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Hold over number $ 08 Sep 2007 19:27 #15970

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What is the botton number (gross) you use in deciding to keep a film?
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Re: Hold over number $ 08 Sep 2007 20:28 #15971

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oops......typo
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Re: Hold over number $ 09 Sep 2007 01:22 #15972

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Depends on the location. Sometimes as low as $200, sometimes as high as $3,000. It's more a faction of what's available and will it gross more than what I'm taking out?
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Re: Hold over number $ 09 Sep 2007 09:11 #15973

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I have been trying to keep to $1,500 per screen for the 3 days ...(fri,sat,sun) if it does not do that i move on quickly....
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Re: Hold over number $ 09 Sep 2007 09:37 #15974

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I do the same figure, slap. Mike's point is valid, though. When the pickins are slim the rules get flexible. In that case, if something came close to that figure I would seriously consider it.

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Re: Hold over number $ 09 Sep 2007 11:04 #15975

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Some time s you have to bend the rules(lol)

I been playing PARISH JE TAIMEDOING AROUND $1,500 t0 $1,700 for the 3 days but i am paying 30% and it has not gone down in 2 weeks ..Statring 5 th week next fri..
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Re: Hold over number $ 10 Sep 2007 11:29 #15976

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I agree with much of the above. A holdover figure is a moving target, BOTH for you... AND the studios.

You know (or should) what it takes to keep the lights on at your theatre. If you're a multi, you're probably applying your drop-dead figure across your combined screens, or maybe looking at the cost of the square footage a film's playing in.

For us, it seems to be a matter of what the season is producing. If all your films are running at $1,500, and the new offerings aren't likely to do better than that, the lower percentages of a holdover probably decides the issue. In the middle of the Summer, that magic number might go higher... especially if you need to clear a screen for a blockbuster. At this point in the season, I wouldn't be surprised to hear that more theatres are using the $200 figure as their magic number.

If a studio's doing well with a film, they might be less inclined to complain if you drop a show... they're probably confident they can place the print somewhere else quickly. When only a few shows are making money, they seem to whine louder and sooner over lower numbers. You get to balance that pressure against the realities of your own business... yay!

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Re: Hold over number $ 10 Sep 2007 17:33 #15977

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This time of year we use 1,000 most of the time. Sometimes we have to keep it just because though.....

In the summer we have pushed out films with 2,000+ to make room for a blockbuster that will do 4 times that.

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