History ScrewedByTheNetwork / Film

30th May '16 2:34:13 AM MrCandle
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* In Japan, ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' was released on the same day as ''Hero 2'' and had competition in the form of the critically-acclaimed ''The Boy and The Beast''. Due to this, it became Pixar's second lowest-grossing film in Japan, only beaten by ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', which was beaten by a [[Anime/PokemonKyuremVsTheSwordOfJustice Pokémon film]]. The ironic part? ''Inside Out'' made more money than [[Anime/PokemonHoopaAndTheClashOfAges the Pokémon film that came out that same weekend]], although that could be in part due to it's declining popularity in the country thanks to ''Anime/YoKaiWatch''. It later became popular and knocked the Pokémon film out of the top ten on it's third weekend, and has already made more money than ''[[Film/{{Annie2014}} Annie]]'' did in its' entire run.

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* In Japan, ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' was released on the same day as ''Hero 2'' and had competition in the form of the critically-acclaimed ''The Boy and The Beast''. Due to this, it became Pixar's second lowest-grossing film in Japan, only beaten by ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', which was beaten by a [[Anime/PokemonKyuremVsTheSwordOfJustice Pokémon film]]. The ironic part? ''Inside Out'' made more money than [[Anime/PokemonHoopaAndTheClashOfAges the Pokémon film that came out that same weekend]], although that could be in part due to it's its declining popularity in the country thanks to ''Anime/YoKaiWatch''. It later became popular and knocked the Pokémon film out of the top ten on it's its third weekend, and has already made more money than ''[[Film/{{Annie2014}} Annie]]'' did in its' its entire run.
30th May '16 2:21:38 AM MrCandle
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* Weinstein also screwed over "Underdogs" by moving its' release date August 27, 2014 to January 16, 2015. Then, it was moved from January 16, 2015 to April 10th , 2015 so that they could release Paddington. After that. they moved the release date from April 10th, 2015 to August 14, 2015 to avoid competition with Furious 7. The week before the scheduled release date, it was pulled with no explanation whatsover, which was a bad move on their part since the only kids' movies in wide release at the time were WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep and WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}.

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* Weinstein also screwed over "Underdogs" by moving its' its release date August 27, 2014 to January 16, 2015. Then, it was moved from January 16, 2015 to April 10th , 2015 so that they could release Paddington. After that. they moved the release date from April 10th, 2015 to August 14, 2015 to avoid competition with Furious 7. The week before the scheduled release date, it was pulled with no explanation whatsover, whatsoever, which was a bad move on their part since the only kids' movies in wide release at the time were WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep and WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}.
22nd May '16 11:24:24 AM Mario1995
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* Both Creator/DonBluth and Gary Goldman blamed Warner Bros. for deliberately sabotaging the release of ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark'', alleging that the studio had [[SelfFulfillingProphecy no confidence in the film]], gave it an extremely limited theatrical run and proceeded not to promote the movie at all in favor of ''Film/LoveAffair'', a remake of the 1939 romantic drama film. The end result? A domestic gross of $71,368 out of a $23 million budget, making it ''the'' biggest box office failure in the medium of animated film until ''WesternAnimation/{{Delgo}}''. Adding insult to injury, ''Love Affair'' itself bombed very badly, adding to Warner Bros.' turbulent year of high-profile bombs that included ''Film/OnDeadlyGround'', ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'' and ''Film/PoliceAcademyMissionToMoscow''.

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* Both Creator/DonBluth and Gary Goldman blamed Warner Bros. for deliberately sabotaging the release of ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark'', alleging that the studio had [[SelfFulfillingProphecy no confidence in the film]], gave it an extremely limited theatrical run and proceeded not to promote the movie at all in favor of ''Film/LoveAffair'', a remake of ''Film/TheSpecialist'', which came out the 1939 romantic drama film.''same day'' as ''A Troll in Central Park''. The end result? A domestic gross of $71,368 out of a $23 million budget, making it ''the'' biggest box office failure in the medium of animated film until ''WesternAnimation/{{Delgo}}''. Adding insult to injury, ''Love Affair'' itself bombed very badly, adding to Warner Bros.' turbulent year of high-profile bombs that included ''Film/OnDeadlyGround'', ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'' and ''Film/PoliceAcademyMissionToMoscow''.
22nd May '16 11:23:09 AM Mario1995
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* Both Creator/DonBluth and Gary Goldman blamed Warner Bros. for deliberately sabotaging the release of ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark'', alleging that the studio had [[SelfFulfillingProphecy no confidence in the film]], gave it an extremely limited theatrical run and proceeded not to promote the movie at all in favor of ''Love Affair''. The end result? A domestic gross of $71,368 out of a $23 million budget, making it ''the'' biggest box office failure in the medium of animated film until ''WesternAnimation/{{Delgo}}''. Adding insult to injury, ''Love Affair'' itself bombed very badly, continuing Warner Bros.' turbulent year at the box office.

