Production Budgets, Profitability and YOU

Here’s a fantastic article from the good people at Thompson on Hollywood with last years box office, including estimated production budgets so you can get a sense of profitability.

A few tidbits I found particularly interesting:

  • ”¬†… two entries in a successful series – the latest installments of ‘Underworld’ and ‘Resident Evil,’ though decent, were hobbled by inflated budgets combining with no growth in gross.” We live in a world where everything needs to constantly be growing for it to be considered successful- audience growth is not keeping up with the larger budgets these series are being rewarded with. I know certain costs increase with these kinds of franchises (i.e. actors) but wouldn’t it make more business sense to keep the costs relatively level as long as you’re maintaining the things the core audience cares about- story and production value? Here’s another great article that breaks the Bourne series down by the numbers. The drama behind the serious is pretty fascinating too.
  • Channing Tatum singlehandedly raised their production budget by giving a lapdance to one very rich, closeted Senator.

    Production budget for Magic Mike was really only $7mil?

    Brave has a gross of $535mil and an estimated production budget of $185mil, but is still referred to as “barely profitable”. This goes to show you how screwy and complicated film financing and profitability is.

  • I confess I’m a little bit glad Battleship didn’t do so well. Sometimes I feel like movie adaptations are being chosen by someone standing blindfolded in a Target, spinning around 25 times and then shoving $200mil into the first thing they dizzily stumble on.
  • Rebel Wilson is unlike anyone else out there right now.

    I am really psyched that Pitch Perfect did so well. This is a great example of how all of us indie filmmakers should be planning to make the most out of our weird little projects- keep the budget low and super-strategize your marketing and release to get the most bang for your buck. I’ll be researching this one more in a later post because it seems to be a great real-world example of the newer distribution models we’re all talking so much about.

  • Yikes, what the hell happened, Paramount?
There’s a ton more interesting information in this article, check it out!


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