It IS that simple. I work in the business. If something makes the studios money - they will do more of it.
It's economics 101.
And, there's no way that even A24 is going to make a hit of FUNNY PAGES. Earlier this year, they basically dumped the superior AFTER YANG straight to streaming.
Everyone points to A24 as the model indie company. They do have the biggest indie hit of the year in EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE.
But, even they have their marketing limits. This weekend their well reviewed FUNNY PAGES is opening in like 10 theaters. EVERYTHING had the sci-fi multiverse...
Of course, this is a classic: Chicken or the Egg? situation. If the studio knows that no matter how much they spend on advertising that few folks will show up, they just throw up their hands and pray that they will at least cover their nut on a release.
The studio has the numbers. They know...
A. There are 10pm shows of cartoons these days. The "family" argument doesn't wash.
B. Even on streaming, it's genre stuff that tends to be the most watched.
C. As I wrote, this is a LONG trend, even before so called "peak TV"
Of course, but, that STILL doesn't explain why a grown adult will choose to go see Hotel Transylvannia 3 instead of a Best Picture nominated film.
Audiences have more and more simplistic tastes. Not to mention that even on streaming, more of these adults are watching cartoons than 'grown up'...
That's always been true. But, and this applies LONG before the pandemic, folks have made the conscious decision to just seem the same old, same old.
You can't complain, if YOU don't support.
Why do you think the major studios basically don't make "grown up movies" any more. AUDIENCES don't go.
It comes down to audiences. YOU have to show up. If not the theater counts get cut. It's that simple.
Folks are always crying about a dearth of original adult fare - but, they simply don't show up by and large, even when a movie like EMILY has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. They'd rather go and see...
My full review; as promised:
Writer-Director John David Ford's movie tries to answer the question as to why the title character has become a lawbreaker. A once promising young artist, Emily (Aubrey Plaza) is in debt and barely getting by. She's working as a food delivery person and...
Saw the movie today. Just watched the trailer. You aren't wrong - this is a VERY Spoiler-filled preview! Glad I didn't see it before seeing the film.
It's the worst kind of trailer - they show you just about every "action" beat in the whole movie. Worse, they completely misrepresent that it's...