Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Goldman's Estimates; Tarantino's Anger

Wall Street's Goldman Sachs is highly optimistic about the Mouse's momentum, due to a new movie.

Goldman has raised its box office estimates for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" from $1.5 billion to $1.95 billion. That total is comprised of $750 million domestic box office and $1.2 billion international. Those numbers would put the movie in rare company behind only "Titanic" and "Avatar" ...

The reviews are stellar and all systems appear to be Go. There appears, however, to be a wee bit of collateral damage, with some space debris slicing through the ego of another filmmaker.

Quentin Tarantino went on the Howard Stern Sirius radio show and spoke about how Disney is strong-arming Arclight Cinemas to push the director’s 70MM presentation of his eighth film The Hateful Eight aside in favor of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in LA’s famed Cinemarama Dome. The director first learned about this on Monday. The western was originally due to play there claims Tarantino starting on Dec. 25th, but now Force Awakens is getting an extended play through the holidays.

“It was real bad news and it fucking pissed me off,” Tarantino told Stern. “They are going out of their way to fuck me.” ...

There's this thing called "leverage." Walt's company has it; Quentin does not.


Svonkin said...

It is unwise to alienate the creative community. Disney should have learned this during the Eisner era, when many of the most creative of film makers wouldn't work for Disney, due to Disney's bullying, strong-arm reputation. Tarantino may not be popular enough to create an anxiety about Disney, but he is admired as a director. And I'd say being seen as a bully always leads to trouble down the road.

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