This week we've got a special episode called 'The Breakdown of How Blumhouse Changed Movies.' Blumhouse is a movie and television production company run by Jason Blum, and has produced giant hits like Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister, Get Out, Split and Whiplash.
His model is keeping the production budget very small, enticing stars with back-end deals, picking up high concept movie ideas (usually horror or thriller), and giving directors massive creative freedom. Because he has small budget, he has the freedom to decide if a movie will get a theatrical release or go straight-to-video, since both ways can achieve a profit.
His production company has become a massive player in both the movie and TV industry with a string of major successes and has proven horror can be a major box office winner. His success has made his movies major inspirations and influences on strategies and plans from the major movie studios. Some of the mid-budget pictures that have come out of the big studios has been influenced by the success of Blumhouse.
This week we look at the success and how the movie industry has changed thanks to Blumhouse. We also admit that our initial assessment of Blumhouse was wrong when we started this podcast and explain how the company has won us over. Also this week, the Summer Box Office Challenge comes to an end and we do have a winner, so he is declared. It is a big episode this week, and we really appreciate you listening to it. If you love the show then please help us out by spreading the word to other movie fans.
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Summer Box Office Challenge:
1. Solo: A Star Wars Story $84 420 489
2. Incredibles 2 $182 687 905
3. Mission Impossible: Fallout $61 236 534
4. Ocean’s 8 $41 607 378
5. Equalizer 2 $36 011 640
6. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again $34 952 180
7. Crazy Rich Asians $26 510 140
8. The Meg $45 402 195
9. The Spy Who Dumped Me $12 103 043
10. Teen Titans Go to the Movies $10 411 189
Total: $535 342 693
1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $148 024 610
2. Deadpool 2 $125 507 153
3. Ant-Man and the Wasp $75 812 205
4. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation $44 076 225
5. Skyscraper $24 905 015
6. First Purge $17 374 280
7. Disney’s Christopher Robin $24 585 139
8. Uncle Drew $15 242 781
9. Mile 22 $13 710 825
10. Life of the Party $17 886 075
Total: $507 124 308