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    The Legendary likely argument is "you guaranteed so many theaters" and WB reply would be, "There aren't enough of them even open".

    Presumably, WB has the final say about how and where a film is distributed and how much money is going to be sunk into the promotion and marketing (which can exceed the film's shooting budget) with the stipulated minumums. And since those contracts are the size of a telephone book - do people remember telephone books? - this will require teams of both lawyers and studio executives to unwind.

    Uncharted waters, force majeure and so forth.


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    A side note but a snapshot of what is happening to the traditional distribution channels - the OTA TV.

    Granted, this is a holiday week but the #1 show (the Bachelorette) had 5.2 million viewers. I repeat - 5.2. In the 1980's, the top rated Cosby Show averaged about 60M. The NFL can still get over 20M (most are combined viewership for the late double header) but dismal viewership numbers for scripted entertainment will likely lead to the streaming services getting the first dibs on that too. And that's one more strike against the movie theaters.


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    Well Wonder Woman 84 being dumped on HBO Max is no great loss, as that movie is a hot pile of garbage. Terrible script, full of one dumb idea after another, with a tacky tone reminiscent of the worst Christopher Reeve Superman movies. Seriously disappointing. The whole creative team at DC/Warner needs to be replaced. The first Wonder Woman being good just seems like a fluke at this point.
    "Money doesn't make films...You just do it and take the initiative." - Werner Herzog


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    Every time I see a big pic like WW I try and figure out how many writers worked on it. Flintstones film if I remember correctly employed fifty plus writers. Hollywood has a way of not giving a crud about writing, every time I get excited it has a way of screwing it up in new ways.


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    Good news! Clooney thinks cinemas are here to stay -

    People want to get out of their house — I got twins, man! And it’s still a great way to ask somebody out. Comedies are great in cinemas, scary movies are great in cinemas. So I don’t see it completely going away.
    Of course, it doesn't seem like he's run any numbers here...

    The full interview (about Midnight Sky): https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nyt...t-sky.amp.html


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    Clooney's correct. To an extent. Certain genre's are more conducive to large crowds. But as it's been opined here, while theaters won't go extinct per se, the number of screens will shrink precipitously along with the number of content hours. At some point, the industry will reach a new balance where certain types of films are released in theaters, either solely or, like WW 1984, concurrently with the streamers.

    As to WW1984 itself, its financials will need a few more weeks. Screenplay wise, my assumption is that the original had a bunch of "script doctors" too but that Patty Jenkins was given a lot more leeway until the reshoot/VFX.


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    Some info is beginning to trickle in.


    An estimated $16.7 million of the box office total came from U.S. and Canadian theaters, the AT&T Inc-owned studio said on Sunday ... The 2017 “Wonder Woman” film opened with $103.2 million domestically.

    Millions watched the film on HBO Max, the company said in a statement, but it did not specify how long they tuned in. Total viewing hours on the platform tripled on Friday compared with a typical day in the previous month, the statement said.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-f...-idUSKBN2910MZ

    The excitement over the streaming numbers sounds fake already. The reviews are pretty dismal. The second week drop off is going to be significant. WW (2017) maintained its popularity for three straight weeks, which is rather unprecedented. On the 22nd day, it hit $300M.


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    Sony benefits from the Warner move as they have no streaming service to foist on their talent:

    Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquera revealed during an interview with "CNBC", coming to us via "The Verge", that Warner Bros.' new release strategy has made more filmmakers interested in working with their studio:

    "After the Warner Bros. announcement, it's been a bit of a boom for us because it's made dating our movies next year somewhat easier. But the real benefit has been the number of incoming calls from talent, creators, actors, and directors to us saying, 'We want to be doing business with you because we know you're a theatrical distributor and producer.' That has worked very well for us."
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    Netflix added over 5 million U.S. subscribers over the past year.

    But Netflix wasn’t alone. Streaming services grew across the board in 2020, as recent entrants such as Disney Plus and HBO Max built momentum. Combined, those strong performances boosted the category overall by 50% over the last year, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. The average U.S. household now subscribes to 3.1 streaming services, versus 2.7 in 2019.

    Amazon’s Prime Video closed out 2020 with nearly 50 million subscribers, up from roughly 43 million in Q4 of 2019. Hulu now boasts nearly 35 million subscribers, up from 27 million.

    Among the newer entrants, Apple TV Plus more than doubled its subscribers, from 4 million in Q4 of 2019 to over 8 million in Q4 of this year. Since its launch in early 2020, HBO Max has won over nearly 17 million subscribers. Disney Plus, which ended 2019 with 24 million subscribers, today has 37 million.

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    Sony's head doesn't sound too up to date. Company's own production budgets are below average and its theatrical revenues are a seesaw.

    https://m.the-numbers.com/movies/dis.../Sony-Pictures

    Meanwhile, theater chains are in trouble, making Vinciquera look like the last man standing athwart history.

    Of course, his comments can be construed as "fluid".


    Sony’s slate is “fluid,” said Vinciquerra carefully, when asked about the studio’s theatrical plans for the next couple of years.

    “What we won’t do is make the mistake of putting a very, very expensive $200 million movie on the market unless we’re sure theaters are open and operating at a significant capacity,” he said. “We’ve changed our release schedule pretty dramatically.”

    When asked if Sony would send movies straight to premiere video-on-demand services, Vinciquerra said that over the next five or six months, some “very unique things” may happen. A backlog of films that are ready to go means that studios may be likelier to offload them onto non-theatrical platforms out of necessity.

    “We have sold three movies to streamers… because we couldn’t find a place to date them, so we sold them for a profit,” he said, but maintained that the studio is a “big supporter of the theater distribution model.”
    https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/son...ce-1234764198/


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