Big-Budget Films Slotted Outside Summer Peak

   April 1, 2015—A Wall Street Journal article says because this summer is unusually crowded with big-budget movies, some major films will premiere outside the peak summer period.
   “Between May and mid-August this year, Hollywood studios

will release 14 big-budget action, adventure or family films, including Avengers: Age of Ultron the follow-up to 2012’s $1.5 billion grossing superhero team-up, the animated Inside Out from Walt Disney Walt Co.’s Pixar Animation Studios, and fresh starts for the Mad Max, Jurassic Park and Terminator franchises,” says the WSJ article by Ben Fritz. “That compares with 12 big-budget movies during the same period last year. Between May and August of 2016, 18 are already scheduled.”
  Universal Pictures Furious 7, the $200 million budgeted youth daredevil car driving movie, is scheduled to open tomorrow. The sequel in the Fast and Furious film series thus is slotted outside summer (that starts a month later in May). Its budget is twice the average for a major studio film. Last year, Disney’s pricey Captain America: Winter Soldier opened about the same time to a blockbuster $95 million three-day weekend premiere.
   Alice in Wonderland starring Johnny Depp and the first Hunger Games opened to blockbuster boxoffice in March, which gives Hollywood distributors confidence to put their tentpole movies outside summer.
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