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* Both Creator/DonBluth and Gary Goldman blamed Warner Bros. for deliberately sabotaging the release of ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark'', alleging that the studio had [[SelfFulfillingProphecy no confidence in the film]], gave it an extremely limited theatrical run and proceeded not to promote the movie at all in favor of ''Love Affair''.''Film/LoveAffair'', a remake of the 1939 romantic drama film. The end result? A domestic gross of $71,368 out of a $23 million budget, making it ''the'' biggest box office failure in the medium of animated film until ''WesternAnimation/{{Delgo}}''. Adding insult to injury, ''Love Affair'' itself bombed very badly, continuing adding to Warner Bros.' turbulent year at the box office.of high-profile bombs that included ''Film/OnDeadlyGround'', ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'' and ''Film/PoliceAcademyMissionToMoscow''.
22nd May '16 11:16:53 AM Mario1995
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* Both Creator/DonBluth and Gary Goldman blamed Warner Bros. for deliberately sabotaging the release of ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark'', alleging that the studio had [[SelfFulfillingProphecy no confidence in the film]], gave it an extremely limited theatrical run and proceeded not to promote the movie at all in favor of ''Love Affair''. The end result? A domestic gross of $71,368 out of a $23 million budget, making it ''the'' biggest box office failure in the medium of animated film until ''WesternAnimation/{{Delgo}}''.

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* Both Creator/DonBluth and Gary Goldman blamed Warner Bros. for deliberately sabotaging the release of ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark'', alleging that the studio had [[SelfFulfillingProphecy no confidence in the film]], gave it an extremely limited theatrical run and proceeded not to promote the movie at all in favor of ''Love Affair''. The end result? A domestic gross of $71,368 out of a $23 million budget, making it ''the'' biggest box office failure in the medium of animated film until ''WesternAnimation/{{Delgo}}''. Adding insult to injury, ''Love Affair'' itself bombed very badly, continuing Warner Bros.' turbulent year at the box office.
16th May '16 7:41:01 PM Yinyang107
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* Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox is rather infamous for this in film as well as television. Some examples include:
** ''Tigerland'': dumped into 5 theaters with no advertising.
** ''Film/{{Ravenous}}'': dumped into 1,000 theaters with limited advertising (and [[NeverTrustATrailer mismarketed]] as a teen-oriented horror film).
** ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'': dumped into 125 theaters with no advertising (due to studio politics and choosing to promote ''Film/TheMarine'' instead; the film's [[TakeThat constant jabs]] at the FOX network and Creator/{{Fox News|Channel}} might also had something to do with it).
** ''Perfect Creature'': dumped into regional release for one week and then released straight-to-DVD.
** ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'': dumped into 500 theaters after one week of successful limited release and left to die against ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' (Fox apparently did this as they didn't like the international numbers).
** ''Film/BabylonAD'': [[ExecutiveMeddling Taken away from director, and heavily edited from its original concept]]. Release date postponed to [[DumpMonths just before Labor Day weekend]] and died against ''Film/TropicThunder'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
** ''Film/WhipIt'': dumped into under 2,000 theaters as Fox spent more time promoting ''Film/JennifersBody'' (also Fox only sneaked the film to bump up the latter's numbers).
** ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'': released on Thanksgiving weekend with almost no marketing whatsoever and died against ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} New Moon]]'' and ''Film/TheBlindSide''.
** ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours'': dumped by Fox in favor of ''Love and Other Drugs'' due to uneasiness over the film's content. Sabotaged again after Oscar announcements when Fox announced the DVD release two days before a hastily scheduled wide release. However, the film has managed to be a hit in the UK (where it was distributed by Creator/WarnerBros)
** ''Film/TheBigYear'': dumped by Fox despite having three bankable names in the lead roles, an established supporting cast and a director whose last two films grossed over $100 million. The studio also released a trailer that misrepresented the plot of the film and had almost no promotion done for it.
** ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' was given about a year of production time when DonBluth was put on the project. His team manged to finish the film ''just barely''. And while the film was not a commercial failure, it grossed less than what Fox wanted, and so they decided to close its animation division completely.
** ''Film/ThePyramid'': 20th Century Fox did very little promotion for the film outside of horror-centric websites, and dumped it into just 589 North American theatres on the first weekend of December (traditionally one of the worst box office weekends of the year). The following weekend they expanded it to 685 theatres; just barely enough for it to technically count as a "nationwide" release.
** ''Film/FantasticFour2015'': [[ExecutiveMeddling Taken away from director, hastily re-edited and re-shot, and several significant scenes were cut for reasons unexplained]]. The release date was postponed numerous times and its advertising campaign didn't start until seven months before release. It died against ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation''.

