Disney (and others) at the Box Office - Current State of Affairs

Disney Irish

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Gravy? Once a film makes its profit at the box office, the people who invested in it start getting their money back.

They want to make a profit so they can keep making movies and get their deserved funds back. There are passion projects, but it is not gravy.
They've already made their money back, ie their investment, when a film broke even. So don't know how you can say they start getting their money back when it makes profit.

And yes movie investors would like to make more than their money back, ie profit, but know its a gamble. Also passion projects are passion projects for a reason, any profit made is gravy because it wasn't done for the money in the first place.
 

Disney Irish

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Isn't it exciting?!? 😃

I'm hoping this movie is about the girls early in their career. Like after a long recording session in '63 or '64 on Grand Blvd. with Mr. Gordy the girls went to a place in Detroit called Earl's and dished it out and hashed it out.

Or maybe in Autumn '65, after their hugely successful appearance at Lincoln Center in New York after they'd truly made it and were known around the world, they went to a place uptown or in Harlem called Earl's and dished it out and hashed it out.

Whatever it is, if it's got Diana, Mary and Flo in it, I'm all in. Cindy was great in '67 when she had to take over for Flo, don't get me wrong, but it's those original 3 girls from '62 to '66 that were truly.... SUPREME.
Who has the heart to tell him?
 

TP2000

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Never mind. I Googled it. Cripes. :banghead:

It's not about The Supremes at all.

Probably without any good music, much less Motown, and certainly nothing you could dance to or make chocolate chip cookies to in the kitchen at 11pm on a second glass of Drambuie.

So... okay. It's Poor Things and All Of Us Strangers so far. Then more artsy stuff for niche audiences that won't break even. Yay?
 

Disney Irish

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Never mind. I Googled it. Cripes. :banghead:

It's not about The Supremes at all.

Probably without any good music, much less Motown, and certainly nothing you could dance to or make chocolate chip cookies to in the kitchen at 11pm on a second glass of Drambuie.

So... okay. It's Poor Things and All Of Us Strangers so far. Then more artsy stuff for niche audiences that won't break even. Yay?
Its about women, not men, and its based on a book.

If it follows the book, its set in the past, present, and future, and follows the lives of three women, who's friends have dubbed them The Supremes, who meet every Sunday at the first black owned Midwest all you can eat diner called Earl's to gossip and discuss their lives.

You can find a synopsis of the book here if you really want to know more.

 

BuddyThomas

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Never mind. I Googled it. Cripes. :banghead:

It's not about The Supremes at all.

Probably without any good music, much less Motown, and certainly nothing you could dance to or make chocolate chip cookies to in the kitchen at 11pm on a second glass of Drambuie.

So... okay. It's Poor Things and All Of Us Strangers so far. Then more artsy stuff for niche audiences that won't break even. Yay?
Now you’re passing judgement on a film that has not even been released and one that you know absolutely nothing about. Oh wait, you’ve been doing that for years. Never mind.
 

DKampy

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Gravy? Once a film makes its profit at the box office, the people who invested in it start getting their money back.

They want to make a profit so they can keep making movies and get their deserved funds back. There are passion projects, but it is not gravy.
And Poor Things is making a profit… and will continue to make a profit… but that is alright as someone who complains about any Disney film being over budget, but thinks it is great when Gladiator 2 budget balloons over 315 million… I see your biases
 

Andrew C

You know what's funny?
Gravy? Once a film makes its profit at the box office, the people who invested in it start getting their money back.

They want to make a profit so they can keep making movies and get their deserved funds back. There are passion projects, but it is not gravy.
Let Disney hang their hat on something....because overall it is slim pickings.
 

celluloid

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And Poor Things is making a profit… and will continue to make a profit… but that is alright as someone who complains about any Disney film being over budget, but thinks it is great when Gladiator 2 budget balloons over 315 million… I see your biases

All profits are not equal to a billion dollar plus movie studio.

Imagine investing a hundred dollars to someone and in two years you get that 100 dollars back plus a five dollar bill. Not really worth your time or something that brings to mind gravy on top of profits. Even arthouse pictures expect more than that in show business. Yes, Poor Things made a profit. I just think that everything is gravy is funny and makes it sound like there is some massive passive income going on.


No intentional bias.

Funny enough, you would then have to admit a lot more movies, including Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part 1 as a lot of gravy. Smash hit in comparison.

