The Studios Are Facing a Crisis (and it Ain't Rotten Tomatoes)


Yves Bergquist, who works analyzing data at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC, has written a fascinating post about box office performance and reviews. His insights - which are his personal expression and not endorsed by his employer - into Box Office Economics in Turmoil are invaluable and entertaining reading: 

"Hollywood CFOs are closing out the Summer [of 2017], and it’s a Lannister kind of party. The worst Labor Day Weekend performance in 17 years; a bloodbath Summer box office in a near 20% retreat compared to 2016; bulletproof franchises underwater; even the mighty Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson took a beating. Summer 2017 was an Irwin Allen disaster."

Here, as of Sept. 2017, are the domestic gross numbers for some of Hollywood's worst performers in the summer of 2017:

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Box office: $37.1 million
Reported budget: $175 million

Rough Night
Box office: $22.1 million
Reported budget: $22 million

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Box office: $39.8 million
Reported budget: $180 million

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Box office: $172 million
Reported budget: $230 million

Logan Lucky
Box office: $16.6 million
Reported budget: $21 million

Alien: Covenant
Box office: $74 million
Reported budget: $97 million

The Mummy
Box office: $80.1 million
Reported budget: $125 million+

The Book Of Henry
Box office: $4.3 million
Reported budget: $10 million

The House
Box office: $25.6 million
Reported budget: $40 million

Baywatch
Box office: $58 million
Reported budget: $60 million



Syllabus - Screening Film Classics - Fall 2017


Here is a link to the syllabus for the class that will be held Monday evenings this fall (2017) in the big theater (K301) in the Film and new Media Building at Taipei National University of the Arts.


And here is a link to an exercise we might do in class - time permitting. Have you noticed how motion picture stories often have many of the elements of a fairy tale?

Randy Finch's Film Blog:

Thoughts from a film producer about making and distributing films.