History Main / BoxOfficeBomb

24th Feb '17 7:47:59 AM NightShade96
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Because of so many flops, the pages have been separated into three sections:

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Because of so many flops, the pages have been separated into three four sections:
23rd Feb '17 7:40:31 PM hello86
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* [[BoxOfficeBomb/NumbersThroughH #–H]]
23rd Feb '17 7:36:54 PM hello86
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23rd Feb '17 7:31:01 PM hello86
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* [[BoxOfficeBomb/NumbersThroughD #–D]]
* [[BoxOfficeBomb/EThroughH E–H]]
30th Jan '17 12:11:11 PM Spinosegnosaurus77
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For older films, please remember to take inflation into account when looking at films made decades in the past. ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'''s $44 million budget in the early '60s, while nothing impressive today, would be equivalent to $325.6 million in 2012 dollars. Furthermore, an independent film or studio is less able to absorb huge losses than a major studio, so the threshold for a bomb is lower for them. The lower figures (both budget and box-office) for older films and indie films can be deceptive.

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For older films, please Please remember to take inflation into account when looking at films made decades in the past. ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'''s $44 million budget in the early '60s, 1963, while nothing impressive today, would be equivalent to $325.6 $345.1 million in 2012 2016 dollars. Furthermore, an independent film or studio is less able to absorb huge losses than a major studio, so the threshold for a bomb is lower for them. The lower figures (both budget and box-office) for older films and indie films can be deceptive.
30th Jan '17 12:05:11 PM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* '''Bad word of mouth:''' The movie just happened to be so bad that people avoided it. Those who enjoy [[SoBadItsGood cheesy fun]] usually buy it on [[UsefulNotes/{{VCR}} VHS]][=/=]{{DVD}}, or simply pirate it later. The importance of this factor has only been increased by [[NewMediaAreEvil the Internet]], which has drastically increased the speed at which word of mouth (good or bad) spreads, and led to the present day emphasis on opening weekends as an indicator of performance.

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* '''Bad word of mouth:''' The movie just happened to be so bad that people avoided it.it (see "it blows" below). Those who enjoy [[SoBadItsGood cheesy fun]] usually buy it on [[UsefulNotes/{{VCR}} VHS]][=/=]{{DVD}}, or simply pirate it later. The importance of this factor has only been increased by [[NewMediaAreEvil the Internet]], which has drastically increased the speed at which word of mouth (good or bad) spreads, and led to the present day emphasis on opening weekends as an indicator of performance.



* '''It blows:''' Face it. For all the other reasons, sometimes a movie fails because it's a terrible movie; the story, the editing, the acting, it all sucks. Somebody put a lot of money into it, and man, was that a bad idea! Cause it seems that [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs absolutely everybody involved was doing cocaine or LSD at the time]]. The movie failed, sucks to be you, better luck next time...[[CreatorKiller if there is a next time]].

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* '''It blows:''' Face it. For all the other reasons, sometimes a movie fails because it's a terrible movie; the story, the editing, the acting, it all sucks.sucks (see "bad word of mouth" above). Somebody put a lot of money into it, and man, was that a bad idea! Cause it seems that [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs absolutely everybody involved was doing cocaine or LSD at the time]]. The movie failed, sucks to be you, better luck next time...[[CreatorKiller if there is a next time]].
16th Jan '17 10:17:44 AM mlsmithca
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According to the TheOtherWiki, the biggest confirmed flop of all time is ''Film/CutthroatIsland'', which (along with ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'') instantly crushed Creator/CarolcoPictures as a result, though ''Film/JohnCarter'', ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' and ''Film/The13thWarrior'' may have lost more as their losses are given as a range. All of the latter 3 were from Creator/{{Disney}}, a multibillion-dollar company that '''easily''' weathered those losses unlike Carolco.

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According to the TheOtherWiki, the biggest confirmed flop of all time is ''Film/CutthroatIsland'', which (along with ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'') instantly crushed Creator/CarolcoPictures as a result, though ''Film/JohnCarter'', ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' and ''Film/The13thWarrior'' may have lost more as their losses are given as a range. All of the latter 3 three were from Creator/{{Disney}}, a multibillion-dollar company that '''easily''' weathered those losses unlike Carolco.
10th Jan '17 8:32:36 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* '''It blows:''' Face it, for all the other reasons, sometimes a movie fails because it's a terrible movie; the story, the editing, the acting, all sucks. Somebody put a lot of money into it and man was that a bad idea because it seems that [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs absolutely everybody involved was doing cocaine or LSD at the time]]. The movie failed, sucks to be you, better luck next time--[[CreatorKiller if there is a next time]].

