Saturday, December 20, 2014

Why Hollywood studios never make "profitable" movies

Big Hollywood Studios are always complaining about illegal downloads and how that ruins actors' lives. What they seem to forget is that they're already doing a great job at it... for decades.

To talk about it we have nothing less than the actor that brought Darth Vader to life in the Star Wars (original) movies. An actor that has yet to receive a single dollar from a movie that made over 470 millions in revenue: The Return of the Jedi, the 15th biggest hit at the box office.

Studios are money-making machines, pure and simple. And that means maximizing profits no matter who or what gets in the way. That's why each movie usually gets to have a separate company created just for the purpose of producing it... and to help siphon out any profits. No matter how much money any movie makes, these companies get billed by the studio in order to prevent it from having any profit. That's why "Darth Vader" gets letters like "we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we've got nothing to send you".

In more recent movies, like "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", they even went as far as having a $167 million loss - after charging it with $350 millions for distributing and promotion costs, among whatever else they'll feel like throwing in.

But hey... it's far easier to blame the streaming services and the people that download stuff from the internet, right?

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