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* Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox is rather infamous for this in film as well as television. Some examples include:
** * ''Tigerland'': dumped into 5 theaters with no advertising.
** * ''Film/{{Ravenous}}'': dumped into 1,000 theaters with limited advertising (and [[NeverTrustATrailer mismarketed]] as a teen-oriented horror film).
** * ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'': dumped into 125 theaters with no advertising (due to studio politics and choosing to promote ''Film/TheMarine'' instead; the film's [[TakeThat constant jabs]] at the FOX network and Creator/{{Fox News|Channel}} might also had something to do with it).
** * ''Perfect Creature'': dumped into regional release for one week and then released straight-to-DVD.
** * ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'': dumped into 500 theaters after one week of successful limited release and left to die against ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' (Fox apparently did this as they didn't like the international numbers).
** * ''Film/BabylonAD'': [[ExecutiveMeddling Taken away from director, and heavily edited from its original concept]]. Release date postponed to [[DumpMonths just before Labor Day weekend]] and died against ''Film/TropicThunder'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
** * ''Film/WhipIt'': dumped into under 2,000 theaters as Fox spent more time promoting ''Film/JennifersBody'' (also Fox only sneaked the film to bump up the latter's numbers).
** * ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'': released on Thanksgiving weekend with almost no marketing whatsoever and died against ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} New Moon]]'' and ''Film/TheBlindSide''.
** * ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours'': dumped by Fox in favor of ''Love and Other Drugs'' due to uneasiness over the film's content. Sabotaged again after Oscar announcements when Fox announced the DVD release two days before a hastily scheduled wide release. However, the film has managed to be a hit in the UK (where it was distributed by Creator/WarnerBros)
** * ''Film/TheBigYear'': dumped by Fox despite having three bankable names in the lead roles, an established supporting cast and a director whose last two films grossed over $100 million. The studio also released a trailer that misrepresented the plot of the film and had almost no promotion done for it.
** * ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' was given about a year of production time when DonBluth was put on the project. His team manged to finish the film ''just barely''. And while the film was not a commercial failure, it grossed less than what Fox wanted, and so they decided to close its animation division completely.
** * ''Film/ThePyramid'': 20th Century Fox did very little promotion for the film outside of horror-centric websites, and dumped it into just 589 North American theatres on the first weekend of December (traditionally one of the worst box office weekends of the year). The following weekend they expanded it to 685 theatres; just barely enough for it to technically count as a "nationwide" release.
** * ''Film/FantasticFour2015'': [[ExecutiveMeddling Taken away from director, hastily re-edited and re-shot, and several significant scenes were cut for reasons unexplained]]. The release date was postponed numerous times and its advertising campaign didn't start until seven months before release. It died against ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation''.
20th Apr '16 12:59:15 PM Mario1995
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* Paramount canceled the United States release of ''WesternAnimation/TheLittlePrince2015'' just a week before its scheduled release, making it one of the most abrupt release cancellations ever. Paramount allegedly feared the film would not hold out against either ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (which was a massive hit) or ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (which was scheduled for release the week after ''The Little Prince''[='=]s canceled release), and would've served as another box office bomb in Paramount's history books[[note]]The film's release was planned during a turbulent time at Paramount, thanks to under-performing releases in 2015 and continued executive meltdowns at Creator/{{Viacom}}, their parent comapny[[/note]]. The distribution were eventually picked up by Creator/{{Netflix}} on the week of its intended release.

