Mission III: MoneyMaking II

Off to see Mission Impossible III this afternoon, but first let's check the economics of the  franchise at www.boxofficemojo.com

The first two have made very close to a billion so far on production and marketing costs of only about 240 million, which I think helps explain why we see more lackluster blockbusters than thoughful, clever films.    Films at this level are much more an economic enterprise than a creative one.  

I'm not saying there are no good blockbusters – many are and I for one really enjoy "big" movies.   But I'm often surprised at how superficial/silly/nasty/foolish/weak/ridiculous/etc the big films can be given their huge production budgets and top level direction writing, and acting.  This may best be explained by the fact they are addressing a mass entertainment appetite and looking to capture the maximum number of viewers (economic concerns) rather than making the most creative film they can.   

So, I'll keep feeding the blockbusters my ticket while hoping for more great independent films to make it into wider distribution – perhaps through the exploding online video venues like youtube.com 

MISSION Impossible:  Release Date: May 22, 1996
Domestic:  $180,981,856    39.6%
+ Foreign:  $275,512,947    60.4%

= Worldwide:  $456,494,803  
Opening Weekend:  $45,436,830
(3,012 theaters, $15,085 average)
% of Total Gross:  25.1%
Widest Release:  3,012 theaters
Close Date:  December 19, 1996
In Release:  212 days / 30.3 weeks

Mission Impossible II:  Release Date: May 24, 2000

Production Budget: $125 million
Domestic:  $215,409,889    39.5%
+ Foreign:  $330,492,673    60.5%

= Worldwide:  $545,902,562  
Opening Weekend:  $57,845,297
(3,653 theaters, $15,835 average)
% of Total Gross:  26.9%
Widest Release:  3,669 theaters
Close Date:  October 19, 2000
In Release:  149 days / 21.3 weeks

About JoeDuck

Internet Travel Guy, Father of 2, small town Oregon life. BS Botany from UW Madison Wisconsin, MS Social Sciences from Southern Oregon. Top interests outside of my family's well being are: Internet Technology, Online Travel, Globalization, China, Table Tennis, Real Estate, The Singularity.
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2 Responses to Mission III: MoneyMaking II

  1. All that money just blows my mind. Very interesting research.

  2. Mijrin says:

    WOW, didn’t think someone would have a research on this.
    Such great wins, I wish I could do such movies, hehe.
    Thanks for the research.

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