I recently found a site called The Numbers where you can search movie box office results. The site has not just the weekend and totals but they include the breakdown of each day’s totals. Using this site we can quickly learn that Bloodrayne, with a budget and advertising cost of $50 million, made a pathetic 2.4 million dollars before being dropped from the theaters. We also see in it’s third week it made all of 18,000 dollars. While this information is funny on its own, the real fun comes with the site’s extensive cross linked box office information.
Example 1: Director Uwe Boll can be clicked on and you will realize he may not be the right director for your next feature length film. Uwe Boll’s movies cost around 77 million dollars to make, but they only pulled in a total of $17 million at the box office combined.
Example 2: Who in hollywood brings in the most for their movies? Harrison Ford? Tom Hanks? Tom Cruise? Bruce Willis? Nope. Actor with highest grossing films is none other than Samuel L. Jackson with over 3.8 billion dollars. You better believe it motherfucker!
The site is filled with interesting, depressing, and hilarious facts about movies. The Movie Budgets page has some of the best information like Spider-man 3 has a 250 million dollar budget, The Blair Witch Project cost $35,000 to make but made $248 million world-wide, the most profitable movie ever was Titanic and the biggest loss (in millions) was Town and Country with Stealth as a close second.
If you find any of this information mildly entertaining then head on over to The Numbers for hours of movie budget and box office trivia.
With the exception of shows like CSI and Law and Order (and all of their spin-offs) most non-drama television typically consists of a single complete show that can stand on its own. There are the occasional 2-part episodes, but it is more than likely you will see the beginning, conflict, and resolution by the time the hour is over. This is what I call a stand alone episode which has become a rarity for non-crime television drama.
Somewhere in the last seven to ten years television executives realized that keeping viewers watching each and every week and ultimately year to year can be done by creating a TV show that has an over-arching story line that shadows smaller story lines. These shows typically lack any traditional story elements in a single episode which forces you to either pay very close attention to the seven minute recap or watch every episode each week (or have Tivo).
It’s true that shows from TV’s past had overarching story lines but they either had stand-alone episodes every three or four shows or they mixed a complete story in each episode within the context of the larger story line. X-Files had a ridiculous and seemingly never ending story line about aliens and government conspiracy that frankly just got boring near the end, but luckily many of the shows could be watched on their own, and still can be watched without much knowledge about the overall plot. Buffy and Angel with perhaps a slight exception of season seven and to an even lesser extent season six of Buffy consisted of many small stories that took place over one to four episodes. Recap for those shows was usually under two minutes and gave more information rather then trying to tell viewers about a season and a half of significant events. Continue reading “Television drama: It doesn’t stop!”