Could 2015 be the End of the Blockbuster?

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Is 2015 going to be biggest year ever for blockbusters or could this be the meltdown that Steven Spielberg hinted at? Are we going to end up camping out at the cinema for six months?

Just today Independence Day 2 was confirmed for 2015 pushing the year to bursting point in terms of big budget movies. Currently on the 2015 slate we have the following…

March: Fantastic Four, The Penguins of Madagascar
May: The Avengers 2
June: Justice League, Assassin’s Creed
July: Independence Day 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5
November: Ant Man, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2, Finding Dory

No date set: Star Wars: Episode VII, Mission: Impossible 5, Snow White and the Huntsman 2, Die Hardest, Warcraft, Shazam and Avatar 2.
Some of these could change to different dates but at present consider these as pending.

We all love going to the cinema to see something big and bold and fun but it also costs money. For a family of four it can run up to £50 with drinks and snacks and that is not cheap for two hours of sitting in a dark room. For a couple it can still cost up to £25 and if the film is in 3D (which most seem to be these days) then you can add a few more pounds onto that.

It seems that all the studios have seen 2015 as the year to present their biggest movies. Is this a good thing? I am not so sure. I know that I could never afford to see all these films at the cinema so I will have to pick and choose which ones I will see. This will be the case with a lot of other people which will no doubt affect the ticket sales. So how should studios respond to this potential threat? Should they try to move their films to another year?

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In my opinion yes they should otherwise we get these waves of a good year and then a OK  or bad year but I would rather have good years every time with my movie viewing spread out evenly. Steven Spielberg recently went on record to say soon the bubble will burst with all these mega budget movies and the whole thing will collapse in on itself. If ever there was a warning sign 2015 is it. All these films cannot possible win and some will lose a lot of money which will mean studios will tighten the purse strings. If we do get a cinema implosion of biblical proportions  in 2015 I guess by 2017 someone will have made a movie about it…probably Micheal Bay.

So what’s the answer? Well one thought is to have  five big movie releases every year across the whole twelve months that way people will be excited throughout the year and will be able to afford to see them all.

As for 2014, well there are a few films to keep us happy.


Reporter: Montoya

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3 comments

  1. To be honest I am liking this year better than what has been confirmed for 2015. One exception would be Star Wars VII.

  2. Spielberg’s got his economics wrong: the number & size of blockbusters won’t dictate whether the bubble will burst – it’ll come down to whether we have enough money in our pockets, enough leverage to get off our backsides away from our TVs & tablets, and whether the authorities can stifle film piracy. Today there is more choice of concerts & live theatre than ever before, with more investment in the effects & production – and the result has been bigger box office results (http://www.solt.co.uk/downloads/pdfs/pressroom/2013-01-29-SOLT%202012-box-office-figures.pdf). Cinemas need a bit of an overhaul (they are looking a little 90s jaded now), and a full-scale revision of their pricing structure, both tickets & merchandising to compete with TV on Demand and cheap take-away food…

  3. Oh, and there is a shed-load planned for 2014, so let’s not paint 2015 as a panacea year: 300: Rise of an Empire, The Lego Movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Fast & Furious 7, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Transformers 4, The Expendables 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Interstellar, Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Godzilla, Mad Max: Fury Road, Noah, RoboCop, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Frankenstein, Wicked, more Hunger Game & Tron (phew!)

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