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The site Box Office Mojo is probably your best resource. It gives domestic and foreign grosses. For instance, Saving Private Ryan grossed more abroad ($265,300,000) than here in the States ($216,540,909). The same is true with White House Down which grossed $73,103,784 in the US and $132,262,953 in foreign territories. A sixty million dollar difference is ...


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Former projectionist here, let me weigh in on what's happened in the last 7 to 8 years. A bit of background: I started working projectors for my local theater in February 2007, and my last night was in March 2011. I no longer work this position because they transitioned to being completely digital, and I was among the first cut as I was only in one or two ...


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Whilst there are some cinemas that still retain use of 35mm projectors, it's fair to say that these are only used for special events. Modern cinema, by which I mean the industry that distributes and exhibits mainstream content (so any new releases), are exclusively distributed in digital format. In early 2002, Hollywood sought to standardize this technology ...


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Yes - this happens all the time, and there are hundreds of larger-budget films that go directly to DVD either because test screenings fell flat or the distributors got cold feet. Big names including Pacino, Statham and Butler are not immune to this, and to prevent this question and answer turning into a long list, here is a link to Hollywood.com which ...


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Short answer: yes, provided you don't offend anyone. Longer answer: yes and/or no, depending on how you look at it. Firstly, I'm a little surprised that no one has mentioned the language barrier with respect to international market size. The US is about 60% of the English-speaking world (by native speaker count), so it's a little surprising that ...


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There are no "end to end" companies. United Artists cinema chain is actually part of the Regal Entertainment group, while United Artists the motion picture company is part of the MGM holdings group. As far as I am aware (and have seen in a quick look) no company also owns a theater chain. Theaters "can" show any movie that they can get a contract for. ...


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You're not the first person on the web to ask this, and with good reason! Plenty of movie reviews have drawn attention to the fact that the release date coincides with D-Day, and whilst it's probable this was factored in by its marketing department, it's unlikely or downright problematic for the film's promotional material to draw attention to this as ...


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I've no definitive answer, but here's an interesting article with a suggested reason: Japan, however, will be the last major market to view the latest Hollywood iteration of the iconic franchise that Toho [a Japanese film, production and distribution company] launched in 1954 with the first of 28 made-in-Japan Godzilla pics: The studio plans to ...


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The gimmick in Gremlins 2: The New Batch with the projector is actually inspired by the film The Tingler which first introduced it. Apparently The Tinger was screened in theaters and in drive-ins. When the film went black a voice warned: Ladies and gentlemen, please do not panic. But scream! Scream for your lives! The Tingler is loose in this theater! ...


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The people who pick which films to release on Criterion already seem like fans of the director, Wes Anderson, having released all of his previous features (except his newest, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Grand Budapest Hotel which has not been released theatrically yet). Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The ...


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While I work for a US theater, I honestly want to say this is simply your local theater and/or theater chain doing this, and not necessarily the studios themselves, however I have no real basis for this other than my own observations. Here in the US, both the studio and theater work out agreements as to how many prints/copies the theater will buy, and how ...


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There is no standard practice for TV pilots (failed or otherwise), as their possessors will have different intentions. Some, but not all, successful pilots are deployed as the maiden episode of a TV series, with the rest of the show built off the back of it; others require recasting, and the pilot itself is buried or re-shot for consistency. Failed pilots, ...


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First, let's clear up a misconception. Films don't normally "come out on the same day". It is more common for this to happen nowadays, but many films still have several weeks or months between American release and European/worldwide release. (10 years ago, in the UK we had to wait 6 months in most cases.) There are several reasons why films are released at ...


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In this context, collections and receipts have the same meaning and are interchangeable. As for who receives the monies, that is based on a sliding scale. The percentage that goes to theater owner and distributor changes depending on how long a movie stays at a theater. The longer a theater shows a film, the greater the percentage of the ticket price goes ...


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The US makes huge numbers of movies and, in the UK at least, the majority of the movies we see are American. As such, we're completely used to the people in the movies being Americans. The cops in the movies are Americans, the criminals in the movies are Americans, the office workers in the movies are Americans, the spacemen in the movies are Americans, the ...


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For the movies you quoted, here is the box office in France, and the "users ratings" according to allociné.fr. White House Down : 539 512 tickets sold, 3.4/5 Saving Private Ryan : 4 112 849 ticket sold, 4.3/5 (Great Success) Patton : No box office data, 3.6/5 Olympus has fallen : 334 159 ticket sold, 3.5/5 Jarhead : 240 568 ...


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As others have mentioned, celluloid film (35mm, 70mm etc) is now largely obsolete. As part of the Digital Cinema Initiative, modern movies are now distributed as Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs). A DCP consists of a bundle of "media exchange format" files (.mxf) for the video and audio as well as .xml files that contain "metadata" about the files in the ...


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I spoke with my local theatre manager and it is indeed a requirement from the studios/distributors that certain movies must be shown in 3D only, for the first week, to capitalize on the extra revenue. It was also mentioned that this summer has had more 3D movies than past summer so it's been a noticeable trend and has been met with many complaints.


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No, film projection is a thing of past now. Not only in US, but in most of the countries around the world, the projection system has gone digital with the age. Nowadays, most of the theatre chains use digital projectors and movies are distributed to them in magnetic hard drives. Primary reason behind this is transition cost. While making and distributing ...


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Although we already have a rather objective box-office oriented answer, I'll try a rather general approach, with the help of some personal experience. First of all, even if this might not speak for general appreciation, I have seen and ejoyed many, if not all, of the examples you provided. While I am neither an American, nor an American patriot, nor a ...


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It is hard to tell that from the movies you mention. Because they are all big productions with very well-known artists or directors. If we think about Saving Private Ryan; Director is Steven Spielberg Cast contains actors like Tom Hanks, Matt Damon etc... Even with those people in the crew, the movie had got great attention in my country (Turkey). It ...


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I don't have an international exposure about that but speaking for me (living in Asia) I have many friends who are crazy about military movies. These movies are not advertised as much by cinemas as mainstream franchises but they make good presence. A good point just came to mind: Countries with large armies like India, military movies do pretty well ...


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The Internet Movie Database lists the budget on the main page of a movie under the heading Box Office. I haven't yet found a resource for television budgets. It seems accountability is less. The reasons I've found so far are Many actors want their salaries secret. Since tickets are not sold, "weekend profits" is less a marketing tool. Advertisers do ...


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A: It costs too much. A simplistic analogy is a new college graduate saying, “You know, I’m just going to buy 10 houses at the same time and sell them all on the same day and make millions” – vs. buying, selling, buying selling, to build equity, to learn the product/markets along the way, and to spread the insane distribution negotiation process out. So – ...



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