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NCsoft last won the day on June 7

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  1. The situation is gonna be quite amusing next year, as we don't have any guaranteed domestic $500M+, but with China, you never know which film could explode and demolish records, we'll likely see a few $600M for sure as we are seeing them with increasing frequency.
  2. Other factors may also have contributed to it, personal issues for example...
  3. I think for the intent of Chinese box office comparisons, beating it in RMB is probably the more meaningful parameter. Gladly to know it is likely, let's go Ne Zha, finally something to cheer for!
  4. Has not been over 7 for a long time, I kind of like it though, makes exchange mental calculations a bit easier.
  5. I'm one of the very few people who liked Dory more than TS4, I think.
  6. I think that December requires something to hit out, the raw demand is there and the habit of going to the theaters during the holiday has quite a bit of momentum (especially in recent years). Mortal Engines died and MPR under-performed but Aquaman was able to break out and Bumblebee and Spider-verse could do respectable business. If you look at 2020, it's hard to see Dune in the Mortal Engines position because there is simply not an Aquaman anywhere to be found, the Dec slate is more filled now but still weak. Uncharted needs to try its best to avoid being another Assassin's Creed, Cruella's got very little attention thus far, and West Side Story is your typical Dec film, it can perfectly co-exist with everything else, and Croods 2, while I will definitely watch it, not sure if that's going to be do much either, maybe similar numbers to Spider-verse, maybe a bit more. I think it's either a everything goes bust Dec (which we haven't seen in years, and something's got to benefit just from the existing demand), or Dune occupies the "Blockbuster of the holiday" position.
  7. In a way, I'm kind of glad Avatar 2 is coming out in 2021 now, Dec 18, 2020 was a perfect release date for A2, which is evident by how empty that slot looked for a while after it moved as studios juggle their release schedules. I always thought having Dune and A2 releasing merely a month apart would cut short Dune's legs, which wouldn't be that much of a problem if Dune is more populist but as it stands it need all the help that it can get to truly shine, and I think a Dec slot with the same arrangement as 2009 and 2015, with few direct competitions might just do it. Looking back in the past years, it seems that even a relatively weak December slate, there's almost always a holiday breakout, the demand for holiday movie going cemented itself more after 2015. We have to go all way back to 2010 to have a Dec where there's not a break out big release (Tron Legacy, Narnia 3), but even those did much better than BR 2049. I'm feeling pretty positive about this date.
  8. I remembered thinking that China would surpass domestic by 2018, most people thought 2017 I think. Then it came to a abrupt halt, you were definitely the only one seeing that coming. The gap between China and Domestic in 2019 will be fairly large, obviously, but next year seems interesting as Domestic market is almost bound to shrink quite a bit from 2019, while China is as always uncertain, obviously China won't surpass domestic next year yet, but I'm interested in seeing how large or small the gap will be.
  9. Yeah, I do find it a little off putting that amidst this renewed interesting in Sci-Fi and Fantasy in TV, the materials that they choose to adapt or write (in LOTR's case) are still well known and safe, Dune, Foundation, LOTR, His Dark Material and WOT. But I'm still quite excited to see these, it's a change from what's currently dominating in Cinema. On the other side, there are adaptations of Broken Earth series, Kingkiller chronicles, Luna New Moon, Lazarus, in addition to Culture Series and Hyperion, maybe even The Three-body Problem, which are either newer stuff or slightly lesser well known.
  10. When faced with the choice between safe nostalgia entertainment vs. atrocious original films, the audiences will choose one over the other. but once upon a time, visionary filmmakers used to have the ability and resource to consistently make great films the audiences didn't even know they wanted or needed, in fact, those were the films that drove the industry to where it is today. Yeah, that's true. The point I guess was not what Disney is doing doesn't make financial sense for themselves, but it's just that this is a sad situation that we're currently in. Audiences really should encourage themselves to be less risk averse, there was a time when the industry isn't so nostalgia driven, so audience driven, when new properties can succeed left and right.
  11. We might perceive this differently, but every time I see one of these live action remakes, I think of "what could have been..." Those "10 Lion kings" with huge promotional budget could have been enough money to make and promote 15 Epic Sci-fi or Fantasy blockbusters, there are many books out there to adapt, as well as original scripts waiting to be picked up.
  12. Something like Parasite in Korea, and Dying to Survive in China could top box office and compete with the biggest blockbuster, that's something I wish to see in the domestic market.
  13. My point has always been that in our current film landscape, there's no popular films/franchises that is created in this generation, this is a new situation unique pretty much only to the 2010s. Current slate of films are living vicariously through the film glories of the past (Star Wars, Alien, Terminator, Mad Max, Blade Runner, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park , The Lion King, Aladdin, BATB and Toy Story), or source material of the past (MCU, DCEU), which also happens to be dominating the screens ever since the early 2000s (Sam Raimi's Spiderman, X-Men, Dark Knight). Partly as a result of superhero domination from source materials tracing back to the 1930s, we're no longer seeing much, if any, War epics, historic epics, hard Sci-Fi, Fantasy, disaster films, and Romantic Epics in the realm of big blockbusters, or sometimes not at all. I wouldn't even have as much of a problem with Disney dominating, if Disney is actually interested in creating new IPs, and testing new ideas, and diversify their slate including blockbusters that is not either something rebooted from the 70s, or live-action remake from their previous animated films. Pixar's upcoming originals are promising, but in order to make the 2020s better, that's not enough and all studios need to do more.
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