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* Paramount canceled the United States release of ''WesternAnimation/TheLittlePrince2015'' ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLittlePrince2015 The Little Prince]]'' just a week before its scheduled release, making it one of the most abrupt release cancellations ever. Paramount allegedly feared the film would not hold out against either ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (which was a massive hit) or ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (which was scheduled for release the week after ''The Little Prince''[='=]s canceled release), and would've served as another box office bomb in Paramount's history books[[note]]The film's release was planned during a turbulent time at Paramount, thanks to under-performing releases in 2015 and continued executive meltdowns at Creator/{{Viacom}}, their parent comapny[[/note]]. The distribution were eventually picked up by Creator/{{Netflix}} on the week of its intended release.
20th Apr '16 12:58:46 PM Mario1995
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* Paramount canceled the United States release of ''WesternAnimation/TheLittlePrince2015'' just a week before its scheduled release, making it one of the most abrupt release cancellations ever. Paramount allegedly feared the film would not hold out against either ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (which was a massive hit) or ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (which was scheduled for release the week after ''The Little Prince''[='=]s canceled release), and would've served as another box office bomb in Paramount's inventory[[note]]The film's release was planned during a turbulent time at Paramount, thanks to under-performing releases in 2015 and continued executive meltdown at Creator/{{Viacom}}, their parent comapny[[/note]]. Director Mark Osbourne states that the film will be released in the states somehow, just not by Paramount.

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* Paramount canceled the United States release of ''WesternAnimation/TheLittlePrince2015'' just a week before its scheduled release, making it one of the most abrupt release cancellations ever. Paramount allegedly feared the film would not hold out against either ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (which was a massive hit) or ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (which was scheduled for release the week after ''The Little Prince''[='=]s canceled release), and would've served as another box office bomb in Paramount's inventory[[note]]The history books[[note]]The film's release was planned during a turbulent time at Paramount, thanks to under-performing releases in 2015 and continued executive meltdown meltdowns at Creator/{{Viacom}}, their parent comapny[[/note]]. Director Mark Osbourne states that The distribution were eventually picked up by Creator/{{Netflix}} on the film will be released in the states somehow, just not by Paramount.week of its intended release.
20th Apr '16 7:45:39 AM Piando
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' was this in Japan. First of all, it was only played at one theater chain, Aeon, who has only a handful of theaters in Japan. Second, it was released at a time when ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'' captured the hearts of Japanese audiences - it owes part of its success in Japan to [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff the popularity of Disney in Japan]], especially the characters in [[FrozenFever the short that plays alongside the movie]]. Third, [[DetectiveConan a few family]] [[Manga/CrayonShinChan films based on]] [[DragonBallZRevivalOfF more popular animated shows]] had just come out. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job ruining it, Nickelodeon!]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' was this in Japan. First of all, it was only played at one theater chain, Aeon, who has only a handful of theaters in Japan. Second, it was released at a time when ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'' captured the hearts of Japanese audiences - it owes part of its success in Japan to [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff the popularity of Disney in Japan]], especially the characters in [[FrozenFever the short that plays alongside the movie]]. Third, [[DetectiveConan a few family]] [[Manga/CrayonShinChan films based on]] [[DragonBallZRevivalOfF [[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF more popular animated shows]] had just come out. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job ruining it, Nickelodeon!]]
19th Apr '16 12:32:45 PM Morgenthaler
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** ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'': dumped into 125 theaters with no advertising (due to studio politics and choosing to promote ''TheMarine'' instead; the film's [[TakeThat constant jabs]] at the FOX network and Creator/{{Fox News|Channel}} might also had something to do with it).

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** ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'': dumped into 125 theaters with no advertising (due to studio politics and choosing to promote ''TheMarine'' ''Film/TheMarine'' instead; the film's [[TakeThat constant jabs]] at the FOX network and Creator/{{Fox News|Channel}} might also had something to do with it).
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