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Old 02-21-2014, 09:20 PM   #781
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I have to think that's going to hurt the opening weekend box office, but maybe they decided that any money they get from ticket sales is gravy anyway, so why worry about it?

Too bad there's not a way to know how much would have been made without this decision so we could compare it to what is made with this decision.
It seems like it's only going to be in a couple hundred theaters, so earnings at the box office aren't really that big a deal. I think you're right, it's gravy.

It's really not the type of movie that the studio is going to back making 1000's of prints for.

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Old 02-21-2014, 10:02 PM   #782
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It seems like it's only going to be in a couple hundred theaters, so earnings at the box office aren't really that big a deal. I think you're right, it's gravy.

It's really not the type of movie that the studio is going to back making 1000's of prints for.

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Or perhaps more significantly, not a movie that theaters are going to sign up to show. Per Rob's email:

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Getting into more theaters might also have been easier if we hadn't promised that backers at $35 and up would receive digital copies of the movie within a few days of the film's release. It's basic math: movie theaters try to show movies that people will come out to see, and that's a riskier proposition when 65,000+ people get copies of the movie on opening weekend.

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Old 02-21-2014, 10:06 PM   #783
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It seems like it's only going to be in a couple hundred theaters, so earnings at the box office aren't really that big a deal. I think you're right, it's gravy.

It's really not the type of movie that the studio is going to back making 1000's of prints for.

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Studios aren't really making prints much anymore. Paramount already went digital only, and the rest primarily distribute in digital here in the states. I haven't heard, but I'd bet that the VM movie will be a digital only distribution.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:11 PM   #784
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It does beg the question about how they'll determine if the movie is a success.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:18 PM   #785
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Excellent! Will we have to choice of where we download from?
More specific details on that in a week or two.
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:49 PM   #786
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It does beg the question about how they'll determine if the movie is a success.
That's pretty much pre-determined. I suppose the question really should be how will they determine if it's a spectacular success. And the answer there is that it'll probably be pretty obvious.

Even with the studios "contribution" by paying all the costs for the fulfillment and product to Kickstarter pledgers, we're just not talking but in the very low "few million dollars" range that's been put in by anybody other than the Kickstarter backers and the principals involved in the production.

You can pretty much release anything and there'll be some minimum number of ticket buyers in theaters for it. I think it'd be very difficult to argue that between the buzz over the movie, the die-hard fans, and just those who have name recognition of the film and casual interest in it, that there'll be more than enough money made in ticket sales to cover whatever the studio contributed.

If the movie completely stank it probably would do at least that much business.

The likelihood of it completely stinking is, well, non-existent.

And we'll probably never quite know the full extent -- you know there's simply got to be more interest in buying the DVD's of the TV show, which has to translate in value for money invested by the studio, too. If they'd have had a Blu-ray release of the TV series I know I'd have bought a copy already. We know the studio sold rights to Amazon to show the series on Amazon Prime Video, which already produced some level of income.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:45 PM   #787
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I bought my tickets for opening day - even though I will get the digital download, I want to support it in the theaters.
This.

On a side note, finished S2 rewatch this weekend. So, so good. I'm going to try and get through S3 before opening day, but it's going to be harder now that the Olympics are finished and all of the normal shows are starting back up.
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Anyone here going to be at the AMC Neshaminy 24 in Bensalem, PA (north of Philadelphia) for the March 13 Fan Event?
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:46 AM   #789
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Audible.com is taking pre orders for the first VM book. I'm going to wait until it comes out...
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:02 PM   #790
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And here's the first two minutes of the VM movie.


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=303146693165941

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Old 02-28-2014, 08:11 PM   #791
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I watched it! I think I'm more excited now than I was before I watched it!
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:13 AM   #792
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I'm seeing that the movie's running time is listed as only 68 minutes (66 if you discount the 2-minute series recap). That's pretty short for a feature film, isn't it?
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:01 AM   #793
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I'm seeing that the movie's running time is listed as only 68 minutes (66 if you discount the 2-minute series recap). That's pretty short for a feature film, isn't it?
The runtime is 108 minutes.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:14 AM   #794
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Have they said anything about what time it will be available for download? I'm planning a viewing party since it's not in theaters anywhere near here.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:35 AM   #795
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Not yet. Rob T. has said that those details are forthcoming.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:37 AM   #796
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NOT digging the "reimagining" of the theme song. I want the Dandy Warhols!
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:43 AM   #797
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They're in the movie.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:52 AM   #798
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They're in the movie.
Good to hear!
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:48 AM   #799
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I should clarify -- their song is in the movie, per Rob T's Kickstarter updates. I don't know if the band themselves appear in the movie.
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:11 PM   #800
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Have they said anything about what time it will be available for download? I'm planning a viewing party since it's not in theaters anywhere near here.
Isn't it going to be available via On Demand the same day as release in the theater?
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:45 PM   #801
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Isn't it going to be available via On Demand the same day as release in the theater?
Yes. That's why I asked time, not day.
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The runtime is 108 minutes.
I hope you're right. When you Google "Veronica Mars movie running time", it says 68 minutes. And Rotten Tomatoes has it at 1 hour, 8 minutes, too.
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:06 PM   #803
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IMDB says 1:47.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:27 PM   #804
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The SXSW screening schedule shows the runtime as 110 minutes.
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:09 PM   #805
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I think somebody forgot an hour is not 100 minutes.

108 minutes got switched some places to 1 hr 8 mins.

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Back when the AMC fan event Thursday showings went on sale, I bought a ticket. Fandango was of course the intermediary. Today Fandango sent an email with a code to get the first three episodes of the series free on iTunes. I've got the DVDs so don't need these episodes, but that's still kind of cool.
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:19 AM   #807
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I hope the movie takes place far enough into the future to reflect Kristen Bell's natural aging. During VM she was 24 but looked 15-17. Now at 33 she looks 30-32.
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I hope the movie takes place far enough into the future to reflect Kristen Bell's natural aging. During VM she was 24 but looked 15-17. Now at 33 she looks 30-32.
It takes place
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:51 AM   #809
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VM in the NYT: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/09..._r=0&referrer=
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I like the comments from the studio in that NY Times piece, saying that they already view the movie as a big success. Bodes well for the future.
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