Sunday, June 29, 2014

Smash Box Office

Over at Mental Floss, an article rounds up some of the worst box-office results of all time; movies that grossed embarrassingly low amounts of money.  A couple of the totals are helped along by the fact that a stateside release of one week in one theater was held just to establish some international distribution rights; so "release" is kind of a fuzzy term in those cases.

This doesn't seem like that big of a deal or to be the occasion for much conversation. What's obviously wrong with the movie industry is when stuff like this happens. Or this. Or this. Or this.

When you tell me a crappy movie like Storage 24 or Playback made no money, I shrug. That's how it's supposed to go. But when you tell me Pineapple Express made a hundred million dollars worldwide, or that Transformers 4: Yes It Has a Subtitle But What Difference Does That Make, It's Still the Same Stupid Movie as the Others would open to $300 million worldwide, that's when I shake my head in bewilderment.

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