History ScrewedByTheNetwork / Film

30th Aug '16 10:36:26 AM mimitchi33
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* The ''VideoGame/AikatsuStars'' suffered this trope due to being released during Obon, which is a very important holiday for Japanese families, and opening on the same weekend as ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets''.

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* The ''VideoGame/AikatsuStars'' suffered this trope due to being released during Obon, which is a very important holiday for Japanese families, families and opening on the same weekend as ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets''.''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets''. On it's second and third weekends, typhoons hit the country, keeping many families in their houses for the weekend as weather conditions were unsafe.
21st Aug '16 11:53:50 AM mimitchi33
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* Dino Time was supposed to be released in January of 2013, but was pulled from theaters before it's release. Two years later, it was released DirectToDVD as ''Back to the Jurrasic'', possibly to tie in with the release of JurrasicWorld.

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* Dino Time was supposed to be released in January of 2013, but was pulled from theaters before it's release. Two years later, it was released DirectToDVD as ''Back to the Jurrasic'', Jurassic'', possibly to tie in with the release of JurrasicWorld. ''Film/JurassicWorld''.
* The ''VideoGame/AikatsuStars'' suffered this trope due to being released during Obon, which is a very important holiday for Japanese families, and opening on the same weekend as ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets''.
6th Aug '16 3:35:55 PM rjd1922
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* Disney released ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' on the same weekend as the final ''Film/HarryPotter''. The reason for Creator/{{Disney}}'s bleak outlook on the film was actually due to its disappointing international numbers (where it flopped against ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' and ''Film/{{Hop}}'') and because other ''Pooh'' movies haven't fared well theatrically, but have done nicely on DVD. The box-office failure of this movie caused Disney to seriously reconsider making any future hand-drawn animated films.

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* Disney released ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' on the same weekend as the final ''Film/HarryPotter''.''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows - Part II''. The reason for Creator/{{Disney}}'s bleak outlook on the film was actually due to its disappointing international numbers (where it flopped against ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' and ''Film/{{Hop}}'') and because other ''Pooh'' movies haven't fared well theatrically, but have done nicely on DVD. The box-office failure of this movie caused Disney to seriously reconsider making any future hand-drawn animated films.
22nd Jul '16 3:21:18 PM Mario1995
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* Speaking of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Creator/MiramaxFilms (under Disney's watch) managed to run the franchise's theatrical series in the States to the ground. After ''Anime/{{Pokemon3}}'' failed to meet Creator/WarnerBrothers financial expectations, the contract with Warner lapsed and the rights were passed on to Miramax, then owned by Disney. Apparently, [[TheyJustDidntCare Miramax had no interest in the Pokémon series]] and sabotaged the U.S. releases of ''Anime/Pokemon4Ever'' and ''Anime/PokemonHeroes'' respectively. First they gave the films an extremely small advertising campaign, released them at less than 300 theaters (compared to Warner's films, which were released in more than or around 3,000 theaters) and pulled them from the theaters after two months. The end result was that both films failed to gross more than $10 million at the box office, with ''Heroes'' failing to reach the $1 million mark. As a result, ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishMaker'' and ''Anime/PokemonDestinyDeoxys'' were made exclusively direct-to-video before Disney's license expired, after which Pokémon USA permanently assumed the rights to the entire anime. Even then, Pokémon movies are still made direct-to-video in the United States thanks to Miramax's behavior toward the franchise.

