History ScrewedByTheNetwork / Film

1st May '17 10:28:54 AM 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 million for 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 released a few 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 and was played at select theaters in Los Angeles and New York so it could qualify for an Oscar.

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* Warner Bros. greenlit ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'' in 2000 and budgeted it at $25 million. It The film was completed at $10 for $11 million (leaving the other $15 $14 million for 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 released a few 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 and was played at select theaters in Los Angeles and New York so it could qualify for an Oscar.
1st May '17 10:27:31 AM CJO123
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* Happened with ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''. When ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' was a failure, WB assumed it was because traditional animation was dead and not because the movie had many flaws. As a result, WB barely advertised ''The Iron Giant'' and dumped it on an August weekend...and thanks to the sleeper smash of ''Film/TheSixthSense'' opening the same day, the extreme critical praise ''Iron Giant'' received (a 97% rating on Website/RottenTomatoes) didn't help it garner moviegoers. It did get slightly better treatment for the first video release, but the damage was done and it took a few years to become an outright CultClassic.

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* Happened with ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''. When ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' was a failure, WB assumed it was because traditional animation was dead and not because the movie had many flaws. As a result, WB barely advertised ''The Iron Giant'' and dumped it on an August weekend...and thanks to the sleeper smash of ''Film/TheSixthSense'' opening the same day, the extreme critical praise overwhelmingly positive reviews ''Iron Giant'' received (a 97% 96% rating on Website/RottenTomatoes) Website/RottenTomatoes and an 85/100 on Metacritic) didn't help it garner moviegoers. It did get slightly receive better treatment for the first its home video release, but the damage was done and it still took a few years to become an outright CultClassic.
29th Apr '17 12:36:44 PM Mario1995
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* ''Film/CollateralBeauty'' was not only sent to be released on ''the same weekend'' as ''Film/RogueOne'', but Warner Bros. crafted a [[NeverTrustATrailer deliberately misleading marketing campaign]] in an attempt to market it as a hopeful spiritual drama, the exact opposite of what the film was really about. As a result, the film failed to even recoup its $36 million budget domestically. Even for a film that was obvious OscarBait for star Creator/WillSmith, one really has to wonder if the film would've done much better if Warner was honest about the film's plot (though some, including [=YouTube=] reviewer Creator/ChrisStuckmann, speculate that Warner did this [[OldShame because they were embarrassed by it]].

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* ''Film/CollateralBeauty'' was not only sent to be released on ''the same weekend'' as ''Film/RogueOne'', but Warner Bros. crafted a [[NeverTrustATrailer deliberately misleading marketing campaign]] in an attempt to market it as a hopeful spiritual drama, the exact opposite of what the film was really about. As a result, the film failed to even recoup its $36 million budget domestically. Even for a film that was obvious OscarBait for star Creator/WillSmith, one really has to wonder if the film would've done much better if Warner was honest about the film's plot (though some, including [=YouTube=] reviewer Creator/ChrisStuckmann, speculate that Warner did this [[OldShame because they were embarrassed by it]].it]]).
29th Apr '17 12:35:10 PM Mario1995
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* ''Film/CollateralBeauty'' was not only sent to be released on ''the same weekend'' as ''Film/RogueOne'', but Warner Bros. crafted a [[NeverTrustATrailer deliberately misleading marketing campaign]] in an attempt to market it as a hopeful spiritual drama, the exact opposite of what the film was really about. As a result, the film failed to even recoup its $36 million budget domestically. Even for a film that was obvious OscarBait for star Creator/WillSmith, one really has to wonder if the film would've done much better if Warner was honest about the film's plot.

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* ''Film/CollateralBeauty'' was not only sent to be released on ''the same weekend'' as ''Film/RogueOne'', but Warner Bros. crafted a [[NeverTrustATrailer deliberately misleading marketing campaign]] in an attempt to market it as a hopeful spiritual drama, the exact opposite of what the film was really about. As a result, the film failed to even recoup its $36 million budget domestically. Even for a film that was obvious OscarBait for star Creator/WillSmith, one really has to wonder if the film would've done much better if Warner was honest about the film's plot.plot (though some, including [=YouTube=] reviewer Creator/ChrisStuckmann, speculate that Warner did this [[OldShame because they were embarrassed by it]].
29th Apr '17 12:33:51 PM Mario1995
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* ''Film/CollateralBeauty'' was not only sent to be released on ''the same weekend'' as ''Film/RogueOne'', but Warner Bros. crafted a [[NeverTrustATrailer deliberately misleading marketing campaign]] in an attempt to market it as a hopeful spiritual drama, the exact opposite of what the film was really about. As a result, the film failed to even recoup its $36 million budget domestically. Even for a film that was obvious OscarBait for star Creator/WillSmith, one really has to wonder if the film would've done much better if Warner was honest about the film's plot.
29th Apr '17 12:26:19 PM Mario1995
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* ''Film/OsmosisJones'' was envisioned first as a PG-13-rated animated adult comedy film, with swearing, excessive violence and gross-out live-action sequences in the script. Halfway through production, however, the [[AnimationAgeGhetto animation-is-for-kids mentality]] kicked in at Warner Bros. and a number of changes were ordered, turning it into a PG-rated buddy cop film for family audiences, though the live-action sequences remained. Since Warner Bros. had no idea if ''Osmosis Jones'' was either an adult film or children's film, they proceeded to sent it to an August weekend and gave it a rather confusing marketing campaign, which tuned potential audiences out. It grossed just $14 million on a $70 million budget in its theatrical run, leading to a massive write-down at Warner Bros. and accelerating the death spiral of Warner Bros. Feature Animation (''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', released a couple years later, just put the coffin on the ground).

