1. Dwarvenhobble (@Dwavenhobble) says:

    Pretty good episode Bob. You are right due to the obscuring of actual costs Solo hasn’t failed until we know what it cost which as Disney isn’t saying means it was likely worryingly close to $200Mil production if not more with advertising added on top.

    Solo was a movie for a niche of fans that looks like Dinsey might have groosly over estimated interest in especially as it’s less than 6 months after The Last Jedi.

    Conversely I think it’s worth pointing out people upset on the internet can make a big impact IRL. In some cases they mirror sentiment among the wider public that isn’t being said. In other cases they do. The simple reason is they talk to people IRL, they tell them about stuff and say if they think things are good or bad to friends and being seen as in the know they get listened to at least to an extent. So when they’re out with friends going to see a movie and are trying to decide then said people can influence the choice by saying what they’ve heard or know.

    As an example of the bizarre nature this takes, You can draw a line between the failure of BladeRunner 2049 and the previous years Ghostbusters Answer the Call, you can even draw a line between the relatively poor opening month or so for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to that too. Why? Because people saw what Sony did with a quite well loved franchise when they rebooted it and even with different directors writers etc on board people didn’t trust Sony’s next reboot to be any good. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a comparative flop in it’s first few weeks to a month but then suddenly was number 1 for about a month beating The Last Jedi. It’s very clear that with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle that it reached a critical mass of people saying it was actually goo that word of mouth spread.

    Psychologist Lev Vygotsky postulated that peers actually impact one another’s views etc and well if the people boycotting Star Wars or whatever are out with peers or talking to IRL friends etc on facebook they can and likely would have an impact.


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