mrmichaelt wrote: ↑September 12th, 2020, 6:00 am
RichardLess wrote: ↑September 12th, 2020, 2:15 am Yeah. I can’t remember where. There’s a forum somewhere on here about the box office and budget of GBA and there’s a link somewhere in there. It was a local paper from Calgary if memory serves. Thanks. I went to the box office thread and saw droidguy mention it on August 11, 2019 so I did some back tracking on this thread to that date to see when it was mentioned and it was in this article:
http://www.tabertimes.com/news/2019/08/ ... this-week/
Here's the quote:
"We are really excited to be bringing this $170 million dollar-plus production into the town of Fort Macleod. It goes a long way into helping our economy as well as putting the town of Fort Macleod on the map,” said Sue Keenan, CAO for Fort Macleod.
I asked the author of the article if he fact-checked that number and he said he just transcribed it and that it was not run past anyone. My guess is that he either misheard $70m or that Ms. Keenan simply had the number wrong.
The one lesson we can confidently say Sony learned from Ghostbusters
(2016) is that the movie needs to be much cheaper, and I'm not just talking about Aykroyd. $170m is more than the reboot cost at $144m, which was shaved down when Tom Rothman entered the picture. There is no universe in which Rothman follows up an expensive bomb with one that costs $26m more, and even if you convert it to CAD, $23m less doesn't seem like enough of a difference.
Sony claimed that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
, their last major IP hit, cost $90m, although other studios said more like $110 after tax credits. I suppose this could be another instance of fudging the numbers, but the reboot's performance just feels like it makes Afterlife
way more of a dice-roll than Jumanji
was. Also, a budget of around $70-80m is also a good number in that doing around Ghostbusters
(2016) numbers ($226m worldwide) would put a movie at that price tag in the black.
As far as advertising goes, no way they spent $50m already. Probably more like $25m. There was debate about them skipping the Superbowl, but that would've been money down the drain.