I never said a movie should cost 315 million like it is an average however it is understandable why Gladiator 2 will likely end up costing that much(a lot of it was due to the strike delays too, look it up) than Haunted Mansion or Wish Costing near 200 million pre writers and actors strikes. Other movie studios are getting hits with budgets lower and as large as many of Disney's. So it is currently an issue unique to Disney right now outside of Avatar.


Hilarious that Poor Things is still being talked about in general. Forget Bias accusations, the reality is people are holding onto Poor Things as a gravy train, and that shows how desperate the brand loyalists want a win. Its cool that it was not a loss. Some would also have to admit that tentpoles and oversaturation are not the way Disney is going to win now. Imagine that...
 
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DKampy

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All profits are not equal to a billion dollar plus movie studio.
I was not saying gravy in reference to the studio… it was in reference to the profits that Poor Things will make from here on out… I base each film on it’s own merits… I do admit the Studio had a bad 2023… I never said otherwise.., but you wanted to infer that Poor Things still had investors to pay which if it is in profit zone it has already paid investors
Funny enough, you would then have to admit a lot more movies, including Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part 1 as a lot of gravy. Smash hit in comparison.
Not really because going by standards set by posters in this thread Mission Impossible lost money for the studio which is a shame because I thought the film was fantastic
I never said a movie should cost 315 million like it is an average however it is understandable why Gladiator 2 will likely end up costing that much(a lot of it was due to the strike delays too, look it up)
So now excuses are ok… because when I mentioned The Little Mermaid and Indiana Jones budgets grew due to Covid… I was told I was making excuses
Hilarious that Poor Things is still being talked about in general. Forget Bias accusations, the reality is people are holding onto Poor Things as a gravy train, and that shows how desperate the brand loyalists want a win. It’s cool that it was not a loss. Some would also have to admit that tentpoles and oversaturation are not the way Disney is going to win now. Imagine that...
Yes I am a Disney fan, but hopefully we all are as this is a Disney fan forum…I am not holding onto. anything… As a film fan I don’t root for any studio to fail… I thought Haunted Mansion, Pinocchio, And Antman were all awful in 2023.., I actually see you more of a loyalist than I am based on post history, but for Universal

By the way… why wouldn’t we talk about Poor Things…it is a fantastic film that is doing quite well during award season
 
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Disney Irish

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All profits are not equal to a billion dollar plus movie studio.

Imagine investing a hundred dollars to someone and in two years you get that 100 dollars back plus a five dollar bill. Not really worth your time or something that brings to mind gravy on top of profits. Even arthouse pictures expect more than that in show business. Yes, Poor Things made a profit. I just think that everything is gravy is funny and makes it sound like there is some massive passive income going on.


No intentional bias.

Funny enough, you would then have to admit a lot more movies, including Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part 1 as a lot of gravy. Smash hit in comparison.

I never said a movie should cost 315 million like it is an average however it is understandable why Gladiator 2 will likely end up costing that much(a lot of it was due to the strike delays too, look it up) than Haunted Mansion or Wish Costing nera 200 million pre writers and actors strikes. Other movie studios are getting hits with budgets lower and as large as many of Disney's. So it is currently an issue unique to Disney right now outside of Avatar.


Hilarious that Poor Things is still being talked about in general. Forget Bias accusations, the reality is people are holding onto Poor Things as a gravy train, and that shows how desperate the brand loyalists want a win. Its cool that it was not a loss. Some would also have to admit that tentpoles and oversaturation are not the way Disney is going to win now. Imagine that...

Only about $10M is being attributed to the strikes for Gladiator 2 budget. The ballooning from $165M to $305M (when taking away strike related costs) are due to the production itself, including some accidents during stunts and other on-set issues causing reshoots.
 

celluloid

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So now excuses are ok… because when I mentioned The Little Mermaid and Indiana Jones budgets grew due to Covid… I was told I was making excuses



By the way… why wouldn’t we talk about Poor Things…it is a fantastic film that is doing quite well during award season
I never said you made excuses.

What excuses? It is reality. What Indiana Jones and Little Mermaid Covid related cost were equal to over half million per week of the plus 100 day strike? Haunted Mansion's budget was big too. And it was just not that well appreciated of a movie. Wish had to cost near 200 million and cost more due to covid? Not the same scale as Gladiator 2. It makes sense that Gladiator would cost more than those in the first place.

None of Disney's big budgets made much of a profit.

