In spite of all the blockbusters that released in 2014, movie theater attendance actually took a dive. According to a recent report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the number one contributing factor to box office declines is the rise in ticket prices. Movie goers expect to get what they pay for, but in their minds, they’re paying more for the same experience that they’ve always had. More →
The impending war between Marvel and DC at the theater is one of the most fascinating stories in the movie world, but superhero flicks only represent a small portion of the blockbusters scheduled to release in the coming years.
Redditor Bubba–Gump put together a list of every major film scheduled to release through 2020, and it’s beginning to make me worry about how much time I’m going to spend in a theater over the next few years. More →
Going to the movies has changed drastically over the years, from the days of the $2 matinée and a few dollars for popcorn and soda to now spending nearly $100 for two tickets, gourmet snacks and personalized seating.
As more studios focus on making fewer but more profitable movies each year, companies like Walt Disney, Time Warner, NBCUniversal (owned by Comcast), Lionsgate, Sony and others are counting on some of their big tent-poles to help drive earnings and exceed expectations, or risk facing the wrath of layoffs, angry movie goers, a declining share price and potentially a huge change and shake up to their business.
Here are the five biggest movies (in alphabetical order) to look forward to in 2015, alongside brief descriptions of what they are each about. More →
It’s pretty much accepted that when a Christopher Nolan film comes out, it’s an event. Leading up to that event, Nolan just teases moviegoers to the point that viewers don’t know what the movie is about. This new Interstellar trailer gives us a whole bunch of footage that we haven’t had the chance to drink in with our eyes yet, and it’s epic.
As with any Tarantino flick, there’s been plenty of drama surrounding The Hateful Eight, but not for the reasons you might suspect. Shortly after Quentin Tarantino revealed in January that he would be working on another Western, the script for the film leaked online. Tarantino was so furious that he considered canceling the project altogether and writing a novel instead. More →
Michael Bay gets a lot of flak for his over-the-top, disturbingly violent take on the Transformers universe, but each subsequent release makes more money than the last. The latest film in the series, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is no exception, having already topped $400 million at the international box office. More →
The movie industry is slowly moving to a different business model, Variety reports. DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said during the Entrepreneurial Leadership in the CorporateWorld panel at the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills that in the future, display size will impact the cost to consumers when it comes to watching new movies. More →
Were things really as crazy as Scorsese made them out to be? Ritholtz Wealth Management financial advisor and “Reformed Broker” Josh Brown recently went on Yahoo Finance’s Breakout to help separate fact from fiction and discuss how things really were at Stratton Oakmont, the brokerage on which Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is based. More →
We’re just over a month away from the 86th Academy Awards, so it’s about time we all get caught up on the winners from the past 85 years. If scrolling through countless Wikipedia pages doesn’t sound like a fun way to accomplish this task, it might be worth checking out Nelson Carvajal’s compilation video of every Visual Effects Oscar since the category was introduced in 1977. Between Star Wars, Indiana Jones and E.T., films from Spielberg and Lucas had a lock on the award for years, but it’s incredible to see just how far we’ve come technologically in a few decades. Check out all the winners below, along with the nominees that will fight for the top spot in 2014. More →
When was the last time you bought a DVD or a Blu-ray? If you’re part of the ever-increasing majority of the U.S., it’s probably far less often than you used to. The Wall Street Journal has shared data from the Digital Entertainment Group that shows just how far Americans have moved from buying physical copies of their movies. According to the data, digital movie sales are up 47% from 2012, which makes them the fastest-growing category in home entertainment revenue. Although physical sales are on the decline, the Journal notes that “online movie sales are studios’ highest-profit-margin transaction,” helping to make up for the lack of in-store sales and rentals. More →
The FBI Anti-Piracy Warning that is found on all modern DVD and Blu-ray discs is getting an upgrade. The United States government earlier this week announced that it will require two copyright notices on DVD and Blu-ray discs, Ars Technica reported. The first notice will warn potential piracy thieves, while the second one is meant to educate viewers. All six major movie studios have agreed to include the notices, which we will begin seeing on new discs this week. The screens will “come up after the previews, once you hit the main movie/play button on the DVD.” The warnings will each last 10 seconds and users will not have the ability to skip or fast forward through them. “Law enforcement must continue to expand how it combats criminal activity; public awareness and education are a critical part of that effort,” ICE Director John Morton said in a statement. More →