The Blockbusters Are Coming

22 Mar

rooftop_water_tower_1The movie and movies made for TV season are under full sail, which began with the Netflix subscription channel, with the March 18th release of 13 Season 2 episodes of Daredevil.

The major movie studios have their summer fall line up ready to launch, with a movie that comic book fans will want to see. This isn’t your Richard Donner / Christopher Reeve innocent action soiree.

batman_vs_superman_cover_art_1Release Schedule :

  1. Batman vs. Superman           March 25, 2016
  2. Captain America: Civil War    May 6, 2016
  3. X-Men: Apocalypse             May 27, 2016
  4. Ghostbusters                  July 15, 2016
  5. Star Trek Beyond              July 8, 2016
  6. Suicide Squad                 August 5, 2016
  7. Doctor Strange                November 4, 2016

There’s $mega$ riding on these works of movie fiction. In the comic book publishing world of DC & Marvel, Marvel is the overall winner at the box office, despite the many less than stellar various releases of Punisher & Fantastic Four, Elektra, and Ghost Rider. DC’s major accomplishment were the Christopher Nolan Batman (Dark Knight), trilogy.

Zack Snyder’s first efforts with, “Man of Steel”, production brought in just under $700 million world wide. However this film cost over $200 million to produce and with the normally required promotion / distribution costs, which usually end up equalling the production cost, it’s not what you call a runaway hit at the box office. Still, it was respectable and made it possible for Superman vs Batman to be made. There’s a lot riding on the success of this film, because there’s a string of follow up films which many be shelved if this one tanks.

People remember what a disappointment the movie, Green Lantern was, even to the point where the actor playing the lead role, spoofs his own part. Ryan Reynolds finally got his chance to portray a character he seems born to act as, Deadpool. None the less, the box office bomb for the DC Universe was certainly, Green Lantern.
Budget : $200,000,000
Box office: $219,851,172
Estimated losses: $90,074,414

Disney Studios has a lot riding on their movie rights with Marvel & Star Wars. They have some significant losses which would have brought lesser studios to their knees.

Disney Studio Losses

Treasure Planet (2002)
Budget : $140,000,000
Box office: $109,578,115
Estimated losses: $85,210,943

Mars Needs Moms (2011)
Budget : $150,000,000
Box office: $38,992,758
Estimated losses: $130,503,621

John Carter (2012)
Budget : $250,000,000
Box office: $282,778,100
Estimated losses: $108,610,950

The Lone Ranger (2013)
Budget : $225–250,000,000
Box office: $260,502,115
Estimated losses: $94,748+

These are the top 20 grossing movies (as of this post). This chart is adjusted for inflation. The figures represent the total amount of money a movie has taken in domestically over its lifetime, adjusting for the cost of tickets.
Released   Film Name                       Total Box Office

  1. 1977  Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope             $1,385,076,305
  2. 1997  Titanic                                  $1,147,349,023
  3. 1982  ET: The Extra-Terrestrial                $1,132,713,953
  4. 2015  Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens      $932,324,258
  5. 2009  Avatar                                    $832,120,706
  6. 1980  Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back  $813,975,948
  7. 1983  Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi      $783,793,564
  8. 1994  The Lion King                              $761,640,898
  9. 1999  Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace        $761,329,663
  10. 1993  Jurassic Park                              $760,802,636
  11. 1981  Raiders of the Lost Ark                    $708,393,874
  12. 1994  Forrest Gump                               $677,605,996
  13. 2012  The Avengers                               $660,081,224
  14. 2015  Jurassic World                             $652,198,010
  15. 1977  Close Encounters of the Third Kind         $627,524,656
  16. 2008  The Dark Knight                            $626,080,555
  17. 1978  Grease                                     $602,892,685
  18. 2004  Shrek 2                                    $592,504,152
  19. 2002  Spider-Man                                 $585,756,409
  20. 1996  Independence Day                           $583,851,987

There are far fewer small films being made and released to the general public. The cost of doing business and attracting an audience sufficient in size is highly competitive. These films are not an endorsement, rather an indicator of how the film industry has progressed to date.tile-malestrom

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