In the early days of Hollywood:
- Six major studios made about 500 movies a year and earned 95% of their income from the theaters.
- Little advertising was used to promote the movies.
- The average movie cost about $4 million in today’s dollars to make.
- Six major studios make about 120 movies a year.
- The average film today costs about $65 million to produce.
- A major movie opens on 3,000 – 5,000 theater screens.
- They are designed for teens and to attract foreign audiences.
- Ad campaigns for major releases costs an average of $30 million. As a result, the marketing team has as much input on approving movies as the creative team.
- Movies are exported to other countries, so for most, action is more important than dialogue.
- Most movies have a 10 year shelf life as they pass through theaters, DVD’s, airlines, downloads, video games, etc…
- Pay TV’s biggest concern is that heads of households don’t drop their services. That’s why HBO, Showtime, and other pay networks focus their programming on adult audiences.
— Source: The Wall Street Journal