This week we are taking a look at franchise re-boots and if they helped or hurt the franchise. To go back to the first article, go here.
Today we are looking at the X-Men franchise.
X-Men was one of the first modern successful superhero movies. Released in July of 2000, the first X-Men movie did fantastic box office numbers on a modest budget … [Read More...]
If you haven't noticed, Hollywood relies heavily on movie franchises. A good franchise can almost guarantee a certain return on a movie and make it less risky for any movie studio. Franchises are to the movie industry what gold is to the financial industry, bankable. Since the sixties Hollywood has made billions off of proven franchises. Like with … [Read More...]
THE LONE RANGER’s notorious failing at the box office last week has left audiences and movie-makers alike wondering if we are ready to say goodbye to the oddity that is a Johnny Depp performance. I have always claimed that I would pay to see any movie in which Johnny Depp starred, but even I am starting to feel the novelty wear off.
Depp’s … [Read More...]
There are some comedies that where so outrageous in their quest for quality that their considered the most shocking comedies of all time.
The movie starring shock actor Sacha Baron Cohen is a mockumentary about a citizen of Kazakhstan coming to America and going on a strange quest to marry Pamela Anderson. The movie is shocking for … [Read More...]
The Lone Ranger recently hit movie theatres, but not with a bang. The western trudged in $48.9 million not even close to the $225 million it took to make it. Before you say “well isn’t $48.9 million a lot of money?” consider this, the much anticipated children’s film Despicable Me 2 grossed over $142 million! There are many theories about … [Read More...]
Coming straight off the heels of the Dark Knight trilogy, acclaimed director Christopher Nolan announced he would be producing a reimagining of the classic comic book character Superman. Given that the character is so loved, the producer was taking a huge gamble in making some major changes to a character that’s been around for 75 years! Some … [Read More...]
The movie industry takes the old adage “money talks” to a whole new level. Before a picture can be made, the producers have to talk about the budget – how much will the film cost? Who will pay for the production? What writers, directors, actors, and artists can we afford to hire for this picture?
And the ultimate question: How much will … [Read More...]
A Hangover for the Epic & Furious
Written by Stephen H Koontz
It happens every year deep into May, the box office gets flooded with high spectacle and audience-capturing movies that end up cannibalizing each other, as there are only so many people who have time to go to a movie over Memorial Day Weekend (2007’s May-released trilogy-ending … [Read More...]
Box Office Preview
Weekend of May 17, 2013
Stephen H Koontz
It’s mid-May, schools are beginning to take their summer break, the weather is hot and the movies are getting hotter. “Star Trek Into Darkness” will no doubt keep the box office alive this weekend. It’s the only wide release; so it won’t have any major competition but … [Read More...]
Box Office Preview for the Weekend of May 10, 2013
One of the biggest questions of May is “How will ‘The Great Gatsby’ fare with summer audiences?” A good question after it was delayed from December 2012. The second weekend of May is typically slow because the first week is always host to a blockbuster; so with “Iron Man 3” bringing in … [Read More...]
Summer of 2013 Fantasy Preview
Let the summer movie games begin! As usual this summer promises to bring you big explosions, superheroes, laughs, and animated franchises, along with indie hits and crowd-pleasing sleepers. There is a smaller amount of guaranteed mega-blockbusters this summer (like 2012‘s The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises) … [Read More...]