13 July 2006

Pajama Party - Prime & Superman: The Quest for Cash

Here is a leaked photo of Optimus Prime in truck form from next summer's Transformers movie. Not exactly what I had in mind, but at least he is still a truck. As for Megatron, is he a gun? We have to wait and see.

Also, some rumors on the street say that Superman Returns must break the $200 million domestic barrier before a sequel will get approved. Who would ever have imagined that reaching that figure would be such a challenge. But thanks to a certain motley crew of pirates, it certainly is NOT a forgone conclusion. As of today, the film still needs to earn about 50.5 million bucks to reach that figure, so if you haven't seen it yet, do. If you have, see it again. Bryan Singer may make good films, but he sure isn't the best money manager. Had this film cost a bit less, turning a profit would not be such an obstacle. Among his cuts from the final film was a completed sequence where Superman tours the remains of Krypton. This effects heavy sequence probably cost around $10 million or so to film, money that could have been saved by cutting the sequence during the script phase (Every one dollar spent requires two in earnings to break even). Sure, there will always be cuts, but come on, that's just wasteful. Then again, at least they have a good pitch for the inevitable Extended Version DVD. In any case, as the B.O. Derby continues, I shall give updates on the progress of Superman: The Quest for Cash.

Superman Returns still needs $50,427,000 to reach $200 Million

5 comments:

j said...

I'm pleased to see that Optimus Prime is still a semi. On Diggnation they were saying Bumblebee will be a Camaro, and threw in that they'd heard Optimus might be a fire truck.

Chip Chief said...

Still a semi yes, but the nose of the semi is a big long for OP's torso. still, its better than a fire truck. and sadly, bumblebee is a camaro. Will soundwave be an iPod?

j said...

or perhaps in a marketing coup, he'll be a Creativ Zen mp3 player. :)

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Superman is going to have to do a lot more than $300 million to break even,I honestly can't believe that amount of money was spent on this when films like LOTR and the Star Wars prequels came in at around the $94-115 million mark and made a shed load more profit than Superman will make at this rate !!

Chip Chief said...

there is no way Superman is going to break even now, at least not off of box office sales. i guess they figure with $200 million, the DVD sales, and toys will make the franchise profitable enough for a sequel.