Box Office Curios

Here’s some bang up to date box office figures for the curious; all figures are worldwide gross. Doesn’t really mean anything, as I’m loathe to equate a film’s quality with its box office returns,  but there’s a few interesting tidbits-

Prometheus has grossed $300,258,261 on a budget of $130 million. So it likely broke even and slipped into minor profit, depending on what the marketing costs were, and no doubt cable/DVD/Blu-ray will add to the coffers in the Autumn. Enough to greenlight a sequel? Hard to say, but in truth the film did rather well for an ‘R’-rated picture; had it been a PG-13 or something it likely would have earned much more (and to be honest I can’t recall much intense horror in the film anyway other than the last third of the script).  The studio may well be wondering what might have been, had they released a pg-13 version at cinemas and let Ridley produce the ‘R version for home video.  I guess if Ridley could agree to a lower-cert sequel it’d be a safer bet. I just hope its done enough to warrant investing in a Directors Cut for 2013 that may fix issues with the film. And yes, I’d like to see a sequel, see where Ridley goes with it. Another scriptwriter though, please…

John Carter has grossed $282,778,100… a tidy sum that’s surprisingly not far shy of Prometheus’ gross. And yet John Carter is perceived as a monster failure? Well, the film’s budget of $250 million has much to do with that, as it would have likely needed to take in something above $500 million to clear its costs. But it clearly found an audience, just a pity the film-makers couldn’t have reined in the films budget- I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Hollywood needs to come back down to Earth as regards the budgets of its big movies. Surely a John Carter movie costing $130 million like Prometheus wouldn’t have looked all that different from how it turned out?  A little less cgi wouldn’t have been such a bad thing. Shame really, as I really liked the film anyway and would have loved to have seen it launch a franchise. John Carter was the nearest thing to a Star Wars movie for many years (it was everything the prequels weren’t) and I’d have loved to have seen those characters in further adventures.  Well, there’s obviously no way a sequel will appear, and indeed its one film I can confidently predict will never get the remake treatment (at least until James Cameron makes another Avatar movie). Still, Disney’s post-John Carter bank balance woes was no doubt somewhat saved by….

The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble for us here in old Blighty), which all on its own rescued Disney’s bacon, grossing a mind-boggling $1,459,756,789. That’s a lot of digits to type in and just crazy money when you really think about it, I mean it was a good movie, but that good? Well, it clicked with everyone, it seems, and no doubt partly had both the 3D ticket prices and ample return viewings to thank for its success (I really can’t see many people returning to see Prometheus, for instance, but a film like The Avengers clearly had fans revisiting its pleasures). On a budget of $220 million I guess Disney execs were rather worried following John Carter’s numbers, and clearly indicates the kind of success that John Carter was aspiring to.

The Amazing Spider-man (the one film here I haven’t seen yet) has so far grossed $616, 161,774 with plenty of wind in its sails just yet. On a budget around $230 million its slipped well into profit and no doubt further adventures are on the way.

Is it just me though that thinks these budgets are getting somewhat crazy? It makes Ridley’s comparatively pedestrian-looking budget for Prometheus something to consider, as it was an impressive-looking movie. Is it all the cg fx spectacle that makes the films so expensive? I guess all the other films were very cg-intensive.

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