So this is the state of Rise of the Guardians. Our budget to make the film was 145 million. Opening weekend revenue counts the most because it mostly goes back to the studio. We only made 34 million to date.
Sure this sounds like a lot, but in movie terms it’s bare bones. In comparison, Twilight made more than 40 million in one night.
I’m writing about this because people have asked us why we don’t make sequels to movies they like. Megamind, for example, made back its money, but only turned a 10 million dollar profit. 10 million is not enough for a sequel, as you can see it take 145 million to make.
Rise of the Guardians was absolutely stunning, but I think we’ll be lucky to even make our budget back, let alone turn a profit. We need to make twice as much as our budget in order to even think about making a sequel to tell the stories of all the other characters.
Also, if anyone is wondering why we have Madagascar movies up to wazoo, the third movie made 200 million in the U.S. alone.
So I guess what I’m saying is, if you like something like a movie or a game, support it, or you’ll probably never hear about it again.
This goes for books, too. Like the author? Buy her or his books. This ensures their numbers are good enough for them to get new contracts and keep writing. Which is why piracy hurts everybody. If you read a pirated book, you’re literally ensuring that the writer cannot make enough money from her books to keep her writing more. Reading a pirated book cuts the author off at the wrists.
Christopher Morley, Parnassus on Wheels (via mar-see-ah)
Reblogging to add that when you sell a woman a romance novel, you’re selling her hope, and beauty, and the belief that her thoughts and feelings matter.
Join me and a whole heaping hotel ballroom full of amazing romance authors signing books and meeting readers on Saturday, April 14 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in conjunction with the RT Booklovers Convention.
There are going to be so many authors, including YA authors, that I couldn’t possibly list them all. But here is a link that lists everyone (including myself) signing at the Book Fair. Saturday is also Teen Day at RT, including a book fair, workshops, and a party!
Hope to see you there!