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* ''Film/OsmosisJones'' was envisioned first as a PG-13-rated animated adult comedy film, with swearing, excessive violence and gross-out live-action sequences in the script. Halfway through production, however, the [[AnimationAgeGhetto animation-is-for-kids mentality]] kicked in at Warner Bros. and a number of changes were ordered, turning it into a PG-rated buddy cop film for family audiences, though the live-action sequences remained. Since Warner Bros. had no idea if ''Osmosis Jones'' was either an adult film or children's film, they proceeded to sent send it to an August weekend and gave it a rather confusing marketing campaign, which tuned potential audiences out. It grossed just $14 million on a $70 million budget in its theatrical run, leading to a massive write-down at Warner Bros. and accelerating the death spiral of Warner Bros. Feature Animation (''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', released a couple years later, just put the coffin on the ground).
27th Feb '17 6:21:54 PM Infection
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* ''Film/{{Silence}}'', a long gestating passion project from Creator/MartinScorsese, got a piss poor release in the States. Rather than have a 2017 release (Scorsese just finished editing ''two months before release''), due to awards potential, Paramount gave it a Christmas release, had it playing in less theaters then the other awards contenders and gave it minimal advertising. Even when they [[http://variety.com/2017/film/news/paramount-expands-martin-scorsese-silence-oscar-nominations-1201964362/ expanded the amount of theaters later on]], it was too late and the film became [[BoxOfficeBomb a flop]].
7th Feb '17 7:54:18 AM Mario1995
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* ''Film/OsmosisJones'' was envisioned first as a PG-13-rated animated adult comedy film, with swearing, excessive violence and gross-out live-action sequences in the script. Halfway through production, however, the [[AnimationAgeGhetto animation-is-for-kids mentality]] kicked in at Warner Bros. and a number of changes were ordered, turning it into a PG-rated buddy cop film for family audiences, though the live-action sequences remained. Since Warner Bros. had no idea if ''Osmosis Jones'' was either an adult film or children's film, they proceeded to sent it to an August weekend and gave it a rather confusing marketing campaign, which tuned potential audiences out. It grossed just $14 million on a $70 million budget in its theatrical running, leading to a massive loss of money at Warner Bros. and accelerating the death spiral of Warner Bros. Feature Animation (''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', released a couple years later, just put the coffin on the ground).

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* ''Film/OsmosisJones'' was envisioned first as a PG-13-rated animated adult comedy film, with swearing, excessive violence and gross-out live-action sequences in the script. Halfway through production, however, the [[AnimationAgeGhetto animation-is-for-kids mentality]] kicked in at Warner Bros. and a number of changes were ordered, turning it into a PG-rated buddy cop film for family audiences, though the live-action sequences remained. Since Warner Bros. had no idea if ''Osmosis Jones'' was either an adult film or children's film, they proceeded to sent it to an August weekend and gave it a rather confusing marketing campaign, which tuned potential audiences out. It grossed just $14 million on a $70 million budget in its theatrical running, run, leading to a massive loss of money write-down at Warner Bros. and accelerating the death spiral of Warner Bros. Feature Animation (''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', released a couple years later, just put the coffin on the ground).
7th Feb '17 7:53:03 AM Mario1995
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* ''Film/OsmosisJones'' was envisioned first as a PG-13-rated animated adult comedy film, with swearing, excessive violence and gross-out live-action sequences in the script. Halfway through production, however, the [[AnimationAgeGhetto animation-is-for-kids mentality]] kicked in at Warner Bros. and a number of changes were ordered, turning it into a PG-rated buddy cop film for family audiences, though the live-action sequences remained. Since Warner Bros. had no idea if ''Osmosis Jones'' was either an adult film or children's film, they proceeded to sent it to an August weekend and gave it a rather confusing marketing campaign, which tuned potential audiences out. It grossed just $14 million on a $70 million budget in its theatrical running, leading to a massive loss of money at Warner Bros. and accelerating the death spiral of Warner Bros. Feature Animation (''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', released a couple years later, just put the coffin on the ground).
3rd Feb '17 6:58:00 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* ‘’Theatre/TheCrucible’’: It’s not known why Fox had no hope in this movie. Despite receiving plenty of hype from critics and the film being major OscarBait material ([[TropesAreTools in a good way]]), Fox dumped the film into a limited amount of theaters and gave it barely any advertising, resulting in the film [[SarcasmMode shockingly]] becoming a BoxOfficeBomb [[AcclaimedFlop despite good reviews from critics.]]

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* ‘’Theatre/TheCrucible’’: ''Theatre/TheCrucible'': It’s not known why Fox had no hope in this movie. Despite receiving plenty of hype from critics and the film being major OscarBait material ([[TropesAreTools in a good way]]), Fox dumped the film into a limited amount of theaters and gave it barely any advertising, resulting in the film [[SarcasmMode shockingly]] becoming a BoxOfficeBomb [[AcclaimedFlop despite good reviews from critics.]]
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