. But as the weather turned hot, business cooled: From May 1 through Aug. 31, attendance was down 2.4% from 2008 and 6% from 2007. Summer box-office revenues rose 1.3%, not even enough to account for ticket price inflation, let alone the premiums charged in a growing number of 3-D theaters.

In the midst of the economic crisis, the best that studios could argue is that almost flat is the new up.

"To be marginally down on attendance and up on box-office at a time when so many other industries are struggling is a great comment on our business," said Adam Fogelson, president of marketing and distribution at Universal Pictures.

If there was one lesson the studios learned -- often the hard way -- it was that audiences were in the mood to be amazed and to laugh. Big-budget spectacles like "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and gut-busting comedies like "The Hangover" ruled the season.

On the flip side, adult dramas ("The Taking of Pelham 123" and "Public Enemies") and neither-fish-nor-fowl comedies ("Funny People" and "Land of the Lost") labored to cover their production costs.

"Adult dramas are more vulnerable than ever before in this business," said Fogelson, whose studio was stung by several flops in the genre, including this spring's "State of Play" and "Duplicity."

The other victim of the summer was A-list stars, who studios used to think could "open" a movie on their names alone.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertising; bhoeconomy; boxoffice; dbm; dinomedia; hollywood; television
Monday morning good news.
1 posted on 09/07/2009 2:18:10 AM PDT by abb
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To: abb

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/business/media/07redbox.html?ref=business
Movie Studios See a Threat in Growth of Redbox

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/business/media/07cache.html?ref=business
European Broadcasters Argue About Public Aid


2 posted on 09/07/2009 2:19:04 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


3 posted on 09/07/2009 2:19:35 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Somebody needs to inform Hollywood “Nobody wants to watch a bad movie”.


4 posted on 09/07/2009 2:25:02 AM PDT by x_plus_one (In Chicago, the dead vote twice, in St. Louis they get elected. Require A Picture ID for voting)
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To: abb

Hollywood will just never ‘get it’. They pump out garbage and hand-wring over the collective public yawn over their products.

I’ve taken my 7 year old son, for example, to two movies in the past few weeks....and they were both abyssmal (”GI Joe: Rise of Cobra” and “Shorts”...which has to be one of the worst films ever made).


5 posted on 09/07/2009 2:30:11 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: abb

When people are out of work and the economy is in the tank who wants to see a negative, depressing, movie?? If they
want that they can just stay home and turn on their TV.


6 posted on 09/07/2009 2:31:39 AM PDT by Dem Guard
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To: RightOnline

“Shorts”, you don’t say. Isn’t that the one where the boy has the phone growing out of his head? I’d never guess that one would turn out to be a stinker.


7 posted on 09/07/2009 2:56:39 AM PDT by Bird Jenkins
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To: abb

Was “UP” profitable? Of course... why? well-written, family friendly...


8 posted on 09/07/2009 3:32:04 AM PDT by ikka (Brother, you asked for it!)
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To: abb

Maybe if they stopped making adult dramas a lesson plan for liberals they wouldnt be so tough to sell.


9 posted on 09/07/2009 3:36:32 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: abb

If they are “marginally down” on attendance and up on box office receipts, I’d venture to say that they have jacked up the price to the theater owners. Not good for the theater owners, since there are fewer people buying popcorn, cokes, etc. Also, the patrons are (or should be) watching their pennies, so spending less on concessions.


10 posted on 09/07/2009 3:46:25 AM PDT by GadareneDemoniac
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To: abb; weegee; Liz
I stopped watching/attending movies when it became clear that the guy in the flick who came anywhere close to sharing my values would always, always be the Bad Guy.
11 posted on 09/07/2009 3:54:29 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: abb; greyfoxx39; metmom; Elsie; BibChr; Tennessee Nana
Hollywood script writers, producers, and studio heads are brain dead because they are blinded by their own delusions. They want a good script? I can think of one in about 2 seconds. Here, they can read this one. Not only would it make a fantastic screenplay, it would be a box office sensation if properly made into a movie.

