Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

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mistakaninja
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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#226 Post by mistakaninja » Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:33 pm

They both reduced the number of episodes aired each week. Coronation Street is back filming and will have new episodes produced before they run out. EastEnders has now aired all finished episodes and isn't back in production yet, so there will be a hiatus filled with classic episodes and talking heads shows.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#227 Post by movielocke » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:50 pm

https://www.indiewire.com/2020/06/tenet ... 234569651/

WB says they’re rethinking theatrical box office strategies and going to have a longer run as a result.

Let’s make up some numbers to illustrate the relative difference of this. Say you have a ten screen multiplex. Precorona, They contract Tenet for four screens for three weeks, two screens for two weeks and one screen for four weeks.

If theatres are at 25% capacity studios need runs to be 4x longer, 4x as many screens or 2x of both.

Expect the new Tenet contract for the same ten screeen multiplex to be something like 8 screens for four weeks, 4 screens for six weeks 2 screens for six weeks and 1 screen for six weeks.

Obviously that math doesn’t work out precisely, but overall, movies could be at the multiplex for more like six months instead of two months. It also means most multiplexes will probably only have two to three films at most at any given time because all the big studios will be contracting out multiplexes for more screens for longer times than they were before.

At least until all the product budgeted over 100M currently backlogged is cycled through the new system. Once the backlog is clear we will got a one-two year period with no films budgeted over 150M since studios won’t be greenlighting budgets that big until normal theatrical returns to the world.

This whole point above is moot though since the south and west regions of America are only just now beginning their big corona outbreaks they will be instituting another month plus full shutdown before the July 4 holiday weekend. (Buy toilet paper now, not tomorrow, btw ;-))

However, counterpoint, domestic box office is important to blockbusters, but if it’s only america and Brazil that can’t have movie theatres for the next year or two and the rest of the world has relatively normal theatrical, your international blockbusters may well continue but the domestic release is almost an afterthought, since they can still crack a billion overseas for black widow and Jurassic world, for example.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#228 Post by knives » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:29 pm

Stupid question, but it popped into my head why isn't the industry trying to prop up Drive-in theaters? That would seem a bit more Covid friendly.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#229 Post by domino harvey » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:32 pm

I’ve heard many existing ones are showing older popular favorites like Jurassic Park to packed lots

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#230 Post by Rayon Vert » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:34 pm

There are news articles and videos online saying they're making a comeback, both in the US and Canada.

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#231 Post by senseabove » Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:07 pm

And they're reportedly doing very well in the Bay Area. I've seen both positive reporting and heard anecdotally that say they were packed. I wanted to go see The Invisible Man, but it was the B picture to The Hunt, which I didn't want to see at all, and I'd heard you need to get there early to even get in.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#232 Post by therewillbeblus » Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:14 pm

knives wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:29 pm
Stupid question, but it popped into my head why isn't the industry trying to prop up Drive-in theaters? That would seem a bit more Covid friendly.
They’ve been up and running in MA for a while- a lot of people I work with have been going, though they’re a bit west of Boston FYI. I believe standup comics have been doing shows at various driveins too.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#233 Post by Monterey Jack » Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:22 pm

knives wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:29 pm
Stupid question, but it popped into my head why isn't the industry trying to prop up Drive-in theaters? That would seem a bit more Covid friendly.
...because you have to wait until it's dark to show a movie, and it's almost July, meaning the days are at their longest? Studios needs as many showtimes per day to make money, not one screening at 9:00 PM.

Plus, they can get rained out. I was going to see The Goonies with my sister over the weekend, but thunderstorms kiboshed that.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#234 Post by senseabove » Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:31 pm

Should I be offended that none of four drive-ins I could get to in less than an hour are playing Jaws even once this weekend? How are drive-ins not contractually obligated to show Jaws on the 4th?

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#235 Post by Dr Amicus » Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:19 am

Funnily enough, our local cinema is showing Jaws - but starting a week tomorrow. Presumably part of the package put together for cinemas reopening gradually as lockdown eases on the mainland but new releases are few and far between (and geared to more speciality audiences). In addition, now and upcoming, we are getting the Nolan Batman films, all three Back to the Futures, Jurassic Park and Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#236 Post by ianthemovie » Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:27 am

Jaws has been playing a double feature with Jurassic Park here at the nearby Mendon Drive-In for several weeks now. (The second screen has been doing double features of other 80s classics.) We went for my birthday the other week and it was packed, and on a weeknight no less. Having never been to a drive-in before my question is how do people stay out that late? If we had stayed for the entirety of both movies we wouldn't have gotten home until 2 a.m.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#237 Post by Rayon Vert » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:49 pm

That's the fun of it. In a family in the old days, if you had a station wagon the kids just fell asleep during the second feature in the back.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#238 Post by Monterey Jack » Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:42 pm

ianthemovie wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:27 am
Having never been to a drive-in before my question is how do people stay out that late?
That's the inherent flaw of the drive-in experience...you can't show movies until it gets dark out, and this time of year, that's not until almost 9:00 PM. I want to see movies at the earliest matinee possible.

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