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Re: 2016 film of Swallows and Amazons - financing

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Posted by Peter Hyland on November 04, 2021 at 10:59:12 user Peter_H.

In Reply to: Re: 2016 film of Swallows and Amazons on NZ TV posted by Jock on November 03, 2021 at 12:50:22:

The 2016 S&A film is indeed heartily disliked by most AR enthusiasts. About a year ago, I tried to ascertain whether this verdict was shared by the cinema-going public at the time. It seems it was. Film financing is complex and not easy to trace, particularly if the film was not well received. However, I did discover that the 2016 film grossed $3.9 million at the box office (film financing is always expressed in dollars). That sounds like a lot, but it isn’t. For a start, on average, half of the box office receipts go to the exhibitor, the cinema chain. There are then sales and publicity agents to be paid etc.

The film did not feature in the Top 20 films for 2016 – the top one was a ‘Star Wars’ sequel which grossed $64 million. The S&A film did feature in the list of Top Independent UK films for 2016, at No. 12. The top film in this category was ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ (a TV spin-off) which grossed $16m. Also in this list was ‘Dad’s Army’ which grossed $8.6m. One might also note that another mainly children’s film, ‘The Jungle Book’, grossed $46m world-wide.

The most significant defect of the S&A film was that by all accounts it completely bombed in America. That is where all film-makers hope to recoup their investment. The British Film Institute awarded just under £1.5m to the 2016 S&A film – this was classed as a ‘BFI lottery award’. This must have been completely swallowed up. One can understand why there will not be a rush to make any type of sequel film.

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