Thursday, August 28, 2008
Summer b.o. report: Good news, Bat news, worse news
John Horn crunches the numbers, and finds that while Paramount was the most consistently successful studio overall, Warner Bros. can claim bragging rights for the summer's -- and perhaps the year's -- biggest hit. Trouble is, WB also released Speed Racer. "The studio and partner Village Roadshow spent a quarter of a billion dollars making and marketing the anime-inspired kids' movie worldwide," Horn notes, "but it grossed just $43.9 million, and barely any more overseas. A lot of Dark Knight profits will be sucked into that abyss." Ouch.