We here at Gabbing Geek LOVE box office reports. Ok….JUST me and Ryan. Everyone else seems to hate them. We’ve talked a lot about it the last few weeks, so let’s look at the winners and losers of this year’s box office as we wait for the Martian to officially kick off the Fall movie season.
The Alamo Drafthouse is the best theater chain in the country in large part because of their preshow entertainment. The fact that you can order food and drinks from your reserved-ahead-of-time-seat is great, of course, and the special events they host from quote-a-longs to fan festivals are always outstanding. But the clips and commercials and trailers and funny videos that entertain you before the movie starts is what proves the Drafthouse loves movies. Other big theater chains cram commercials down your throats with songs about soda and the latest ABC Family show that will be cancelled in its first season–not the Drafthouse.
The Drafthouse preshow not only sets the stage for the upcoming film but also sets the theater apart from all others. So I was thrilled recently to be electronically introduced to Laird Jimenez (follow him on Twitter!), the man responsible for putting together these amazing shows. Laird agreed to take time from his busy schedule to answer a few Gabbing Geek questions so head after the jump to peek behind the scenes on how it’s all put together!
While everyone else drafts Fantasy Football teams, the Gabbing Geek podcast is doing something a bit geekier. We’ve got robots and Chinese movie thieves and fantasy box office and trivia! What more could you ask for? How about Watson’s voice going up two octaves? Oh, it’s in there! Give the episode a listen right the heck now or jump after the break to read more.
The growing importance of global box office receipts for Hollywood films can have some interesting ramifications when you face a market as tightly controlled by the government as China. We’ve already discussed how Terminator: Genysis is now outperforming the Star Trek reboot thanks to huge numbers overseas in general and China in particular. It turns out the numbers might be even better than reported thanks to some Chinese shenanigans and might make the sixth Terminator film even more likely. Find out why after the break.