Will the Fifty Shades of Grey movie live up to the hype?
I have read the books, and seen the preview of the film, but I wonder will the movie live up to the hype. Very few movies ever do... With the exception of a few good movies. So what do you think will the movie be worth it?
I've never read the books. I suspect for those who have there will be some automatic disappointment because each reader (imagines) the main characters to look and sound a certain way.
This probably explains why the producers of the movie did not want to have major stars casted for these roles. Sometimes an actor/actress is so ingrained in mind that we cannot see them as being the "character". However not having a "big name" can also not make people want to see a movie. The first two things people ask when considering seeing a movie are.
1. What's it about?
2. Who is in it?
Occasionally if the director is acclaimed people will give a movie a shot.
Last but not least there will be many critics armed with red ink to trash the movies in reviews. Very few will approach it with an unbiased viewing.
I've known people who have trashed the books while having never read them! If one detests the "subject matter" they'll automatically discount the production values and acting of a movie.
The studio has to decide if they're going to market this movie like and independent or art house feature they put it in a few hundred theaters or treat like "Iron Man" and put it on 4000 screens. My bet is they won't pay for a high number of prints. Possibly 1000.
Another factor that will determine how well the movie does is what other movies are released that weekend and the following weekend. It a movie doesn't have a big opening weekend fewer people rush out to see it the second week.
Risque movies are seldom box office champs. Several years ago Demi Moore made "Striptease" and Elizabeth Berkley made "Showgirls". Both movies had a lot of hype and both of them bombed!
However both movies turned a profit via DVD rentals and sales.
The movie 9½ Weeks from 1986 grossed less than $7 Million in the U.S. However the film was a huge success internationally, particularly in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom making $100 million (worldwide).
My prediction is "50 Shades" will not be a "blockbuster hit" in the U.S. It may do $40-55 Million. It will do slightly better around the world.
The books were a big disappointment after the all hype and if the character carries on like she does in the book I don't want to listen to her.
I just saw the movie. I didn't expect much, but I was pleasantly surprised. They actually did a good job! I read two of the books - the 3rd didn't hold my interest. I felt the sex scenes were excellently written; the plot line was trite and a bit thin.
The movie ends where the first book ends. Does that mean they'll make a sequel? Horrors...
Here's a link that lists good quality erotica:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/6-es … ion-reads/
"Worldwide" box office for the (first weekend) is projected to be around $245M for a movie that cost $40M to make. Odds are they'll start filming the sequel before the year is out for a 2016 release. They may even make remaining two back to back.
That is an astonishing big success for Focus Features and Universal. I'm surprised the film is so popular.
I reviewed this film, which earned $81.7 million from 3,646 locations on its first weekend alone - a record for President's Day Weekend. The first hour was good comedy and the second hour was abuse via watered down BDSM. The worst part was the intoxicated women in the lobby afterwards (a bar operates in the theater I attended) who were acting out the latter scenes and laughing.
I heard it earned an additional $158M outside of North America. The studio has to be very happy since the movie budget was $40M plus probably another $20M for advertising. Worldwide box office for the run may end up over $400M. I'm not seeing it.
Astounding. We must live in a broken world for the public to rush to that storyline. Two sequels and more cash soon.
"The worst part was the intoxicated women in the lobby afterwards (a bar operates in the theater I attended) who were acting out the latter scenes and laughing. " I'd pay money to see that!
It was pretty funny, looking back at it. Glad no small children were around.
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