Hollywood has a big fat financial pillow to cushion any fall right now. What does that mean?
They’re going into the summer movie-going season in an extremely advantageous position with respect to box office revenue. Movie studios care about profit first, but with profits come records.
Right now, they are on track to legitimately break box office records with respect to revenue and, likely, admissions. Last year they set a mark for revenue, numbers that were aided by modest ticket price increases year over year. But with a 9.4 percent jump on last year as of last Sunday (April 27) they are in the money.
Three movies - The Lego Movie’s $252.8 million, $228.5 million from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which has a chance to supplant Lego and $140.2 million from Divergent – powered that lift.
Ten movies – including The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – have a chance to continue the studio’s winning streak. They’re not Oscar candidates, but they all, unless unforgivably, abysmally wretched, possess the ability to entertain. Fans can count on the usual – the latest entry in a series, such as Spider-Man, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – or a piece of raunchness (Sex Tape) and, what a shock, more films based on Marvel Comics properties (X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy) to go with Spidey.
Oddly enough, however, two of the most interesting movies may be based on a Disney villain (Maleficent) and a comedic western – A Million Ways to Die in the West - that could be in the mold of the classic Mel Brooks film, Blazing Saddles.