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Summer Box Office Highs and Lows

September 10, 2013

Blair StoverSummer blockbusters did not disappoint this year and neither did summer ticket sales. Blair Stover reports that summer ticket revenue in the North American continent totaled 4.71 billion dollars. This is only for the time period between the first weekend in May and Labor Day. Ticket sales increased 10.2 percent over the previous year during the same time period.

More people attended the movies this summer. Ticket sales rose 6.6 percent over last summer to nearly 573 million. The rest of the growth was contributed to the higher prices of tickets.

There are some other factors involved in the growth numbers. Hollywood crammed a larger number of big-budget movies into this summer. It is understandable since summer accounts for 40% of total box office revenues. This summer, studios released 23 films which cost 75 million dollars and more (sometimes much more). This is an increase of 53% over the same time period last year.

With all of the choices, audiences fragmented over a solid summer favorite. This left films such as “The Hangover Part III” and “The Wolverine” swaying when they should have been aces in the whole. The animated “Turbo” from DreamWorks Animation brought in one of the smallest totals in the history of the company.

The National Association of Theater Owners recognizes that this summer offered almost too much product. Although, overall, the association was quite pleased with the overall box office summer strength. The 4.71 billion dollars in total ticket sales this summer scored a new high mark in the industry.

What did you see this summer and what was your favorite?

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Star Wars: Episode 7

June 27, 2013
George Lucas and JJ Abrams

George Lucas and JJ Abrams (Photo credit: Joi)

The George Lucas Era is over and the JJ Abrams era has begun – at least when it comes to Star Wars. We’re fans of Abrams new Star Trek, and when we heard that Abrams was going to be involved with Star Wars we had to update all of you here at Blair Stover Hollywood about it.

Lucasfilm and Disney are still teaming up to make the picture but it is a brand new world on the horizon, especially for fans. One of the biggest questions that arise is what will Episode VII cover? What about VII and IX?

Many people are certainly excited to see an implementation of the Thrawn trilogy and numerous rumors are pointing at the popular trilogy as being the basis for Episode VII. After all, the trilogy is widely popular and widely accepted. Sure it must be the basis for the next installment.

According to E!Online, however, Lucasfilm has come out with an official statement regarding the matter, and the answer may disappoint many a fan.

“It’s a completely new story,” a source told E! Online.

In other words, forget the old “Star Wars” novels and forget the comics. Forget every little thing you might know about what happened to Luke Skywalker. According to sources, Episode VII will be unlike anything that you have ever read or seen from the vast “Star Wars” universe.

So what do you think? Were you hoping for the Thrawn trilogy or are you excited to see something new in the works in regards to the Star Wars fandom as a whole?

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RDJ vs. Marvel

June 12, 2013
Shaun Toub as Yinsen helps Tony Stark (Robert ...

Shaun Toub as Yinsen helps Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) with the makeshift Mark I Armor in the 2008 Iron Man film. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sources close to “Iron Man” star Robert Downey Jr. say he deserves about 25 times as much as Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans, and about ten times as much as Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson for his role in the Avengers 2. We can’t resist some good gossip here on Blair Stover Hollywood, so read on to find out what we’ve sussed out from the news.

You might have heard of the multi-million dollar deal that Robert Downey Jr. was able to negotiate for his involvement in The Avengers. The actor received $50 million dollars due to negotiations that gave him a percentage of profit sharing. This amount, however, is nothing compared to the amount that is currently wafting through the rumor mill for the sequel.

Robert Downey Jr. wants to play his major role in the Avengers 2 movie and the fourth part of Iron Man, yet wants to earn a bigger piece of the pie as well. With the franchise promising to deliver on projected, big numbers, RDJ is asking for higher pay to the tune of $100 million. In comparison, the current highest paid actor is a well-deserved Tom Cruise, thanks to the sensational success of Mission: Impossible and Ghost Protocol, making a good $75 million.

A good basis for Robert Downey Jr.’s $100 million offer is the box office results of Iron Man 3. The sales are currently over the $1 billion dollar mark. In such sums, giving $100 million to Robert Downey Jr. shouldn’t be a problem. Marvel, however, is notorious for slow negotiations and it is no surprise that deliberations are slow in happening.

One thing is certain, The Avengers 2 is set for April, 30 2015. Whether Robert Downey Jr. will play Tony Stark or if he will be replaced is still up in the air.

Who would you like to see play Iron Man should Marvel decline to sign on RDJ again?

 

 

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