Hope Rising

Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch

It is the story of a woman who, as a little girl, was told her father had murdered her mother, and then killed himself. She went to liver with her grandmother. The little girl, Kim, was devastated and emotionally destroyed. But, her grandmother gave her a horse that had been saved from an abusive owner. Through God's power of healing, she bonded with that creature and he with her - and she learned to love again. In adulthood, she and her husband Troy bought an abandoned rock quarry and reclaimed the land. It was at the foot of the Cascade mountains in Oregon, and nobody wanted the property because it looked like the surface of the moon. But slowly, God turned that land into beauty again - a metaphor of His healing and love. They named it Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, and created the perfect match---a rundown property filled with broken horses where abused children can come to be healed.

Her interview was broadcast on Focus on the Family last week in installments. I defy anyone to not shed tears listening to it, or when reading the stories in the book. Yet it is incredibly uplifting and full of joy.

But, you know why Hollywood won't make wonderful stories like this into movies? Because their central story is about God, and Christian love.

Instead, we get garbage movies with plots that are both ridiculous and laughable. Then, Hollywood laments why people don't go pay $12.00 and up to sit in a theater for 2 hours and subject themselves to their agony.

12 posted on 09/07/2009 4:09:42 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: abb

I saw ‘Let the Right One in’ yesterday. Superb, unbelievably good. A terrific vampire film: heart-warming and yet bloodily violent.

It’s a budget Swedish film, English subtitles. Hollywood could never have made it.


13 posted on 09/07/2009 4:24:32 AM PDT by agere_contra (We do not need a censorship of the press. We have a censorship by the press.)
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To: abb
saw the HurtLocker last week, it sucked.

saw IngloriousBasturds last night... it Really, REALLY SUCKED!!!

14 posted on 09/07/2009 5:28:33 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: abb

My parents used to recall the depression days. Back then, theaters did pretty well, because people often went to the movies for a little comedy, a little adventure, a little inspiration. It took them away from their day-to-day woes. They’d come up with money somehow, no matter what.

Times are hard now, too, but according to this article, people are not lining up for a movie these days. I have to wonder if it’s because today’s movies are so depressingly anti-American, anti-family, and literally anti-inspiration in that they do everything they can to avoid religious themes for most of these movies.

I’ll tell you the truth. I haven’t been to a movie theater for over a year. The last time I went, the movie was disappointing, it was overly loud, my feet stuck to the floor, there was gum on the arm of my seat, cell phone ringtones sounded in all the wrong places, and someone’s kids were running amuck up and down the aisles. Boy, was I glad to get out of there. I don’t think I’ll be back.


15 posted on 09/07/2009 5:41:44 AM PDT by MizSterious (Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm? John Page, 1744-1808)
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To: abb
Every now and then I am dragged by family into a movie theater and I usually end up regretting it. With all the billions of dollars that the movie industry has to spend, why are today's movies so uniformly horrible? Even the much-ballyhooed "Harry Potter" movies are duds in my opinion. My sons dragged me to the most recent one this summer and once again, it disappointed (and yes, I did read the books, which I found to be much better).

On the other hand, I do like watching older movies on the television. Even the run-of-the-mill "B" movies from earlier decades outshine what Hollywood is turning out today. For instance, I was flipping channels one night recently and saw a movie about Annie Oakley from back in the 1930s and it was pretty darn good for a movie that was made almost 75 years ago.

I think the problem with movies today is that they feel they have to follow a formula with the obligatory car crashes, swearing, comedy moments, etc. For example, the Harry Potter movies all feature comedy scenes that aren't in the books. I guess they feel they have to "lighten the mood" for the moviegoers. But it just doesn't work in the context of the dark material found in the actual books.

The best movies being made today are the independent ones where directors are not under the thumb of big-wig movie execs and thus are able to throw out all the formulas and just concentrate on making a good movie. Usually you won't find these movies in mainstream theaters but on Netflix, there are plenty of decent "indie" movies to be found.

16 posted on 09/07/2009 5:49:29 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 12 days away from outliving Judy Garland)
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To: abb

The last movie my wife and I went to see was “Worlds Fastest Indian” three years ago. Great flick.I know it had the typical hollywood story embellishment but a great movie just the same. The shots on the salt were very cool!


