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light count for prints for Xmas? 03 Dec 2012 16:14 #39528

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Not sure but why are Les Miz and This is Forty coming in under 3000 prints and digital means nothing? Seems like there's less prints than when there was 35MM. Anyone else?
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light count for prints for Xmas? 04 Dec 2012 16:40 #39529

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Both 'Les Miz" and Forty are Universal. Coincidence? Comcast cost cutting?

I have heard rumors that new financial management at Warners is taking a hard look at its continued servicing of low grossing theatres vis-a-vis its costs of service for those venues.
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light count for prints for Xmas? 05 Dec 2012 18:10 #39530

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so..... get digital cinema and we'll give you a VPF except there will be far less VPF's as there will be far less prints? Nice.
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light count for prints for Xmas? 06 Dec 2012 19:50 #39536

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Is it possible that print counts will be lower because megaplexes need fewer copies? It seems like the equipment I've read about allows one hard drive to be used to provide the needed files for multiple screens in one complex. If there is one or two less copies in distribution for every megaplex using this system, that would add up (or should I say subtract down) to a significantly smaller number of copies in distribution.

However if this is the reason for the lower numbers, it shouldn't leave any more theaters without copies than there were before.

If they aren't willing to spend the small amount it costs to distribute copies on hard drives, it tells me something. Either they don't want to pay VPFs to lower grossing locations, or they don't think the movie will perform well, or both.
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light count for prints for Xmas? 07 Dec 2012 02:26 #39537

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A while ago I warned of the dangers of VPF for lower grossing theaters .

I believe the studios are worried about the per screen average more than the gross . Sounds strange so welcome to the movie biz....
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light count for prints for Xmas? 07 Dec 2012 16:20 #39542

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What is clear to me is that films that we used to easily get on 35mm are now "not going that wide"... This is 40? On Dec. 21? And it's only going to 2800 theatres? It's more like a concerted effort to deny product to a lower tier. 35mm prints used to actual cost money so a lower VPF is still good for the distribs.
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light count for prints for Xmas? 07 Dec 2012 17:18 #39543

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Mike not really ... Other than big summer or Xmas films lower gross theaters would get prints already played else were . In the studios mind by the time it got to A low gross theater it cost them nothing ,now it's costing them $ 800.00 per title .
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light count for prints for Xmas? 07 Dec 2012 17:23 #39544

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$800 plus the 150.00 to make the print =$950 ...
So a theater paying 50% needs to gross $1,900 to break even ...
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