Here we have it, folks! We’ve finally finished crunching the numbers from all of your responses and below you will find the results. A big thank to all those that participated!
You’ll see that we’ve first broken down the budgets, if known, for each movie we surveyed on – please be aware though, these are only estimated figures from the info that we have available. We’ve tried to be as accurate as possible but having never actually having been at any finance meetings we may be off by a million or two here or there. It’s not gospel. You’ll also see there was no available figures at time of posting for a number of films. Where this is the case for a sequel the budget for the preceding movie is given instead. Where it’s not a sequel we’re just going to have to grab our abacuses (abaci?) and guess in our heads (and if your here you should be able to come up with pretty good estimates yourself).
It really shouldn’t be a big surprise to see The Dark Knight Rises taking top spot in both the ‘Budget’ and ‘Most Anticipated’ columns but there still were a few surprises with the results – personally, I had no idea that Prometheus was quite such a huge film, as in joint biggest budget of the year (including John Carter). I’d be lying if I said that knowledge didn’t want to make me see it more, but only because that figure coupled with Ridley Scott can only equal something very mighty in my maths text book.
Most of the biggest budget movies take the top spots in ‘Most Anticipated’ but bucking the trend is the soon to be released Hunger Games – coming in at only $80 million – and, even more surprisingly, The Cabin in the Woods, at only $30 mil. In the top 10 ‘Most Anticpated’ they are the only films below $100 million for budgets. At $200 million, Battleship, the 5th most expensive of the year, is only in at 16th in the Anticipated list. They’ve already spent a truckload on marketing so hopefully that’s not a sign of things to come….
A couple of other surprises: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, with a decent $70 million budget, features quite high in the Anticipated table. Haven’t seen much marketing here around that so word of mouth must be pretty good. Also, The Sweeney has a budget of $47.5 million dollars! We’ll have to verify that figure closer to release (Sept 21st) but that’s a hefty sum for a British adaptation of a very British 80’s cop show. It shows belief in the project and its place in the market on both sides of the pond. Let’s hope they spend that money well….
Let us know your feelings and what’s surprised you in the comments. It would be interesting to get your feedback….