17 posted on 09/07/2009 6:18:46 AM PDT by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: SamAdams76

‘On the other hand, I do like watching older movies on the television. Even the run-of-the-mill “B” movies from earlier decades outshine what Hollywood is turning out today’

Speaking of “B” movies, I’m glad I have a fine selection of top quality biker exploitation flicks I can pop into the dvd player.


18 posted on 09/07/2009 6:23:39 AM PDT by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: Bird Jenkins

It was positively horrid.


19 posted on 09/07/2009 6:34:19 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: SkyPilot

Great post. I know what you mean by “Christian” love, but real love (agape) has been perverted by the world to mean any number of disgusting things. That is all we get from Hollywood, television and most of the media: creeping creepism.


20 posted on 09/07/2009 6:37:24 AM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: kickonly88
Speaking of “B” movies, I’m glad I have a fine selection of top quality biker exploitation flicks I can pop into the dvd player.

yeah, like "American Flyer" and "Breaking Away"... I loved those biker flicks...

21 posted on 09/07/2009 6:37:53 AM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: abb
"The Taking of Pelham 123" and "Public Enemies"

I saw Public Enemies and it was no where near as good as Dillinger with Warren Oates from the '70s.

I didn't see Pelham but I suspect it was no where near as good as the one with Walter Matthau from the '70s.

Spending a lot of money doing remakes of moderate hits from the 70s that are not as good as the original is not a plan for success.

22 posted on 09/07/2009 6:51:23 AM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Jim Thompson!)
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To: abb

We love RED BOX! I hope they begin renting Blu-Ray movies as well. Forget “Block Buster” and their high-priced rentals and late fees, RED BOX IS THE WAY TO GO!


23 posted on 09/07/2009 6:53:51 AM PDT by Jmouse007 (Thank you)
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To: abb

http://adage.com/mediaworks/article?article_id=138852
Nielsen Reveals Full Extent of the Media Industry’s First-Half Battering

http://adage.com/digital/article?article_id=138853
Kill or Cure: How Reckitt’s Big Buy Rocked Online Ads
$20 Million Seemed to Boost Medium — Until Giant Hammered Prices


24 posted on 09/07/2009 7:05:14 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: MizSterious
I have to wonder if it’s because today’s movies are so depressingly anti-American, anti-family, and literally anti-inspiration in that they do everything they can to avoid religious themes for most of these movies.

That is the VERY reason the movie industry is killing itself--they are losing the "flyover country" audience that makes up the vast majority of moviegoers. Besides this issue, don't forget the high cost of tickets and the movie studios claiming most of the profits from a movie during the first few weekends (which in turn forces the price of concessions through the roof in the theater as the theater tries to recoup the cost of the first few weeks of the run of the movie). Small wonder why companies like RedBox and NetFlix do very well, and even Blockbuster finally found a way to reverse their financial down spiral by getting into the automated vending machine movie rental business.

25 posted on 09/07/2009 7:21:54 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: abb

Hey, I have a super idea for a movie that breaks all of the previous molds.

It’s an action movie.

We start with a suave, good looking, street smart, casanova, clever minority who shows all of the dim witted, stupid, square crackers how to do everything but breathe.

Then we throw in lots of gratuitous swearing (about every 4th word, extra points for the “F” word.)

Oh wait, that’s the plot line for 99% of hollywierd’s action movies.

Never mind.


26 posted on 09/07/2009 7:36:50 AM PDT by Clay Moore (Obama: A good example of why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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My buddies wanted to see G I Joe{ we are almost 50} I told them it looked like another over the top CGI action flick. It looked stupid and why would I want to spend 10 bucks for a ticket, 7 bucks for popcorn and drinks and two hours of my valuable time to watch this crap. They told me I had no taste.
This from a group of men who thought “White Chicks” was a good movie.
I need to widen my circle of friends.
Now I watched the movie “ Changling” last night. That is a good movie. Clint has talent and knows how to make a good movie.


27 posted on 09/07/2009 7:57:25 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( If this be treason, then lets make the best of it.)
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