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Monday, December 13, 2010

Teeth on the Floor: Summer 2011

I love going to the movies. I read up on all the latest news, as often as I can. I came upon an article from the LA Times, where director Jon Favreau had said,
It’s Omaha Beach, it’s going to be a blood bath. There’s never been a summer like this next summer. It’s going to be bloody. As we were sticking thumb tacks in a calendar we realized that this is going to be looked back upon as Omaha Beach. [The list is] pretty staggering. There’s not a weekend where there won’t be teeth on the floor.
It seemed a little dramatic. And then, I took the time to actually compile the list.

4/15 -
Scream 4
4/29 - Fast Five

5/6 -
5/13 - Priest (based on comic)
5/20 - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
5/27 - The Hangover 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Tree of Life (dir. Terence Malick)

6/3 -
X-Men: First Class, Beginners (Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer)
6/10 - Super 8
6/17 - Green Lantern
6/24 - Cars 2, Rise of the Apes

7/1 -
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks)
7/8 - Zookeeper (Kevin James)
7/15 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II; Winnie The Pooh
7/22 - Captain America: The First Avenger
7/29 - Cowboys & Aliens, Horrible Bosses (dir. Seth Gordon, King of Kong)

8/5 -
The Smurfs
8/12 - 30 Minutes or Less (dir. Ruben Fleischer, Zombieland), Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Jim Carrey)
8/19 - Conan the Barbarian, Fright Night, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
8/26 - Final Destination 5


I love going to the movies. But I also love eating meals, and paying rent. Average ticket is $10 bucks nowadays, and that's $50 a month if you're a heavy moviegoer. Factor is 3-D surcharges, family outings and concessions, and you might want to take the gang out to the opera instead.

As for studios, any monies they can hope to recoup from each film is going to be limited to that opening weekend. The trickling effect throughout the weeks will be diminished. It's not as if some small indie movies are opening on their heels, but honest-to-goodness blockbusters.

"X-Men: First Class" opens June 3rd. The fans come out and cheer. Next weekend, the new J.J. Abrams film, with many of his fans being the same as X-Men fans. The next weekend? Green Lantern. So even if these films open big, say $50 to $80 million, the drops will be high-60% if they're lucky. Most of this slate's films will see more than half their gross come from just one weekend. That's insane.

That's par for the course for a Fast and Furious, or a genre film with short legs, but not an entire slate. Any given summer, you may have three, four or five megablockbusters, not ten.

2002 had a Spider-Man film, a Star Wars film and a Men In Black film in the summer.
2010 had Iron Man 2, Toy Story 3, a Twilight movie and Inception.
Now, triple that.

Summer 2011's going to be a tough one.


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