I am not asking anyone to stop speaking of Poor Things. It being the main conversation for what seems like ten pages now is an observation that there is a fixation on it waiting to make a dollar a the box office when the company lost over a billion last year and are scrambling for some projects for this year after saying they would slow down and not oversaturate. It is not that you wouldn't. It was an observation to keep discussing about its profit it reached when everything else from the company so woefully underperformed for the company. It does not fit the what now part of the thread.

So will Disney be willing to do more arthouse pictures now? Will that be a bit more of their focus?

Less tent poles should be their focus? So many have said that hundreds of pages ago in this thread. Long before Iger admitted to the mistake.

Oh boy? Loyalist to Universal? How so? I pointed out that they had one of the healthiest theatrical studio results for 2023. They definitely had some duds, as Hollywood with gamble always will.

On the note of Universal, it is more shocking that Migration did so much better than Wish. Migration, was not that great of a film by any stretch so it is wild that it was the animated film that doubled the domestic income of Disney's original princess movie.
 
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DKampy

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Oh boy? Loyalist to Universal? How so? I pointed out that they had one of the healthiest theatrical studio results for 2023. They definitely had some duds, as Hollywood with gamble always will.
I am not just basing the posts on just theatrical box office… I noticed in the universal theme park threads anytime someone even mentions the smallest of critiques on Universal parks you are there quickly to defend and compare how much better they are over Disney… I am not going to derail this thread to much…but there was something you said there that clicked in comparison to Disney

Yep…I never argued about The Haunted Mansion…but you still want to point out that movie… as it is the easiest one to compare….I agree…it was truly awful… I think it would of been fine as a streaming movie, but in theaters….the one saving grace it was not the 2003 film

By the way I have read articles about Sony, Warner Brothers, and Paramont all having issues about possible bankruptcy… it seems WB pulled out of it, but Paramount may be in trouble and bought out… I am hoping not… as someone who goes to the theater every week… I think a healthy dose of completion is good… You know what Studio I have not read about any bankruptcy issues… Disney
 

BuddyThomas

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I was not saying gravy in reference to the studio… it was in reference to the profits that Poor Things will make from here on out… I base each film on it’s own merits… I do admit the Studio had a bad 2023… I never said otherwise.., but you wanted to infer that Poor Things still had investors to pay which if it is in profit zone it has already paid investors

Not really because going by standards set by posters in this thread Mission Impossible lost money for the studio which is a shame because I thought the film was fantastic

So now excuses are ok… because when I mentioned The Little Mermaid and Indiana Jones budgets grew due to Covid… I was told I was making excuses

Yes I am a Disney fan, but hopefully we all are as this is a Disney fan forum…I am not holding onto. anything… As a film fan I don’t root for any studio to fail… I thought Haunted Mansion, Pinocchio, And Antman were all awful in 2023.., I actually see you more of a loyalist than I am based on post history, but for Universal

By the way… why wouldn’t we talk about Poor Things…it is a fantastic film that is doing quite well during award season
That person is being ridiculous. As you say, why wouldn’t we be talking about Poor Things. To date, it has been nominated for 244 major awards and has won 84 of them. It is nominated for 11 Academy Awards and is expected to win a few of those. It is a spectacular movie, and it’s hysterical that all the ones hating on it have not even seen it.
 

TP2000

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Now you’re passing judgement on a film that has not even been released and one that you know absolutely nothing about. Oh wait, you’ve been doing that for years. Never mind.

If they call themselves the Supremes, maybe it will have music by The Supremes? That would be a plus for moviegoers.

But as I have every single LP and CD that Motown Records ever released for The Supremes, I wouldn't need to see the film or buy the soundtrack for this movie. I'll let it pass. But for about 8 minutes last night, I was so excited to see this movie! 🥳
 

Disney Irish

Premium Member
If they call themselves the Supremes, maybe it will have music by The Supremes? That would be a plus for moviegoers.

But as I have every single LP and CD that Motown Records ever released for The Supremes, I wouldn't need to see the film or buy the soundtrack for this movie. I'll let it pass. But for about 8 minutes last night, I was so excited to see this movie! 🥳
If it follows the book, part of it will be set in the 60s so I'm sure there will be music to go along with it. Provided they can get the music rights of course.
 

TP2000

Well-Known Member
Hilarious that Poor Things is still being talked about in general. Forget Bias accusations, the reality is people are holding onto Poor Things as a gravy train, and that shows how desperate the brand loyalists want a win.

If this arthouse movie Poor Things was so popular for folks here, how come it never had its own thread to discuss its plot and characters and artistry?

No one seemed to care enough to make a thread about it with all the other movie threads in this movie forum. 🤔
 

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