Movie Making 101 how the horror film The Gallows beat a $200...

Movie Making 101 how the horror film The Gallows beat a $200 million dollar grossing Disney movie at the box office!

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To the casual observer The Gallows is a flop. If you go to the theater it may only be showing with one showtime. The commercials played in heavy rotation for two weeks and then all promotion ceased.

So how did this movie beat out movies from huge studios like Disney, Sony, Warner Bros, Universal, Paramount, Fox and Lions Gate; as well as award winning stars like George Clooney, Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper, Vince Vaughn, Sean Penn, Chris Hemsworth, Johnny Depp and more?

It’s basic movie making 101

The domestic gross for The Gallows is at 22 Million dollars and the overseas is 13 million. For many movies this would be considered abysmal but not The Gallows. Why do you ask?

The Gallows only cost $100,000 to make, not million thousand. The actual totals so far for the movie is $35,752,489 meaning the movie take is mostly profit of over $35 million and counting.

The George Clooney film Tomorrowland from Disney brought in $202 million dollars but it cost $190 million to make, so the profit would be $12 million dollars, The Gallows profit is over $35 million. So a bunch of unknown actors on a shoestring budget; was able to be a juggernaut of a Disney movie that grossed over $200 million dollars; due to it’s low budget.

And that’s film making 101, here are a list of the top 11 box office bombs over the 1st 6 months of 2015.

11. “Tomorrowland” (Disney)

11. "Tomorrowland" (Disney)


Estimated Budget: $190 million
Worldwide Gross: $202.9 million
Opening Weekend: $33 million

Though this adaptation of the futuristic section of the Disney amusement park did hit No. 1 at the box office its opening weekend, the film’s make-the-world-a-better-place vibe and long-winded storyline didn’t motivate audiences — especially in the US. Though the George Clooney-starrer made $111.9 worldwide, it took in just $91 million domestically.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

10. “Chappie” (Sony)

10. "Chappie" (Sony)

Sony Pictures

Chappie and his maker, Deon, face off in the film.

Estimated Budget: $49 million
Worldwide Gross: $102 million
Opening Weekend: $13.3 million

Many were excited for the latest movie from director Neil Blomkamp, as he was returning to his South African roots, where he found major success with his debut feature film, “District 9.” But those hopes were dashed when the reviews came out and ripped into the movie, which follows a robot that has signs of artificial intelligence. (The film has a 31% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.)

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

9. “Jupiter Ascending” (Warner Bros.)

9. "Jupiter Ascending" (Warner Bros.)

Warner Bros. Pictures

Estimated Budget: $176 million
Worldwide Gross: $181.8 million
Opening Weekend: $18.3 million

With production delays pushing the movie from a summer 2014 release date to an opening in January, “Jupiter Ascending” was behind the eight ball very early on. And things didn’t get any better for the latest sci-fi thriller from the makers of “The Matrix,” Andy and Lana Wachowski, when the film had a surprise screening at the Sundance Film Festival with very few positives coming out of it. General US audiences would end up feeling the same way. However, the film found more takers overseas.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

8. “Seventh Son” (Universal)

8. "Seventh Son" (Universal)

Legendary Pictures

Estimated Budget: $95 million
Worldwide Gross: $110.6 million
Opening Weekend: $7.2 million

Another fantasy epic that found little attention in the US but more favorable audiences abroad was this Julianne Moore-Jeff Bridges starrer. The film made only $17.2 million domestically but earned $93.4 million in foreign territories.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

7. “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” (Paramount)

7. "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" (Paramount)

Youtube/Hot Tub Time Machine Movie

Estimated Budget: $14 million
Worldwide Gross: $12.3 million
Opening Weekend: $5.9 million

Some sequels should never be made, and that’s certainly the case with “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.” With a paltry $5.9 million its opening weekend, the raunchy comedy about time-traveling friends couldn’t repeat the 1980s-infused magic the first one had.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

6. “Aloha” (Sony)

6. "Aloha" (Sony)

Columbia Pictures

Estimated Budget: $63 million
Worldwide Gross: $23.4 million
Opening Weekend: $9.6 million

The latest movie from Cameron Crowe (“Jerry Maguire”) is filled with beautiful locations in Hawaii and has star power that includes the likes of Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, and Emma Stone. But none of that helped this drama. In fact, issues around the movie that have caught more news, like Crowe having to address why Stone’s character is of Asian descent and movie times for the film not showing up when you search for it on Google.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

5. “Unfinished Business” (Fox)

5. "Unfinished Business" (Fox)

Jessica Miglio/20th Century Fox

Estimated Budget: $35 million
Worldwide Gross: $13.6 million
Opening Weekend: $4.7 million

Vince Vaughn heading over to TV to star in HBO’s “True Detective” couldn’t have come at a better time. His clout as a box-office draw has been crumbling over the years, and the poor opening of “Unfinished Business” earlier this year certainly confirmed that.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

4. “Mortdecai” (Lionsgate)

4. "Mortdecai" (Lionsgate)


Estimated Budget: $60 million
Worldwide Gross: $30.4 million
Opening Weekend: $4.2 million

We’ve been scratching our heads about the roles Johnny Depp has chosen pretty much all of his career. But somehow he always seems to wow us. Recently, however, the Depp magic has faded as “Mortdecai” makes the fifth time in a row the star has bombed at the box office.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

3. “Strange Magic” (Disney)

3. "Strange Magic" (Disney)

Disney/Touch Stone

Estimated Budget: N/A
Worldwide Gross: $12.4 million
Opening Weekend: $5.5 million

This animated fairy tale from a story created by George Lucas isn’t like the usual titles Disney puts out. In fact, the Mouse House kept its name out of the release by pushing it over to its Touchstone Pictures label. Lucas’ first foray into animated works was not a positive one as the film came in a disappointing seventh its opening weekend.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

2. “The Gunman” (Open Road Films)

2. "The Gunman" (Open Road Films)

Keith Bernstein / Open Road Films

Estimated Budget: $40 million
Worldwide Gross: $10.6 million
Opening Weekend: $5 million

Open Road Films found itself in a tough spot when it had to delay the release of “The Gunman” following the 2012 theater shooting in Colorado. However, with the popularity of “American Sniper” last year they decided to release their sniper movie starring Sean Penn soon after. The result came nowhere near the success of Clint Eastwood’s look at the career of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

1. “Blackhat” (Universal)

1. "Blackhat" (Universal)

Universal/Legendary Pictures

Estimated Budget: $70 million
Worldwide Gross: $17.7 million
Opening Weekend: $3.9 million

Speaking of “American Sniper,” Michael Mann’s cyberterrorism thriller,”Blackhat,” starring Chris Hemsworth, went up against Clint’s film in its first week of wide release and was pummeled. As Eastwood’s movie became the highest-opening-weekend film ever in the month of January with close to $90 million, Mann’s “Blackhat” couldn’t even get to a $4 million earning.


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