Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Investigative reporter nails it

"None of us ever thought this could be a movie,” Pfeiffer said. “We also thought no one wouldwant to see a movie about clergy sex abuse."

I've got a dollar that says it doesn't do as well as "Black Mass."


Blogger LAGuy said...

Spotlight is doing surprisingly well in limited release. It actually has a shot at beating Black Mass. But I'm not sure how useful the comparison is, since Black Mass cost almost three times as much to make. I can pretty much guarantee you Black Mass will not make three times as much as Spotlight.

9:25 AM, November 17, 2015  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

"Truth" did surprisingly well in limited release, too. There are actually people who paid for tickets--there must have been several dozen in Columbus alone.

(And did Depp take a paycheck? If so, there's your explanation right there. We can debate later whether Rachel McAdams has a case for Hollywood sexism.)

3:01 PM, November 17, 2015  
Blogger LAGuy said...

No, Truth didn't do "surprisingly well" in limited release--it performed dismally. I've been reading film grosses for a long time, and I know what I'm saying.

Two weeks ago, three relatively small films with some names in them opened in limited release. Trumbo did disappointingly. Brooklyn did quite well. Spotlight did even better. Truth, meanwhile, opened worse than Trumbo.

You can never be sure how well something will do when it goes wide, but both Spotlight and Brooklyn seem well-positioned to perform in relation to their budgets.

Yes, Depp got paid well, and his participation meant more was spent on the film overall. But budgets are based on projections of how much the film might make, taking the stars, the property and the genre into account. Black Mass was generally expected to have bigger potential than Spotlight. That no one can say how much Spotlight will gross in the long run (Truth was doomed the weekend it was released) tells you how surprisingly well it's doing.

4:02 PM, November 17, 2015  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Sometimes I wonder if you are being deliberately obtuse. But then a squirrel runs by.

But yes, I'll give you this one. It wasn't really a surprise to me that dozens of people paid to see this movie. I *was* surprised that some on the left acknowledged how dismal it was.

5:18 PM, November 17, 2015  

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