Hollywood is boffo flopping but it probably isn’t Weinstein’s fault

From Roger Freedman at Showbiz 411:

It’s a bizarre season in Hollywood. Almost nothing is “working,” and the studios can’t afford to waste any more money hoping things will turn around. They’re pulling flops from theaters earlier than usual.

This weekend, for example, Warner Bros. is putting out a white flag on “Blade Runner” after three tough weeks. They’ve cut the number of theaters showing Denis Villeneuve’s beautiful film by 855. So far, “Blade Runner” has made just $66 million. Audiences have not clamored to it. And now, week by week, Warners will quietly take it away.

Warner’s isn’t alone. Universal is pulling Tom Cruise’s “American Made” from 539 locations after a month in release.

Also just about dead is the much praised “Battle of the Sexes,” Fox Searchlight couldn’t get anyone to go see it despite great reviews and excellent marketing. I’m actually dumbfounded that it’s made just $11 million. FS is killing off 849 screens. Ouch! And “Battle” was supposed to yield some awards action. More.

Reality check: It probably isn’t Harvey Weinstein’s fault.

Hollywood forgot that people pay to see them act, not to hear them think. It only worked when they were embodying other people’s ideas, not demanding that we all listen to them.

Hey, the films may still be good but people have soured on the whole idea. These days, there is lots else to do anyhow.

See also: Do big media have the most to lose from the fall of Harvey Weinstein?

  • The Deplorable Rosenmops

    People are fed up with being moralized to by actors and producers, and sick of movies that are morality plays about global warming and how evil white men are.

  • Hard Little Machine

    There are a hundred good reasons. Embrace them all.

  • Brenda

    It’s probably not Weinstein’s fault, but he is a symptom of the problem. Maybe if they stopped casting actresses based on who they slept with or buying scripts because their lawyers wrote them, they would be making better movies.

  • kkruger71

    I’d like to think it’s mostly about the moralizing and overt politics, but honestly I think that’s only a small part of it. Between the internet, giant TVs being affordable, and the massive expansion of viewing options, there is almost no way to capture the percentages of the population they used to be able to get watching one thing. To use TV as an example, last year there were 7 scripted shows in the top 10 for the year, and I’ve never seen a single episode of 3 of them; 1 of those I’ve never even heard of before and I still consider myself to be a bit of a media junkie. Or with movies, even multiplexes then were 3 or 4 screens, not 16 to 20. Plus as mentioned earlier, with the internet nd giant TVs, unless it’s a huge effects movie there’s no reason to shell out big money to go see stuff at the cinema, you can just watch it for free online within months or even weeks.

  • Uncommunist

    I place little to no stock in All the accusations … does anyone think that hollyweirdos would care one iota about conservative women subjected to the same abuse ? Nope.
    Secondly if I had to allow some old pervert hag to fondle me so that I would make millions of dollars …

  • PaxCan

    It’s a shame about Blade Runner. It truly is a fantastic movie done in the vein of a David Lean or a Cecil B. Demille. It’s beautiful to look at and the soundtrack is great. And it’s not pushing any SJW cause celebre.

    I don’t go to the movies often for reasons everyone can imagine but I paid to see this movie twice. And considering a third. I highly recommend it so you better see it now before it gets pulled to make room for generic teen horror romp #34, super hero movie #67, and Star Wars #32. It’s a film meant to be seen on the big screen.

    We complain there’s nothing worth seeing in the theatres yet when one presents itself no one goes to see it encouraging studios to keep making the same crap we complain about.

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