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* '''It blows:''' Face it, for it. For all the other reasons, sometimes a movie fails because it's a terrible movie; the story, the editing, the acting, it all sucks. Somebody put a lot of money into it it, and man man, was that a bad idea because idea! Cause it seems that [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs absolutely everybody involved was doing cocaine or LSD at the time]]. The movie failed, sucks to be you, better luck next time--[[CreatorKiller time...[[CreatorKiller if there is a next time]].
9th Jan '17 8:47:58 PM Kargaroc586
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* '''Misreading the market:''' Probably the biggest real reason is that it's just plain '''hard''' to know what people will like. Worse, it changes all the time. What was innovative two years ago when you tried to FollowTheLeader and greenlit the movie is now a [[ClicheStorm tired old cliché]] nobody will see. Maybe you underestimated the audience… or [[ViewersAreGeniuses overestimated]] them. The point is: sometimes even your best efforts fail.

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* '''Misreading the market:''' Probably the biggest real reason is that it's just plain '''hard''' to know what people will like. Worse, it changes all the time. What was innovative two years ago when you tried to FollowTheLeader and greenlit the movie is now a [[ClicheStorm tired old cliché]] nobody will see. Maybe you [[ViewersAreMorons underestimated the audience… audience…]] or [[ViewersAreGeniuses overestimated]] them. The point is: sometimes even your best efforts fail.
5th Jan '17 2:19:26 PM KingClark
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* '''Misreading the Market:''' Probably the biggest real reason is that it's just plain '''hard''' to know what people will like. Worse, it changes all the time. What was innovative two years ago when you tried to FollowTheLeader and greenlit the movie is now a [[ClicheStorm tired old cliché]] nobody will see. Maybe you underestimated the audience… or [[ViewersAreGeniuses overestimated]] them. The point is: sometimes even your best efforts fail.

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* '''Misreading the Market:''' market:''' Probably the biggest real reason is that it's just plain '''hard''' to know what people will like. Worse, it changes all the time. What was innovative two years ago when you tried to FollowTheLeader and greenlit the movie is now a [[ClicheStorm tired old cliché]] nobody will see. Maybe you underestimated the audience… or [[ViewersAreGeniuses overestimated]] them. The point is: sometimes even your best efforts fail.



* '''It sucks:''' Face it, for all the other reasons, sometimes a movie fails because it's a terrible movie; the story, the editing, the acting, all sucks. Somebody put a lot of money into it and man was that a bad idea because it seems that [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs absolutely everybody involved was doing cocaine or LSD at the time]]. The movie failed, sucks to be you, better luck next time - [[CreatorKiller if there is a next time]].
* '''Other Circumstances:''' Sometimes movies flop due to something that's not directly related to the movie itself or the movie industry as a whole. For example, the first film to lose over a million dollars, ''Film/{{Intolerance}}'', came out at a time when its antiwar sentiments (which were widely held just months earlier) were going against the popular pro-war wave of late 1916. {{Funny Aneurysm Moment}}s and TooSoon tend to hit {{disaster movie}}s' sales very hard when bad timing happens; the September 11th attacks and the Indian Ocean tsunami, for example, killed a lot of those even though they were obviously filmed prior to the catastrophe. Maybe your headlining actor make a derogatory comment that leads to a boycott of the film. The same effect involves comedies lampooning airports, airlines, and the security process, which all brought down the film adaptation of ''Literature/BigTrouble'', which was bumped to the DumpMonths from its original position ten days after the 11th. Another example of unfortunate timing is if a movie's [[GenreKiller genre is killed]] prior to release.

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* '''It sucks:''' blows:''' Face it, for all the other reasons, sometimes a movie fails because it's a terrible movie; the story, the editing, the acting, all sucks. Somebody put a lot of money into it and man was that a bad idea because it seems that [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs absolutely everybody involved was doing cocaine or LSD at the time]]. The movie failed, sucks to be you, better luck next time - [[CreatorKiller time--[[CreatorKiller if there is a next time]].
* '''Other Circumstances:''' circumstances:''' Sometimes movies flop due to something that's not directly related to the movie itself or the movie industry as a whole. For example, the first film to lose over a million dollars, ''Film/{{Intolerance}}'', came out at a time when its antiwar sentiments (which were widely held just months earlier) were going against the popular pro-war wave of late 1916. {{Funny Aneurysm Moment}}s and TooSoon tend to hit {{disaster movie}}s' sales very hard when bad timing happens; the September 11th attacks and the Indian Ocean tsunami, for example, killed a lot of those even though they were obviously filmed prior to the catastrophe. Maybe your headlining actor make a derogatory comment that leads to a boycott of the film. The same effect involves comedies lampooning airports, airlines, and the security process, which all brought down the film adaptation of ''Literature/BigTrouble'', which was bumped to the DumpMonths from its original position ten days after the 11th. Another example of unfortunate timing is if a movie's [[GenreKiller genre is killed]] prior to release.
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