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* Speaking of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Creator/MiramaxFilms (under Disney's watch) managed to run the franchise's theatrical series in the States to the ground. After ''Anime/{{Pokemon3}}'' failed to meet Creator/WarnerBrothers financial expectations, the contract with Warner lapsed and the rights were passed on to Miramax, then owned by Disney. Apparently, [[TheyJustDidntCare Miramax had no interest in the Pokémon series]] and sabotaged the U.S. releases of ''Anime/Pokemon4Ever'' and ''Anime/PokemonHeroes'' respectively. First they gave the films an extremely small advertising campaign, released them at less than 300 theaters (compared to Warner's films, which were released in more than or around 3,000 theaters) and pulled them from the theaters after two months. The end result was that both films failed to gross more than $10 million at the box office, with ''Heroes'' failing to reach the $1 million mark. As a result, ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishMaker'' and ''Anime/PokemonDestinyDeoxys'' were made exclusively direct-to-video before Disney's license expired, after which Pokémon USA permanently assumed the rights to the entire anime. Even then, It would take thirteen years for The Pokémon movies are still made direct-to-video in Company to decide to give worldwide theatrical distribution another chance, partnering up with Creator/LegendaryPictures and Creator/{{Universal}} for a [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action]] ''Pokémon'' movie, but rather than expand the United States thanks to Miramax's behavior toward anime's story or start a new live-action Pokémon universe, the franchise.trio decided to go a new direction: focusing entirely on Pikachu and his escapades and base it off the spin-off ''VideoGame/DetectivePikachu'', which had not been released outside Japan at that point.
5th Jul '16 1:05:33 PM Mario1995
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* The above fallout between Disney and Spielberg may have played a role in the failure of ''Film/TheBFG'', Spielberg's first (and possibly only) effort with Disney and the penultimate film of Creator/DreamWorks[='=] deal with Disney. Disney barely promoted the movie aside from trailers and TV spots, and chose to make more bets on ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'', which had the biggest opening for an animated film in years. Since ''The BFG'' didn't look like anything Disney would want to make a franchise out of, they dumped its release date ''three weeks'' after ''Finding Dory''[='=]s release, with disastrous consequences at the box office.
4th Jul '16 1:40:50 PM CJO123
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* Warner Bros. greenlit ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'' in 2000 and budgeted it at $25 million. It was completed at $10 million (leaving the other $15 mil for Warners to sit on) and was released--despite ''heavy'' promotion on Cartoon Network--the same day that ''Film/MenInBlackII'' premiered in North America. It probably didn't help that WB's first live-action ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie had been a hit with kids a few months prior, since it may have been occupying the studio's attention. The failure of ''The Powerpuff Girls Movie'' is the reason why Cartoon Network's plans to make series finale feature films for ''WesternAnimation/EdEddAndEddy'' and ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' was scaled back to be made-for-TV films. In the future, this also led to ''WesternAnimation/RegularShowTheMovie'' being made for TV, although it was released digitally and on DVD before it aired.
* ''Film/TheApparition'': The film was shot in early 2010, but Warner Bros. kept delaying the release until it finally came out in August of 2012. While it hasn't been confirmed, the finished film has all the hallmarks of ExecutiveMeddling with what appear to be heavy cuts and reshoots. The movie was produced by Dark Castle Entertainment, who Warner Bros were just then discontinuing a distribution deal with. The studio not only delivered it two years late, they dumped it into just 810 theatres with little to no marketing - just ONE WEEK before Lionsgate's heavily-marketed, 2,860-theatre release of ''Film/ThePossession''. It opened in 12th place at the domestic box office and grossed less than $10 million worldwide against a $17 million production budget.

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* Warner Bros. greenlit ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'' in 2000 and budgeted it at $25 million. It was completed at $10 million (leaving the other $15 mil million for Warners them to sit on) and was released--despite ''heavy'' promotion on Cartoon Network--the same day that ''Film/MenInBlackII'' premiered in North America. It probably didn't help that WB's first live-action ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie had just been a hit with kids released a few months prior, weeks prior and was already a huge hit, since it may have been occupying the studio's attention. The failure of ''The Powerpuff Girls Movie'' is the reason why Cartoon Network's plans to make series finale feature films for ''WesternAnimation/EdEddAndEddy'' and ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' was scaled back to be made-for-TV films. In the future, this also led to ''WesternAnimation/RegularShowTheMovie'' being made for TV, although it was released digitally and on DVD before it aired.
* ''Film/TheApparition'': The film was shot in early 2010, but Warner Bros. kept delaying the release until it finally came out in August of 2012. While it hasn't been confirmed, the finished film has all the hallmarks of ExecutiveMeddling with what appear to be heavy cuts and reshoots. The movie was produced by Dark Castle Entertainment, who Warner Bros were just then discontinuing a distribution deal with. The studio not only delivered it two years late, they dumped it into just 810 theatres with little to no marketing - just ONE WEEK ''one week'' before Lionsgate's heavily-marketed, 2,860-theatre release of ''Film/ThePossession''. It opened in 12th place at the domestic box office and grossed less than $10 million worldwide against a $17 million production budget.
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''.
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