A few articles ago I analyzed the budgets and profits of Mockbuster movies. That got me thinking about what is the profit margin for big studio blockbusters and how does overhead effect the film’s success.
Wonder Woman Wow
This summer there is a flurry of superhero movies. Of course there is a lot of hype with the marketing. I decided to look at the Warner Brothers Studio DC Cinematic Universe and break it down for fun.
Here are the stats as of today. (Keep in mind Wonder Woman is still in theaters so it is subject to change.)
The first thing I noticed about Wonder Woman is it was cheaper to make than any of the other films. Batman Vs Superman was the most expensive of the bunch; you can almost fit two Wonder Woman budgets per one Bat Vs Supe. Wonder Woman is even playing in less theaters then it’s predecessors.
Per theater Wonder Woman is more profitable.
When wonder woman is put in the same number of theaters as the other movies the profit of overall totals would crush each of the other movies by a large margin.
Wonder Woman is the cheapest movie to produce of the bunch. So much so the gain per dollar spent is $5.31 or 531%. If the budget was the same as the Worlds Finest then the dollar spent would only gain $3.16 or 316%. Every dollar spent is a dollar that has to be earned back before profit.
Wonder about the Future
Wonder Woman only just completed week eight of it’s run. It needs four more weeks to make it as far as Bat Vs Supe and six more to go the full 14 of the other two. Who knows if it has more legs than 14 weeks. I also wonder if Wonder Woman’s appearance in Bat Vs Supe boosted the numbers there. How did the woman as a lead character effect the turnout of more female ticket purchasers? (Maybe when Marvel comes out with Captain Marvel we’ll be able to tell.)
I hope they do a Black Widow movie if female leads are the trend…