Mamo #330: Women In General

As Catching Fire catches fire at the box office to the tune of $150 million or more, it’s time to call shenanigans on Hollywood’s decade-old assertion that women can’t open blockbusters – or more to the point, that what a person has between their legs lets you predict what they will and will not do in relation to a good or not-good movie. Correlation and causality get rewired in the latest episode of Mamo!

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coreypierceart
Guest

Mr. Price, you may remember our argument over the first Hunger Games film.  I’m softer on that film than on initial viewing but still don’t think much of it.
Happy to say I fucking loved Catching Fire.   The change in direction, details like not cutting to commentators and focusing on the moment (which is frequently more horrific than actual horror) , and having a more robust, diverse in age cast, made this a hell of a ride and completely worthy of the hype and success. Kills Battle Royale with cheese jokes dead.

CringeRadio
Guest

I wonder why there isn’t even a slight increase in weekend box office total compared to the original?

Sean Kelly
Guest

If IMDB is correct, Mockingjay Part 1 will be released November 21, 2014 and Part 2 will be released November 20, 2015, meaning we have to wait a full TWO YEARS for this whole saga to end.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Also, if you look at the cast list, there will be some big names appearing.

tederick
Guest

It’s up by $10M over the original domestically and nearly $100M internationally.

Rick Vance
Guest

Isn’t another reason YA fiction and apocalyptic stories would be linked is because when you are a teenager you feel like your life is constantly exploding over every small thing so of course the fictional version of that is the world around you literally exploding.

Dirty Goose
Guest

I found your comment that YA fiction is for people who “don’t read well but like to read” slightly silly.  Really dude??  I’ll be sure to tell my girlfriend and a couple of her friends your assessment, all of whom have earned post graduate degrees yet LOVE to read YA fiction!!  I’m certain they’ll get a chuckle.

themarina
Guest

@Dirty Goose Agreed. As someone who reads YA fiction regularly, this comment is shortsighted.

mattmovies
Guest

@Dirty Goose Hey man, it’s fun to read, no question. Smart people also watch reality shows, doesn’t make them any less smart or the shows any less dumb.

mattmovies
Guest

@Dirty Goose themarina Also, maybe I should have been more clear – I’m not really talking about adults who read these. I read them, and have enjoyed lots of YA titles. But I’m surprised that teens don’t rebel against adults who write books “just for them”. I would have told an author who targeted me by simplifying the language to go fuck themselves and gone back to reading Tolstoy when I was 14. I would have been too insecure to read stuff like this, as opposed to now when I don’t give a fuck about how smart I need to appear.

coreypierceart
Guest

tederick is there a cap on how much money a film is currently capable of making in a weekend, based on capacity/number of available screens/showtimes?  And if so, what is that number?

themarina
Guest

mattmovies themarina And I can completely agree with that. I always just read whatever appealed to me, regardless of whether ir was age “appropriate” or not.

mattmovies
Guest

themarina mattmovies Also, as a bookseller I can tell you that a very small percentage of sales are coming from those who are capable of reading anything they like but choose to grab something “easier” as a break. Most of my sales were from folks who genuinely and unironically read at this level and not above it. For adults these are if not the new Harlequins at least the new Judith Krantz/Colleen MacCullough/Len Deighton/John Grisham’s. You know, trash. There’s nothing wrong with trash, but don’t serve me McDonalds and call it prime rib, that’s just stupid.

tederick
Guest

coreypierceart tederick I’ve wondered that too, I don’t think there’s anything official but we could probably gummy up the math:
Per-screen record is about $150K for a weekend (held by THE MASTER).
CATCHING FIRE debuted on around 10,000 screens.
Obviously screens vary wildly in terms of numbers of seats, ticket price, and so forth, but it still looks like the ceiling on an opening weekend for a wide release would still be north of a billion dollars.
Kind of puts it all in perspective doesn’t it?

mattmovies
Guest

tederick coreypierceart The Master did that without around the clock screenings, and it’s long. That said I am guessing it played larger rooms, so it might be a wash.

Mike_Rot
Guest

mattmovies tederick Did you guys ever get around to seeing The Master? I remember awhile back on the show it was mentioned that neither of you had seen it.  I remember both of you were gaga for There Will Be Blood.

mattmovies
Guest

Mike_Rot mattmovies tederick I saw it, albeit at home. In that setting (although I minimized distractions and treated it as much like a movie theatre as possible) I liked it, but did not find it transcendent in any way.

Mike_Rot
Guest

While I agree the apocalyptic trend is about imposing comprehension on an otherwise absurd and frightening reality, let’s not make the same mistake and suppose that’s all it is about, a theory neatly wrapped into its own story.  Fact is, this fragile system we got is built to fail, it is the history of every civilization, it would be hubris to think otherwise.  Not all stories are fiction you can close and put back on the shelf to get on with your life; we are all players on this stage.  

*thunderclap*

 Part of why we are drawn to apocalyptic fantasies is because death is a guarantee, one way or the other the world is going to end.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

It’s a while until the Hobbit comes out, but looking at the advanced tickets, I am surprised to find so few theatres with screens of High Frame Rate versions. Perhaps more will be included when it’s in theatres, but it seems to be quite the flip of what things were like last year.

tederick
Guest

Matthew Fabb Can you blame them?

Sean Kelly
Guest

Matthew Fabb Unless I see two more films between now and The Hobbit’s release (to reach 1000 Scene points), I might skip IMAX/3D/HFR on this one.

tederick
Guest

Sean Kelly Matthew Fabb Keep us posted.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

I was expecting the theatres playing HFR versions to increase. The fact that it might be going the opposite way, says that it might become more niche.
Anyways, I missed out on seeing the An Unexpected Journey in HFR, so hope to finally catch the format this time around with The Desolation of Smaug.

ThomasWishloff
Guest

Matthew Fabb Trust Me When I say that you didn’t miss anything the first time around. It looked like a weird stage play with CGI props.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Except that it didn’t.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

Well, apparently the number of threatres playing 48 frames per second is increasing:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/peter-jackson-stands-by-48-frames-per-second/2013/12/10/426c38d0-61e3-11e3-a7b4-4a75ebc432ab_story.html
From the above link:
“Warner Bros. is increasing the number of theaters showing the film in 48 fps: 750 theaters, up from 450 on the first “Hobbit” movie. Internationally, it will play in 2,500 theaters, an increase of more than 800 screens.”
However, from what I can see in the GTA, it seems that the number is decreasing. Unless my fuzzy memory of looking for threatres playing HFR is off.