Thursday, August 30, 2012
What the Summer's 7 Biggest Box-Office Bombs Says About America's Changing Appetite
From pajiba, Thanks mainly to two very huge films (The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises), some overperformers (Ted and Magic Mike) and some reliable mainstays (Spider-Man and Pixar (Brave)), the summer of 2012 was a huge success in terms of overall revenue. But like every summer, this one had its share of box-office flops, but unlike many summers, most of those failures were actually heartening for what they say about the appetites of the American moviegoing public.
Let’s take a look (domestic box-office only):
Total Recall — $55 million; $125 million budget ($70 million loss). Likewise, America is not above remakes, obviously, but we’re clearly over remakes of 80’s projects that were decidedly products of their time. You just can’t reproduce the cheesy greatness of the 1980s (see, also, The A-Team, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Fright Night) , and no one wants to see a Schwarzenegger original remade without Schwarzenegger (see also Conan the Barbarian). The Robocop remake is already in the works, but I wouldn’t expect Hollywood to rush their Commando or Red Sonja remakes. Sadly, it’s also not great news for Collin Farrell’s big-budget career, either.
See all 7 here