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How commercially successful, in general are Mockbuster movies?

In a previous answer, they state that Mockbuster movies are made cheaply to turn a quick profit. Quoting from that answer and Wikipedia:Mockbuster :

Mockbusters are often made with a low budget and quick production to maximize profit.

There must be a good commercial motive to make and market these movies; however, it is difficult to find any clear business analysis of this "genre".

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A question in the comments by Luciano:

It seems some mockbusters are more successful than others, so how to get a "General" overview of the genre? How do you determine a commercial success in this case? Based on its own costs or compared to the original being copied?

I naively would say something like "profit is revenue minus expenses" but after looking at the Hollywood Accounting wikipedia page, it seems like that won't work at all. Perhaps "gross revenue minus productions costs" will work? I am open to suggestions though, about how to count this.

  • My first instinct is to mark this as off topic due to it being trivia... Is there anything else to this question that might make it less trivial? – onewho Nov 19 '18 at 19:08
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    I think this is about as trivial as "Who's the oldest person to play a teenager in a popular movie?" That was a popular question! – BrettFromLA Nov 20 '18 at 2:43
  • Ok, I have completely reformulated the question. Is this any better? If not, what else can I add? I already have 4 votes, so there is some merit in the topic I think. – axsvl77 Nov 20 '18 at 3:42
  • I think this will depend on the quality of the movie itself. It seems some mockbusters are more successful than others, so how to get a "General" overview of the genre? How do you determine a commercial success in this case? Based on its own costs or compared to the original being copied? – Luciano Nov 26 '18 at 10:16
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    Since when does the difficulty of acquiring data make questions invalid? I'm afraid not everything is answerable by a single Wikipedia quote. Also, the reason it was closed for doesn't remotely apply to the question in its revised form anymore and it got fit into a shape that seems just about tight enough to deserve a chance. – Napoleon Wilson Nov 26 '18 at 15:00
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It may be impossible to answer this question for the mockbuster industry as a whole from outside the industry, without a reliable way to count profits made outside a box office. However, one mockbuster-heavy studio, The Asylum, has released some numbers. According to GQ, their films normally cost ~500,000 dollars to make and turn 125,000 to 250,000 in profit. In the most literal sense, turning any profit is commercial success. However, their return on investment isn't great compared to A-list studio pictures that can bring in more than double their budgets.

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