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PACIFIC RIM: Is Summer's Biggest Wild Card Generating Buzz?


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Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim has long been the topic of discussion around the Internet. One of the biggest questions from some among that community (including our own forums) has been "when is Warner Bros. going to actually start marketing it?"

 

Now that Man of Steel has solidified its success with a huge opening weekend, you can bet that the studio is about to kick its Pacific Rim campaign into full gear. Wisely so, too, as spending the money to push it too hard early in the middle of a crowded summer market would have been an easy to way to over-spend on an original franchise-hopeful pic.

 

The studio's focus on spreading word through fan conventions and the so-called "Internet crowd" has been a smart play. Next, they have to escalate things and draw in general audiences (most of whom don't pay attention to a film's ad campaign until the final week or two of release).

 

So far though, our social network tracking indicates that--at the very least--the genre fan crowd is pumped for del Toro's popcorn flick. Pacific Rim accounted for... (more after the jump)

 

Full article: http://www.boxoffice...ffice-wild-card


Edited by ShawnMR, 19 June 2013 - 08:43 AM.

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Very nice article Shawn! It's good to know it is performing pretty well so far.
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Snakes In A Giant Robot.

On-line buzz, no real-life hype...

 

 

 

 

I think that's the way you go about being all negative-Nancy, no?


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If Beaks/McWeeny/Faraci/Sicretta thinks the movie delivers the goods, that's all the hype I need. I need a summer movie to love (besides This Is the End).
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Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim has long been the topic of discussion around the Internet. One of the biggest questions from some among that community (including our own forums) has been "when is Warner Bros. going to actually start marketing it?"

 

Now that Man of Steel has solidified its success with a huge opening weekend, you can bet that the studio is about to kick its Pacific Rim campaign into full gear. Wisely so, too, as spending the money to push it too hard early in the middle of a crowded summer market would have been an easy to way to over-spend on an original franchise-hopeful pic.

 

The studio's focus on spreading word through fan conventions and the so-called "Internet crowd" has been a smart play. Next, they have to escalate things and draw in general audiences (most of whom don't pay attention to a film's ad campaign until the final week or two of release).

 

So far though, our social network tracking indicates that--at the very least--the genre fan crowd is pumped for del Toro's popcorn flick. Pacific Rim accounted for... (more after the jump)

 

Full article: http://www.boxoffice...ffice-wild-card

 

 

 

Well WB needs to kick it into gear.


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I just saw the WORST possible billboard they could have made for "Pacific Rim" in LA on my drive to work. The billboard by itself is not too bad, it shows a Jaeger fighting a Kaiju with "Pacific Rim" hidden in the corner of the Billboard. However, it is the fact that it is a billboard of a "Robot" type thing fighting a "Dinosaur" type thing in LA that makes it bad and which will cause people not to think twice about it.

 

Let me explain, Universal Studios Hollywood has 2 rides:

- The transformers ride

- The king kong ride

 

These have billboards placed at almost exactly the same places that Pac Rim had its new billboards today. And this is what those Billboards look like:

 

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The Pacific Rim billboard is looking like it is promoting a new ride (or worse, the Transformers ride) at Universal Studios.I, knowing about the Pac Rim movie, almost didn't realize it was a billboard for it till I did a double take.

 

WB needs their outdoor advertising to step it up and differentiate it from 2 theme park rides, at least in LA.


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I see this grossing just over 200M... Maybe 210-215.


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Normally this would be the type of film where I'd say, I have to see that.  But so far nothing from the promotional materials has connected with me. I still don't see this appealing to the GA, believe me I'd love to be wrong though.



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They did show the Pacific Rim trailer from December at my theater...got a pretty good reaction.


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Snakes In A Giant Robot.

On-line buzz, no real-life hype...

 

 

 

 

I think that's the way you go about being all negative-Nancy, no?

Yup. The movie does look nerdgasmic though, which I'm all for.



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I think I've seen more commercials for this over the last 48 hours than over the previous 6 months.

 

Seems like marketing has finally started.


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I don't see buzz for it around me at all but that's just a tiny sample size, and there's still time for WB marketing machine to kick into high gear.



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I still see 130-150
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I hope this does well. It looks really good. This summer still has yet to have that one great movie, that has great wom.


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I hope this does well. It looks really good. This summer still has yet to have that one great movie, that has great wom.

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I've been saying 140m for ages so I'm gonna stick with it. Not a penny more/less.



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Great article once again, hope this beats up Lone Ranger 'til Disney hurts :)

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Movie has lower buzz than monsters university. According to google trends no one is interested in it

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Given the subject matter, director with zero familiarity to general public and cast full of lesser/unknowns, things need to get into full gear ASAP. Less than a month to go and I don't sense any buzz outside of the Internet geek circles.

 

Needs a game-changing trailer to turn the tide. Man of Steel had two trailers this past Spring to sway favor and a Christmas one that impressed. So far, Pacific Rim has had none. I've had a bad feeling about this for the longest and given how close we are to release that feeling hasn't shaken.


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Given the subject matter, director with zero familiarity to general public and cast full of lesser/unknowns, things need to get into full gear ASAP. Less than a month to go and I don't sense any buzz outside of the Internet geek circles.

 

Needs a game-changing trailer to turn the tide. Man of Steel had two trailers this past Spring to sway favor and a Christmas one that impressed. So far, Pacific Rim has had none. I've had a bad feeling about this for the longest and given how close we are to release that feeling hasn't shaken.

 

 

Amen.


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