The Clown Prince of Crime
- Dec 15, 2003
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I'm surprised that the other side of the Transformers, BvS, Pirates, Alice discussion has not been brung up.
Movies that were critically received that bombed at the box office. Fight Club, Hugo, Pete's Dragon, Children of Men, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Shawshank Redemption, the Iron Giant.
I mentioned it. That's exactly right. It goes both ways. Panned movies can make a mint, acclaimed movies can bomb. Really showing just how little influence critical consensus has.
Dude I understand what you're saying,and that is all fine and dandy in theory,(although the links you gave didnt really prove anything.But I agree that these movies are highly anticipated so I wont argue about that) and sure lots of people anticipate this movie its produces a lot of hype,and people follow these pages on facebook or like something on Instagram.That doesnt necessarily mean the will go watch the movie though.
I am just saying again and again,and this is the last time,since this convo is going around in circles :
Critical response amongst other things like WOM,competition,date of release, and marketing are the things that influence people and make them decide whether they will watch a movie.I dont have a scientific formula that dictates how much for what.I speak from my own experience and from the people to I have talked in my life.
As you probably know I am a big fan of BvS.So I tried to tell all my friends(I live in a dorm) to go watch BvS.You wont believe the number of guys who were hyped AF to watch the movie,suddenly told me "nah man I heard the reviews were bad,and you know exams are coming so I wont watch it.I'll just torrent it later".And as much as I detested that,I understood that happens.I am a big Harry Potter fan.Ive watched all 8 movies and read all the books.Regardless of the reviews I would go watch the movies.But Fantastic Beasts I have no connection to.So if its reviews are bad,I'll just go see Doctor Strange instead.Its just the way it is,for me and many people I know.I know this is anecdotal evidence,but to me common sense dictates this.Are there movies which are critic proof?Sure.But maybe they would make even more money if they were critically backed.Who knows man.All I'm saying that it is a factor that you have to consider.
I have never heard of a movie that was the most anticipated one of the year not drawing in the crowds when it was finally released. A movie doesn't reach those hype levels only for significant numbers of people to decide not to go and see it when it finally arrives. Just does not happen.
I agree that competition and date of release can be contributing factors. These are documented fact by the experts as things that can affect box office. For example its one of the things that makes BvS under performance look so shameful. Released in March, no competition in theaters to take a bite out of its earnings, but it struggled and never made it to the billion the whole world and its mother were expecting it would make. On the other side of the spectrum you have SS, which at least has an excuse besides poor quality for having a big drop in the 2nd week. There's competition. That Sausage Fest movie dipped into its profits for example. So we know that's a significant factor that is irrelevant to reviews.
I'm just going to leave your dorm story point. You know my view on personal experience tales. Not that I think you're fibbing or anything.