Questions tagged [box-office]

The box office is a term used to describe the commercial success of a film.

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What is the theoretical upper limit on first-weekend domestic box office numbers? [closed]

With big movies like Endgame shattering box office records and selling out theaters, I was wondering if anyone has done or could do the math on what the most a movie could make in its opening weekend. ...
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Why wasn't Bohemian Rhapsody given a China release?

I've heard in the media how Bohemian Rhapsody has exceeded $750M in box office takings WITHOUT a China release. As China is such a big market, why would it not be shown there?
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How do movie studios evaluate the success of a film?

First a bit of a explanation-- if you are a Star Wars fan, then you've likely heard the news over the past month of "just how bad Solo has done" at the box office. Certainly, it's not done as well as ...
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Profit of movies streamed on Netflix

Basically the movies that are streamed on Netflix aren't released in theaters, right? So my question is - How do production companies make profit after streaming their movies on Netflix? Of course, ...
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Just how many tickets did John Wayne and Clark Gable sell?

I was reading the Wikipedia article on John Wayne and noticed the following quote: Between 1926 and 1976, Wayne appeared in over 170 motion pictures, and became one of America's biggest box office ...
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Why was the film Annihilation pulled out of theaters?

Director Alex Garland’s second film, Annihilation—following Ex Machina—was released in North American theaters in February 2018 and it flopped. In addition, Paramount sold the film’s international ...
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Is the box office for 'Approaching the Unknown' really just 10K?

Wikipedia says that the box office for the movie Approaching the Unknown is just $10232. That seems ridiculously low for a movie with a budget of 1.3 million. Is this figure correct?
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What parameters are considered for deciding a movie's “close date”

On this page on boxofficemojo, There is a mention of a close date. I understand that this date is the cutoff date for counting box office sales but what parameters are considered for deciding this ...
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How often does China influence Hollywood market by allowing or rejecting a film? [closed]

Can china convince Hollywood to change blockbuster movie scripts by allowing or not allowing movies into the Chinese market? If they can, how regularly/consciously do they use this power?
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Who is the highest-grossing debut director?

I know it's quite difficult to find the answer to this question, I searched all over the internet none matches my question. Who is the highest-grossing debut director?
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Movie accounting voodoo, what is the logic?

I keep reading about box office "bombs" like Noah with numbers like $101.2M domestic box office and $125M production costs. To most businesses that is not a "bomb", that is nearly breaking even. To a ...
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What is the most commercially successful movie adaption of a video game?

I was listening to a talk show predicting flops this summer and it was argued that upcoming video game adaptations would be flops. So I was wondering which video game adaptations had been ...
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Who is the highest-grossing female director?

Wikipedia's list of highest-grossing directors shows that the top 10 highest grossing directors are all male. Who is the highest grossing female director? And how does she rank with other male ...
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Is King Lines really/still the best selling climbing movie of all time?

In the marketing for the movie King Lines they say: (2007) The best-selling climbing film of all time. Follow Chris Sharma on his ultimate global quest to redefine the possible in the vertical ...
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What percentage of movies make a net loss during their theatrical run?

I am writing a research article involving movies, and I want to prove my point that the movie industry is a very risky business. For this, I would like to quote a reliable source indicating the ...
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How do TV shows earn money and how to find the stats about it?

Whenever a big budget movie comes out we see some statistics like first week earning breaks this and that record. So money/earning also became a source of addressing success or failure for that movie. ...
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Do Rotten Tomatoes scores often predict a movie's box office success (or lack thereof)?

I go watch movies in theater every 2 weeks, and when choosing what to see, I decide often based on Rotten Tomato critic score. This score is now shown by Siri after each time I ask which movies are ...
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How much do 3D ticket prices affect gross revenue?

With all the hoopla about Jurassic World's huge box office intake, I'm left wondering how much of this came from the fact that 3D movie tickets cost so much more. How much do 3D tickets actually ...
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Comparative Profitability of Genres in Movie History

I'd like to see a list of genres based in order of profitability throughout movie history. I suspect the horror genre is the most profitable genre going back all the way to the early days of movies, ...
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Getting a movie's gross revenue trend

I am new to this site, so not sure if this kind of question will be considered as on topic or not. But here goes Is there a way to get a movie's revenue trend since it is released (either worldwide ...
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How has “Unbroken” fared in Asian markets?

'Unbroken' unable to draw local audience yet and South Korea Box Office: 'Unbroken' Debuts in Fourth Place seem to indicate that "Unbroken" hasn't fared particularly well in Asian markets. Angelina ...
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When discussing box office revenue why do we typically only refer to the domestic total and not the worldwide total?

When box office totals are discussed or written about, the domestic box office total is often what is referenced, as opposed to the worldwide total. Why is that? For example, in the image below you ...
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Is it possible to predict the financial success of movies?

In response to Sony pulling The Interview (albeit temporarily), various writers wrote about how much money it was projected to make, had it been released according to schedule. Assuming that the ...
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Highest earning films by cost to earning ratio

I'm interested to know if there is a list of movies ranked by cost-to-earning ratio, defined as something like (box-office sales) / (film budget). Some data which can be used to construct such a ...
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Why are box office numbers made public?

Why are all 'box office sales' made public? Is it a customary thing? A marketing ploy? Do they have a similar thing for TV (beyond ratings)? I only see profits for video games listed for publicly ...
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Why was Birdman on limited release?

Michael Keaton's Birdman had great reviews and opened in 4 theaters to a record per screen. The following week 50 screens, then 250 (according to mojo) It cost $22m and as of early Nov has earned $...
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Do “American” military movies generally profit outside of the US?

As an American, I enjoy watching movies based on the US and its military, and I want to know if these movies are popular outside of the US. I'm talking about movies of various genres that are based ...
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Adjusted Worldwide Box Office

Whenever I read a list of the top box office of all time adjusted for inflation, it's always just domestic. I understand you've got different currencies and what not. But, it isn't impossible to ...