In the past few years, the Oscars have been dominated by these Crock-Pot indies—films that do better and better the longer they cook in the marketplace. Eight out of the last ten Best Picture winners were independent—or at least non-Big-6-studio—films that grew their box office and audience slow and steady.
Weather is not as kind to or as fond of the trial-and-error method of the movie business. We have only a “pretty good” idea of what’s about to hit. And prediction, after all, aides in preparation, not in prevention. When John Carter flops, Disney takes a loss, but also knows not to take a further loss by making a sequel. Greenlighting Sandy’s successor, on the other hand, isn’t up to us.
Moviegoers cast their votes every single weekend, if not two or three times a week. With every click of the remote to purchase a flick On-Demand, every dollar handed over at the Cineplex ticket booth, even every time the channel isn’t changed when a trailer pops up onscreen, viewers become voters.
What’s going on in the Monkey Biz this September?
Here’s your Top 10 roundup in this month’s movie business news to date:
1. As per usual, September kicked off sans bang with a lackluster Labor Day weekend, with The Possession hauling in $21.1M and Lawless making $12.9M. Even though The Possession‘s haul was a bit off from recent Lionsgate horror flicks (like The Last Exorcism), it still had one of the best debuts … Read More