"Ignoring business side in the movie making business." Kevin Sorbo Great interview with Kevin Sorbo who is a Christian and has been for his whole life. How fabulous that a Christian has the strength of character to admit it publicly. He's the star of God is not Dead that cost $2 million to make and has grossed more than $50 million (if I remember the figures correctly.) Sorbo said that Hollywood is ignoring the fact that family movies make more money.
But, hey! This is not new news. I said this same thing back in 2007, and again in think it is real life. But it is not. Another problem is they think they know what America is hungry for (read that more homosexualism in TV and Movies) when they, in fact, have their head in the ground.
Here are some facts and figures from my column in 2007...
Not one R-rated movie has made a top ten gross since 1995.
According to Numbers.com, a movie statistics website, the movies
taking top dollar gross from 1995 to 2007 are PG-13 movies with a
whopping $48.55 billion (yes, that is with a B) made from 1,247 movies
filmed since 1995. R-rated films come next with a cumalative $34.1
billion made on 2,321 movies (that's and average of $14.7 million for each movie). Next in line are PG movies with 638 films
grossing $19.9 billion and finally 207 G-rated films grossing $6.35
billion or average of $30.7 million each. G-rated films grossed more than twice per film what an R-rated film grossed. Does that make sense to you?
Doing a little math, the R-rated movies grossed 30% less than the
others, yet more of them were filmed. Not one of them made it into the
top ten grossing slots. From 1995 to 2007, eight PG-13 films, four PG films
and one G (Finding Nemo) made the number 1 spot for gross dollars
Some would say, oh that's because Mom and Dad take the kiddies to
the movies and that's why they make more money. Well... Duh! Some say
that G-rated films only fill movie theaters with folks paying half-fare
for matinees, which is why movie-makers focus on making the R-rated
movies for full-fare payers. However, that is not how the dollars are
stacking. You don't have to be the sharpest knife in the drawer to do
In the past 12 years, Americans have spent almost $101 billion on
movie tickets. How does one put that in perspective? Crunchweb.net says $84 billion will bury a football field in 55 feet of
money. There are 60 seconds in an hour, 24 hours in a day, 365 days in a year, and 1 billion seconds equals 1,903 years.
When you do a little digging, you find out that Executive Producers
of films only make about 17 cents per dollar spent on a ticket. Actors,
Directors, and Producers actually make about 3 cents per dollar spent
on a ticket. And yet, that 3 cents multiplies into a staggering $20
million for an A-list actor like Brad Pitt for one flick. Adjusting for
inflation and considering ticket sales, the all time highest
money-maker is "Gone With The Wind". The Second Place winner is "Star
Wars" and coming in a tight third place is "Sound of Music".
When is Hollywood going to face the music and learn the $ lesson? Why don't theaters and studios learn the lesson?
It does not boil down to greed. If it were all about money, then there would be a lot more family movies being produced. I think it is more about the distorted world view
that thinks because of proximity that certain things are true in all of
society when it really isn't.
Just because a co-worker uses foul language once in a while does not
mean that all workers the world over use foul language. Being exposed
to something on a regular basis makes it seem that it is a norm, when it
is only the proximity and continual exposure that gives the perception of
societal norm. Which is why Hollywood needs to get out of Hollywood in
order to see what real life is all about. Look at what the movie-goer
is spending the ticket money on and take that as a cue!
Hollywood, we're tired of movies we can't take our kids or grandkids to. Wake up!