Hollywood: Blockbuster or Bust?

Posted: November 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

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It used to be said that Hollywood made movies for Americans and then exported them around the world. Today it appears to be the opposite: Hollywood makes movies for lucrative foreign markets and releases them in the United States. Some point to the recent Hollywood trend of comic book blockbuster films as a symptom of a lowest-common-denominator commercial strategy aimed at pleasing foreign audiences.

On the new economics of Hollywood, see this article in the New York Times: “Hollywood’s Tanking Business Model” and also “Plot Change: Foreign Forces Transform Hollywood Films“. On the trend towards comic book and action films, see “Why Hollywood is caught in the blockbuster trap” and  “The Rise and Fall of the Comic Book Movie“. Also see “Is Hollywood’s Glut of Big Budget Blockbusters Doomed?

See also “Blockbusters fail to sustain fan base amid summer of doom“. There is evidence that Hollywood blockbuster strategy actually works. See “Why Sequels Will Never Die: Hollywood’s Summer of ‘Flops’ Was Actually Its Best Year Ever“.

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