Lying Media Bastards

October 5, 2005

Box Office Anatomy

Interesting article here about what it means when you hear those weekend “box office” numbers. The highlights:

- box office numbers aren’t actual dollar tallies, they’re projections from market analysts Nielsen EDI
- about 55% of the ticket sales go to the individual movie theaters, the rest goes to the movie distribution company
- studios actually make more money from video rentals, video sales, and selling the movie to TV channels than they do in theaters. But they like to keep that quiet.

Posted by Jake on October 5, 2005 8:12 am

1 Comment »

  1. This is much like “Best Seller Lists”. A book doesn’t actually have to be bought by any humans to be on, for example, the New York Times best seller list. It just has to be projected for large sales and thus have large numbers purchased by large book retail chains to get on those lists. Just one more lie that corporations feed us in order to convince us that everyone else is buying something and you should too.

    Comment by lotus — October 7, 2005 @ 1:55 pm

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