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Saturday
Dec032011

The weekend after Thanksgiving is terrible for Hollywood - Here's why

The movie industry is a strange thing. Studio executives like to think they can predict what people want to see at the movies. Sometimes they can, but more often than not, they fail. The art of releasing movies seems to be as much of an emotional game as it is strictly about numbers, which is why I found it very strange when I realized that there were no new films coming out this weekend. Sometimes there four or five major movie releases in a week and once in a while there’s only one, but I cannot remember the last time there were no new wide releases in a weekend. Following a big Thanksgiving weekend filled with three family films—The Muppets, Arthur Christmas, and Hugo—none of the major studios have a film lined up for this weekend. What’s the deal?

The weekend after Thanksgiving is usually bad for films, from what I have read, but is it so bad that studios should give up? I mean, it’s guaranteed to be a bad weekend if absolutely no one is willing to risk releasing a movie. As it stands, The Muppets and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 will battle it out for the top spot.

Being the analytical guy that I am, I’ve gathered and attempted to analyze release and ticket sales data from the last 16 years of post-Thanksgiving box office weekends and see if there are any patterns. As it turns out, fear of the post-Thanksgiving weekend is not a new phenomenon in Hollywood.

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Wednesday
Aug252010

Hollywood is on Team Edward: vampires brought in $7 billion in the last 2 yrs (or have they?)

Well suck me sideways. I knew the vampire phenomenon was big, but I never did the math. Since the first Twilight film hit theaters two years ago, vampire shows and movies have done $7 billion in business, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But is the math misleading?

Here's how THR breaks it down:

  • $3 billion - Film
  • $1.6 billion - Publishing
  • $600 million - Merchandising
  • $1.2 billion - TV/DVD
  • $600 million - Other

However, the numbers included in the text of the report don't add up. Here are the numbers I pulled from the article.

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Thursday
Jul292010

ALIEN INVASION movies are taking over Hollywood! 16 of them! (FULL LIST)

Pack up your children and grab yer guns because aliens are going to be everywhere for the next couple years. Hollywood has always loved them, especially Steven Spielberg, but thanks to the success of District 9, Star Trek, and Avatar last year, a flurry of new alien projects are in development. Sadly, not a one of them is a sequel to Batteries Not Included. Maybe next year. I've left out a couple movies like Green Lantern since they are only somewhat alien related. 

Behold the full list below. 

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