How much $ does theaters keep from box office?

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  1. DouglasRobert

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    I was wondering how much money does theater owners keep from the box office receipts for themselves? And how much does the studios get from the box office?

    If you can provide links to the info.

    Thanks.
     
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    Very cool information thanks a lot.
     
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    Things have certainly changed over the last thirty years or so! In the 60's and 70's the film company would take a straight cut of the gross; anything up to 50% for a first run film As far as I remember the first film to break with this was Sound of Music. For this, Fox were asking 50% of the gross up to a certain figure and then took 90% of the gross over this figure. Mind you, if you were paying in the 90% bracket, exhibitor and distributor were both happy. The trick was (if you were comitted to an extended run) was to arrange the advertising so that seat sales remained at just over the 90% break figure for the run, rather than have a bonanza first couple of weeks and then tailing off quickly for the latter part of the run.
    If you had no confidence in a film and the distributor desperately want you to screen it they would do a "four wall deal". They paid the exhibitor a fixed weekly sum and took all the box office revenue.
     

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